Published on April 6, 2017 by Philip Poole  
Athletics Hall of Fame 2017

The Samford University Athletics Department has announced the names of the six individuals who will make up the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame's inaugural class.
Basketball coach and student-athlete Walter Barnes, track and field/cross-country standout Lauren Blankenship, football coach and player Bobby Bowden, football student-athlete Wally Burnham, football standout Cortland Finnegan and tennis star Charlie Owens make up the inaugural class.

The hall of fame, located on the third floor of Pete Hanna Center, will be officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting April 19 at 9:30 a.m. The class will be inducted May 6 with a reception at 5 p.m. in Hanna Center, followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Cooney Hall, home of Samford’s Brock School of Business.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.