Men's Athletics Longhorn Hall of Honor inducts eight new members
Nov. 7, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Augie Garrido, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history; Longhorn All-American, PGA Tour participant and current Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee; all-time leading basketball scorer Terrence Rencher; and two-time football All-American and two-time Super Bowl Champion Dan Neil joined four other former stars as the Men's Longhorn Hall of Honor inducted its class of 2008 on Friday evening. The 52nd Longhorn Hall of Honor class of eight inductees were honored at a banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Center Mike Baab, a first-team All-Southwest Conference selection in 1981, who went on to play 11 years in the NFL, and vintage selections Charlie Munson (baseball, 1947-49), Ed Padgett (football, 1959-61) and Knox Nunnally (football, 1962-64) rounded out the class.
The Hall of Honor Vintage Committee, which considers candidates who earned their letters more than 40 years ago, also has the ability to waive the rules for selecting worthy candidates who -- like Garrido -- are still active with the UT athletics department. The current era inductees were chosen by a committee of their peers from a ballot, which included 16 former stars.
Garrido joins Longhorn football coach Mack Brown and swimming coach Eddie Reese as current Longhorn mentors selected through the exception rule. With a career record of 1,668-777-8, Garrido is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history and has led the Longhorns to two College World Series National Championships (2002 and '05) in the last seven years. He also has led Texas to second and third-place national finishes in 2003 and 2004 and four Big 12 Championships (2002, '04, '06 and '07). Garrido has led his team to five National Championships during his career, taking Cal State Fullerton to three titles (1979, '84 and '95).
Neil started 49 consecutive games (second-longest streak in UT history) at either guard or center during his Longhorn career from 1993 through 1996, earning consensus first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1996. A two-time first-team all-conference pick, he was the anchor of an offensive line that paved the way for Texas to claim the final Southwest Conference Championship in 1995 and the first-ever Big 12 title in 1996. The Longhorns earned berths in the Sugar and Fiesta Bowls those two seasons. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and a team captain and MVP as a senior, only the second offensive lineman in the modern era of UT football to earn team MVP honors. He played eight seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and was a starter for the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl Championship teams in 1998 and 1999.
Chamblee, one of the lead commentators for the Golf Channel, is one of only four Longhorn golfers to earn first-team All-America honors and win a Southwest Conference individual title. He won five college tournaments including the SWC title in 1983. In 17 seasons on the PGA Tour, he recorded 25 top-10 finishes.
Baab was a four-year letterman and the first-team All-Southwest Conference center and team captain for the Longhorns in 1981. He helped Texas post a 10-1-1 record, including a 14-12 upset of No. 3 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl and a final No. 2 ranking as a senior. Baab went on to a long career in the NFL, playing in 149 games over 11 seasons, including eight with the Cleveland Browns (1982-87 and 1990-91). He also spent two years with the New England Patriots (1988-89) and one with the Kansas City Chiefs (1992).
Rencher was a four-year starter at shooting guard for the Longhorns from 1992 through 1995 and finished his career as the leading scorer (2,306 points) in Southwest Conference history. He still holds UT career marks in points, steals (255) and field goals made (826). Following a one-year stint in the NBA and a 10-year professional career overseas, he returned to Texas to finish his degree, and was recently named a graduate assistant basketball coach at Saint Louis University. He earned UT's Intercollegiate Athletics Council Academic Achievement Award -- an honor that recognizes student-athletes who through perseverance, determination and motivation, have met academic challenges -- at the 2008 Longhorn Men's Academic Awards Banquet.
Munson, the oldest of Vintage Era honorees, was a steady hitter who helped lead the Longhorns to their first National Baseball Championship in 1949. He continued his athletic career after graduation as a high school coach and later as the athletics director of the Austin Independent School District.
Padgett was a tackle who was a key member of Darrell Royal's first recruiting class at Texas in 1957. He was an important cog in the Longhorns' Southwest Conference Championship teams in 1959 and 1961. Texas posted a 9-2 record in 1959 and finished ranked fourth nationally. In 1961, the Horns were 10-1, including a 12-7 win over No. 5 Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl, and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Nunnally, a Houston attorney who has served as a consultant to UT and the athletics department, was an All-Southwest Conference end that played on the Longhorns' first National Championship team in 1963. During his years at Texas (1962-64), the Longhorns posted a remarkable 30-2-1 record.
The four current era inductees -- Neil, Chamblee, Baab and Rencher -- were chosen from a ballot of 16 nominees by a panel of 50 former lettermen representing all sports and all eras of Longhorn athletics. Others on the ballot included John Langerhans (baseball, 1969-72), Chris Jacobs (swimming, 1984-86, '88), Steve Bryan (tennis, 1989-90). Dwight Jefferson (football, 1976-78), Preston Davis (track, 1964, '66, cross country, 1965), Alfred Jackson (football, 1974-77), Dr. Jim Willerson (swimming, 1959-61), Brad Elder (golf, 1995-98), Robert Brewer (football, 1981-82), Ron Gardenhire (baseball, 1978-79), Carlton Cooper (basketball, 1982-85) and Lance Gunn (football, 1989-92).
MIKE BAAB (Football 1978-81)
BRANDEL CHAMBLEE (Golf 1981-84)
DAN NEIL (Football 1993-96)
TERRENCE RENCHER (Basketball 1992-95)
VINTAGE COMMITTEE CANDIDATES
Augie Garrido (Baseball Coach 1997-current)
ED PADGETT (Football 1959-61)
CHARLIE MUNSON (Baseball 1947-49)
KNOX NUNNALLY (Football 1962-64)