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  • Ken Trickey

    Inducted: 1991
    Sports: Basketball

    A native of Cairo, Ill., Ken Trickey was an MT basketball trailblazer. A top scorer, his 1,465 career points is still among the highest on record at MT. A four-time All-VSAC player, he also was All-OVC in his sophomore and junior years. He also was captain of the first Blue Raider basketball team to play at the NAIA Nationals in Kansas City.

    After graduation and coaching at the high school level, he became head MT basketball coach in 1965. He made an indelible mark on Blue Raider basketball with numerous promotions that attracted fans to watch his eye-popping, fast-break style of play.

    When Trickey's men outscored Oral Roberts University 115-98, Rev. Roberts recruited him as head coach. In 20 seasons there, his teams had a 199-76 record and played in the NCAA tournament and the NIT. Trickey also had stints as head coach at Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma State.

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    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.