LITTLE ROCK — An All-American quarterback, an Outland Trophy winner, and the first AFL player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame are among nine University of Arkansas representatives who will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame this year.
Billy Moore, Loyd Phillips, and Lance Alworth will be honored on Nov. 10 along with Mike Conley, Leotis Harris, Sidney Moncrief, Clyde Scott, Eddie Sutton, and Melody Sye.
In effect, Arkansas is catching up with other schools in the SWC Hall. When the Texas Sports Hall of Fame took over the SWC Hall of Honor, 167 of the 314 people in the Texas Hall had participated in the SWC and were grandfathered into the SWC Hall. The group included 47 from Texas and only two from Arkansas — Jimmy Johnson because of his success as coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones because he owned the team. Since then, Frank Broyles and John McDonnell have been added to the Hall and Nolan Richardson will be inducted in October.
More than a dozen other UA players or coaches will be inducted in the next several months.
A standout at Little Rock Central, Moore’s Arkansas teams were 25-8 and won at least a share of two Southwest Conference championships. Moore led the Razorbacks Ato the Cotton Bowl in 1960 and to the Sugar Bowl in 1961 and 1962.
A defensive tackle for the 1964 national championship team, Phillips was a two-time All American. In 1966, he won the Outland Trophy awarded to the country’s outstanding interior linemen.
Alworth, who led the nation in punt return yardage in 1960 and 1961, made several All-American teams. A star with the San Diego Chargers, Alworth was inducted into Pro Hall of Fame in 1978 and was named to Arkansas’ All-Century Team in 1994.
A 17-time All American, Conley won nine NCAA individual championships and 13 conference titles in the triple jump and long jump. He won the gold medal in the triple jump in the 1992 Olympics, the silver medial in the same event in the 1984 Olympics, and the World Championship in 1993.
Also a member of the All-Century team, offensive lineman Harris was named an All-American in 1977 when the Razorbacks completed an 11-1 season with an upset of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. In his sophomore year, the Razorbacks set a school record 320.3 yards per game rushing and won a share of the SWC title.
Instrumental in raising the Arkansas basketball program to national prominence, Moncrief was named MVP of the SWC in 1977. The next year, he helped the Razorbacks reached the NCAA Final Four. A first round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, Moncrief was a five-time NBA All-Star.
A two-sport star, Scott was a three-time All-SWC selection in football and won the silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles in the 1948 Summer Olympics. The eighth player selected in the 1948 NFL draft, Scott was selected as the state’s athlete of the century in a 2000 newspaper poll.
The first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, Sutton took over the Arkansas program in 1974 and won five SWC championships in 11 years. The Razorbacks made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1978, under Sutton and the coach’s winning percentage of .776 is the highest in SWC history.
The first five-time All-American in women’s track and field history at Arkansas, Sye competed for the Razorbacks in 1985-89. A member of the U.S. National team, she was an All-American twice in cross country, and once in the indoor 1,000 meters, indoor 1,500 meters and indoor mile.