Tolbert, Green, Doninger among IU Hall of Fame Inductees

Former Indiana forward Ray Tolbert, quarterback Trent Green and athletic director Clarence Doninger are among the 2011 inductees to the Indiana University Hall of Fame. From sports info:


Indiana University will welcome six “contemporary” and 12  “pioneer” members to its Athletic Hall of Fame IU Vice-President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced today. Celebrating it’s 30th induction ceremony, this year’s class brings the current roster of Hall of Fame inductees to 188.

Clarence Doninger (athletic director, 1991-2001), Trent Green (football, 1990-92), Kristen Kane (diving, 1991-94), Don Ritter (basketball and baseball (1947-49),  James Sniadecki (football, 1966-68) and Ray Tolbert (men’s basketball, 1978-81) are among contemporary former  Hoosiers officially inducted at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on September 30, and will be recognized at halftime of the football game against Penn State at Memorial Stadium, the following day.  

“These individuals embody the spirit for which administrators, coaches and student-athletes are best known at Indiana University.   IU athletics have long been a benchmark of excellence — both in the classroom and in competition—and these Hoosier greats certainly are responsible for helping establish that,” said Glass.  “We have great strengths and traditions because of their efforts, and it is with much gratitude that we recognize them for their service to IU.”

The IU Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1982 by the Department of Athletics in conjunction with the Varsity Club and I-Men’s Association, recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of IU both on and off the field of competition.

They have brought much distinction and honor to IU and have established a tradition of excellence which is incomparable. Their achievements have touched everyone associated with IU. From the inception of intercollegiate athletics at Indiana to the present, none have better exemplified the true spirit of athletic competition at Indiana than those honored players, coaches and administrators.


Clarence Doninger: The Evansville native served as athletic director from 1991-2001.  During his tenure, IU athletic teams won 27 Big Ten regular season or tournament championships and participated in 52 NCAA team championships, and won two NCAA team titles.  IU added 4 women’s varsity sports during his tenure as one of the leading institutions in gender equity compliance.  Won a basketball letter in 1957, member of a Big Ten championship team. Won the Clevenger Award in 1990.  Also served on IU’s Athletics Committee, former member of the IU Foundation Board and served as Alumni Association President.

Trent Green: A native of St. Louis who won football letters in 1990, 1991 and 1992, and was co-captain in 1992.  IU’s Most Valuable Player in 1992.  Was a member of three bowl teams while at IU, the Liberty Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Copper Bowl. Holds IU record with 2,627 passing yards in 1991 and ranks 4th on career list with 5,400 yards. Set total offense record in 1991 with 2,829 yards and is 4th on career list with 5,916 yards.  Played quarterback in the NFL for 15 years.

Kristen Kane: A native of Kingston, Washington, she won diving letters in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.  Won Big Ten championships in the 3-meter in 1992 and 1994 and in the 10-meter in 1992.  Big Ten Diver of the Year in 1992, and 1994. Placed 2nd in the NCAA in the 1-meter and 3rd on the 3-meter in 1992 and 2nd on the 3-meter in 1994.  Earned All-American status four straight years.  US outdoor champion on 1-meter in 1992. Two-time IU Female Athlete of the Year (1992 and 1994).  Member of Pan American team in 1994.

Don Ritter: Won basketball letters in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and was captain in 1949. Won baseball letters in 1947, 1948 and 1949. First team All-Big Ten selection in baseball in 1949. First team All-American in baseball in 1949, one of only two IU players to be named first team. Recipient of the L.G. Balfour Award and the IU Gimbel Award in 1949.  Ranked eighth on IU list with .382 career batting percentage. Two-year starter in basketball who led 1948 team in scoring.

James Sniadecki: Won football letters in 1966-68 and the South Bend native was co-captain in 1968.  All-Big Ten in 1967 on Big Ten championship team.  2nd team All-American by UPI and Sporting News in 1968. Played in East-West and Hula Bowl games in 1968.  Drafted by San Francisco 49er’s in 1969. Played five years.

