FAYETTEVILLE – At ceremonies Nov. 9 in Little Rock, in conjunction with the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, nine former Arkansas Razorbacks will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame housed by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas, it was announced Thursday in a joint announcement.
All starring for Arkansas when the Razorbacks, and in one case the Lady Razorbacks, were in the since defunct Southwest Conference, the nine inductees include Lady Razorbacks basketball all-time leading scorer Bettye Fiscus, while football inductees include Ken Hatfield, defensive back/punt returner on Frank Broyles’ 1964 national championship and Arkansas’ all-time best winning percentage (.760 at 55-17) during his 1984-89 tenure head coaching the Razorbacks including two SWC championships, All-American receiver Chuck Dicus and All-American running back Bill Burnett (both Razorbacks from 1968-70), All-American defensive linemen Billy Ray Smith Jr. (1979-82) and Wayne Martin (1985-88) and the late All-American linebacker Wayne “Thumper” Harris, originally from El Dorado, lettering for Broyles’ Razorbacks from 1958-60 and an inductee to the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame.
From men’s basketball is Todd Day, still the Razorbacks’ all-time leading scorer with 2,395 points, and from men’s track and field, six-time All-American distance runner Niall O’Shaughnessy of Ireland (1973-78) the pioneer of the great ones coached by retired coach John McDonnell en route to McDonnell’s 40 official national championships and 84 conference championships.
The Nov. 9 luncheon in their honor will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Little Rock Marriott.
On Wednesday, it was announced that retired Razorbacks baseball coach Norm DeBriyn (1970-2002), still active with the Razorbacks as an associate director of the Razorback Foundation, will be one of nine from each of the former SWC schools to be inducted into the SWC Hall of Fame at an Oct. 5 luncheon in Dallas.