Hal Bedsole, an All-American receiver for USC’s 1962 national championship team, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Bedsole was announced Tuesday as part of a 14-player, three-coach Hall of Fame class that will be honored at a Dec. 4 dinner in New York City.
“It’s kind of like being struck by lightning,” Bedsole said. “You think about [the possibility] about once every 10 years and then you go back to your life. I’m very honored because there were some great players who also were considered.”
At 6-feet-5 and 221 pounds, Bedsole played from 1961 to 1963 and caught 82 passes for 1,717 yards and 20 touchdowns. He averaged 20.94 yards per catch, which remains a USC record.
Former USC assistant R.C. Slocum, who was part of the Trojans staff in 1981, also was elected to the Hall of Fame based on his tenure as a head coach at Texas A&M, where he compiled a 123-47-2 record from 1989-2002.
A total of 39 players and coaches with ties to USC have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Other members of the 2012 Hall of Fame class are: LSU tailback Charles Alexander (1975-78); Purdue halfback Otis Armstrong (1970-72); California quarterback Steve Bartkowski (1972-74); Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper (1971-73); Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer (1988-91); Rice quarterback Tommy Kramer (1973-76); Syracuse receiver Art Monk (1976-79); Colorado State defensive back Greg Myers (1992-95); UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (1992-95); Texas Tech defensive tackle Gabe Rivera (1979-82); Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau (1996-99); Air Force safety Scott Thomas (1982-85); Colorado offensive lineman John Wooten (1956-58); Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer (1992-2008) and Miami coach Jimmy Johnson (1984-88).
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