Ray Tolbert: A native of Anderson, Indiana. Won basketball letters in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 and was co-captain in 1981. Starter on two Big Ten championship teams and the 1981 NCAA championship team. Indiana and Big Ten MVP in 1981. Averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds.  Shot a league best 62.6% from the field.  Had a team-high 11 rebounds in the NCAA Championship against North Carolina. Team leader in rebounds four straight seasons.  Ranks 18th on career scoring list with 1,427 points  and 6th on career rebound list with 874 points.

Dean Barnhart: Won basketball letters in 1909, 1910 and 1911, captain in 1910.  Top player on team that won IU’s first varsity “I” in basketball in 1909. Tied IU scoring record with 21 points against DePauw in 1909 and broke the IU record with 25 points against DePauw in 1911.  Six times in his career scored more points than IU’s opponent.

Fred “Fritz” Bastian: Won tennis letters in 1919, 1920 and 1921. Won Indiana’s first Big Ten singles title in 1921. Beat his brother for the state collegiate title and was also national champion, beating out a 68-man field to win the National Intercollegiate Championships.

Bryce Beecher: Won track letters in 1929, 1931 and 1932. Won Big Ten pole vault title indoors with 13-8 in 1932 and 13-10 in the NCAA outdoor championships to win 1932 title. Also won 1932 indoor title in Big Ten for sweep of conference and nationals.

Eddie Belshaw: Won wrestling letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932 and was captain in 1931.  Was on Big Ten championship teams in 1930 and 1931 and was member of the NCAA championship team in 1932. Big Ten champion in 1932. IU’s first NCAA wrestling champion at 135 pounds in 1932, and first winner of the “Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships.”

George Belshaw: Won wrestling letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932 and was co-captain in 1932. Was on the Big Ten championship teams in 1930 and 1931 and was co-captain of the NCAA championship team in 1932. Big Ten champion at 155 pounds in 1932. His 24-4 career record is the 10th best at IU with a .857 winning percentage.

Bob Jones: Won football letters in 1931, 1932 and 1933, honorary captain in 1933, and wrestling letters in 1932 and 1933. All-Big Ten in football as a guard in 1933.  Member of the first College All-Star team to play against NFL champion in 1933.  Was on Big Ten championship wrestling teams in 1930 and 1931 and NCAA championship team in 1932.  Won Big Ten heavyweight wrestling championships in 1932 and 1933. Won AAU heavyweight championship as a freshman.  2nd place in NCAA championships in 1933.

Rodney Leas: Won cross country letters in 1928, 1929 and 1930 and was captain in 1929 and 1930. Won track letters in 1929, 1930 and 1931. Won Big Ten indoor two-mile championship in 1930 and Big Ten indoor mile title in 1931. Was IU’s first Big Ten individual champion in cross country in1930.

Harlan Logan: Won basketball letters in 1924 and 1925, track in 1925, and tennis in 1924.  Became IU’s first tennis coach in 1930.  All-Big Ten and the Big Ten’s No. 2 scorer in 1925. Earned a Rhodes Scholarship and missed his senior year in basketball.  Went on to become editor of Look Magazine and speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Bill Menke: Won basketball letters in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Member of NCAA championship team in 1940.  Played on teams that had combined record of 54-9.

Gene Thomas: Only four-sport letterman in IU history.  Won three letters in football, three letters in basketball, two letters in baseball and two letters in track, all from 1920 to 1923. Won the Gimbel Award in 1923. Coached Marion High to their first state basketball championship in 1926 and later coached two Michigan high school teams to state championships.

Chris Traicoff: Won wrestling letters in 1937, 1938 and 1939 and was honorary captain in 1939. Big Ten Champion in 1939 at 177 pounds. Had perfect 10-0 record in that ‘39 season. Member of 1939 Big Ten championship team.

Joe Zeller: Won football letters in 1929, 1930 and 1931 and basketball letters in 1930, 1931 and 1932, co-captain in ’32. Won Balfour Awards in both football and basketball in 1931-32, when he was also senior class president. Most Valuable Player in football as a guard in 1930 and 1931. All-Big Ten in 1931.  Played professional football with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.


