The College Football Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees Thursday, and they included Stanford running back Darrin Nelson, Cal linebacker Ron Rivera and former San Jose State and Cal State Hayward coach Darryl Rogers.

In 1981, Nelson became the first college player to rush for at least 1,000 yards and catch 50 passes in a season.

Rivera, now the coach of the Carolina Panthers, was Cal's leading tackler from 1981-83. In 1983, he set a school record that still stands today with 26.5 tackles for loss.

Rogers coached the Spartans from 1973-75. He also coached Fresno State, Michigan State and Arizona State.

Others among the 81 nominees include Lincoln Kennedy (Washington), Steve Wisniewski (Penn State), Ken Norton Jr. (UCLA), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Eric Dickerson (SMU), Ricky Williams (Texas), Warren Sapp (Miami) and Ray Lewis (Miami).

The 2014 inductees will be announced in May.

  • Defending champion Cal jumped into first place on the second day of the Pac-12 men's swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, Wash.

    Tyler Messerschmidt, Ryan Murphy, Tony Cox and Seth Stubblefield won the 200-yard freestyle to give the Bears 271 points after six swimming events, ahead of Stanford's 243. Stanford's David Nolan won the 200 IM.

  • Matt Lopez's first collegiate home run saved the San Jose State baseball team (4-10) from being no hit by visiting Pacific in UOP's 5-1 win.

    Santa Clara (6-8) rallied for three runs in the seventh inning but fell to visiting Washington 6-4. Casey Munoz had two hits for the Broncos.

  • Stanford senior Chiney Ogwumike was one of 15 women's basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Ballot. She was also named Pac-12 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.