Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup 3rd Round Draw

first_imgHolders Dundalk will travel to Leinster Senior League side Crumlin United in the third round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. The draw, which took place in Clonmel as part of the FAI’s Festival of Football week in Tipperary, was conducted by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and FAI President Tony Fitzgerald. The Lilywhites, who beat Cork City in last season’s final at the Aviva Stadium, will face Crumlin who progressed past SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Finn Harps in the second round.Munster Senior League Ringmahon Rangers will host First Division side Cobh Ramblers in a local derby whilst First Division leaders Limerick will travel to St. Patrick’s Athletic.The full Irish Daily Mail third round draw is below:-Athlone Town v Shamrock RoversU.C.D. v JanesboroRingmahon Rangers v Cobh RamblersBohemians v Derry CityCrumlin United v DundalkWexford Youths v Sligo RoversSt. Patrick’s Athletic v LimerickLongford Town v Cork CityAll ties will be played the week ending Sunday, August 21st, with fixture dates and times set to be announced in due course.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Hurling Fixtures For Next Weekend

first_imgGullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 6Round 3Bullaun 19:00 Sarsfields v Pádraig PearsesReferee:  David Staunton Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 1Round 4Kinvara 14:00 Kinvara v SarsfieldsReferee:  Tom Mc Nicholas Killimor 14:00 Killimor v Ahascragh/FohenaghReferee:  John Rosney Ballinderreen 14:00 Ballinderreen v CappataggleReferee:  Ger O Connor Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1 Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1Round 4Michael Cusacks 14:00 Michael Cusacks v MoycullenReferee:  Joe Larkin Kilconieron 14:00 Kilconieron v ArdrahanReferee:  Gerry Donoghue Padraig Pearses GAA Ground 14:00 Pádraig Pearses v Mullagh/KiltormerReferee:  Vincent Burke Round 4Duggan Park 14:00 Loughrea v KillimordalyReferee:  Peter Campbell Loughrea 14:00 Meelick-Eyrecourt v Liam MellowsReferee:  Derek Kelly Kenny Park 14:00 Craughwell v ClarinbridgeReferee:  John Mc Donagh Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 2Round 3Mullagh Hurling Club Grounds 19:00 Mullagh v Tommy LarkinsReferee:  Seamus Moran Leitrim Community Centre 19:00 Kilnadeema-Leitrim v Meelick-EyrecourtReferee:  Liam Gordon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 3Round 3Cregg 19:00 Annaghdown v AbbeyknockmoyReferee:  Stephen Doyle Turloughmore 19:00 Turloughmore v St Mary’s GAA AthenryReferee:  Michael Melia Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Clarinbridge 14:00 Turloughmore v St Mary’s GAA AthenryReferee:  Ronan Stankard Carnmore 14:00 Castlegar v Salthill-KnocknacarraReferee:  Richard Mc Nicholas Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Duggan Park 15:30 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry v BallygarReferee:  Christopher Browne center_img Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 2Round 4Oranmore-Maree 14:00   Oranmore-Maree v AbbeyknockmoyReferee:  Adrian Mooney Páirc na bhForbacha 14:00   Cois Fharraige v BallinasloeReferee:  Conor Quinlan Sylane 14:00 Sylane v Skehana-Mountbellew/MoyloughReferee:  David Staunton 16-05-2018 (Wed)Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 1Round 3Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry  19:00 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry v KillimorReferee:  Peter Murphy Cappataggle 19:00 Cappataggle v PortumnaReferee:  James Lundon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 7Round 3Oranmore-Maree 19:00 Oranmore-Maree v Rahoon-NewcastleReferee:  Conor Quinlan Ballyloughane 19:00   Liam Mellows v MoycullenReferee:  David Earls print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Tommy Larkins Park 14:00 Tommy Larkins v GortReferee:  David Cunningham Tonabrocky 14:00 Rahoon-Newcastle v CarnmoreReferee:  Murt Ó Cualáin Leitrim Community Centre 14:00 Kilnadeema-Leitrim v St ThomasReferee:  Brian Keon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 5Round 3Clarinbridge 19:00 Clarinbridge v LoughreaReferee:  Paul Fahy Beagh 19:00 Beagh v CraughwellReferee:  Noel Quinn Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 4Round 3Kilbeacanty 19:00 Kilbeacanty v GortReferee:  Michael Conway Ballinderreen 19:00 Ballinderreen v ArdrahanReferee:  Karol Collins 12-05-2018 (Sat)last_img read more

