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I don't know about you, but I kind of have a problem with Nippert Stadium's Ring of Honor. As of this moment there are 14 names enshrined on the facade of the Herschend-Shank Pavillion. I don't have a problem with the names up there now. Those are some of the best players in program history. They all made their mark's and deserve to be recognized. But there have been other great Bearcats, guys who have left marks on the program, guys who are very memorable players that have been left off the list because the process is archaic and really doesn't make sense to anyone. They have changed and tweaked the qualifications so many times that I really don't have the faintest clue what a guy has to do to get his name on the wall. So we here at Down The Drive have decided that we are going to do our own Ring of Honor. I know it is not quite the same as seeing these names strung across the facade of the Pavillion. But it's happening anyways. Why you might ask? because it needs to happen.
The rules are very simple and are as follows.
- You have until 11:59PM on July the 10th to submit your nominations for the DTD Ring of Honor
- Submit only three former players for consideration, you don't have to rank them 1 through 3 as the vote counting will not be weighted
- Give a compelling argument for your choices. We are not asking for a masters thesis on each selection, but an insight into your reasoning would be helpful. If you want to cast a vote for Mardy Gilyard because he is the baddest cat alive then just say "I am voting for Mardy Gilyard because he is the baddest cat alive"
- Debate is highly encouraged. If you disagree with someones notions go ahead and tell them. But be civil about it.
- You are permitted to change your vote up until the July 10th deadline. Just make a new comment, put re-vote in the subject line with your new top three and your initial vote will be disregarded.
- After the deadline has passed we will tally up the votes and do a brief profile on the top 5 vote-getter's in anticipation of the final vote which will go live on Friday the 15th of July and run until Friday the 2nd of September, a day before the season opener with Austin Peay.
- We will not be accepting nominations for the DTD Ring of Honor outside of this post. So if you send me or Chris a tweet or an email with your nominations they will not be counted. It is just easier to do it this way than having to track down emails and tweets from weeks ago to make sure that everything is counted. If you aren't a member of the site or SB Nation just take the 5 seconds needed to join and jump in, the more voices and opinions the better.
All clear? Then lets get this started, leave your nominations down below