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  • Jacqui Brown

    Inducted: 2011
    Sports: Track and Field

    Jacqui Brown's had perhaps the most highly-acclaimed year in women's track and field history, earning All-American status four times in the 1994 season. She becomes the sixth female inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame.

    Brown earned All-American honors in 1994 in both the triple jump and long jump, indoors and outdoors, at the NCAA championships.

    In addition to her All-American honors, she also took home seven of a possible eight OVC women's championships in the triple jump and long jump from 1991-1994. And her 42'-2" mark in the triple jump has stood for years as the best ever in the OVC.

    Jumping, however, was not this Hall of Famer's only set of skills. Hayes also had Brown join his 4 x 100 meter relay team and she immediately excelled in that as well. When all was said and done, she and her fellow relay team members had sprinted to the school's all-time best clocking of 44.87.

    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.