Roscommon Races – Monday Preview

first_imgOfficials at Roscommon Racecourse have been working hard on their track to ensure Monday’s Flat meeting takes place on safe ground, with the feature Lenebane Stakes, a Listed race over just shy of a mile and a half, heading to post at 8.20pm. Ballingarry, County Limerick trainer Richard O’Brien sees his recent impressive Curragh handicap winner Maths Prize take a step up in class under regular rider Billy Lee, with Ger Lyons’ Mustajeer likely to be one of his toughest rivals in the six-strong line-up. Elsewhere on the card in-form Kells, County Meath trainer Michael Mulvany sends My Silver Nails into battle for the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Fillies Handicap after winning at Bellewstown just four days ago.Dublin-based handler Damian English saddles Alfirak, after finishing second at the same popular fixture five days ago, in the Super Valu Roscommon Apprentice Handicap where he will have to defy top weight.Racing gets underway at Roscommon at 5.50pm and the going is currently good-to-firm, with watering set to continue during the warm weather. Looking ahead to the action is George McDonagh…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.George’s Roscommon Tips:6.50 Althib7.50 Check Your Pockets8.20 Kalaxana (NAP)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mick Halford’s Ulster Oaks winner Kalaxana shouldn’t be inconvenienced by stepping up in trip from her last win, while the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Family Tree and Somerset Maugham are still relatively unexposed.last_img read more

County Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final And Relegation Draws

first_imgIntermediate Championship – Quarter Finals DrawDunmore McHales v HeadfordOileáin Árann v ClifdenOranmore/Maree v Micheál BreathnachAn Spideal v Menlough Intermediate Relegation Play-Off GamesOughterard v Kilkerrin/ClonberneSt. Gabriels v WilliamstownThe two winners of these games retain their Intermediate Status for 2019.The losers of these two games will join the four Teams (Glenamaddy, St. Brendan’s, Carna/Cashel & Athenry) who finished at the bottom of their respective groups, for the final series of play-off relegation games.Two groups of three, one of the Third placed Teams in each group.Open draw for the fourth placed TeamsRd. 1: 1 v 2 Rd. 2: Loser of 1v2 plays 3, Rd. 3 Winner of 1v2 plays 3Three Teams to be relegated to Junior for 2019.Final position of teams in each group to be determined in accordance with Rule 6.21 (C)The top Team in each Group retains their Intermediate Status of 2019.The bottom Team in the two Groups are relegated to Junior for 2019.The two second placed teams in the Relegation Groups, play-off with the loser being the third team to be relegated to Junior for 2019 and the winner retaining their Intermediate status.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Semi-Finals – Four Winners – Open Drawlast_img read more

