DENTON, Tex. (10/27/07) More than 250 people gathered this morning at the Gateway Center as the University of North Texas inducted its 2007 Hall of Fame Class and honored the 1977 football team.
Former football coach and Hall of Fame member Hayden Fry spoke to more than 40 members of the 1977 football team that won 10 games and finished the year ranked 16th in the nation.
The North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed its 25th class as Christy Johnson (soccer), Jalie Mitchell (women’s basketball), Rosalyn Reades (women’s basketball), and Bennie Rutherford (men’s basketball) were honored.
Johnson, a four-year letterwinner, was one of the pillars during the early years of North Texas women’s soccer. Johnson left North Texas in 2000 as the all-time leader in goals, points, shots, and games started in her four-year career. She was a freshman All-American in 1997 and first-team all-central region player that year.
Perhaps the greatest women’s basketball player in Mean Green history, Mitchell was named all-conference all four years at North Texas, concluding her career as the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. She is the Mean Green’s all-time leading scorer with 1,764 points and ranks No. 1 in free throws and attempts.
One of the most complete players to ever suit up at North Texas, Reades was a four-year letterwinner that ended her career ranked No. 1 in assists (458) and steals (296) at North Texas. She was a two-time all-conference pick and the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2002
Rutherford was a four-year letterman in basketball from 1946-50. He was the Eagles’ leading scorer in 1949-50 with a 16.8 ppg average, which included a season-high 29 points against Houston.
Rutherford was a first-team Gulf Coast Conference selection in 1949-50 as he scored 438 total points, the third-most in the state of Texas. He was the basketball co-captain and voted the T Club’s Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1949-50.