National College Baseball Hall of Fame Named After Fraternity Alumnus
The National College Baseball Hall of Fame, based in Lubbock, Texas, has announced that their future facility will be named for former President George H.W. Bush (Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale University). The former Yale first baseman and captain played in the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948. The organization was founded in 2004 and the first Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2006. Construction of the Lubbock facility is scheduled to begin in late June of 2014 with a ground-breaking event planned to coincide with the Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions event on .
Send Nominations for the 2013 NIC All-Fraternity All-American Football Teams
The college football season is down to the last few weeks before bowls games so please click here to see who has already been nominated. Please send names of new nominees, their schools and fraternity affiliations to Jay Langhammer Jlangha132@aol.com. Credentials of players will be checked and new names will appear on an updated Watch List within several weeks. This watch list also appears in the Greeks in Sports college football list.
Five Greeks Named as Pro Football Hall of Fame Semi-Finalist Candidates
Twenty-five semi-finalists are now being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2014 class. Among the group are five Greeks from NIC member fraternities. The list includes coach Don Coryell (Beta Theta Pi), defensive end Charles Haley (Alpha Phi Alpha), safety John Lynch (Delta Tau Delta), cornerback Aeneas Williams (Kappa Alpha Psi) and contributor George Young (Chi Phi). The current 25 candidates will be cut to 15 finalists and announced on the NFL Network on .
Nominate Players for the 2013 NIC All-Fraternity All-American Football Teams
For the 13th consecutive season, the North-American Interfraternity Conference will be announcing its All-Fraternity All-American Teams featuring star college football players who are members of NIC member fraternities. A judges panel with five Greek sports experts from different fraternities will review the credentials of nominated players from NCAA and NAIA divisions over the next few months and two different first teams (from both larger and smaller schools) will be announced on this website following the post-season bowl games. Two Coaches of the Year will also be selected and lengthy honorable mention lists will also be part of the press release.
Nominations of leading players and head coaches can be provided by fraternity headquarters, alumni, undergraduates, IFCs, Greek advisors at schools and sports information directors at schools. Please send names, schools, fraternity affiliation and position played to head judge Jay Langhammer at Jlangha132@aol.com or to NIC headquarters.
Three Greeks to be Inducted into Southwest Conference Hall of Fame
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame has announced the induction class for the newly re-initiated Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. The SWC class will be the first men inducted since 1995 and includes two players and one coach who are Greeks. Frank Broyles (Sigma Pi at the University of Arkansas) was Razorbacks head football coach from 1958 to 1976 and Director of Athletics from 1974 until his retirement in 2007. Two-sport star Jay Arnette (Phi Kappa Psi at University of Texas) was an All-American basketball guard, All-SWC baseball player, 1960 Olympic Gold Medaliar and NBA player. Basketball forward Gene Phillips (Phi Gamma Delta at Southern Methodist University), the second-leading scorer in school history, was a three-time SWC Player of the Year and two year player in the ABA. The induction ceremony and luncheon will take place in Dallas on October 28th.
Two Greeks Win Emmys During 65th Awards Show
At the Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles Sunday night, Jim Parsons (Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of Houston) won his third Emmy as best actor in comedy series "The Big Bang Theory". Winning his first Emmy as best supporting actor in comedy series "Veep" was Tony Hale (Sigma Chi at Samford University).
Greek Golf Pros Back on Track
The PGA Tour's BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Illinois concluded with two of the leading Greek golfers winning big money. Tying for fourth was Luke Donald (Sigma Chi at Northwestern) at 273 over four rounds for earnings of $335,000. The tournament's first round leader with a 63, Brandt Snedeker (Kappa Alpha Order at Vanderbilt), tied for eighth with a 274 total and won $232,000.
Big Month for Sigma Chi Country Singer Luke Bryan
After being named the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year in April, singer Luke Bryan (Sigma Chi at Georgia Southern) is now in the middle of his Dirt Road Diaries tour and celebrating the release of his fourth studio album/CDCrash My Party. The August 13th Life section of USA Today featured a two page story on Nashville's hottest star, promoting the new album and his tour. The title song from the album reached number one on the Country Airplay charts several weeks ago and the next single from the album, That's My Kind of Night, was released to country stations last week. Bryan's nationwide tour continues until October 26th.
NIC Greeks Nominated for Emmy Awards
The nominees for Emmy Awards include four alumni of NIC member fraternities. Jim Parsons (Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of Houston) was nominated again as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (for The Big Bang Theory). Nominees in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category are Ty Burrell (Sigma Chi at the University of Oregon) in Modern Family and Tony Hale (Sigma Chi at Samford University) in HBO's Veep. Among the Outstanding Variety Series nominations is The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Pi Kappa Alpha at William & Mary). The 65th annual Emmy Awards show airs September 22nd on CBS-TV.
KA’s Brandt Snedeker Wins the Canadian Open
Winning his second PGA Tour title of 2013 was Brandt Snedeker (Kappa Alpha Order at Vanderbilt University) who earned $1,008,000 after shooting a 16 under four round total of 272 (70-69-63-70) at the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario. After competing in 16 events this year, Snedeker is fourth on the PGA Tour earnings list with $4,829,911.