USC's Hal Bedsole Named To College Football Hall Of Fame
May 15, 2012
Former USC All-American end Hal Bedsole, who helped the Trojans win the 1962 national championship and twice was Troy's season leader in receiving and scoring, has been named to the 17-member 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Class of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Also named to this year's class is former USC assistant coach R.C. Slocum (1981), who was selected based on his 14-year tenure (1989-2002) as Texas A&M's head coach, where he won 72.1% of his games (123-47-2).
They are the 38th and 39th inductees with USC ties, including 30 players, in the College Football Hall of Fame. A Trojan has been elected into the Hall in 10 of the past 13 years.
Bedsole and Slocum will be inducted at a Dec. 4 dinner in New York City and then enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies in the summer of 2013.
Their 2012 classmates include 13 other players-- tailback Charles Alexander of LSU (1975-78), halfback Otis Armstrong of Purdue (1970-72), quarterback Steve Bartkowski of California (1972-74), tight end Dave Casper of Notre Dame (1971-73), quarterback Ty Detmer of BYU (1988-91), quarterback Tommy Kramer of Rice (1973-76), wide receiver Art Monk of Syracuse (1976-79), defensive back Greg Myers of Colorado State (1992-95), offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of UCLA (1992-95), defensive tackle Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech (1979-82), linebacker Mark Simoneau of Kansas State (1996-99), safety Scott Thomas of Air Force (1982-85) and offensive guard John Wooten of Colorado (1956-58)--along with 2 other coaches: Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee (1992-2008) and Jimmy Johnson of Oklahoma State (1979-83) and Miami, Fla. (1984-88).
One of the original "big" (6-5, 221 pounds) wide receivers in college football, Bedsole was a consensus All-American on USC's 1962 national championship team. A 3-year letterman (1961-63) and 2-time All-Conference first teamer (1961-62), his 82 career catches was a USC record at the time. He had 1,717 career receiving yards with 20 touchdowns. He still owns the USC career record for highest average per catch (30 or more receptions) at 20.94.
Nicknamed "Prince Hal" because of his self-assured, outspoken ways, he led the Trojans in receiving and scoring in 1961 (27 catches, 38 points) and 1962 (33 catches, 68 points). He established USC season records for receptions in 1961 and again in 1962. He was the first Trojan to have 200 receiving yards in a game (201 yards versus California in 1962, a school record which stood for 21 years). He caught 2 touchdown passes in USC's win over Wisconsin in the 1963 Rose Bowl.
A second round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings (he was also drafted by the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, he played tight end in Minesota for 3 seasons (1964-66), then was a radio broadcast sales manager and was in business marketing.
He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.