Alan Flynn joins Kildare Senior Football Management Team

first_imgThe 39-year-old is Operations Manager of Legacy Performance Gym in his hometown of Tuam, Co Galway. Alan is looking forward to his new role, and working with and alongside, the new management team, and the talented players within the county of Kildare.O’ Neill commented that “I am delighted to have Alan join the Senior Football Management Team alongside Tom, Karl and I. He is a top-class coach with vast experience at all levels within the game – club, colleges, county underage and county senior, and I am sure that his impact on the training pitch will be evident immediately. It is a very exciting time for Kildare football following our own journey to the Super 8’s this year and the phenomenal achievement of the U/20’s players and management in winning the All Ireland, so it is our collective responsibility as a Management Team to ensure that we honour this progress and continue to coach to the highest standards, provide the high performance environment that will allow these Kildare players to reach their maximum potential when it matters most (on the field of battle) and ultimately build for a better future for Kildare football”. Kildare Senior Football Manager, Cian O’Neill, has revealed today that Alan Flynn will join the senior football management set-up as Head Coach, joining Tom Cribbin and Karl O’ Dwyer to complete the 4-strong management team. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img The former Galway U21 football winning Manager and Coach in 2013, was also Coach to the Galway U21 All Ireland winning team in 2011. More recently Flynn has been Head Coach to the Clare Senior Football team for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, helping to retain Division 2 status both seasons in the NFL. Prior to this, he worked with a number of teams, having coached Galway club Caherlistrane to win the Galway Intermediate and Connacht championship in 2005, and reach Croke Park in the Ireland Final in 2006. He also managed and coached the GMIT fresher team in 2007 to the All-Ireland Freshers Final and subsequently brought the GMIT Sigerson Team to the Sigerson Cup ½ final in 2008. From 2009-2011 and again from 2014-2016, Alan managed and coached his home club senior team Tuam Stars, reaching the county final in 2011. Over the last two seasons he has helped coach the Annaghdown Senior Football Squad to two County Semi Finals and & League Promotion in 2017.last_img read more

RECAP: Smoke Eaters Fall In Overtime To Wild

first_imgThe advantage was short-lived for Trail as Wenatchee came down and tied the game. Dorsey protected the puck as he raced his way into the zone and made a nice move to get past the glove side of Marcoux for his second goal of the game and knotted things up at 4-4 before overtime. Lucas Sowder ended the game 2:11 into the extra frame as he blazed down the left wing and cut to the net, going from his backhand to his forehand to give the Wild their first overtime win of the season.  Adam Marcoux stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced in the game, suffering his 7th loss of the season while Austin Park made 19 saves on 23 shots in picking up his 6th win of the year. FINAL SCORE: 5-4 Wild (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 32-23 WildSMOKE EATERS PP: 1/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 2/23 STARS:1) Matt Dorsey (2-0-2)2) Lucas Sowder (1-1-2)3) Owen Ozar (2-1–3)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Blake Bargar (0-0-0)ATTENDANCE: 1,643The Smoke Eaters (7-6-3-1) return back to the Trail Memorial Centre as they host the Mainland Division’s Prince George Spruce Kings (10-5-0-1) on Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office. The Trail Smoke Eaters battled their way from behind but eventually fell in overtime to the Wenatchee Wild by a 5-4 score on Wednesday night at the Town Toyota Center. Owen Ozar collected a pair of goals and three points in his BCHL debut but it would not be enough as Trail battled back from a two-goal 1st period deficit with Lucas Sowder scoring the overtime winning goal and helping Wenatchee to a 5-4 victory in extra time. Wenatchee opened the scoring with the only goal in the first period of play, one that was very even between the two teams. Matt Gosiewski drove down the right wing and dropped a pass for Lucas Sowder in the left-wing face-off circle and passed backdoor for Matt Dorsey as he tapped the puck past Smoke Eaters goaltender Adam Marcoux for a 1-0 lead at the 7:03 mark of the opening period. The game would open up a bit in the second period as the Wild would build a 2-0 lead, stemming off of a big save from Austin Park, stonewalling Bryce Anderson in front of the goal in his attempt to tie the game. Christophe Fillion worked his way around the perimeter of the zone and had his pass to the slot area blocked in front before the puck came behind the goal and banked in off a leg from Cristophe Tellier and past Marcoux at the 4:58 mark of the middle stanza to double the Wenatchee advantage. The Smoke Eaters began to chip away at the lead and came in the way of a forward who waited 16 games to get into the action. Carter Jones started the play, making a nice deke around a defender at the right goal line and set up a pass for Braeden Tuck in the circle before he zipped the puck to the blocker side and spotted Owen Ozar at the side of the night for his first career BCHL goal and cut the deficit to one goal at the 10:49 mark of the 2nd period. Only 2:06 later, Ozar and Tuck facilitated the play that helped tie the game. Ozar pushed the puck ahead on the right side for Tuck, who spotted Trevor Zins inside the blue lien on the left wing as he one-timed a shot past the blocker side of Park for his 5th goal of the season and tied the game at the 12:53 mark. The Wild got their lead back before the period was out at the 16:09 mark of the frame after the Trail defence did a good job to force PJ Fletcher to the outside but the puck found it’s way to the slot for Nathan Iannone, who chopped it by the blocker side of Marcoux to restore the Wenatchee lead and make it a 3-2 game. The impressive BCHL debut for Ozar continued in the opening moments of the 3rd period and tied the game at the 3:26 mark of the final regulation frame. Tuck left the puck for Ozar to skate onto in the left circle as he broke past the defence and beat Park on the glove side for his second goal of the game and knotted the contest up at 3-3. The Smoke Eaters got their first lead of the game at the 12:44 mark of the 3rd period and it came courtesy of the power play. Levi Glasman centred a puck from the right face-off circle that Hayden Rowan caught a piece of and tipped the puck past Park for his 7th goal of the season and gave Trail a 4-3 lead. last_img read more

