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Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame induction

Five former Razorbacks and the entire 1994 University of Arkansas 1994 NCAA men’s basketball championship team were inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Five former Razorbacks and the entire 1994 University of Arkansas 1994 NCAA men’s basketball championship team were inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
 
In addition to the 1994 team, former basketball players Lee Mayberry and U.S. Reed were inducted along with former football coaches and players “Light Horse” Harry Jones, Pat Jones and Bob Ford. Other inductees joining the former Razorbacks included Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace, former Newport High School head football coach Bill Keady, former Forrest City star athlete Elmer “B” Lindsey, former Southern Arkansas women’s basketball coach Margaret Downing. Also inducted in the posthumous category were former UCA head football coach Raymond Bright and 1892 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton.

“Congratulations to this year’s inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “We are extremely proud to have five former Razorbacks and our 1994 NCAA championship men’s basketball team as part of the 2012 class. The many accomplishments of our honorees at the University of Arkansas and throughout their careers have given Razorback fans tremendous pride and many unforgettable moments.”

The induction of the 1994 basketball team is the second time in the Hall of Fame’s history that it has included a team into its hallowed halls. In 2010, the organization inducted the 1964 Razorback football team. Several members of the 1994 team have already seen their name called in the Hall of Fame signing class. In 1998 former head coach Nolan Richardson was inducted and he was followed by Corliss Williamson in 2009 and Scotty Thurman in 2010.
Mayberry was one of the key contributors to Arkansas’ 1990 Final Four run and was a part of 115 Arkansas wins in his four years on the court. He was a three-time all-conference selection and is one of Arkansas’ all-time leading scorers with 1,940 career points.

Reed is best known for his miraculous half-court shot against Louisville in the 1981 NCAA Tournament, but had a very good career on the hardwood. He was a part of the 1978 Final Four team, played in four NCAA Tournaments and was a member of Team USA at the World University Games that won a gold medal.

Harry Jones was a three-year letterwinner for the Razorback football team and was an all-Southwest Conference selection in 1965, He played safety on the 1964 national championship team, then moved to offense for his final two seasons, He was the first Razorback to be featured on a Sports Illustrated cover in 1965.
Pat Jones was a graduate assistant coach with the Razorback football team in the mid 1970s. He worked with then defensive coordinator Jimmy Johnson with the defensive linemen and helped Arkansas win a share of the 1975 Southwest Conference championship and the Cotton Bowl later that season. He is best known for being the head coach at Oklahoma State from 1984-94.

Ford was a freshman coach under Frank Broyles at the University of Arkansas form 1967-69. Prior to that he led Wynne to a state football championship as a player before going to play at what is now the University of Memphis. As a coach, he was on the staffs for Broyles and Arkansas native Paul “Bear” Bryant. He also spent 25 years as a player scout for the Dallas Cowboys.

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