Gordon Selected To Hall Of Fame

Former Jackson State Football Coach W.C. Gorden has been selected for the 2008 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class.

National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Chairman Archie Manning announced the divisional class on Wednesday, which includes players and coaches from Division I-AA, Division II, Division III and the NAIA.

Gorden will be inducted during a ceremony scheduled for July 18-19 in South Bend, IN.

Gorden was named Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year six times between 1976-91 and was enshrined in the SWAC Hall of Fame in 1994. He compiled a 119-47-5 record at Jackson State and won eight conference championships. From 1985-89, his Tiger teams won a record 28 consecutive conference games.

Gorden is also a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Doug Porter (Mississippi Valley State, Howard University, Fort Valley State), quarterback Jim Ballard (Mount Union), linebacker Ronald McKinnon (North Alabama), defensive end John Randle (Texas A&M-Kingsville) and halfback Brad Rowland join Gorden in the 2008 class.

Coaches must have been a head coach for 10 years, coached 100 games and have a .600 winning percentage to become eligible, unless voted upon by a special committee.


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