West Kootenay Timberwolves tie the Cranbrook Outlaws in Rossland Opener

first_imgThe West Kootenay Timberwolves kicked off the first of two back-to-back home weekends in Rossland on June 1.  The visiting Cranbrook Outlaws were looking for their second win of the season against the Timberwolves. The players did not disappoint the fans, with both teams delivering a strong and entertaining performance. The game ended tied at 6, with neither team able to score in the 5‑minute sudden death overtime. Offensive Technical Coach Kevin Floyd was thrilled with the fan support and the Timberwolves performance. “We had a great turnout for our first game of the season in Rossland. We were hoping for a win at home for the large crowd but were very happy with the come back effort. We hope that the fans who came out to cheer us on were satisfied and continue to support us down the regular season stretch as we try to earn home advantage for playoffs.”Five Timberwolves players found the back of the Outlaws net, led by Castlegar’s Eric Reid who scored twice. Fruitvale’s Konrad Kohl, Rossland’s Alex Forshaw, Castlegar’s Dustin Perepolkin, and call-up player Reece Whitehead each contributed one goal. Defensive Technical Coach Rob Van Beek commended the players’ effort. “The boys played hard. They hit the post five times in overtime but just could not get the winning goal.” The Timberwolves have four regular season games left. They are hosting the Calgary Axemen on June 8 (2 pm) and the Olds Stingers on June 9 (11 am) at the Castlegar Complex. The Axemen and the Stingers will play each other on June 8 at 8 pm. West Kootenay and Cranbrook are tied at 3-3-1 in the Junior B Tier 3 Division standings. Game detailsSaturday June 1, Rossland Arena (Rossland)Final score: 6-6Timberwolves goals: Eric Reid (2), Alex Forshaw (1), Konrad Kohl (1), Dustin Perepolkin (1), Reece Whitehead (1).Attendance: 160last_img read more

Hockey Canada says regions to determine return

first_imgThe following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the return-to-hockey process in Canada.“On March 12, the decision was made to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities across the country. This was a difficult decision, but one made to maintain the health and safety of all participants and the general public amid growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Currently there are no Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities being conducted, and we are working with our Members on their return-to-hockey plans.After ongoing discussions with the board of directors, our chief medical officer, the 13 Members and public health authorities across the country, it has been determined that the best approach for a return to hockey in Canada is to allow each Member the opportunity to work with authorities in their respective regions to determine when it is safe to return to the ice in areas that fall under their jurisdiction. We expect the timing of each Member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority.It is imperative to note that we are not ready to return to the game across the country. As we have seen in respect to flattening the curve, the impact of the pandemic varies from region to region.Permitting our Members the opportunity to decide on an appropriate return-to-hockey timeline will allow them to work directly with public health authorities to determine when it is safe to return while also implementing specific safety measures and rules within their associations and leagues.Hockey Canada knows the game will look quite different, and the return will happen at different speeds and at different times across the country. Be assured, we continue to work on our multi-faceted return-to-hockey plan that includes health and safety regulations, communications and seasonal structure.As with so many people across the country, we look forward to returning to the game when it is safe to do so, and we will support our 13 Members as we continue to work towards getting back on the ice.”For more information on the Return to Hockey plan, please visit read more

