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College Football Hall of Fame ballot includes Torry Holt, Mack Brown

N.C. State's Torry Holt runs back a long punt return late in the game against Georgia Tech in a game in 1998.
N.C. State's Torry Holt runs back a long punt return late in the game against Georgia Tech in a game in 1998.

Two Triangle connections have made the College Football Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Thursday.

Former UNC football coach Mack Brown and N.C. State wide receiver Torry Holt were included on a list of 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks.

The 2018 class will be announced on Jan. 8 in Atlanta, the host of next year’s national championship.

Holt, who played for N.C. State from 1995 to 1998, was a consensus First-Team All-American. He was the 1998 ACC Player of the Year and became the Wolfpack’s all-time leader in receiving (3,379) and all-purpose (1,979) yards.

Brown coached UNC from 1988 to 1997, guiding the Tar Heels to a 21-3 record during his last two seasons with the program. From 1990 to 2009, he had a streak of 20 consecutive winning seasons (UNC and Texas). He compiled a .666 winning percentage through a 30-year career.

Former ECU coach Clarence Stasavich was also listed; he coached the Pirates from 1962 to 1969, going 27-3 from 1963 to 1965 for the school’s most successful three-year campaign.

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