Tickets On Sale For Hall Of Fame Induction, Banquet
Ceremony To Be Followed By Spring Football Game
DENTON - The banquet honoring the 2014 class of inductees into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the HUB Club of Apogee Stadium.
The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by the annual Green-White spring football game at 2 p.m. Admission to the banquet is $20 for individual seats or $150 to reserve a table seating eight. Those buying tickets to the banquet can watch the spring game from the club level.
The banquet, sponsored by Meridian Bank of Texas, will feature the induction of:
· Leonard Dunlap (football), a member of the North Texas All-Century football team and the last player from NT to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft;
· Walter "Weasel" Johnson (men's basketball), a sensational point guard during the Bill Blakely era;
· Judy Nelson (women's basketball), who coached the Mean Green to the school's first berth in the NCAA Tournament and the program's first 20-win season;
· Willie Parker (football), also a member of the All-Century team who went on to play 11 years in the NFL; and
· George Dunham (Fred McCain Award winner), the recently-retired play-by-play man for North Texas athletics on the Mean Green Radio Network.
Admission to the spring game is free.
To purchase tickets or reserve a table to the Hall of Fame banquet, click here to buy online or call the North Texas Athletics Ticket Office at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.
2014 Hall of Fame Bios:
Leonard Dunlap (football) - Dunlap arrived at North Texas in 1969 and immediately began making his record-breaking impact. A transfer from Kilgore Junior College, he cracked the starting lineup and intercepted six passes and returned three for touchdowns, tying an NCAA single-season record. He had seven more picks his senior year in 1970, giving him 13 for his two-year career and tying him for third place all-time at NT. He added to his touchdown total in his senior year with one interception return for a score, giving him four while with the Mean Green. Dunlap still holds the school record for career interception-return yards with 382. In 1970, he was named to the Missouri Valley's first-team All-Conference team, and, in 1971, he was the MVC Athlete of the Year. Dunlap was a first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in 1971. He played five years in the NFL, the last four with the San Diego Chargers, and in 1972 he had five interceptions. In 2013, Dunlap was named to the North Texas All-Century Football Team.
Walter "Weasel" Johnson (men's basketball) - Johnson was the dynamic point guard for the most prolific-scoring one of the entertaining teams in school history. He set the school record for assists in a single season in 1976-77 with 208, averaging 7.7 per game. In his first season with NT in 1975-76, he dished out 142 assists as the Mean Green scored 96 points per game and won a then school-record 22 games. In 1976-77, NT won 21 games and averaged 87.5 points a game. Johnson quarterbacked the Mean Green to wins over Baylor, Arizona State, SMU, Kansas State, TCU, Tulsa and Creighton. North Texas scored over 100 points 16 times in his two seasons as point guard. He scored 13.5 points a game his first year and 14.4 points a game his senior season. He was the first player in school history to play 1,000 minutes in a season, and has the second highest minutes per game average in history at 37.0 in 1976-77.
Judy Buckles Nelson (women's basketball) - Nelson led the 1985-86 women's basketball team to the school's first berth in the NCAA Tournament and the program's first 20-win season. Nelson began her coaching career at North Texas in 1983. She inherited a program that won just six games the previous season, but, after two lean seasons, Nelson turned the program around. In the 1985-86 campaign, Nelson's Mean Green went 20-10, including a 71-36 win over McNeese State in the Southland Conference playoff game, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Nelson coached some of the best players in program history, including 1,000-point club members Isalene Jones, Ramona Black and Clara Campbell, who was the 1986 Newcomer of the Year in the Southland Conference. Her teams recorded wins over SMU, TCU, Baylor and Texas A&M. Nelson coached six seasons and finished with 66 wins.
Willie Parker (football) - A dominating presence as a center for two seasons at North Texas, Parker helped anchor the offensive line for one of the most productive quarterbacks in school history, Steve Ramsey. Parker came to North Texas after two years at Wharton County Junior College. In 1969, he was named to the Missouri Valley All-Conference team during Ramsey's record-setting senior season. In 1970, Parker was again named All-Conference. "He may be the best center in the country," North Texas coach Rod Rust said in 1970. Following his senior season, Parker was one of five Mean Green players to be selected in the 1971 NFL Draft, chosen in the third round by San Francisco. Parker played 11 seasons with the 49ers and Buffalo Bills. In 2013, Parker was named to the North Texas All-Century Football Team.
George Dunham (Fred McCain Award) - Dunham was the "Voice of the Mean Green" for 21 years and a part of the Mean Green Radio Network for nearly 30 years. Dunham began his broadcasting career with the legendary Bill Mercer in 1990, and took over the play-by-play duties in 1994. Dunham is a 1988 graduate of North Texas and was the winner of the 1996 Ulys Knight Spirit Award. The veteran broadcaster began his career at campus station KNTU and went on to the Texas State Network and KRLD. Dunham is now a household name as part of the award winning "Dunham and Miller" show on KTCK 1310 The Ticket. The duo has been voted the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Radio Personalities of the Year. In perhaps his most memorable call, Dunham coined the phrase "Do you believe in the Mean Green" in the 1997 upset win over Texas Tech.