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Fun Fact: Hall of Famer loves UNT

Mean Green Athletic Hall of Fame inductees 2012-13, from left Brandon Kennedy, Ron Linscomb, C. Dan Smith and Jamario Thomas.

C.DanSmith, UNT System Board of Regents

Members of the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted at an April 13 luncheon. One of the inductees, football player C. Dan Smith, above, waving, and right, played a special role at UNT. What was it?

A. He led his team to the 1959 Missouri Valley Conference Championship and to a berth in the Sun Bowl.

B. He was a member of The Geezles, the fraternity that began the tradition of touching the eagle statue on the way to the field before games.

C. He once served as chairman of the UNT System Board of Regents.

D. Smith lived in Mozart Square.

The answer is A, B and C. As a student at UNT, Smith played on the football team and was a member of the Geezles fraternity. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 and the Green Glory Award in 1995. 

Smith, of Plano, was appointed a regent by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002 and served through 2011.

Above, Smith and other inductees were introduced at the 2012 Homecoming football game.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 includes:

Brandon Kennedy – An interior lineman for the Mean Green football team, Kennedy won the title of Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Above, left.

Ron Linscomb – The track and field team member became the top ranked collegiate long jumper in Texas. His leaped over 25 feet in 1963, a first for a North Texas or Missouri Valley Conference athlete. Above, second from left.

Jamario Thomas – The running back for the Mean Green football team broke several Mean Green, Sun Belt Conference and NCAA rushing records as a freshman. He reached 1,000 yards in seven games, tying an NCAA record. Above, right.

Walter Chapman – The football team defensive nose tackle earned All-America honors, was named Defensive Player of the Year from the Missouri Valley Conference in 1973 and first team All-MVC in 1974. Chapman passed away in 1996.

The athletes are the 30th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, raising the membership to 171. The group will be honored at the Hall of Fame Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 13 at Apogee Stadium, Club Level.

  • Buy tickets. Tickets are $15 or $100 for an eight-person table.

The Hall of Fame Luncheon is just one part of the April 11-13 weekend of sports and campus activity that includes the Green and White Football Game, a 5K run and other sports activities.

Here’s a look at activities:

North Texas Tennis – The tennis team will play the final games of the season against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at 3 p.m. April 12 and versus the Troy Trojans at 11 a.m. April 14, both at Waranch Tennis Complex.

North Texas Athletics Touchdown 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – Participants can run in this event, with proceeds going to student-athlete scholarships. The event will start at 7 a.m. April 13 and end on the 50 yard line of Apogee Stadium. Participants will receive a T-shirt, food samples and a stadium tour. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run before April 13.

  • Learn more, register online.
  • Enter to win a UNT spirit pack (eco-friendly bag, T-shirt, water bottle and lapel pin) by sending an email to InHouse with "Hall of Fame" in the subject line by 5 p.m. April 12. Winners will be selected at random from all responses.

Basketball Practice facility ribbon cutting ceremony – The newly renovated courts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony 9 a.m. April 13 at the Mean Green Village, across from the volleyball gym.

GoMeanGreen.com online community Flag Football gameMembers of the GoMeanGreen.com online community and former Mean Green athletes will play in this game, sponsored by GoMeanGreen.com to benefit the Andrew Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event, which will include a silent auction, will take place at 10 a.m. April 13 at Apogee Stadium.

Athletic Surplus Garage Sale – North Texas Athletics will sell surplus equipment and apparel beginning at 12:30 p.m. April 13 at Apogee Stadium, Gate 2.

Alumni Pavilion Party – The UNT Alumni Association will sponsor this free party for members and non-members from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 13 at the alumni pavilionon the east side of Apogee Stadium.

Green and White Spring GameThe annual scrimmage, which marks the end of spring practice for the Mean Green football team, will take place at 2 p.m. April 13 at Apogee Stadium.

Greek Preview Day – Incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families can learn more about Greek life during this daylong session April 13. The session, sponsored by the Office of Greek Life, includes an organization fair, panels and tour of on-campus Greek housing. Participants can attend a tailgate lunch on The Hill prior to the football game.

Premiere WeekendAdmitted students of the Class of 2017 can get a sneak peek of life at UNT April 12-13 with mock classes, campus tours and the tailgate lunch on The Hill.

(Photo, above, from left, inductees Kennedy, Linscomb, Smith and Thomas. Photo by Jonathan Reynolds. Below, Smith in action in the 1960 Yucca yearbook, courtesy of the Portal to Texas History, UNT Libraries.)

-Jessica DeLeon, URCM

C. Dan Smith

Posted on: Mon 08 April 2013

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