Four of 21 new enshrinees into the National College Football Hall of Fame have ties to the PAC-10. The list is headed by QB Troy Aikman, who was the first round draft choice out of UCLA in the 1989 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Aikman, after transferring to the Bruins after being a part of the 1985 National Champions at Oklahoma, led the Bruins to back to back 10-2 seasons in 1987 & 1988, but lost to cross-town rival USC both years, and in the process, lost a trip to the Rose Bowl both times.Others on the list announced Friday afternoon with ties to PAC-10 schools include RB Rueben Mayes from Washington State from 1982-1985, OG Randall McDaniel of Arizona State (1984-87), and Coach John Cooper, who coached at Arizona State from 1985-87 after a stint at Tulsa, and before moving on to Ohio State.
Mayes rushed for a career total of 3,519 yards and 23 TDs, and is best remembered in the Willamette Valley for running for 357 yards against Oregon in the 1984 game.
McDaniel started 39 consecutive games for the Sun Devils, helping ASU to three consecutive bowl berths, and went on to made 12 Pro Bowl appearances in his 15 year career in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cooper coached McDaniel his last three seasons, as the Sun Devils claimed the 1986 PAC-10 title, and went on to win the Rose Bowl over MIchigan. Cooper later became the first coach to lead both a Pac-10 (or its fore-funners) team and a Big Ten team to Rose Bowl victories.
The complete list as reported in the USA today is here.