Southland Women’s Golf Championship Tees Off Tuesday

first_imgHouston Baptist and UIW will be playing in their first Southland Conference championship. The Huskies are led by junior Rachel Mulkey, who averages 76.31 strokes per round in 10 tournaments. The Cardinals are paced by freshman Jamie Bibby, who has a 77.92 stroke average in 25 rounds. Ten Southland universities field a women’s golf team: Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, UIW, Lamar, McNeese State, New Orleans, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The conference tournament is slated to tee off Tuesday at 8 a.m. Pairings are based on team seeding, which is calculated using the Golfstat rankings. Players will play 18 holes of golf Tuesday and Wednesday before playing the final round of 18 holes Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Live scoring for the 2014 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship will be available at Oral Roberts tied for second at last year’s championship, and will be seeking a conference title after having its streak of 14 consecutive conference titles snapped last year in its first Southland season. The Golden Eagles are led by Alejandra Acosta and Alheli Moreno, both of whom earned second-team all-conference last season. Acosta, a freshman from Coahuila, Mexico, averages the lowest score on the team with a 77.04 stroke average, including a low-round of 68, in 10 tournaments. Alheli, the conference’s golfer of the month for March, averages 77.75 in 28 rounds. The senior from Aguascaliente, Mexico, has a low score of 72 on the year. Sam Houston, which tied with ORU in last year’s tournament, returns second-team all-conference selection Nicole Budnik. The sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, averages 77.79 strokes in 28 rounds. The Bearkats are led by junior transfer Alisa White. The Hereford, Texas, native has a 76.11 stroke average in 10 tournaments and has helped the Bearkats to one team title this season. Lamar has the highest conference Golfstat ranking entering this season’s tournament. Last season, the Lady Cardinals entered the final day of the championships down four strokes before rallying for a seven-stroke win. Lamar is looking to repeat as conference champion for the first time since the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Lamar returns first-team all-conference member Nghi Ngo. The junior from Hochiminh City, Vietnam, has seven top-15 finishes on the season, including a second-place showing at the Harold Funston Invitation hosted by Sam Houston State last October. Ngo averages 76.17 strokes in 29 rounds on the season and has a low round of 70. Leading the way for the Lady Cardinals is freshman Wenny Chang. A two-time conference golfer of the month, Chang leads the league with a 74.90 stroke average in 29 rounds. Chang, who has a low round of 70, claimed top medalist honors at the Harold Funston for the Lady Cardinals. Lamar has won three tournaments this season in 10 events with wins at the the Oral Roberts Shootout, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic and the Houston Baptist Husky Classic.center_img Brown, a sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, leads the Bears with a 75.29 stroke average in nine tournaments and has a low-round of 68. Brown tied for fifth at last year’s championship with Moreno and Ngo. Martien, who tied for 15th last season, has a 75.89 average in 27 rounds. Johnson, who has a league-low round of 67 this season, tied for second place in last year’s tournament. The junior from Corpus Christi, Texas, has one individual title on the season and averages 77.42 strokes in 24 rounds. Anderson, who was the Ladyjacks’ top finisher in the 2013 championship with a 23rd-place showing, averages 79.52 strokes per round in nine tournaments.  UIW, which is not eligible to earn the Southland’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament during its transition period from Division II to Division I, will be participating in this year’s tournament unattached. If the Cardinals were to win the event, the team finishing in second place will move on to represent the Southland in an NCAA regional. Other notable returning golfers include Central Arkansas’ Sarah Brown, McNeese State’s Sydney Martien, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Vanessa Johnson and Stephen F. Austin’s Aliece Anderson. This year will mark the second time the Southland women’s golf that the championship will be held at a truly neutral site. Lamar has won the most Southland tournament titles with four followed by Sam Houston State with two and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with one. FRISCO, Texas – The 13th annual Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship tees off Tuesday at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, Texas. The 6,258-yard par 72 will be hosting its first Southland tournament.last_img read more

