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  • Sheikh Faye

    Inducted: 2009
    Sports: Track and Field

    A member of coach Dean Hayes famed "Grasshopper Gang" of the 1970s, Sheikh Faye earned several OVC and All-America honors as a Blue Raider long jumper. Recruited as a high jumper, a knee injury necessitated a move to Hayes' elite roster of long and triple jumpers.

    Not only did the flamboyant Gambian earn All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 1977 and 1978 as the best long jumper in the conference, he was also highly-acclaimed on the national stage, earning All-American long jump honors in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

    Faye's outstanding performances led to his selection to participate in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for his native country of Gambia. World politics, however, lead to Gambia's boycott before Faye could compete.

    Class of 2013

    Dewon Brazelton
    Baseball

    Roger Carroll
    Football

    Dwone Hicks
    Football

    Priscilla Robinson Murray
    Basketball, Volleyball

    James "Doug" Shrader
    Basketball, Baseball

    History of the Hall of Fame

    In the early spring of 1975, a pair of long-time supporters of Middle Tennessee State University's athletic program decided that the University should honor its greatest athletes. Homer Pittard, alumni director, and Gene Sloan, public relations director, came up with the idea and asked sports information director Jim Freeman to join them in setting up an athletic hall of fame.

    After getting approval for the Hall of Fame from President M. G. Scarlett, the trio began laying the groundwork to select the first inductees. Others, including Bob Womack and Joe Nunley, were also involved.

    "We decided not to have categories but to put all candidates in one group," said Freeman. "We also decided against inducting a large group to start with and felt that three per year was the ideal number. That way, everyone got a good share of the spotlight."

    The nominating and voting for the first several years was done by members of the old "T" Club, now reorganized and called the Varsity Club. Nominations were solicited, and the the list of candidates was mailed to the voters. They selected Horace Jones, Charles "Bubber" Murphy and Teddy Morris as the initial inductees in 1976.

    The Blue Raider Hall of Fame was originally housed in the old Blue Raider Room under the west side of the football stadium. It had to be torn down when then stadium was expanded in 1998. After several years without a home, the Hall of Fame moved into the new Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building in 2004.