|BGSU sets policy on honoring jersey numbers|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:54|
Bowling Green State University's athletics department will be reviewing the careers of standout former athletes with the intention of recognizing a select group by honoring their jersey numbers.
The recognition of jerseys will complement the tradition of BGSU's Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
"Bowling Green has a long and distinguished athletic history," Greg Christopher, director of athletics, said. "While we already recognize individuals who have excelled through the Athletics Hall of Fame, we wanted to take it another step forward. Retiring the jerseys of our legends is a great way to honor and recognize Falcon greats."
To date, four BGSU jerseys have been retired: Paul Miles' No. 29 in football; George McPhee's No. 9, and Nelson Emerson's and Brian Holzinger's No. 19 in hockey; and Nate Thurmond's No. 42 in men's basketball.
The recognition will not be an annual occurrence.
The athletics department is asking for nominations from the BGSU community.
Nominations can be submitted online or by sending a letter directly to BGSU Athletic Communications, attention Jason Knavel, 251 Perry Stadium East, Bowling Green, 43403. The deadline for nominations is July 1. Honorees will be announced and recognized beginning in the 2010-11 school year.
The following criteria for honoring the jerseys of former Falcon athletes has been established. This policy applies to sports using jerseys with numbers. No more numbers will not be retired; specific jerseys/numbers will be recognized.
Criteria for honoring a jersey at BGSU:
1) In order to be considered for the honor, an athlete must have received his or her undergraduate degree from BGSU or, in the event of early pursuit of a professional career, have been a student in good academic standing and made significant progress towards a degree.
2) A candidate must meet the following criteria:
a. Already a member of the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame
b. A minimum of 10 years removed from the graduation of the athlete's class
3) A candidate must have exceptional athletic qualifications, including at least one of the following, but not limited to:
a. National award recognition
b. All-American status
c. Conference player-of-the-year status
4) Personal conduct, character, integrity, and community and university standing will be considerations.
Nominations should be submitted through BGSU's Athletics Communications office and include a letter of support.
Nominations will be considered annually by a committee assigned by the athletics director. Members will include representatives of the Former Athlete Advisory Council, the Falcon Club Advisory Board and Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee.
The athletics director has final approval on committee recommendations.
For sports that do not have uniforms or uniforms with numbers, the committee or athletics director have the option to extend appropriate recognition in another suitable manner.
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