In 2012, two Oklahoma Sooners’ legends were passed over for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. While the reasons for Brian Bosworth’s absence can be explained based on his history, the omission of Rod Shoate made some question anti-Sooners bias. The NCAA made up for it by finally inducting Shoate into the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame.
Shoate was a three-time All-American from 1972-74, and was also a unanimous first-team All-American in 1974, the season the Sooners won the national championship. He was one of the best defensive players when Stoops took over as the head coach at OU and Shoate ended up with 420 tackles, third most in Sooners’ history.
Rod Shaote died in 1999 at the age of 46.
Brian Bosworth was once again nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame, but once again failed to pick up enough votes to make it in 2013. He was a two-time All-American who helped OU win the national title in 1985. He finished his collegiate career with 395 tackles.
Also on the ballot for the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame this year was one of Shoate’s teammates, Randy Hughes, but also wasn’t elected. He finished his Sooners’ career with 14 interceptions.