Danny Ford named to College Football Hall of Fame ballot for the first time

Former South Carolina, West Virginia, Texas Tech coach Jim Carlen also nominated

Former Clemson head football coach Danny Ford talks about the Tigers' 1978 Gator Bowl win over Ohio State at the Clemson football facility on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. That game was Ford's first as head coach at Clemson and Woody Hayes last at Ohio State after Hayes punched Clemson's Charlie Bauman, who had just intercepted a pass in the closing minutes. Clemson and Ohio State will play for the second time in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens. Fl. on Jan. 3, 2014.(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Photo by Mark Crammer

Former Clemson head football coach Danny Ford talks about the Tigers' 1978 Gator Bowl win over Ohio State at the Clemson football facility on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. That game was Ford's first as head coach at Clemson and Woody Hayes last at Ohio State after Hayes punched Clemson's Charlie Bauman, who had just intercepted a pass in the closing minutes. Clemson and Ohio State will play for the second time in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens. Fl. on Jan. 3, 2014.(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Former Clemson coach Danny Ford's name has been placed on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time.

Ford coached Clemson from 1978 through 1989, and led the Tigers to the 1981 national championship. He went on to coach at Arkansas.

Also nominated was former South Carolina coach Jim Carlen, who also coached at West Virginia and Texas Tech; Mike Belotti, who coached at Chico State and Oregon; Billy Jack Murphy of Memphis; and Darryl Rogers, who coached at Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State and Arizona State.

Seven players from schools now in the ACC were nominated: Miami's Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp and Jerome Brown; North Carolina's Dre Bly and William Fuller; Boston College's Mike Ruth; and Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton.

Also nominated was former South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe.

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