Art Keller a finalist for college football Hall


Legendary Carthage College football coach Art Keller has had fields and awards named after him.

He could be in line for another huge honor.

On Thursday, arguably the most recognizable name in the history of Carthage athletics was listed as a finalist in one of the coaching categories for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Keller, who died in 1990 at age 68, is one of 26 names in the Divisional Coaches category. There are also 75 players and six coaches on the Football Bowl Subdivision ballot and 87 players on the Divisional ballot.

The 1944 graduate of Carthage was nominated and placed on the final ballot after surviving a screening process based on geography.

To be eligible, coaches need at least 10 years and 100 games on the sidelines, won at least 60 percent of their games and be retired from coaching for at least three years.

The class will be announced in May from Irving, Texas and will be inducted at the 57th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The inductees will be enshrined in the new College Football Hall of Fame at a date to be determined in 2015. The Hall, currently under construction, will open in Atlanta in time for the 2014 college football season.

Keller was 177-87-7 and won eight CCIW titles in 31 seasons at Carthage from 1951 to 1982. He guided the school to five consecutive CCIW titles from 1969 to 1973, six undefeated conference seasons, three 14-game win streaks and a 29-game league unbeaten streak. Kelle went 105-53-3 in 22 seasons in the CCIW with his victory total third in conference history.

Among the others listed on the ballot in Keller’s category are former UW-Whitewater coach Forrest Perkins and Jim Tressel, who coached at Youngstown (Ohio) State before going to Ohio State.

David Marran


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