The Orange Leader
Orangefield graduate Ron Linscomb was an athlete that was always improving “leaps and bounds” with his strong desire and work ethic.
With those efforts, Linscomb was inducted in the University of North Texas Hall of Fame for the 2012-2013 class.
“It was truly an honor, said Linscomb, who now lives in Boerne, Texas. “I’ve got a lot of fond memories and it was great to hang around some old buddies. It was a great time that I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
In 1965, his senior season at UNT, Linscomb was undefeated and the No. 1 ranked long jumper in Texas Collegiate competition.
As Missouri Valley Conference long jump champion in 1965, he set a new conference record of 25 feet and 3/4 inches and became the first North Texas athlete and the first Missouri Valley athlete to soar over 25 feet.
He was awarded a total of seven medals in Missouri Valley Conference competitions.
He first set the North Texas long jump standard in 1963, his sophomore year, with a jump of 24-2-1/2, eclipsing Hall of Famer Luther Fambro's record.
He subsequently broke his own record three more times and retained the school record for 12 years. He also set the Indoor long jump school record. He was a versatile performer until his senior year when Coach Pop Noah wanted him to concentrate on his specialty.
He competed in eight different events at one time or another in his career. Among these he was a regular member on the mile relay team and established the school record in the triple jump (new event) and held it for three years.
Other Hall of Fame inductees included Walter Chapman (football), Brandon Kennedy (football), C. Dan Smith (football, special contributions) and Jamario Thomas (football).
Linscomb was a three-sport star in his Bobcat playing days, making all-district in football, basketball and baseball while also excelling at track.
During his senior season playing quarterback, Linscomb passed for a little more than 1,100 yards, which was the most ever by an Orange County quarterback at the time.
“Orangefield is such a great place and I stay in touch with a lot of old friends down there,” said Linscomb. “We had some good games back then in all the sports. Good rivalries with Mauriceville, Little Cypress and West Orange. It’s hard to imagine that I played quarterback. I think I was 120 pounds soaking wet.”
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 166 members of the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame.
Inductees are honored at the annual Hall of Fame Breakfast the morning of North Texas’ homecoming game, and again on the field at the 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, 166 people have been inducted.