Former WVU center Mike Compton and former coach Jim Carlen are on this year's ballot, which includes 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 92 players and 27 coaches from the divisional ranks.
Mike Compton (West Virginia-Center) was a consensus First Team All-American and finalist for the Lombardi Trophy in 1992. He led the Mountaineers to a 1989 Gator Bowl berth and was twice named a First Team All-Big East selection. A permanent team captain and three-year starter, Compton also earned Academic All-America honors.
Jim Carlen West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981) l led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach. The 1973 National Coach of the Year and three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year, coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina. Carlen was 25-13-3 in four seasons at WVU, including a 10-1 1969 campaign that resulted in a mud-splattered 14-3 win over South Carolina in the 1969 Peach Bowl.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
The announcement of the 2016 Class will be made Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.