  1. Doninger?!? You gotta be kidding! He presided over the worst two decisions IU ever made, alongside Myles Brand; firing the winningest football coach in IU history, Bill Mallory, and the firing of Bob Knight.
    I told my boss at IU when they fired Coach Mallory, that IU would not have another winning season before I retired (2005). I was right…

  2. Doninger? Really???

    The guy who was AD when both Mallory and Knight were fired?

    He must’ve done some really good things I’m not aware of…

  3. Doninger????…where????….oohhhh Lord!!!…Doninger let IU athletics wallow in mediocrity(if that), was the natural fertilizer that allowed growing complacency, brazen cronyism and embarrassing incompetence creep through our athletic program. Clarence had no sense of shame while he and his buddies spread his virus through the University. The infestation of his administration infected our athletic environment for years.

    A.D. Glass, you can not make decisions like this one without some form of consultation with other members of the IU family who are forced to bear the dishonor of seeing Clarence Doninger as part of the Hoosier Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Did you mean ‘Shame’?

  4. It’s funny how you removed fourguards and some other bloggers from this site, but you give Tsao a daily free pass for character assassinations. I guess all his knowledge of Hoosier sports gives him the right to be offensive. Tell him to give up his real identity and let some that may know the truth every moment his life lived in perfection judge him on equal terms. It’s very cowardly to constantly assault others their shortcomings(including a Scoop journalist, or two,..or three,..or four) and be shielded in secrecy fair examination his own history. Certainly nothing honorable about it for someone always preaching about glory to their school, country, grandchildren…etc. Their is no glory in shooting a man’s reputation while wearing a hoodlum’s mask over your face.

  5. “Doninger? Really???

    The guy who was AD when both Mallory and Knight were fired?

    He must’ve done some really good things I’m not aware of…”

    AMEN!!!! That’s a joke to let him in

  6. So many of these HOFs are a load of crap. Not exactly Canton or Cooperstown. It’s just payback to your friends or a favor to a buddy. Both my boys, and a number of other young men and women, were fortunate enough to do their club wrestling under an outstanding coach who sent a few on to the Olympics, including Sara McMann, the first American women to win an Olympic medal in wrestling. The beneficiary was the jerk wad high school coach, who ran the program into the ground. Several kids in the club won hs AA honors. A year after my youngest graduated, and the club pipeline went dry, the team went winless. Both boys won between 40 and 60 matches a year over 4 years. Last year the school’s MOW (Most Outstanding Wrestler) won 13 matches. They have the skill level of a bad middle school team. None of those kids that won AA honors are in the school’s HOF…but that jerk wad of a coach is. His claim to fame? Coaching 4 All Americans.

  7. How are the inductees appointed? It is my understanding that they are elected. If that is the case, how can we chastise Mr. Glass?

    Bob Knight was fired by Myles Brand, not Clarence Doninger. Bill Mallory was fired true, but so many alumni and donors decided that he had to go.

    I know Clarence Doninger, not well but I know him. Did he make mistakes, sure. I believe that it is very important to keep in mind the presidents that have been involved at IU since John Ryan retired. Is it possible that had an impact on Clarence Doningers performance. In 11 years the IU teams won 54 Big Ten titles and 2 NCAAs. In two years under Mr. Glass IU has only won 6 Big Tens and no NCAAs. Emotions get in the way of common sense sometimes. The body of work by Mr. Doninger has earned his election into the IU HOF.

    Sorry but that’s my opinion.

  8. I do believe he is the AD who in recent history made the most bad decisions in regards to hiring and firing, status quo for the FB program and lack of upgrading facilities. Just a bobber bobbing. Looking through the rear view mirror and remembering Coach Mallory’s firing and who aligned himself with Brand to create the fiasco against RMK really reveals that sometimes buffoons do end up in positions they should never attain. One constant remains true, their actions always reveal what they are. As RMK stated, they do not know their ass from 3rd base.

