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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Kentucky coach Joe Hall and contributor Jim Host of Kentucky were part of a 10-man class inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday night at the historic Midland Theatre, tipping off a three-day celebration of college basketball.

Georgetown’s dominating center Patrick Ewing, Kansas legend Clyde Lovellette and North Carolina’s star guard Phil Ford headlined the class that also included coach Dave Robbins of Virginia Union; players Kenny Sailors of Wyoming, Earl Monroe of Winston Salem State and Willis Reed of Grambling; and contributor  Joe Dean.

The 2012 induction ceremonies for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame may be seen on Sunday, December 9, at 10 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU.

As a Kentucky assistant coach in 1972, Hall had the unenviable task of succeeding Adolph Rupp. Unfazed by the task, Hall guided the Wildcats for 13 seasons, winning 75 percent of 397 games. Within three years, he reached the NCAA championship game and, in 1978, he earned National Coach of the Year honors while coaching Kentucky to its fifth national title with a 30-2 record. His Wildcat teams won eight SEC championships and earned a Final Four berth for the third time in 1984. He was named SEC Coach of the Year four times.

Few men have influenced the game of basketball as diversely as Dean. The three-time All-SEC player at LSU was a promotions and marketing executive with the Converse Rubber Co. from 1959-1987, advocating not only the Converse products but promoting the game of basketball wherever he traveled. In addition, he was a basketball color analyst with several networks including ESPN, NBC and Turner Sports from 1969-1987 before returning to his alma mater in Baton Rouge as director of athletics for 14 years.

The founder and principal of Host Communications, Host realized the potential growth of men’s basketball and partnered the NCAA with major corporations like Gillette, Valvoline and Pizza Hut. Host, who also had a background in broadcasting, went on to create a model for multimedia rights, bundling everything from coaches’ radio and TV shows, promotional appearances, endorsements and publishing into a single package for some of the nation’s top programs. He has been recognized as one of college athletics’ most influential people.

17 Responses to Former Kentucky coach Joe Hall inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

  • KYReignMaker says:

    Congrats to Coach Hall for his HOF induction!!! For sure deserved and should have been elected years before. Coach Hall never got the credit he deserved in the media for what he accomplished at the national level and how he dominated a very strong SEC during his tenure.

  • King Ghidora says:

    Joe B. certainly had a classy class to be part of as he entered the hall. Earl the Pearl, Willis Reed, Joe Dean and Jim Host not to mention Phil Ford who is one of the very best IMO. But it was Monroe who was the real class of this class. He was amazing as a basketball player. He invented a great percentage of the moves you still see people using today. His college career was nothing short of amazing too. He averaged over 41 ppg his senior year. That’s hard to top. He was no flash in the pan either. He had an amazing career with the Bullets and the Knicks. I guess Earl was someone I really idolized as a kid. I wanted to be able to play just like him. I think pretty much everyone did. Not many managed to do it though. Of course I did though. :)

  • TrueBlueJohn says:

    It is about time. A great honor for one of the truely great ambassadors for UK basketball.

  • Juan4UK says:

    Congrats, and well deserved! (About damn time!) It’s pretty weird that we didn’t hear more about this last week though.

  • Juan4UK says:

    Hey, and how bout Joe Dean!! Man, he was a part of many of my earliest memories. The Dickie v of that day, kid of. “String Music in Lexington K-Y!”

  • Juan4UK says:

    I guess after really looking at the class, this is a blockbuster kind of class. Really impressive group here covering a lot of story lines.

  • Coach Joe B Hall, has always been part of my Hall Of Fame…not just Basketball, but also as a True Blue Kentucky Gentleman…Thank You Coach, for all you have done and continue to do.

    • Mr. Morals says:

      Amen Larry, I love Joe B. Hall, and I know he loves UK that is one reason I think Mitch should take Coach Hall’s advice about Bobby Petrino. Sorry did not mean to turn this thread into that again, I just think advice from a UK legend like coach Hall should carry a lot of weight. Congrats coach Hall you have always been in the hall of fame of our hearts.

  • TrueBlueJohn says:

    Here is a thought. Kentucky has had five NCAA championship coaches who are either in the HOF or ultimately will be. Can any other school come close to making that claim?

    • King Ghidora says:

      Well there’s Ohio St. football. They have had so many coaches that did great things but failed to do the one thing that matters in Columbus – beat Michigan. I’m sure a lot of those guys are HOF types despite being fired from OSU. Start with Woody Hayes and go forward and you’ll see a whole list of coaches who “went to Columbus to die”. That’s a popular phrase in Ohio because it has happened so often. Actually the list can go back to Paul Brown. Then there’s Hayes, Earl Bruce, John Cooper, Tressel, and now Urban Meyer. That’s 6 HOF level coaches. Not all of them won championships at Ohio St. but several of them did. Some of them won multiple titles (including Meyer who won 2 at Florida). Tressel won one and lost 2 title games. Paul Brown didn’t win any titles in college but he won several in pro football. In fact the Browns nearly killed the NFL because they won so often and they were so dominant. They won 4 titles in a row at one point. Brown was a great college coach also but WWII caused him to move on from Ohio St.. He was drafted and his job was taken while he was in the service.

      Brown, Hayes, Bruce, and Cooper are already HOF coaches on one level or another. I have no doubt both Tressel and Meyer will both be added to that group some day. I don’t think OSU football has equaled what UK basketball has done but they have had a bunch of success. And they have had a long string of successful coaches. In that regard they are almost on par with UK. Almost.

      • King, your knowledge, amazes me and your insight is educational and thought provocting ….So, who would you like for the Ky Football Coaching position… Just one name, no if’s, or’s , just one name, that could be a reality…thanks, keep up the great post, Larry C.

      • TrueBlueJohn says:

        King, I was thinking of basketball specifically, but I will take a minor exception to Jim Tressel. I doubt that a coach with a five year show cause on his resume will ever be elected to the HOF. Certainly, Urban Meyer is going to make it. What he has done with that team this year has been amazing, in addition to what he did at Florida and Utah.

  • LindaS says:

    I don’t know what the heck took them so long to do this. I mean really! My husband always said he didn’t want to be the man who filled Rupp’s shoes, but the next one. Well, we know what happened to that next one. But Joe ‘Basketball” Hall did a darn good job of taking up where Coach Rupp left off. Proud to say that a true gentleman filled Coach Rupp’s shoes. Congrats to Coach Hall and all the players whom he coached. They too are a part of this reward along with a little trophy he brought home one night. He has truly been an ambassador for the Kentucky basketball program and a true friend to the BNN. It did not take Coach Cal as long to appreciate Coach Hall as it did the Hall of Fame!

    • larryvaught says:

      With you Linda. This should have been a no brainer

    • TrueBlueJohn says:

      Joe B. was probably the most sucessful coach that followed a legend. UCLA was a mess for years after Wooden, as was UNC after Dean Smith. I always loved Joe B.’s line after Wooden retired. He said thet he should get the UCLA job because he had experience following a legend, and why mess up two peoples lives.

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