A pair of West Virginia football greats have the chance to be enshrined the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame induction class, which will be voted on by over 12,000 members of the National Football Foundation.
Former cornerback Aaron Beasley and coach Jim Carlen each earned a spot on the ballot for the second year in a row. This year, Beasley is among 78 players and Carlen is among 33 coaches to receive a nomination.
Beasley was a three-year starter at West Virginia, earning a consensus All-American honor in 1995 after nabbing 10 interceptions — a then-program record — and his 19 career interceptions sits second all-time in program history.. He helped lead the Mountaineers to wins in the 1994 Sugar Bowl and the 1995 Carquest Bowl before being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1996 NFL Draft. He was inducted to the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jim Carlen coached the Mountaineers for four seasons from 1966-1969, racking up a record of 25-13-3. He ended his time at WVU with a victory in the second-ever Peach Bowl in 1969, a 14-3 victory over South Carolina. He went on to Texas Tech the next year, where he won National Coach of the Year in 1973, before joining the Gamecocks in 1975 to finish out his coaching career.
The ballot was sent to NFF members on Tuesday via email, and the voting will go until July 7.