  9. For what it’s worth,
    I’ve only been fully in charge of the Scoop since Hugh left, and he and Korman typically handled poster conduct. I’ve never personally banned anyone, and I’m still developing an idea of what should be on here and what shouldn’t. I’m trying to censor as little as possible, and let you guys have your arguments. If I banned everyone on here who was ever insulting, well, there wouldn’t be a lot of people on the blog. Is there a lot of rhetoric on here that subjectively concerns and even bothers me? Yes. But does it cross an objective line that I could point to as reason for an all-out ban? Not yet. And let’s be serious, there are a handful of people on here who post with their first names or at least initials that denote who they are. I think I’m the only one using both his first and last name. Tsao is far from the only one talking behind a mask.
    As for Tsao and his rhetoric, nope. Not going there. Want to be productive today.

  10. I’m probably one of the top offenders for hiding my insults behind a mask. Maybe we all just need to take a step back a bit and quit pretending we know every aspect a person’s life. Even men and women that fail miserably in their professional lives may have other honorable qualities many of us would struggle to attain. I don’t think the true character of a person is ever known by examination of successes, or failures, within the narrow scope of what we have chance to witness. If that be the case then spit on every homeless man on the street.

  11. Personally, I think the overall decorum of the posters has improved significantly over the past year or so. More posts about IU athletics and less about whose panties might be in a wad. I also prefer Dustin’s style over Hugh’s, not that Dustin hasn’t been writing before or that he is the only writer. Dustin’s articles are impressively informative and he doesn’t seem to feel the need to include unsolicited criticism about every individual he writes about. Hugh just came across with an air of negative condescension toward IU athletics, and Indiana in general, that I found a bit grating. I wish him the best but I believe The Scoop (and the HT) is a better site now.

  12. Chet, I agree 100%. I do miss Korman but Dustin is great and I like that he chimes in and does not take any crap off the mean people!

  13. Chet, after reading over I am not sure I agree about the posters improving. I actually feel the other way on that. Now if you post something a little bit different than one or two people in the least bit negative light even if for good reason…you get torn up on here! I do agree about Dustin though!

  14. Doninger built his own reputation. The problem it creates for him is not from someone shooting at it. He played a large roll in 2 controversial firings and the subsequent hiring of severely regressive replacements. We are still living through those results. He was a man of little action but when he did engage in some action its outcome was wrong more than right. No way he should enter the HOF without wearing the tomato of blame.

  15. Doninger was part of a group of Varsity Club members who tried to ‘own’ the IU sports programs, particularly the football program, rather than pony-up and buy an NFL franchise. The Colts in Indy was basically the making of the Baltimore ownerships “midnight getaway” from that city and Indy’s(I believe Sen. Richard Lugar then mayor) decision to build an indoor stadium. The ‘inside group’ I’m talking about had neither the money nor the imagination necessary for such a coup.

    So, they put Doninger is as ‘their boy’ in the AD and used their clout in the Board of Trustees for a number of inspired decisions including Mallory’s firing, their complicity with Brand during RMK’s firing and, eventually, Sampson’s hiring (controlled by one of the trustees).

    Someone else said it…’no wonder RMK refuses to return’.

    The damage this group to IU sports is immeasurable and continued until the embarrassment and shame caused by the Sampson NCAA sanctions were too much to continue to leave IU athletics in their grip.

    While Glass came from Indianapolis as well, he came with a reputation for strategically developing Indianapolis as a “sports” city, giving him an independence and a reputation as a marketing development pro. The fact that the ‘usual suspects’ on the Board of Trustees had lost their choke hold following the Sampson scandal was a blessing in disguise. These are my observations and interpretations of events. If someone has different, please present them.

    But have it clear; as a Hoosier fan the embarrassment our University suffered at the hands of this group is both shameful and deeply disturbing. It isn’t capriciousness that drives my comments, it is zealousness in the belief of what Hoosier greatness ought to be, academically, athletically and institutionally.

    As for “For What It Is Worth” and “Jay”;… though Jay differs, he is totally entitled to his opinion and has nothing to apologize for. “For What It’s Worth”, on the other hand, would like for my opinion, controversial as it is, to be banned from posting. But, I choose to disregard his opinion, not that he is afraid of mine but because he already knows the absence of value in his.

    But…’For What It’s Worth’, you have a right to opinion and I have mine, and that includes your inviolable right to say whatever silly thing you want to state, without regard to what I think.

    That’s the whole point of blogs and freedom of expression.