(Atlanta, GA) – The Black College Football Hall of Fame, which will honor the greatest football players and coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), today announced an open call for nominations for its inaugural class of inductees, as well as the Selection Criteria for eligibility.
Nominations can be made online at www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org and may be submitted by coaches, college administrators, sports information directors, players or any member of the general public. Nominations will be accepted for a period of four weeks and will close on November 23, 2009.
The Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists and football executives, established the following Selection Criteria for nomination and induction:
- Players will be eligible for nomination no earlier than five years after their last season of intercollegiate football.
- Players must have finished their intercollegiate playing careers at a Historically Black College or University. Exceptions may be made if it is determined by an 80% vote of the Selection Committee that a player is widely identified with an HBCU.
- Players must have played at least two seasons at an HBCU. Judging will be based on a nominee’s collegiate HBCU playing career.
- Any former or current Head Football Coach of an HBCU is eligible for nomination.
- Any individual is eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame as a “Contributor.” Judging will be based on his/her impact on the advancement of HBCU football.
“The Selection Committee is very excited and honored to be involved with this project,” said Roscoe Nance, former USA Today sports writer and Selection Committee Chairman. “We look forward to a thorough review and discussion on what is sure to be a fantastic field of nominees.”