Tommie Frazier finally enters College Hall of Fame

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Alabama placed nine players on the Coaches All-Southeastern Conference first- and second teams and Louisiana State had eight.

The league released the results on Tuesday. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

The third-ranked Crimson Tide, which will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, placed a league-high five players on the first team. Texas A&M had four first-teamers while Georgia and SEC Champion Auburn each placed three on the first team. South Carolina had two players on the first team.

The Georgia players on the first team are tight end Arthur Lynch, sophomore place-kicker Marshall Morgan and junior linebacker Ramik Wilson.

The South Carolina players selected are defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles.

Every SEC school had at least one player on the all-conference teams.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was a first-teamer while fellow Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron of Alabama is a second-teamer.

Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins and South Carolina running back Mike Davis made the second team.

MISSISSIPPI: Coach Hugh Freeze has a new contract that includes a one-year extension through 2017 and a raise to $3 million per season.

The school announced the terms Tuesday. Freeze’s four-year contract is the longest allowed by Mississippi state law. His base salary was $2 million this season.

Ole Miss has a 7-5 record and accepted an invitation to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., where it will play Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.

NEBRASKA: Tommie Frazier waited a couple years longer than many Nebraska fans felt was appropriate to get into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Being snubbed didn’t bother Touchdown Tommie. He’s just glad the call finally came and that so many appreciated his play.

Frazier is one of 12 former players who were to be inducted by the National Football Foundation in the College Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York.

Also among the inductees were Heisman Trophy winners Vinny Testaverde, Danny Wuerffel and Ron Dayne and former coaches Wayne Hardin of Temple and Navy and Bill McCartney of Colorado.

Frazier guided the Cornhuskers to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and ’95, played a year in the Canadian Football League. He was selected for Hall of Fame induction in the third year he was eligible.

For Huskers fans, who watched Frazier run Nebraska’s prolific triple-option, that was way too long.

“I think the fans were speaking for me,” Frazier said Tuesday.

“I’m not the type of person that’s going to promote himself or say I deserve this or deserve that. I’m truly blessed that it happened when it happened.”

The rest of the Hall of Fame class included: Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; the late Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Don Trull of Baylor; Percy Snow of Michigan State and Orlando Pace of Ohio State.

Snow and Pace were sitting only a few feet away from each other on the dais, separated by Shoate’s sister, Charlotte Gordon.

Snow, the former Spartans linebacker, couldn’t help but do some playful gloating about Michigan State’s recent Big Ten championship game victory against Ohio State with a former Buckeyes great so close.

“Big Ten champs. 2013 Big Ten champs,” Snow said, glancing at Pace, who shook his head and laughed. “I don’t get to rub it in Ohio State’s face too much.”

Michigan State earned its first Rose Bowl trip since 1987 by spoiling the Buckeyes’ unbeaten season.

Frazier played before college football reached its current spread-football stage, when dual-threat quarterbacks are so common and put up gaudy statistics. He ran for 1,955 yards and 5.7 per carry with 36 touchdowns in four seasons at Nebraska and passed for 3,521 yards and 43 scores. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel has put up numbers to rival those in a season now.

But Frazier was as exciting to watch in his day as Johnny Football is now.

“If you look at my stats and my numbers they weren’t the greatest but people appreciated the way I played the game and how I went out there and led my team to championships and didn’t do anything to embarrass the sport,” he said.

Nebraska went 33-3 with Frazier starting and those teams coached by Tom Osborne are considered some of the best in college football over the past 50 years.

“I think we were right up there at the top. We weren’t very flashy. We said we were going to run the ball 50, 60 times a game and we were going to run over you,” he said.

Frazier has not been shy about voicing his displeasure with Nebraska’s inability to recapture its past glory under current coach Bo Pelini.

Frazier is a frequent poster on Twitter – @TouchdownTommie – and went so far as to call for Pelini to make staff changes after a loss to UCLA.

Pelini said then if Frazier didn’t like how he was running the program, he didn’t need his support. After some speculation about Pelini’s future, the coach will be back with the Huskers next season. Nebraska finished 8-4 and will play Georgia in the Gator Bowl.

“I’m supportive of what the administration decided,” Frazier said. “I’m a true Nebraska fan. I just want to see them perform well in all phases of the game, whether it’s on the field or off the field. Coach Pelini got another year and now is our time to rally behind that and be happy with it.

“Not everything is going to be good, not everything is going to be bad. We just have to trust the administration and the leaders of the university and of the athletic department to make the right decision.”

WAKE FOREST: Dave Clawson is eager to start his next rebuilding project at Wake Forest.

Clawson was introduced Tuesday as the Demon Deacons’ coach and said the job is “truly a dream come true.”

Athletic director Ron Wellman said “we have a winner” in Clawson, who comes from Bowling Green.

The 46-year-old Clawson faces a tough job at Wake Forest, which is coming off its fifth straight losing season.

His hiring caps a weeklong search for Jim Grobe’s replacement. The 2006 AP national coach of the year stepped down Dec. 2 after a 13-year stay that included the best three-year run in school history.

Clawson called Wake Forest “a special place” and says when the job came open last week, he hoped to be considered for it.

But the past five years have been mostly lean ones for the Demon Deacons, who have reached the postseason only once since reaching three straight bowl games from 2006-08.

MICHIGAN STATE: Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi won the annual Broyles Award given to the top college assistant coach.

Narduzzi, in his seventh season for the fourth-ranked Spartans, was honored Tuesday at a luncheon in Little Rock. He’s responsible for guiding a Michigan State defense that earned a spot in the Rose Bowl against No. 5 Stanford with a 34-24 win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference championship game.

The Spartans (12-1) were first in the country this season in total defense, allowing an average of 248.2 yards per game. It’s the third straight season Michigan State has ranked among the top 10 nationally. The Spartans were fourth in the country in allowing 12.7 points per game.


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