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MU Hall of Fame inductees honored

Sep. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The 2012 inductees into the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame were honored Saturday about 10 minutes before kick off between the Marshall Thundering Herd and Ohio Bobcats.

Also recognized on the field was Hall of Fame member Sam Clagg, 91, a former Marshall professor and assistant coach under Cam Henderson.

Clagg started the Hall of Fame in 1984. He also served as interim president of the university, and started MU's wrestling program.

"It has been just a fantastic effort by (Clagg) putting this all together," said new inductee Jim Sheridan. "In fact, I hope one day it will bear his name."

Sheridan, a swimmer, had Clagg as a professor in the mid 1970s.

"We were laughing last night, me and (MU athletic director) Mike Hamrick; Hamrick got a C, and I think I got a C plus or a B minus," Sheridan said.

Beyond the classroom, Sheridan said he considers Clagg an icon of Thundering Herd athletics.

"He bleeds green," Sheridan said "He had fought for years to get a Hall of Fame for athletes, he was an athlete himself, and he wanted to find some way to honor the masses who have come through here."

As for his own induction, Sheridan said it was a "pure honor."

Sheridan holds several swimming records at MU, and is now the dean at Columbus North High School in Indiana, and is the coach of the girls swimming team.

"This has been such a fantastic place for us over all the years, being remembered by Marshall," he said. "Being in this select group in the Hall of Fame, it's just the highlight of my life right now, second only to my family."

Also inducted were:

Jill Mussman-O'Brien, volleyball, 1981-85.

Greg Kappas, baseball, 1974-77.

Charles A. Kautz (deceased), football, 1946-47, assistant football coach, 1961-66, assistant athletic director and director of athletics, 1966-70.

William King, football, 1990-93.

Tim Martin, football and baseball, 1992-96.

Arlene Stooke (deceased), head coach of women's track and field, 1976-85.

Jermaine Swafford, football and track and field, 1992-96.

Rich Watts, cross country and track, 1973-77.

Former football coach George Chaump, and men's basketball player Tamar Slay have been elected into the Hall of Fame, but have not been officially inducted because their schedules have not allowed them to attend the ceremony.

Inductees are elected each year by a committee made up of MU athletic staff members, media members and former coaches/players.

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