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OU football: Bob Stoops, Josh Heupel, Roy Williams on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

NORMAN — Josh Heupel and Roy Williams, two of the players who helped make OU national champions in 2000, are back on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Now, they're joined by their coach, Bob Stoops.

The trio are among the 78 players and seven coaches on the Football Bowl Subdivision ballot for 2021 induction, released Tuesday.

Heupel, now the head coach at Central Florida, was the quarterback of the Sooners' national title team, finishing runner-up for the Heisman Trophy that season. He spent several seasons as OU's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator before being fired following the 2014 season.

Williams was a unanimous first-team All-American at safety in 2001 and won the Nagurski and Thorpe awards that season.

Stoops is eligible for the first time, having led the Sooners to four championship game appearances in 18 seasons. He's the winningest coach in OU history and the only coach in the Bowl Championship Series era to win a national title and every BCS bowl game.

Other coaches on the FBS ballot this year include former Toledo and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, Jim Carlen of West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina and Troy's Larry Blakeney.

Among the divisional players on the ballot are former Cameron defensive back Mark Cotney, former UCO standout offensive guard John Fitzgerald and former UCO quarterback Randy Page.

The ballot was sent out to more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members and current Hall of Famers, whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Courts, which deliberates and ultimately selects the class. That group is chaired by former Ohio State standout Archie Griffin.

The announcement of the class will be made in early 2021, with the induction ceremony Dec. 7, 2021, in New York City.

A player must have been named a first-team All-American by an NCAA-recognized list to be eligible. Players are eligible for consideration 10 full seasons after their college careers ended, while coaches are eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately after retirement if they are 70 or older. Coaches must have been a head coach for at least 10 years, coached at least 100 games and have a winning percentage of .600 or better.

Related Photos
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / OU / KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DECEMBER 2, 2000 / OU vs Kansas State in the Big 12 Football Championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Coach Bob Stoops and his team celebrate a Tim Duncan winning field goal.   Staff photo by Doug Hoke.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / OU / KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DECEMBER 2, 2000 / OU vs Kansas State in the Big 12 Football Championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Coach Bob Stoops and his team celebrate a Tim Duncan winning field goal. Staff photo by Doug Hoke.

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