FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor will welcome 11 new members this fall as former student-athletes from six Razorback athletic teams are inducted into its hallowed halls. Included in the 2010 class are national champions, a miracle shot maker, an administrator and an all-decade performer.
Modern Era student-athletes in the 2010 class include football standouts Ike Forte, Arkansas all-decade team member Greg Koch and Southwest Conference Player of the Year quarterback Kevin Scanlon, men's basketball 1,000-point scorer U.S. Reed, baseball All-Southwest Conference player Bubba Carpenter, track All-Americans and national champions Erick Walder and Tracy Robertson, and diving national champion Karen Gorham. Heritage Inductees include football player, coach and athletics administrator Terry Don Phillips and football defensive tackle Jim Williams while three-sport standout Milan Creighton, is being inducted posthumously.
Each Razorback was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor by a vote of former letterwinners in conjunction with the "A" club.
The official induction is Friday, Sept. 3, at the Springdale Convention Center. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.
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Modern Era Inductees
A four-year letterman and three-time All-Southwest Conference performer, Bubba Carpenter finished his stellar Razorback career with a batting average of .332. He was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and hit .351 as a sophomore and .360 as a junior. During his outstanding career, Carpenter hit 42 doubles, 13 triples, 10 home runs and drove in 119 runs. Razorback teams won two Southwest Conference Championships with Carpenter on the field, advanced to three NCAA Tournaments and finished fifth at the 1989 College World Series. Carpenter's clubs compiled an overall record of 177-76, 55-29 in Southwest Conference play.
After playing two seasons at Tyler Junior College, Forte moved to Arkansas and was the leading rusher for the Razorbacks in his junior and senior seasons, earning All-Southwest Conference honors in both 1974 and 1975. He had eight 100-yard rushing games in his career and his 1,957 career rushing yards ranked third in school history at the time and still ranks 17th in the UA record books. In 1975, Forte was a co-captain and a key player for the Razorbacks in winning the Southwest Conference title. In his last college game, he led Arkansas to an upset of Georgia in the 1976 Cotton Bowl. In that game, he rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns, earning the game's Most Outstanding Offensive Player award. He was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He also played for the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants during his professional career.
Karen Gorham was the first female and second student-athlete in Arkansas history to be named an All-American in four-consecutive seasons. She captured the 1981 AIAW one-meter springboard championship, leading the competition from start to finish and scoring 425.80 points. She was also named the AIAW Diver of the Year after also finishing third in the three-meter springboard. A seven-time All-American in her career which spanned from 1980-83, she earned an automatic berth to the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials. She swept the Southwest Conference titles in the one- and three-meter springboard in 1983, her senior season, and placed sixth on the three-meter and seventh on one-meter at the NCAA meet.
A member of Arkansas' 1970s all-decade team, Koch lettered for the Razorbacks from 1973-76 and was a starting offensive tackle. He played in the 1976 All-American Bowl all-star game and earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1975. A member of one of the most talented offensive lines in school history, Koch helped the Razorbacks set a school record with 3,523 rushing yards in 1975, a mark that stood for 31 years until it was broken in 2007. During his tenure with Arkansas, the Razorbacks went 26-16-3 including an impressive 10-2 mark in 1975 which earned the Hogs Southwest Conference Co-Champion honors and a final ranking of No. 7 in the Associated Press and No. 6 in the UPI polls. Koch went on to play in the NFL for 11 seasons including nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
U.S. Reed is one of 33 Razorbacks to score more than 1,000 points during his basketball career and in 122 games he averaged 10.3 points to accumulate 1,260, a total that ranks 21st in the Arkansas record books. A four-year letterwinner from 1978-81, Reed was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams and advanced as far as the Final Four in 1978. His teams were a combined 102-25 (.803) in his four years and won three Southwest Conference Championships. He averaged a team-high 14.0 points in 1980 while also leading the team in field goal percentage (.557) and free throw shooting (.796). In 1981 he averaged 13.0 points per game and shot 76 percent from the free throw line. His half-court shot to beat Louisville in the second round of the 1981 NCAA Tournament is one of the signature moments in Razorback Basketball history and was named by Sports Illustrated as the second-most historic event in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
A nine-time All-American for the Razorbacks' cross country and women's track and field program, Tracy Robertson was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Lance Harter from 1998-2001. She was a key member of both of Arkansas' conference triple crown championship teams in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Robertson was part of eight Southeastern Conference team championships while at Arkansas. She won the program's sixth individual national championship during the 2001 indoor track season in the mile besting the field by three seconds while setting a new personal best in the event with a time of 4:39.10. Robertson took home five SEC individual and relay titles in her four seasons. She was a nine-time All-SEC performer for the Razorbacks. Robertson earned her degree from the University of Arkansas before a brief professional career in track and field.
