Eight people will be inducted Sunday into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony is at 4 p.m. in the Wichita Boathouse, home to the Hall. Here’s a look at the inductees.
Michael Bishop hasn’t made many trips to Manhattan since his time at Kansas State came to an end, but every time he returns to his alma mater he is greeted with a hero’s welcome.
That’s what happens when many consider you the best quarterback in program history.
“These are the best fans in college football, and they always treat me well,” Bishop said while watching K-State players warm up before the Sunflower Showdown on Saturday. “We did a lot of great things together.”
Bishop played for K-State in 1997 and 1998 after transferring in from Blinn (Texas) Junior College, and accomplished a great deal during his two seasons. As a junior, he led the Wildcats to an 11-1 record that featured a 35-18 victory over Syracuse in the Fiesta Bowl. The next year, he took them to their first No. 1 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today top 25 poll and within an eyelash of a spot in the national championship game.
K-State won its first 11 games that season, but lost in heartbreaking fashion to Texas A&M 36-33 in double overtime of the Big 12 championship game. It then lost another tough one to Purdue 37-34 in the Alamo Bowl.
His favorite memory is still helping the Wildcats end a long losing streak to Nebraska with a 40-30 victory in 1998.
“That was a big win for us in a game that meant so much to Bill Snyder,” Bishop said. “We really wanted to win that one for him. To see the look on his face afterward was unbelievable.”
Bishop was honored nationally for his accomplishments. He broke school records by throwing for 2,844 yards and 23 touchdowns, and still owns the K-State record for pass efficiency. He finished second in Heisman Trophy voting and was later drafted by the New England Patriots. Now he is about to go into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
“It’s an honor,” Bishop said. “Anytime you can be recognized along with so many other great athletes it’s really special.”
He had some success in the NFL and threw for a touchdown on his first pass attempt. But he spent the majority of his professional football career in the Canadian Football League, where he threw for 11,772 yards and 66 touchdowns from 2002 to 2009. He also rushed for 1,404 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Bishop is currently living in Texas, and enjoying some down time. He might be busy soon, though. He is hoping to become a head football coach at the high school level next year.
The November 2011 plane crash that killed Budke and three others ended a life of a husband and father of three at age 50. But Budke had already made his mark at every coaching stop he made.
Already a successful junior-college women’s coach rising up the ranks of Division I, Budke turned around an Oklahoma State program that was 0-16 in the Big 12 into an NCAA Sweet 16 team two years later. He was 112-83 at OSU as he entered his seventh season.
A Salina native who earned degrees at Washburn and Wichita State after a playing career at Barton County and Washburn, Budke coached Allen County and Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. He led six Trinity Valley teams to the NJCAA women’s championship game, a junior-college record, and won four titles. He was twice named national coach of the year and his .898 juco winning percentage is a record.
In 2000, he jumped to Division I as a Louisiana Tech assistant, then took the head coaching job two years later. He was 80-16 in three seasons before OSU hired him.
Last March, the Salina Bicentennial Center — where Budke’s Trinity Valley teams won four national crowns — named its basketball floor Kurt Budke Court
Jaynes, a quarterback at Kansas, was a 1973 All-American and was fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Jaynes, who had a brief career with the Chiefs, passed for more than 5,000 yards and remains fourth in career yardage and second in touchdowns. He was the first KU quarterback to pass for 400-plus yards in a game.
To read more on Jaynes, see Bob Lutz’s Saturday column at Kansas.com
A Sedgwick native, Harold Manning excelled at the high school and college levels and beyond. His first big title was the Kansas high school championship in the mile in 1927. He then continued his winning ways at Wichita State University, winning the 1930 NCAA two mile championship. Post college triumphs included winning the 3,000 meter Steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Championship in 1934 and 1936. Manning set a world record in the event at the 1936 Olympic trials and finished fifth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
It took Murrell a mere two seasons to earn a spot on the list of Kansas State basketball greats.
Murrell, a 6-foot-6 forward from Taft, Okla., was an All-American in 1964, the season in which he led the Wildcats to the Final Four. He averaged 22.3 points and 11.1 rebounds, also earning All-Big Eight honors. For his career, he averaged 20.6 points a game, ranking fifth in Wildcat history. While playing 54 games, he scored 1,112 points, No. 13 on the career list. His career rebound average of 10.7 is tied for third.
