All I can say is that it’s about damn time somebody righted this wrong:
You won’t get a lot of argument over whether or not former Georgia defensive coordinator and Georgia Southern head coach Erk Russell belongs in the College Football Hall of Fame.
The problem is, he’s not eligible.
Under current rules, a coach must have been a head coach for 10 years to be nominated for the hall.
… However, because he does not meet the 10-year requirement, the legendary coach has been left on the outside looking in.
But perhaps there is a way to finally make it happen.
In an interview with UGASports at SEC Media Days being held at the College Football of Fame, National Football Foundation Chief Operating Officer Matthew Sign acknowledged there is a process in place to request a waiver that could potentially get Russell admitted.
The NFF handles all aspects of the nomination and selection process for the College Football Hall of Fame.
“Erk has always been that unique candidate in that, he obviously meets all the criteria as a coach, except for the 10-year mark,” Sign said. “It has been a discussion over the years.”
According to Sign, the following would need to happen for a waiver to occur.
“On top of the Honors Court, we have an Awards Committee. That would be something the Awards Committee would take up and something they would have to approve,” Sign said. “It would also have to get approval from the board of trustees.”
For a waiver to potentially occur, per Sign, it would need to be brought up for recommendation by a member of the NFF board.
Make it happen, fellas! If there isn’t a single one of you who is willing to step up and do this, the lot of you should be shunned by polite society. Don’t disappoint us.