ATHENS, Ga. - Terry Hoage, Liz Murphey, Al Parker and Johnny Rauch have been chosen for induction into the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor - the school's highest tribute paid to former Bulldog athletes or coaches.
Hoage, Murphey, Parker and Rauch will be honored at an induction banquet on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Butts-Mehre Building, where the quartet will be permanently enshrined in the Circle of Honor exhibit. They also will be recognized at the Georgia-Arkansas football game on Sept. 29.
The all-sports recognition program is designed to recognize and pay tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who, by their performance and conduct, have brought honor to the University and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria also stipulates that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.
A native of Huntsville, Tex., Hoage was a two-time All-America and Academic All-America football player and was inducted last December into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Murphey, originally from Newnan, Ga., was not only an outstanding women's golf coach but also led the UGA women's sports program to prominence in the 1980's and '90's as its senior woman administrator.
Parker, from Claxton, Ga., was one of the winningest Bulldog tennis players of all time while Rauch, who came to UGA from Yeadon, Pa., was an All-American football quarterback starting 45 consecutive games.
Hoage was a two-time All-America defensive back for the Bulldogs from 1980-83. As a junior, he led the nation in interceptions with 12 and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. His senior year, despite a late-season injury and the fact opposing offenses geared their attacks away from him, Hoage posted four sacks and blocked three field goal attempts. Hoage finished fifth in the 1983 Heisman Trophy balloting - at that time the highest finish ever by a defensive back.
In his four-year career at Georgia, the Bulldogs won three SEC championships, one national title, played in four major bowl games and posted a record of 43-4-1 - unmatched by any other college team during that period.
Hoage's ability to excel was not limited to the playing field. He also was a two-time Academic All-American, possessing a 3.71 grade point average majoring in genetics. In 1983, Hoage was named recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship as well as a post-graduate grant from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame - the two most prestigious academic scholarship awards in college football. One week after he helped Georgia to a 10-9 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas, Hoage was back in Dallas to accept the NCAA Top Five Award which was given annually to the top five college athletes in America (now the Top Eight). Hoage went on to a 13-year career in the NFL, including 1992 when he was a member of the Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins. Hoage was one of 83 college players named in 1999 to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-Century Team. Last year,
Hoage was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, the 12th Georgia player or coach so honored. Murphey was a true pioneer in Georgia women's athletics, building the program into a national model during her 20-year tenure as Assistant Athletic Director.
Murphey also was a successful golf coach who mentored two individual national champions and several All-Americans. Murphey, who retired from Georgia in 1996, coordinated the women's club sports program until being named assistant athletic director for women's sports in 1978. Under her leadership, Georgia won eight of the 14 SEC women's all-sports awards which was presented annually to the outstanding program in the conference. During her tenure, Georgia women's teams won four national team championships and 31 individual national titles.
(pictured above: Liz with Terri Moody, the 1981 AIAW individual national champion for Georgia, taken at the 2000 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the UGA Golf Course)
Murphey got her start at Georgia as women's golf coach and developed that program into a national power and along the way hosted five national golf championships. She won the 1984 National Coach of the Year Award and is a charter member of the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame. Her teams finished second in the 1981 AIAW Tournament and third at the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Murphey also coached two national champions - Terri Moody (1981) and Cindy Schreyer (1984). One of Murphey's many honors was the Rolex Meritorious Service Award for her contributions to collegiate golf.
Parker was the winningest juniors player of all time with 25 USTA national crowns when he signed with the Bulldogs in 1988. He originally had caught the eye of then-Coach Dan Magill at the Crackerland Tournament in Athens as a youth, telling Magill then that he eventually wanted to be a Bulldog. Parker ranks among Georgia's all-time greats on the court. He was a four-time All-American in singles, one of only five in school history, and a four-time All-SEC selection. He won 138 matches in singles and another 91 in doubles, and he was ranked in the Top 10 in singles each of his four seasons.
Parker won a pair of individual national titles, winning the Volvo Collegiate Championships in 1989 and 1990. He also won the SEC Indoors title in 1990. In 1991, after leading the Bulldogs to the finals of the NCAAs, Parker was named National Player of the Year. Off the court,
Parker excelled as well. He was named Academic All-America in 1990 and 1991, and was the Academic All-American of the Year for all sports in 1991. He also was recognized by the SEC as the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Rauch came to Georgia in 1945 after excelling in three sports in high school in Pennsylvania. He didn't arrive with much fanfare, however, and in fact was discovered by then-Coach Wallace Butts while playing in a flag football game.
After accepting an invitation from Butts to come out for football, Rauch started every game (45 in all) of his college career from 1945-48 and became the first player in NCAA history to start four consecutive bowl games. He passed for 4,044 yards, then the NCAA record for career passing yardage.
Rauch led the Bulldogs to a 36-8-1 record, including the Williamson poll's national championship in 1946 and two SEC titles. He was an All-American and the SEC Player of the Year his senior season.
Rauch still holds the school record for touchdown passes in a game with four and ranks among the all-time leaders in virtually every other passing category. Rauch was the No. 1 player taken in the NFL draft and he went on to a four-year playing career.
Rauch then entered the coaching ranks, serving several schools, including Georgia from 1955-58, as an assistant coach. Rauch returned to the NFL as an assistant for the Oakland Raiders in 1963 and was promoted to head coach in 1966.
He guided the Raiders for three seasons, compiling 33 victories and leading them to Super Bowl II. Rauch, whose assistant coaches included John Madden and Bill Walsh, was named AFC Coach of the Year in 1967 after the Super Bowl appearance.
Rauch also was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1969, O.J. Simpson's rookie year. Rauch completed his coaching career in 1985 after stints with Philadelphia, Atlanta and Tampa Bay of the NFL, Toronto of the CFL and Tampa Bay of the USFL.