Pac-12: 2012-HOF

Former Washington State football coach William "Lone Star" Dietz will be posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the 2012 Divisional Class.

Dietz had many coaching stops -- including Washington State from 1915-1917 -- where his teams went 17-2-1, recording 15 shutouts. He guided WSU (then Washington State College) to a Rose Bowl victory over Brown in his inaugural year.

The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction.

"We're proud one of our own made it, even though it's posthumously," WSU athletic director Bill Moos told the Seattle Times. "Anytime those that served at Washington State are honored, then Washington State feels honored as well ... his story is compelling, his accomplishments are very credible and he's very deserving of being inducted."

WSU's victory in the 1916 Rose Bowl -- its first and only Rose Bowl win -- was considered a major coup for West Coast football.

He would also go on to coach the Mare Island (Calif.) Marines, at Purdue, Louisiana Tech, Wyoming, Haskell Indian Institute and finally Albright College. He also coached the Boston Redskins from 1933-1934.

Dietz died in 1964.

Entering the Hall: Jonathan Ogden

May, 15, 2012
Massive, athletic and smart, Jonathan Ogden is simply one of the all-time great offensive tackles, both in college and the NFL.

On Tuesday, his dominance in college was recognized with his selection to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ogden, a fearsome sight at 6-foot-9, 345 pounds, was a four-year starter at left tackle for UCLA. In 1995, he received the Outland Trophy, was the UPI lineman of the year and was a unanimous first-team All-American. Oh, by the way, in track and field, he won the 1996 NCAA title in the shot put. And he was a history major.

After UCLA, the Baltimore Ravens selected him with the fourth pick of the first round of the 1996 NFL draft. In 12 seasons before he retired in 2008, he was selected for 11 Pro Bowls and was a nine-time All-Pro. In 2009, The Sporting News selected him for its All-Decade team (2000's). In 2010, the NFL made a list of its top-100 players of all time. Ogden ranked 72nd. He almost certainly will be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 when he becomes eligible.

His No. 79 jersey has been retired by UCLA. He is only the eighth Bruin to earn that honor.

Entering the Hall: Hal Bedsole

May, 15, 2012
Hal Bedsole had 82 catches for 1,717 yards and 20 touchdowns -- for his career. Not exactly gaudy numbers by today's standards, but in the early '60s, those kind of stats were special. Also unusual was his size -- 6-foot-5, 221-pounds -- rare dimensions for a split end at the time. By today's standards, he'd be considered near prototypical.

In 1962, he set the school records for a single season in receptions (33), touchdowns (11) and yards (827). He was the first USC player to ever have a 200-yard plus receiving game (201 yards versus Cal in 1962) and he had five, 100-yard receiving games in his career. He earned first-team all-conference in 1961 and 1962.

Nicknamed "Prince Hal," No. 19 was a member of USC's 1962 national championship team that finished 11-0, earning consensus All-America honors that year. He also caught a pair of touchdowns in USC's 42-37 win over Wisconsin in the 1963 Rose Bowl. He still holds the USC record for highest average per catch (30 or more) with 20.94.

He was a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1964 and went on to have a modest career as an NFL tight end. He was also drafted by the Chiefs in the eighth round of the AFL draft. In 2001, he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Entering the Hall: John Wooten

May, 15, 2012
One of the first two African-American football players at Colorado (with Frank Clarke), Wooten lettered three years as a left guard in Dal Ward's Wing-T/Single-Wing offense, earning All-America honors in 1958 and All Big-Seven in 1956 and 1957. Most known as a 6-foot-2, 230-pound guard who was agile and powerful, he also played tackle on defense.

His impact was immediate. In 1956, he helped the Buffs to an 8-2-1 record and the school's first ever bowl victory -- a 27-21 win in the Orange Bowl. The next year Colorado led the nation in rushing with 322.3 yards per game and they were second in total offense (415.2) -- and a lot of that had to do with the holes Wooten was opening up. Then in 1958, Colorado achieved its first ever Top 10 ranking, climbing to No. 9 nationally after a 5-0 start.

In 1959 he was a fifth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, where he went on to play nine seasons, earning All-Pro status, before closing out his career with one season in Washington. He went on to have a decorated career in NFL administration, streamlining programs centered on continuing education and financial planning for players. After working in Dallas, Philadelphia and Baltimore, he retired from the NFL in 2003.

In 1989 he was named as a first-team member of Colorado's All-Century Team. To honor him, the Buffs hand out the John Wooten Award annually, which goes to the team's most improved player.
Steve Bartkowski, owner of one of the great arms in college football history, spent much of his early career at California struggling in the shadows. First, he shared the starting job with Vince Ferragamo for two years. Then, in 1973, he suffered through a miserable season as the starter.

But in 1974 he put it all together.

Bartkowski earned consensus All-American honors and finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy vote after leading the nation in passing with 2,580 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Bears finished 7-3-1 as Bartkowski, despite a shoulder injury, four times topped 300 yards passing.

Bartkowski then became the top overall pick in the 1975 draft, going to the Atlanta Falcons. He still is the only Golden Bear to earn that honor. He played for the Falcons from 1975-1985 and then one season for the Los Angeles Rams (1986).

He earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 1975 but knee injuries bogged down his early career. He and the Falcons bounced back in the early 1980s. He led the NFL in touchdown passes in 1980 with 31 and was selected for the Pro Bowl in both 1980 and 1981. He led the Falcons to their first three playoff appearances in 1978, 1980 and 1982. The Falcons won the NFC West Division in 1980, going 12-4 in the regular season.

Bartkowski continues to be the Falcons all-time leader in passing yards with 23,470. His No. 10 jersey has been retired by the franchise.

Before knee injuries slowed him down, Bartkowski was known as an exceptional all-around athlete. He also was an All-American first baseman for the Bears baseball team in 1973.

Another claim to fame: He was the first client of sports agent Leigh Steinberg.



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