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Vol. 44, No. 3 • March 2007 • .pdf version
Boggs to be inducted into USBWA Hall of Fame
One of the true giants in sportswriting and a past president of the USBWA, Frank Boggs is the newest member of the USBWA Hall of Fame.
Boggs wrote sports for the Daily Oklahoman, Topeka Capital-Journal and Dallas Times-Herald in the 1970s and '80s and later was sports editor and columnist for the Daily Oklahoman and Colorado Springs Sun. He is now retired, living in Edmond, Okla.
He will be inducted into the Hall at the annual USBWA awards breakfast on Monday, April 2, during this year's NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.
Boggs was selected Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year 10 times and is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He was a recipient of the Jake Wade Award in 1981, given annually by CoSIDA to a national sports journalist.
CoSIDA also recognized Boggs in 1977 by presenting him with the Backbone Award for displaying good judgment and unusual courage for taking a stand on intercollegiate athletics during the Oklahoma football scandal.
Considered to be a man of principle and dedication to his craft, Boggs also showed leadership and became embroiled in controversy when, as president of the USBWA in 1981, he advocated removing former San Francisco star Quentin Daily from the USBWA All-America team for his off-the-court antics.
Boggs was also known for his dry sense of humor.
Sports Illustrated picked up his quote after the CoSIDA convention one year in Philadelphia: "I've had the privilege to cover four professional sports," Boggs said. "The Dallas Cowboys, the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos and the Oklahoma Sooners."
Boggs becomes the 49th member of the USBWA Hall of Fame since its inception in 1988.
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