Former Raiders greats Art Shell and Dave Casper and ex-Cal star Steve Bartkowski were among 24 former players and coaches being enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
Others honored included Art Monk, Charles Alexander, Jonathan Ogden, Jimmy Johnson, Phillip Fulmer and R.C. Slocum.
Atlanta was hosting its first enshrinement ceremony in a hotel ballroom adjacent to what will be a 94,256-square foot museum. The hall has moved from South Bend, Ind., but the new building in downtown Atlanta is still under construction and scheduled to open in August 2014.
Casper, who helped Notre Dame beat Alabama for the 1973 national title, is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a Super Bowl champion. He still enjoys his lifelong affiliations with his alma mater.
"The good thing is I don't have to go to purgatory for being on the national championship team," he said, grinning. "Notre Dame takes care of my purgatory problem."
Bartkowski was the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in 1975 by Atlanta, and Shell attended Maryland Eastern Shore and was one of seven inductees from FBS or lower division schools.
The Santa Clara men's basketball team will host North Dakota State in the first night of the 47th Cable Car Classic on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. Rice, led by former Cal coach Ben Braun, faces Rider at 6 p.m. The tournament, to be played for the first time on Thanksgiving weekend, concludes Nov. 30. Rice, Rider and North Dakota State will each be making its first Cable Car appearance.
Cleveland and San Antonio are the latest teams to schedule workouts for former Stanford standout Josh Childress, sports agent Chris Emens told HoopsHype.com. Childress already has worked out for New Orleans. He reportedly turned down a lucrative offer from Greek powerhouse Olympiacos earlier this summer. Childress, 30, spent two seasons with Olympiacos but has yet to re-establish himself in the NBA since returning in 2010 with Phoenix.
Santa Clara forward Sofia Huerta, Palo Alto's Teresa Noyola and San Mateo's Veronica Perez are among the 18 players named to Mexico's national team that will play the top-ranked United States on Tuesday in Washington. The teams haven't met since an Olympic qualifying tournament in early 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.