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Hall of Fame honors five greats

Ken Simonton leads the list of honorees
March 10, 2014 / Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Ken Simonton said there was never any doubt he was going to attend "Tailback U" until Mike Riley called him during the offseason of 1997. Simonton was headed for Southern Cal, but changed his mind when USC assistant coach Mike Riley called him with a stunning message - he'd been hired as head coach at Oregon State.

"I knew right then I was going to Oregon State," Simonton said Monday. "I knew coach Riley would do great things there, and I wanted to be part of it."

Simonton related his story as part of the 2013/14 Oregon Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Multnomah Athletic Club. He joined the list of inductees along with longtime coaching great Barry Adams, bowler Dave Husted, women's basketball and volleyball standout Lindsey Yamasaki, and business leader Harry Merlo.



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