July 7, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -The Tulane Athletics 2013 Hall of Fame Class features four All-Americans and three Louisiana natives, including record-setting closer Brandon Belanger, standout sprinter Lana Garner, men's basketball's all-time scoring leader Jerald Honeycutt, NFL receiver Roydell Williams and former sports information director Bill Curl, as it was announced today by Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
The Tulane Athletics 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University Uptown campus. The group will then be honored at halftime of TU's homecoming game against North Texas at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m. For banquet reservations, please contact Sue Bower (504) 865-5513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The four student-athletes 2013 Class each finished among the best performers in their respective sport and an early trailblazer in both the Tulane and New Orleans sports public relations community. This group combined to earn All-America honors five times, led the Green Wave to a total of seven postseason appearances and claimed a combined six C-USA tournament or individual titles.
"We are fortunate and privileged to recognize such a distinguished group," Dickson said. "Each of these recipients had outstanding careers at Tulane and has continued to be exemplary leaders and contributors to their respective communities. I am appreciative and grateful for the standards of excellence they helped establish that remain our goals as we move to the future."
A native of Houma, La., Belanger played two seasons at Tulane (1999-2000) and helped the Green Wave to a record of 86-37-1, including a Conference USA mark of 39-14-1, and to two NCAA regionals. With Belanger handling the closer's role, Tulane claimed the 1999 C-USA Tournament title and completed the 1999 and 2000 regular seasons as the C-USA runner-up. The 1999 team achieved the school's first-ever No. 1 seed and advanced to the regional game at Auburn, which was also a first for the program.
During his junior campaign in 1999, he led Tulane in single season appearances with 41 and in saves with 16, which set the school record for the most saves by a newcomer, and also recorded 18 hits in 78 at-bats, including five doubles and four home runs. For his efforts, he was named to the All C-USA first team and was selected a first team All-America reliever by Collegiate Baseball.
During his final season in 2000, Belanger was the tournament MVP of the 2000 Winn-Dixie Showdown and his 31 appearances that year are tied for seventh most in a single season. He signed with the San Diego Padres as a free agent following the season.
In the school record books, Belanger currently ranks 10th in career appearances with 72, and fourth in saves with 27. Belanger returned to his alma mater in 2003 as an assistant baseball coach for one season.
Garner hails from San Diego, Calif., and was a standout performer on Tulane's track & field squad from 1997-2000. During her career, she was a three-time All-American in three different events, including the outdoor 400m after finishing 15th at the NCAA Championships, and the indoor 400m and distance medley relay team, and qualified for the NCAA's in 10 different events during her career. She won three career C-USA titles, including the indoor 400m in 1998 and 1999 and the 4x400 relay in 1999.
She was on the distance medley relay team that won the Championship of Americas award at the prestigious Penn Relays in 1999 and was also an All-Louisiana performer that same season.
Thirteen years after running in her final event, Garner remains the school record holder in the outdoor 400-meter dash, and ranks among the top ten in school history in 10 total categories, including the indoor 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400 relay and distance medley relay; and the outdoor 400m, 800m, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay and distance medley relay.
One of the most heralded basketball recruits in the state of Louisiana in the 1990's, Honeycutt was both a Parade and McDonald's All-American selection and became the top recruit in Tulane basketball history in 1993.
Over the next four years (1994-97), Honeycutt led head coach Perry Clark's Tulane teams to three 20-plus win seasons, 83 victories and four postseason tournament appearances. With Honeycutt in the line-up, the Green Wave made three NIT appearances (1994, 1996, 1997) and advanced to the 1995 NCAA Tournament and was 6-4 in 10 postseason games. He also helped Tulane to Top-25 rankings in two of his four seasons and the 1996 NIT Final Four.
Honeycutt is the all-time leading scorer with 2,209 total points and still holds 10 school records and ranks among the top 10 in eight other categories. He was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Following his standout career with the Green Wave, which included two Louisiana Player of the Year awards, four all-conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District selections and being tabbed to the NABC All-American third team in 1997, Honeycutt was selected in the second round (39th overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
He played two years in the NBA for the Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers. He later played for the Continental Basketball Association and continued his professional career overseas.
