Hall of Fame
TCU Lettermen’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Fort Worth, Texas – Brashant Carter, Virgil Hodge, Mike Keathley, Jason Philips, Adrianne Ross and Simpson Degrate will comprise the 51st class to be inducted into the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame. The group will be honored in a formal ceremony and banquet on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union.
Brashant Carter (1996 – Track & Field and Football)
Carter was a six-time All-American in men’s track & field and back-to-back conference champion in the outdoor 200m in 1995 and 1996. Was also the 1996 conference indoor champion in the 200m. He was a part of the 1995 4x100m relay team that won the NCAA Outdoor National Championship. Carter was also a four-year football letterwinner playing defensive back and wide receiver.
Vigil Hodge (2008 – Women’s Track & Field)
Hodge was a six-time women’s track & field All-American and winner of multiple Mountain West Conference championships during her career at TCU. Her six All-American honors earned is a TCU women’s record. Hodge also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and carried the flag in the opening ceremony for St. Kitts. Holds either first or second place in the TCU record books for the outdoor 200m, 4x100m, 4x200m, and the indoor 600m.
Mike Keathley (2001 – Football)
Keathley earned three Western Atlantic Conference All-Conference honors from 1998-2000. He played offensive tackle for the Frogs and was a part of the “Big Uglies” that allowed LaDainian Tomlinson to have a remarkable career. He was an undrafted free agent of the San Diego Chargers and went on to play three seasons for the Chargers and Texans from 2001-2003.
Jason Phillips (2008 – Football)
Phillips was one of the most prolific linebackers in TCU history. He was a Sporting News Freshman All-American in 2005 and was the first ever freshman to be selected All-Mountain West Conference and the first ever 4-time All-MWC selection. He led the Frogs in tackles under Coach Patterson until Travin Howard eclipsed him this year. Phillips was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played for three seasons in the NFL before returning to TCU in 2015 as a graduate assistant, coaching linebackers and later a defensive analyst.
Adrianne Ross (2008 – Women’s Basketball)
Ross was a three-time honorable mention All-American that led the women’s basketball team on a run of four straight postseason appearances. She leads TCU in steals in a game, career steals, field goal attempts, games played, and is in the top 10 in almost every other category. Ross went on to play professionally overseas, including a stint in the WNBA with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She most recently played the 2017-18 season with the Lebanese team Al Riyadi of the EEWBL, where she averaged 10 points and 4.9 assists in 25 minutes per game.
Simpson Degrate (1972 – Men’s Basketball)
Degrate was a two-time first team All-Southwest Conference selection and a starter on the 1971 SWC championship team. He was named the TCU Basketball MVP in 1972 after leading the team in scoring at 19.8 points per game and in rebounding with 11.9 per game during his senior season. Degrate’s 19.8 points per game still ranks seventh all time in school history.
Learn more about our past Hall of Fame Members, this year’s inductees and the process to become a TCU Lettermen’s Hall of Fame Member.
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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Criteria to Nominate
TCU LETTERMEN’S ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME NOMINATION POLICY
Revised January 2017
Nominees for the TCU Lettermen’s Hall of Fame are judged on how well they meet the screening criteria established by the TCU Lettermen’s Association Board of Directors.
The Criteria to nominate are:
Any dues-paying Lettermen’s Association member may nominate a former TCU Athlete, who lettered at least one year, and have completed their eligibility at least ten years to be considered for the Hall of Fame.
Nominations are open year round. But those nominations made between April 15 to January 1 will be considered for that year. Nominations will only be accepted online, on the Lettermen’s Association Website, with the results sent automatically to the Director of the TCU Lettermen’s Association. No mailed in or emailed nominations will be accepted. HALL OF FAME ONLINE NOMINATION – Click HERE
- A nominee must be in good academic and athletic standing while a student-athlete at TCU
- A nominee must have distinguished himself/herself as an outstanding competitor while at TCU.
- National, conference, and university athletic and academic awards won by a nominee will strengthen his or her nomination.
- Nominees are judged 70% playing ability at TCU and beyond and 15% TCU Involvement and 15% Community Service
- A varsity team that wins an NCAA national championship may be nominated for HOF Consideration.
- A nominee does not have to graduate from TCU to be considered, but graduates will have priority.
STEP-BY-STEP SELECTION PROCESS
The Process of Being Selected as a Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame Member
1. You are nominated by at least one (1) current dues paying Lettermen’s Association Member or previously nominated, passed the pre-screening process and is in the current screening pool of nominees.
2. You passed the pre-screening vetting process to see if you have the qualifications to make it to the screening pool of nominees
3. The Screening Committee will view, vet through the screening pool nominees and recommend its Final 12 Regular and Final 3 Vintage nominees to the Selection Committee. Maximum of 3 years on the Screening list, mandatory two years cooling off or rest period.
4. The Selection Committee meets annually at the Lettermen’s Association Board of Directors Meeting in April, views the list of nominees recommended by the Screening Committee, discusses and votes. Those that have the highest amount of votes in the regular pool of nominees and the top vote receiver in the Vintage pool will be that years Hall of Fame Class.
a. By Lettermen’s Hall of Fame Bylaws, the Selection Committee may select up-to five (5) regular nominees and 1 Vintage nominee. No more than six total will be selected.
5. Once all of the votes are counted, the Hall of Fame Class of that year is selected. A group of Board members will make personal calls to those that were voted in and announce the news of their selection. Once everyone has been notified, then the Association will make a formal public announcement.
Our Selection Committee is a diverse group of 45 members consisting of former male and female athletes representing seven decades, current Hall of Fame Members as well as TCU coaches and athletic administrators who have well over 30 years service at TCU. Our screening and selection committee members take their voting responsibility seriously and are proud to serve. Also, one of the main qualifications to be considered for a Hall of Fame nomination is that the nominee would need to be out of TCU for a minimum of 10 years.