Shatel: Tommie Frazier's Hall of Fame wait was too long; Eric Crouch next? -
Published Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:14 pm
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Shatel: Tommie Frazier's Hall of Fame wait was too long; Eric Crouch next?

As Warren Sapp once said, “Thomas, where you been?”

It's not where he's been, big man. It's where Tommie Frazier is going: to the College Football Hall of Fame.

According to the Sporting News, citing a source with knowledge of the results, Frazier will be selected for induction into college football's hall Tuesday. A lot of thoughts come rushing, but foremost is this: It's about time.

The delay was more about the National Football Foundation's process, not respect. If anything, it was cool to see the reaction from national college football media the last few years. Each time Frazier was left out, it protested loudly.

I'll have more on No. 15 later this week. For now, I'm going to go pop in a tape of Frazier's personal favorite play — from the 1995 Nebraska-Colorado game (not the Fiesta Bowl).

>> I don't always understand the NFF rules, but I'll assume Eric Crouch's turn will come soon, if not next year.

>> I think Trev Alberts will get in. After that, Husker fans will have to wait until at least 2019, the earliest that Ndamukong Suh can make it. That might be it for a while, unless Bo Pelini knows something we don't.

>> Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie, newly-minted members of the Golf Hall of Fame, will be in Omaha in July. So will Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman and a number of major winners. But the star of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open will be the Omaha Country Club greens.

Jeff Hall, the USGA director who will set up the course, raved about the greens on Monday, comparing them to Southern Hills and Prairie Dunes. He talked about their “subtle changes,” which is golf code for three-putts.

I've often compared OCC's greens to Augusta National. Sure enough, Perry Maxwell, who redesigned OCC in 1951, also designed the seventh and 14th greens at Augusta.

Speaking of the Masters, the seniors will be able to drive OCC and get out of the rough, but the tourney will be won or lost on how the old guys handle the “subtle changes.”

The pros would do well to stop by and scout 'em out. So far, Fred Funk and Gary Hallberg have played OCC, with Bob Tway and Willie Wood scheduled to play later this month.

>> Hall also told a story about arriving at OCC a couple years ago expecting to see a “Field of Dreams,” or, a flat field. He was pleasantly surprised to see the different elevations on the OCC property.

“What a gem you have,” Hall told a large media day crowd, before Nebraska media went out and bled all over the course.

I still haven't heard how Stu Pospisil and The World-Herald army did, but since Stu was in charge of the scorecard, anything was possible. This sandbagger didn't play, so The World-Herald median score dropped considerably.

The format was play-your-own-ball. Put me down for 100.

>> Who knew? The only thing harder to get than a ticket to see Tom Watson is a ticket to see Ray Gallegos.

>> Big Ten Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner told that the Big Ten will have night games in November starting in 2014. Hey guys, I was just kidding.

>> Don't know that I've ever seen a 5 p.m. kickoff for an NU game, but I like it. Hot time of the day, especially if you're sitting high in the new east section. But that's a very fan-friendly time.

>> I'm all for having former coaches on the College Football Playoff selection committee, as long as they don't have former sports information directors voting for them.

>> The column on finding the Ak-Sar-Ben race track generated a ton of responses and memories from race fans, many of whom are now technologically hip. At least more than I am.

I received many suggestions from readers to try Google Earth as a way to find out where the old track was located. Some sent an image from Google, including Cliff Todd, of the city of Omaha planning department. The image you see in today's World-Herald came from Todd.

That's an amazing thing. All I can say is that Greg Hosch of Horsemen's Park was close, very close. I'd like to use Google to go back and see what other parts of Omaha, such as West Dodge Street or Peony Park, look like today.

>> The Big East still hasn't named a commissioner, but Big East blogger Mark Blaudschun of reports that Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan — a Georgetown grad — is the leading candidate.

>> Is Georgetown the Texas of the Big East?

>> Whatever happened to Texas baseball?

>> When Tom Ricketts says he'd move the Cubs, do you think he means to Omaha?

>> The softball College World Series is played in Oklahoma City, but we're the Midwest capital of the sport this week. The Big Ten softball tournament begins Thursday at NU's Bowlin Stadium, the same day that the Missouri Valley tourney begins at the CU Sports Complex.

>> The B'nai B'rith sports banquet never fails to deliver the goods, but this year there's heavy local star power. Kadie Rolfzen of Papillion-La Vista South and Omaha Central's Akoy Agau will receive the student-athlete of the year awards, before Tom Osborne takes the stage as the guest speaker. The event is May 23 at the CenturyLink Center. For ticket information, go to

>> One more and I'm outta here: There have been two recent roster additions at The World-Herald. Natalie Chatelain, 6 pounds, 6 ounces, arrived on March 25. Favorite sport: volleyball (libero).

Samuel McKewon, 7 pounds, 7 ounces, arrived on May 5. Favorite sport: football. Favorite teams: Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. Now there's a kid with spirit. His old man says he will be an offensive coordinator.

Congrats to Dirk and Andrea Chatelain and Sam and Molly McKewon. It's the second child for both. One more, and they'll be playing zone.

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Tom Shatel is a sports columnist who covers the city, regional and state scene.

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