Former Raiders greats Art Shell and Dave Casper and ex-Cal quarterback 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, 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 Atlanta is still under construction and scheduled to open in August 2014.
Casper helped Notre Dame beat Alabama for the 1973 national title.
"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, while Shell attended Maryland Eastern Shore and was one of seven inductees from FBS or lower division schools.
San Jose Giants
San Jose ace Ty Blach (12-4) lasted just 41/3 innings in a 7-5 loss to Visalia at Municipal Stadium. Jake Lamb's three-run double keyed a five-run fifth for the Rawhide. Blach allowed four earned runs and saw his ERA jump to 2.97. Chris Lofton's two-run triple in the seventh cut the Giants' deficit to 7-3, and Matt Duffy and Ricky Oropesa added RBI singles in the inning.
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, played for the first time on Thanksgiving weekend, concludes Nov. 30.
Cleveland and San Antonio have scheduled workouts for former Stanford star Josh Childress, agent Chris Emens told HoopsHype.com. He has already worked out for New Orleans and reportedly turned down a lucrative offer from Greece's Olympiacos. 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.
Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.