Byrant, Guthridge, McGeorge highlight Hall of Fame class
Four people with connections to UNC Chapel Hill will be enshrined in the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame this year.
Running back Kelvin Bryant, men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge, sports information director Bob Quincy and photojournalist Hugh Morton, a UNC alum, will represent the Tar Heels in the Class of 2013, it was announced Monday.
Former Duke and N.C. Central assistant football coach Rich McGeorge and NHL Hall of Famer Ron Francis also are among the 11 selections. The 50th induction banquet is May 2 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
The other inductees are fast-pitch softball pitcher Wade Garrett, Gold Glove second baseman Tommy Helms, high school football coach Marion Kirby, Special Olympics standout Marty Sheets and tennis champion Mildred Southern.
“The achievements of this year’s class of inductees enrich our state’s remarkable sports heritage, and they certainly earned the honor of joining the 289 men and women who have been previously enshrined,” said Dr. Janie Brown, president of the Hall. “This is our 50th class and we will have a program to celebrate this special time in our state’s sports history.”
Bryant is one of three Tar Heels to rush for 1,000 yards in at least three seasons (1980-82), and he set an ACC single-game record with six touchdowns against East Carolina. The Tarboro native was a three-time first-team all-ACC selection and earned the USFL player of the year award in 1983 before playing with the Washington Redskins.
Guthridge was Dean Smith’s assistant for 30 years before taking over and making the Final Four in two of his three seasons at the helm. He played or coached in 14 Final Fours, more than any other person in NCAA history, including 12 at UNC and one each as a player and an assistant coach at his alma mater, Kansas State.
Quincy, who worked at UNC from 1962-66, won the state’s Sportswriter of the Year award five times, while Morton, who died in 2006, photographed UNC football and basketball from the 1940s into the current millineum, capturing everyone from Charlie Justice to Vince Carter.
McGeorge, who played tight end at Elon and for the Green Bay Packers, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was the offensive line coach when Duke won the ACC title in 1989 and later returned to the area as an assistant at Duke and N.C. Central.
Francis, who has lived in the Raleigh area since retiring from the NHL, is fourth in career points, third in games played and second in assists behind only Wayne Gretzky. He currently is an associate head coach and director of player personnel for the Hurricanes.
Ticket information for the banquet is available at www.ncsportshalloffame.org or by calling 919-845-3455.