Former McNeese State DB Selected for College Football Hall of Fame

first_imgCoaches to be inducted are Mike Bellotti of Chico State and Oregon, and Jerry Moore of North Texas, Texas Tech and Appalachian State. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized in the new $66.5 million College Football Hall of Fame, currently under construction in Atlanta and scheduled to open in August of 2014. He remains the school and conference record holder with 17 career blocked kicks (punts, field goals, PATs) and led the NCAA in that category in both the 1980 and 1981 seasons.  His four blocked field goals in 1981 and 10 career blocked field goals as well as 17 combined career blocked kicks, continues to hold the top spot in the NCAA record book.  Other players that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 include Dre Bly, defensive back from North Carolina; Tony Boselli, offensive tackle from USC; Dave Butz, defensive tackle from Purdue; Shane Conlan, linebacker from Penn State; Joe Hamilton, quarterback from Georgia Tech; John Huard, linebacker from Maine; Darrin Nelson, halfback from Stanford; Willie Road, offensive lineman from Louisiana Tech; John Sciarra, quarterback from UCLA; Sterling Sharpe, wide receiver from South Carolina; Derrick Thomas (deceased), linebacker from Alabama; and Wesley Walls, tight end from Mississippi. Smith joins Fred Dean of Louisiana Tech (1971-74) as the only two players from the Southland Conference to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Dean was a member of the 2012 class. “We are extremely proud to announce the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss. “Each of these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments at the new Hall of Fame in Atlanta as an inspiration to future generations.” In 1988, Smith signed on with the Buffalo Bills where he helped lead the team to four straight AFC East Division titles (1988, 89, 90, 91), two AFC championships (1990, 1991), and played in two Super Bowls (XXV and XXVI). He helped lead the Cowboys to the 1980 Southland Conference championship and played in the Independence Bowl, a 16-14 loss to Southern Mississippi.  He was a freshman on the 1979 undefeated team that won the league title, but did not letter.  He was named the Cowboys’ MVP in 1982 and was inducted into the McNeese Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Smith was drafted in the first round as the 17th pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the then-St. Louis Cardinals and would earn All-Pro recognition in 1986.  His draft selection continues to rank as the highest pick in Southland Conference history and only matched by John Stephens of Northwestern State in the 1988 draft.center_img The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted together at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, and they will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with on-campus salutes during the fall. Smith, a 1982 Associated Press All-American, was a nine-year NFL veteran, a career that included an All-Pro selection in 1986. He is the highest NFL Draft selection in school and conference history (17th overall pick, 1st round in 1983). “Combining the inductees into one class allows us to create a unified platform for honoring the game’s greatest legends,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The change completes the process that we began in 1996, creating a cohesive process for what it means to be a Hall of Famer. We are grateful for the guidance, knowledge and vision of honors court chairmen Gene Corrigan (FBS) and Jack Lengyel (divisional) for making the change possible and the essential role that they play each in selecting the inductees.” For the first time in the history of the organization, the NFF has combined the inductees from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, Division III and the NAIA into one class. In 1996, the NFF started formally inducting players from the divisional ranks. College Football Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson called the change one of the best things to ever happen in college football at the time, and the change has proven to be extremely successful during the past 18 years with the 144 divisional inductees.  IRVING, Texas – Leonard Smith, a two-time first team All-Southland Conference defensive back and member of the conference’s all-time football team, has selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame with the class of 2014, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Thursday. Smith joins 13 other First Team All-America players and two legendary coaches.  The inductees were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks, including the Football Championship Subdivision. A native of Baton Rouge and product of Lee High School, Smith played for the Cowboys from 1980-82 and earned first team all-conference honors in 1981 and 1982.  In 1982, he was named the Southland and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year as well as picking up first team Associated Press All-America honors.last_img read more