OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones and basketball standout Jesse Renick will be inducted into the 2012 class of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett announced today.
Joining Jones and Renick, are contributor Lynne Draper, Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, golf course architect Perry Maxwell, and University of Oklahoma football legend, Dewey Selmon. Both Renick and Maxwell will be inducted posthumously.
"We are very excited about this year's class of inductees," said Eddie Griffin, President of The Jim Thorpe Association. "Each one represents something different that they contributed to the sports world in the state of Oklahoma. All have left a legacy that we are proud to honor with this recognition."
Jones, who spent 37 years as a football coach, including 10 years in the NFL, is the winningest coach in OSU football history. While serving as head coach for the Cowboys from 1984-1994, he coached nine All-Americans and one Heisman Trophy winner.
He also coached the Big 8's all-time leading passer (Mike Gundy), receiver (Hart Lee Dykes) and rusher (Thurman Thomas). He was twice named Big 8 Coach of the Year (1984 and 1992). He was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame in 2011 and into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame this year.
Jesse "Cab" Renick was Oklahoma State basketball's first two-time All-American. Renick, from Marietta, Okla., is considered one of the offensive highlights of coach Henry Iba's 1938-1939 squad. He led the team in scoring with 179 points in 27 games. He finished his career at Oklahoma A&M with 403 points in 56 games. Renick competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics and became the second Native American, after Jim Thorpe, to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
The induction ceremony will be held Aug. 6, 2012 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
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