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Huckabay, Moss lead Marshall hall inductions

HUNTINGTON -- Randy Moss, Rick Huckabay and Judy Southard lead the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2006.

Moss was a Heisman Trophy finalist for the Marshall football team while Huckabay and Southard were two of the most successful basketball coaches in Thundering Herd history. Also entering the Hall of Fame are Bill Craig (baseball), Chuck Henry (football) and Scott Jackson (men's soccer).



Hall of Fame weekend is Oct. 27-28 when Marshall plays host to Memphis for its Homecoming football game.

The Oct. 27 induction dinner is in Memorial Student Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the athletic ticket office by calling 696-4373 or 1-800-THE-HERD. Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced on the field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium before the Homecoming game, which is a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

Hall of Hame committee members are Dr. Sam Clagg, Joe Feaganes, Dr. Dorothy Hicks, Willard Hunter, Linda Holmes, Reggie Giles, Keith Morehouse, Ralph May, Greg Rowsey and Woody Woodrum.

HALL OF FAME
THUMBNAILS


BILL CRAIG

Baseball (1933-35)


Catcher on three consecutive Buckeye Conference championship teams from 1933 to 1935. Marshall had a 30-5 record in those seasons. Craig batted .424 in the 1934 season. Craig was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and played a number of seasons in the minor leagues. His grandson, Bill Craig, pitched for Marshall in 1990-91.

Craig is this year's selection from the pre-1950s era.

CHUCK HENRY

Football (1971-74)


Henry joined the Young Thundering Herd as a true freshman in 1971 and at age 17 was the nation's youngest starting player. The Conway, S.C., native was named as the Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week after making 30 tackles against Miami (Ohio), a Marshall record. He played two seasons at cornerback before moving to a rover back position.

He had 408 career tackles, which is eighth in school history. His 250 solo tackles is believed to be a school record.

RICK HUCKABAY

Men's basketball coach
(1983-89)


"Huck's Herd" won Southern Conference championships and went to the NCAA tournament in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Marshall fans made the trip to Asheville, N.C., by the thousands to follow the team in conference tournament action.

Huckabay posted a 129-59 record in six seasons.

Marshall basketball attendance reached a record level of more than 8,000 per game under Huckabay, with four games drawing more than 10,000.

The late Huckabay, who died this year in his native Louisiana, was also a member of the Louisiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

SCOTT JACKSON

Men's soccer (1981-84)


The first Marshall player to receive a soccer scholarship was an All-Southern Conference selection in 1982. Jackson was on the Dean's List and attended Law School at the University of North Carolina. He is an attorney in Greensboro, N.C.

JUDY SOUTHARD

Women's basketball coach, administrator (1981-92)


Southard served as the Marshall women's basketball head coach from 1981-1992, senior women's administrator/assistant athletic director from 1985 to 1992 and interim athletic director in 1987-88.

She posted a 178-130 record in basketball. Her teams won five consecutive Southern Conference regular-season championships from 1984 to 1989. She was a three-time SC Coach of the Year award winner. Marshall Hall of Fame members she coached include Karen Pelphrey, Deanna Carter Natale, Tammy Wiggins and Lea Ann Parsley.

Southard served as athletic director at Texas Woman's University before joining the LSU athletic department in 2001 and is LSU's senior associate athletic director. She will serve as director of the NCAA Women's Basketball Committee beginning in September.

RANDY MOSS

Football/Indoor track
(1996-97)


Moss led the Thundering Herd to a 15-0 record and NCAA Division I-AA championship in 1996 and placed fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1997. The speedy receiver played only two seasons as a transfer from Florida State. Moss caught 55 touchdown passes in 28 career games while earning numerous awards and making virtually every All-American team.

Marshall won the Southern Conference indoor track meet in 1997 with Moss victorious in the 50-meter and 200-meter sprint events.

He was an NFL first round draft pick and is now with the Oakland Raiders. He was described as the "Most Feared Player in the NFL" by The Sporting News publication in 2001.

The West Virginia native was a four-sport star at DuPont High School. He won the state's high school football and basketball player of the year awards.
 
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