POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 11:56am
NATCHITOCHES, LA (LSUSPORTS.NET) — The 2013 induction class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame when the annual ceremonies are broadcast on a tape-delayed basis beginning on Friday, July 12.
The taping will air on Cox Sports Television at 7:00 p.m.
This year’s telecast will feature the induction of three former LSU athletes -- football quarterback Tommy Hodson, offensive lineman Kevin Mawae and Tiger and NBA basketball icon, Shaquille O’Neal.
The telecast, produced in cooperation with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, will for the first time be 90 minutes long and during the first half hour will include the ribbon cutting and opening night festivities for the $23 million building on historic Front Street that includes the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the North Louisiana Regional History Museum.
The 2013 class, the first to be inducted into the building, featured one of the more star-studded classes in history, led the three LSU stars. O’Neal had his jersey retired by LSU before being the No. pick in the 1992 NBA draft. Mawae starred as one of the NFL’s top lineman for 16 years, and Hodson remains LSU’s all-time leading passer.
Internationally known pro tennis star Chanda Rubin was joined by basketball players James Jones (Grambling) and Ervin Johnson (UNO), who both had stellar pro careers as well. Jockey Ronald Ardoin, who won 90 percent of his 5,200-plus races in Louisiana, continues the list of stellar horseman to make the hall and he was joined by the late athlete Anna Koll of New Orleans and Newman High Coach, the late, Ed “Skeets” Tuohy.