Former CU head coach Bill McCartney selected for induction into College Football Hall of Fame

McCartney was winningest coach in CU history

BOULDER, Colo. - Former University of Colorado head coach Bill McCartney has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

McCartney was chosen as one of 12 players and 2 coaches for this year’s induction into the Hall by the National Football Foundation, the CU Alumni Association announced Tuesday.

McCartney will be inducted Dec. 10 in New York City.

“It’s a surprise and it is very humbling when you look at the men that have been recognized with this honor over the years,” McCartney said. “It’s very gratifying and rewarding. Keep in mind I’ve been out of coaching almost 20 years, so to be remembered after such a long absence was a complete surprise to me.”

McCartney began coaching at CU in 1982. He was 93-55-5 in 13 seasons as head coach and took the Buffaloes to their first and only national championship in 1990.

When McCartney retired in 1994, he was the winningest coach in CU football history, boasting three consecutive Big 8 titles in 1989, 1990 and 1991 during his 10 consecutive winning seasons in league competition. McCartney coached CU in nine bowl games -- more than anyone before or after him.

“Coach McCartney possesses a relentless passion for his profession and the Colorado Buffaloes,” CU athletic director Mike Bohn said. “We join his coaching staff, players, loyal fans and alumni in congratulating him on this national recognition.”

McCartney will join Buffaloes Byron White, Joe Romig, Dick Anderson, Bobby Anderson, Alfred Willians and John Wooten in the Hall. McCartney is the first CU coach to be inducted.

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