Williams did not have to travel far to play college football when he signed with Tulane out of Reserve's East St. John High School in 2000. Williams became a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Green Wave from 2000-04. He started 37 of 48 career games and set Tulane and Conference USA records for career touchdown catches with 35.
During his career, Williams hauled in 215 receptions for 3,207 yards, which remains second all-time in C-USA and third at Tulane, while his 215 catches are third-most in school history and fifth in the C-USA record books.
He earned All C-USA recognition in each of his four active seasons with the Green Wave, including first team All C-USA in 2003 and 2004, was a second team pick in 2001 and was named to the All C-USA Freshman team in 2000. Williams was also a two-time All-Louisiana first team selection in 2003 and 2004 and was a second team selection in 2001.
Williams compiled 12 100-yard receiving games in his career to tie for third all-time, while he ranks sixth among the school's single season leaders for receiving yards with 1,066 in 2003 and his 13 reception against East Carolina in 2001 ranks fourth in TU's single game charts while his three straight 100-yard games in 2004 ranks second all time. Williams finished his career with eight touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more and 16 catches for 40-plus yards. He also played one season on the Tulane baseball team in 2002.
Williams was named fourth team All-American by CollegeSportsReport.com and was selected to play in The Villages Gridiron Classic postseason All-Star game in 2004 and he played in the 2005 Senior Bowl.
Following his collegiate career, Williams was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Titans (2005-07) and two campaigns (2009, 2010) with the Washington Redskins.
Curl, who received the Billy Slatten Award, has been a sports publicity figure in New Orleans for the last half century after getting his start as the Tulane sports information director in 1966. An Ohio native, Curl was the SID for the Green Wave from 1966-74 and oversaw the publicity and marketing efforts.
He coined the marketing phrase "Year of the Green" for the 1970 football team which would go on to play in the Liberty Bowl and beat Colorado. He also worked with the Associated Press and helped initiate the All-South and All-America Independent Football Teams after the Green Wave departed from the Southeastern Conference.
Following Tulane, he was the SID at Arkansas and later returned to the Crescent City and served as the public relations director of the then-Louisiana Superdome for 33 years, where his tenure included six Super Bowls and four Final Fours plus the rebuilding and reopening of the Dome after Hurricane Katrina struck the iconic facility in 2005.
Curl helped develop the former Winn-Dixie Showdown, a three-day, nine-game college baseball event that matched Tulane, LSU and UNO against three standout teams from another state.
He received the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame's distinguished service award in sports journalism in 2003 (To this day, he's the only person to receive the award whose primary job wasn't for a media outlet or university) and was the first president of the Louisiana Sports Information Directors Association and received Sports Information awards from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for seven straight years.
Curl is the fourth recipient of the Billy Slatten Award, which was established in 2004 in honor of William A. "Billy" Slatten, a longtime supporter of Tulane Athletics, a member of the Tulane Board of Trustees and the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. Curl joins former Tulane radio broadcaster Bruce Miller (2007), former Times-Picayune beatwriter George Sweeney (2009) and longtime Tulane historian and statistician Gayle Letulle (2010) as Slatten Award winners.
The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to recognize those who have enriched and strengthened the Green Wave athletic programs either through their prowess on the field or through contributions off the field. In addition to having rendered outstanding service in the field of athletics, each inductee has exhibited other qualifications, such as outstanding sportsmanship, character, and integrity, and each inductee is a person who has brought great distinction to Tulane University.
The charter members of the Hall of Fame are: Bill Banker (football), Bernie Bierman (football coach), Jerry Dalrymple (football), Lester Lautenschlaeger (football), Emmett Pare (tennis coach), Warren Perkins (basketball), Eddie Price (football), Hamilton Richardson (tennis), Clark Shaughnessy (football), Claude Simons, Jr. (football), and Clifford Wells (basketball coach).
Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Brandon Belanger Baseball 1999-2000 Bill Curl Sports Information Dir. 1966-74 (Billy Slatten Award) Lana Garner Track & Field 1997-2000 Jerald Honeycutt Men's Basketball 1994-97 Roydell Williams Football/Baseball 2000-04