Coaches Durham, Lan­ders se­lected to Hall of Fame

The Covington News - - Sports -

MA­CON — For­mer Ge­or­gia bas­ket­ball coach Hugh Durham and cur­rent Ge­or­gia women's coach Andy Lan­ders are among nine se­lected to the Ge­or­gia Sports Hall of Fame.

For­mer NFL star Shan­non Sharpe and for­mer NBA star Jeff Malone also are among the nine who will be hon­ored on Feb. 28.

Oth­ers se­lected in­clude Milton A. Byard, Terry Hoage, Mills Lane, Ge­orge Rose and Ro­man Tur­mon.

The nine were se­lected Thurs­day from 35 nom­i­nees.

"The tal­ent rep­re­sented in the class of 2009 is over­whelm­ing," said Hall of Fame ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jac­que­lyn De­cell. "Right now I have the best job around as I call each of our new in­ductees to in­form them of their se­lec­tion."

Durham was a three-time South­east­ern Con­fer­ence coach of the year as Ge­or­gia's coach from 1978-95. He led the Bull­dogs to their only Fi­nal Four ap­pear­ance. He also coached Florida State to the Fi­nal Four.

Lan­ders, in­ducted into the Women's Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in 2007, has been Ge­or­gia's coach since 1979 and is 789-246 to rank fourth among wins in NCAA his­tory.

Byard scored 50 touch­downs, in­clud­ing 10 in one game, for Ris­ley High in Brunswick in 1950. Both are state records for Byard, who led Ris­ley to foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and track state cham­pi­onships.

Hoage had 12 in­ter­cep­tions for Ge­or­gia in 1982 be­fore play­ing 13 sea­sons in the NFL. He was a mem­ber of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onship team in 1992.

Lane, a na­tive of Sa­van­nah, is an at­tor­ney, judge and box­ing ref­eree who has been in the ring for 102 cham­pi­onship fights, in­clud­ing the 1997 "bite" fight be­tween Evan­der Holy­field and Mike Tyson.

Malone, from Ma­con, led South­west High to the 1979 state cham­pi­onship be­fore star­ring for Mis­sis­sippi State. He was a two-time All-Star in the NBA.

Rose was a two-time all-state run­ning back for Glynn Academy in Brunswick in 1958-59 be­fore be­com­ing a two-way player and team cap­tain for Auburn Uni­ver­sity. He led the Min­nesota Vik­ings in in­ter­cep­tions as a rookie in 1964 and played for the New Orleans Saints and San Fran­cisco 49ers be­fore re­tir­ing in 1969.

Sharpe was a three-time All-Amer­ica re­ceiver at Sa­van­nah State be­fore set­ting re­ceiv­ing records for NFL tight ends. He won three Su­per Bowl rings, two with Den­ver and one with Bal­ti­more.

Tur­mon was a star bas­ket­ball player at Clark Col­lege in the early 1950s be­fore beginning a pro­fes­sional ca­reer that in­clud­ing time with the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters and one sea­son with the New York Knicks.

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