Alumnus posthumously inducted into UNT Athletics Hall of Fame

CooperOn November 9, 2013, Jim Cooper ('48) was posthumously inducted into the UNT Athletics Hall of Fame.

Cooper was one of the earliest All-America players in North Texas history. In 1946, Cooper was an HM Little All-America, the anchor of the offensive line that captured the Lone Star Conference title and played in the first bowl game in school history. North Texas won the Optimist Bowl in 1946 with a 14-13 victory over Pacific. The next season Cooper and North Texas posted the most wins in school history with 10 and played in the Salad Bowl on New Year’s Day. In his two seasons with the Mean Green, Cooper was a two-time first-team all-conference player in 1946 and 1947. He was drafted by the Philadephia Eagles in the eighth round in 1948 but eventually played professionally with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-American Football Conference. Following his playing career, Cooper coached high school football in Texas and Alaska. In 2010, the Jim Cooper Memorial Coaching Scholarship in the College of Education at the University of North Texas was established to aid graduate assistant coaches.

The North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1981 to acknowledge former athletes, coaches and administrators whose accomplishments have brought credit to the University of North Texas and had a special impact on Mean Green athletics.

The current North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame is located in the North Texas Coliseum, also known as the Super Pit, and features plaques that highlight the accomplishments of those inducted.

The new T.D. Parks Hall of Fame is located in the North Texas Athletic Center and features memorabilia from past North Texas greats. The T.D. Parks Hall of Fame also honors a myriad of great North Texas teams and has an interactive area where fans may read about all 176 members of the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame.

Inductees are honored each spring at a banquet held in Apogee Stadium before the North Texas spring football game. The North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame stands for many things, foremost being sportsmanship, character and integrity. Since the Hall of Fame's creation, 176 people have been inducted.