WACO, Texas — The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF), in conjunction with the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Little Rock Touchdown Club, is proud to announce 14 new members from the University of Arkansas into its 2017 class of inductees for the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame: Jim Benton (football, deceased) Ron Brewer (basketball), Ronnie Caveness, (football, deceased) Joe Ferguson (football), Edrick Floreal (track & field), Orville Henry (sportswriter, deceased), Steve Little (football, deceased) Fred Marshall (football), Cynthia Moore (track & field), Wear Schoonover (football, deceased) Amber Shirey (basketball), Billy Ray Smith Sr. (football, deceased) Darrell Walker (basketball), Dennis Winston (football).
Sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon will be held at the Embassy Suites Little Rock (11301 Financial Centre Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 72211) on Monday, October 30th, at 11:30 AM. Visit www.lrtouchdown.com or call 501-690-3944 to reserve event tickets and to access sponsorship information.
“The Southwest Conference played such an important part in our program’s history and we are pleased to once again recognize nine deserving Razorbacks who helped make our tenure in that league so successful,” University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Jeff Long said. “This year’s inductee class includes a diverse group of Razorback legends who enjoyed distinguished collegiate careers. And while they all competed or contributed to the success of different sports, they all share a common trait of representing the University of Arkansas and the Southwest Conference with great class and dignity.”
The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s physical structure. They include the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and now, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
“We are once again delighted to work with the University of Arkansas in honoring another amazing class of inductees into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame,” said Cooper Jones, the President/CEO of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. “Their accomplishments and dedication to their families and their schools set a high standard of excellence that exemplifies the very best of the Southwest Conference era, and has left a great legacy for all Razorbacks to be very proud of.”
Former Razorback football player Dick Bumpas will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame this Monday, Oct. 2 at a luncheon in Fort Worth at the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU Campus. Bumpas, will join eight other former Southwest Conference greats from others schools in the ceremony.