DALLAS -- Player Jessie Tuggle and coach Billy Joe were
elected Tuesday to the College Football Hall of Fame Divisional
Class, which honors players and coaches who did not play major
Tuggle played linebacker for Valdosta State from 1983-86,
setting a school career record for tackles (340) and being picked
all-Gulf South Conference three times. He went on to play 14
seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons.
Joe won 237 games as coach of Florida A&M (1994-2004), Central
State (Ohio) University (1981-93) and Cheyney (Pa.) University
(1972-78). He won five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles with
Florida A&M and two NAIA national titles with Central State.
Joe was fired by Florida A&M in June 2005 when the school
self-reported 196 rules violations among its 15 men's and women's
sports over a seven-year span. But an NCAA investigation found no
evidence that Joe committed any infractions, citing instead a lack
of institutional control.
Also elected to the Hall of Fame Divisional Class were Georgia
Southern quarterback Tracy Ham (1983-86), Kentucky State
quarterback Joe Kendall (1934-36 )and Bloomsburg linebacker Frank
Jim Christopherson, who won 218 games as coach of Concordia
College in Minnesota from 1969-2000 was also elected to the Hall of
The Divisional Class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame
during enshrinement ceremonies July 19-21 in South Bend, Ind. The
National Football Foundation will announce its latest induction
class of players and coaches from major college football on May 9.