Published: Sept. 1, 2013 By

Bill McCartney

Nearly 20 years after retiring, football coach Bill McCartney will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame

Bill McCartney, who led CU-Boulder to its only national championship in football in the 1990 season, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 10 in New York.

McCartney, the winningest football coach in CU history (93-55-5 over 13 seasons) will join six Buff greats in the College Football Hall of Fame —John Wooten (PE’59) inducted in 2012; Alfred Williams (Soc ex’91) in 2010; Bobby Anderson (A&S ex’69) in 2006; Dick Anderson (Mktg’68) in 1993; Joe Romig (Phys’63, PhDAstro’75) in 1984; and Byron White (A&S’38, Hon
DocLaw’63) in 1952.

“It’s very gratifying and rewarding,” said McCartney, whose CU teams won three consecutive Big Eight titles (1989, ’90 and ’91). “Keep in mind I’ve been out of coaching almost 20 years, so to be remembered after such a long absence was a complete surprise to me.”

McCartney met success in Boulder after his first three teams posted records of 2-8-1, 4-7 and 1-10. Mac switched the Buffs to the wishbone offense before the 1985 season when CU went 7-5.

McCartney retired following the 1994 season when CU running back Rashaan Salaam (Soc ex’95) won the Heisman Trophy. The coach was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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