Oct. 29, 2012
Gymnast Karin Lichey, basketball player Saudia Roundtree and football player Jon Stinchcomb have been chosen for induction into the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor.
Lichey, Roundtree and Stinchcomb will be recognized at the Georgia-Ole Miss football game Saturday. They will be formally inducted into the Circle of Honor on Friday, April 5, 2013.
The Circle of Honor 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 stipulate that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.
Lichey, who is married to former Bulldogs quarterback Mike Usry, was a four-year letterwinner for the Gym Dogs from 1996-99. Arriving in Athens as a three-time U.S. National Team member, Lichey starred on two NCAA Championship teams, she won the 1998 national title on floor and she earned 11 All-America citations. Lichey was named the winner of the 1999 Honda Award as the nation's top gymnast after leading the Gym Dogs to a second consecutive NCAA title and becoming the first gymnast in Georgia history to earn a maximum of five All-America honors in multiple seasons.
Lichey ended her career with six SEC titles: bars and beam in 1997, bars and vault in 1998, and all-around and vault in 1999. She was chosen as the 1996 SEC Freshman of the Year and the 1999 SEC Gymnast of the Year. The Gym Dogs secured four straight conference team titles during Lichey's stint.
Lichey posted 21 perfect 10.0s during her career, the second-most in program history. One of those routines came on vault to cap Georgia's NCAA Championship performance in 1998. In a win over Kentucky in 1996, Lichey finished with an unprecedented four 10.0s, giving her a perfect all-around score of 40.0. She remains the only gymnast in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.
Roundtree spent two seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96) playing basketball for the Lady Bulldogs and became one of the storied program's most-decorated performers. In 1996, the guard was the consensus National Player of the Year while leading the Lady Bulldogs to the SEC title and to the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament. Roundtree became the first SEC basketball player since "Pistol" Pete Maravich of LSU to claim Naismith National Player of the Year accolades. She headlined the prestigious Kodak All-America team en route to earning consensus First-Team honors.
Also named the 1996 SEC Player of the Year, Roundtree took the nation by storm during a January stretch when Georgia defeated (in succession) No. 4 Tennessee, No. 24 Auburn, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 10 Penn State and No. 20 Florida. Roundtree averaged 26.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.0 steals per game in that span.
In the NCAA Midwest Regional final, Roundtree poured in a career-high 37 points as the Lady Bulldogs defeated No. 1-ranked Louisiana Tech to earn their second straight trip to the Final Four. Roundtree surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark in that game, needing just 64 contests to accomplish the feat.
A two-time First-Team All-SEC selection, Roundtree broke the Georgia single-season assist record with 226 in 1995. In each of her seasons at Georgia, Roundtree led the SEC in assists. She averaged 6.4 assists per game, over a full assist more than any other player in Georgia history.
Stinchcomb, an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs from 1999-2002, capped his collegiate career with a memorable senior season in Athens. Stinchcomb helped lead the Bulldogs to their first conference championship in 20 years, he was named First-Team All-American and he was selected to the Academic All-America Team.
Named the best offensive lineman in the SEC in 2002, Stinchcomb was elected offensive captain for a team that finished No. 3 in the nation with a record-setting 13-win season. Stinchcomb anchored the line that helped Georgia top the SEC in scoring offense and passing efficiency. Stinchcomb finished his Georgia career with 46 starts, the fifth-highest total in Georgia history.
In addition to twice being named an Academic All-American, Stinchcomb was named the 2002 recipient of the National Football Foundation Post-Graduate Scholarship. He also appeared on the 2001 National Good Works and the SEC Community Service teams.
Stinchcomb was selected by New Orleans in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Stinchcomb became a fixture at right tackle for the Saints, starting 80 consecutive regular-season games from 2006 through 2010. In 2008, Stinchcomb was named the team's Man of the Year. Stinchcomb and the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV following the 2009 season and he was named to the Pro Bowl. He retired from the NFL after the 2010 campaign.
Jon's brother, Matt, joined the Circle of Honor in 2009. They are the first siblings in school history chosen for induction.