Jimmy Feix named to 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot


When the news of Jimmy Feix’s passing broke a couple of weeks ago, it rocked the WKU athletic family, and lead to those who knew him – and even those new generations of Hilltoppers who didn’t know him as a player or coach – going back and remember what he did in his career both in terms of stats and numbers, as well as how important and vital he was to WKU football.

Well, today, it was announced that Feix’s reach has surpassed just WKU, and he was named to the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot. The ballot was originally released Wednesday, but Feix has been added as a late addition and joins a diverse and distinguished group of players and coaches. You can see the entire list here.

Feix finished a 16 year coaching career at WKU with a 106-56-6 record, and coached six Hilltopper conference championship teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. Two times a national coach of the year and three times an OVC coach of the year, Feix is already enshrined in one hall of fame, the WKU Hall of Fame, as he was one of 10 inaugural class members in 1991.

If Feix is indeed voted into the Hall, it would be huge for WKU football. If Feix didn’t have the success he did, I’d argue WKU wouldn’t have a football program today; at least, certainly not a D-1 program in Conference USA.

However, having said that, I don’t know if Feix did enough for college football, in the general sense, in order to garner enough votes for the official nomination. It’d be a huge day for WKU as a whole if he does get in, but in my eyes, it simply seems more like a nice dream as opposed to an obtainable reality.