In junior college, Murrell’s nickname was “Scoring Artist.”
He transferred to Kansas State after playing at Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he averaged 24.4 points. The NJCAA inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2009.
Murrell, who suffered a stroke in 1997, lives in Denver. Health problems will keep him from attending Sunday’s ceremony and Hall of Fame officials hope he can return one year to make his acceptance speech.
He played three seasons in the ABA for Denver, Miami and Kentucky.
Simien was a four-year basketball starter at Kansas. A Two-time All-Big 12 pick while playing on teams that won three Big 12 titles. He scored more than 1,500 points in his college career, was Big 12 player of the year in 2005 and was a first-round draft choice of the Miami Heat.
And he might have earned a spot in the Hall of Fame before he ever played a game in Lawrence.
He was a two-time All-State selection during his high school career at Leavenworth, played on a Class 7A championship team his junior year and was a McDonald’s All-American in 2001.
And now, at age 29, Simien is being inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. He said he wasn’t expecting the honor at such a young age, but he appreciates it.
“I took a look at some of the other folks that had been inducted — Barry Sanders and Raef LaFrentz and others — and considered it to be great honor.
“It doesn’t diminish the honor whether I receive it now or 30 years from now,” he said.
Snyder, 77, was an accomplished tennis player from a young age, winning three state titles. He won singles in 1951 and 1952 at Winfield and a doubles title in 1950.
After graduating in 1952 from Winfield, Snyder played at Texas, where he helped the Longhorns win three Southwest Conference titles.
Snyder, who still plays today, had only graduated two years earlier when he was hired to coach Arizona in 1959
“That was pretty early to get a college coaching job,” he said.
After 14 years at Arizona, Snyder was named Texas’ coach in 1973. After 41 years as a coach, he was the winningest active Division I men’s coach and ranked No. 2 in career wins with 697. He retired in 2001, finishing with a career record of 697-226.
He loved coaching, even though tennis didn’t draw anywhere near the kind of crowds as football at Texas.
“It was frustrating, especially when you’d get a really good player and there’s the likelihood they’d turn pro,” Snyder said.
“I only had three or four players in 28 years at Texas not graduate,” Snyder said. “They had good character, they learned discipline.”
Snyder, who still lives in Austin, has two children and four grandchildren.
“It was an enjoyable career,” he said. “…. If I were to talk in Christian terms, there was an angel looking out for me. I always seemed to have people who were very important in my life at certain times.”
Snyder mentioned one especially important person, his high school coach Curly Vaughn.
“I was lucky to have Curly Vaughn there to get my career started,” Snyder said.
Snyder is also in the University of Texas Hall of Honor, Texas Tennis Hall of Fame and the U.S. Tennis Association Missouri Valley Hall of Fame.
Last game of his Kansas career at Allen Fieldhouse. First and only time his mother would get to see him play there.
Bud Stallworth had something for Missouri in 1972.
“(Former Missouri coach) Norm Stewart was known as this … defensive genius,” Stallworth said. “And he’d made some comments in the paper that may have given us some extra motivation.”
Stallworth lit up the Tigers that afternoon for 50 points — then the Big Eight single-game scoring record — as the Jayhawks’ won easily. He was also named Big Eight player of the year that season, despite the Jayhawks’ 11-15 record.
“With my last game and my mother there, it meant a lot to me,” Stallworth said. “Everything just fell into place.”
From Hartselle, Ala., Stallworth played on the Jayhawks’ 1971 Final Four team and was the No. 7 overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1972 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA until 1977 and then went into the restaurant and bar business for a decade, going back and forth between Los Angeles and Hawaii. He eventually moved back to Lawrence, where he worked for the University of Kansas as assistant director of budget and support services until he retired two years ago. He still lives in Lawrence.
“I feel like I had a pretty complete career,” Stallworth said. “Everybody focuses on that last game against Missouri, but I played on a pretty good team the year before and had the opportunity to play in the NBA. I have a lot of great memories.”
Stolle led Emporia State to an NAIA softball championship as a junior in 1980, when she won 25 games and compiled a 0.33 ERA. She was a two-time All-American and was chosen the NAIA softball player of the year in 1981.
Her ERA was under 1.00 in each of her three seasons with the Hornets.
She was the first woman inducted into the Emporia State Hall of Honor.