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  • Charles "Stumpy" Sarver

    Inducted: 1987
    Sports: Football

    Charles "Stumpy" Sarver stepped up in the spring of his freshman year to the challenge from then MT football coach and fellow Hall of Famer, Frank Faulkinberry, for "two good men in the middle of the defensive line." From that day forward, he was an MT guard.

    His playing career was capped in 1935 by an 8-0 season and the SIAA championship. While he went on to coach in high schools throughout the Southeast, at MT he is best known as the student who accepted the challenge of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal to come up with a new team name. To replace the uninspired "Normalites," "Pedagogues" and "Teachers" that been used since the school's founding, Sarver proposed the "Blue Raiders." It was a name he said was inspired by Colgate University's Red Raiders. For his effort, Sarver won $5.

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    Roger Carroll

    Dwone Hicks

    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.