Kevin Scanlon played for the Razorbacks for just two years (1978-79), but during that time made an indelible mark on the Arkansas program. Named the starting quarterback prior to the 1979 season, he earned Southwest Conference Player of the Year honors after he completed 92-of-139 passes for 1,212 yards and nine touchdowns. In 1979, the Razorbacks finished eighth nationally with a record of 10-2 including a 17-14 win over No. 2 Texas. Scanlon helped Arkansas claim a share of the Southwest Conference championship before leading the Razorbacks to the 1980 Sugar Bowl where they faced eventual national champion Alabama. His 66.2 completion percentage in 1979 still stands as a single-season school record as does his record for most passes completed in a bowl game (22) which he recorded against the Crimson Tide. Originally a transfer to the Razorbacks from North Carolina State, Scanlon was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1980 following his Razorback career.
The most decorated national champion in the 2010 class, Erick Walder was a 10-time national champion, 13-time All-American and eight-time Southeastern Conference champion in the long and triple jumps over a four-year career (1991-94). He swept the NCAA indoor long and triple jump titles in 1992, 1993 and 1994, while also capturing the outdoor long jump championships in each of those seasons. He continues to hold Arkansas' school records for the long jump both indoors (27-8) and outdoors (28-8.25) as well as the NCAA outdoor long jump record. During his four-year career with the Razorbacks, Arkansas never lost a SEC championship and won seven national team titles during his collegiate career (four indoor, three outdoor). Walder was the SEC Indoor Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 1993 and 1994 before enjoying a very successful professional career, including three World Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the long jump.
Terry Don Phillips
A three-year letterwinner for the Razorback football team (1966, 68-69), Terry Don Phillips helped the Hogs compile a 25-7 record and earn two trips to the Sugar Bowl. He was a starting defensive tackle for the Hogs playing alongside his brother and Outland Trophy winner Loyd Phillips. Following his playing career, Phillips began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1970-71 before moving on to Virginia Tech where he spent seven seasons. His more than 30-year career in collegiate administration began in 1979 and has included administrative stints at Florida and Missouri before assuming athletic director roles at Liberty, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma State and Clemson. A former player and coach at Arkansas, Phillips also served as President of the Razorbacks Foundation, Inc., for three years from 1988-91. Phillips has an undergraduate degree from Arkansas (1970) and a law degree from the Arkansas School of Law (1996).
Jim Williams was the captain the of Razorbacks' 1965 football team that went 10-1 and won the Southwest Conference championship at 7-0. He was also a key member of Arkansas' 1964 national championship squad during his three-year playing career and as a defensive tackle recorded 173 tackles. During the Razorbacks' national championship run he made 86 tackles and grabbed one interception including garnering three sacks in the 1965 Cotton Bowl against Nebraska. In 1965, Williams turned in a 69 tackle season including 19 tackles in a 27-24 win over No. 1 Texas. Razorback teams went a combined 26-6 with Williams on the team, including a streak of 22-consecutive wins, a national championship and two Southwest Conference championships.
The most decorated letterman in the 2010 Arkansas Hall of Honor class, Milan Creighton was a standout on the gridiron, on the hardwood and on the track for the Razorbacks. A three-year letterwinner for the Razorbacks in basketball from 1929-31, he also earned three letters in football from 1928-30 and was a three-year letterman in track and field (1929-31). He earned two All-Southwest Conference honors during his basketball playing career and was the captain of the football team in 1930. Following his playing days in Fayetteville, Creighton played professional football for seven seasons (1931-37) with the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL. He also served as the head coach of the Chicago Cardinals from 1935-38. He went on to coach football at Hot Springs High School compiling a record of 44-16-4.