One player and one member of the coaching staff will remain on the field Saturday when the Colorado football team heads to the locker room at halftime of its game with No. 2 Oregon.

True freshman defensive lineman Derek McCartney and offensive graduate assistant T.C. McCartney will get to see their grandfather, Bill McCartney, honored during a halftime ceremony at Folsom Field.

Bill McCartney will be the first CU coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December. He will join six former CU players in the hall and the school chose this weekend to honor his achievement.

A weekend of festivities actually kicked off Thursday afternoon with a luncheon on campus in McCartney's honor. Dozens of his former players are expected to return to town this weekend to see the coach who led the program to its only national championship in 1990 honored.

T.C. and Derek McCartney grew up in Boulder in a house next door to their grandfather. Both were fathered by former CU football players but didn't have their fathers in their lives growing up.

T.C.'s father, the late-Sal Aunese died from stomach cancer in 1989 and became the emotional centerpiece of the Buffs' run to the national title game in 1989 against Notre Dame. Derek's father, Shannon Clavelle, played for McCartney 1992-1994 but hasn't always been a part of Derek's life.


Both young men said their grandfather was a father figure, friend and mentor to them growing up and continues to fill those roles today.

"I grew up right around him next door or living with him my entire life so he had a huge influence on me, everything I did, every aspect of my life," T.C. McCartney said. "So I'm really proud that he got elected to the hall of fame and I can't wait until Saturday to see him get honored in front of everybody.

"I wouldn't miss it."

Derek McCartney said its obvious how much earning induction to the hall of fame has meant to his gradfather, who found out in early May when the National Football Foundation announce the 2013 class. Derek McCartney said he's looking forward to seeing that joy on his grandfather's face again Saturday.

"He means the world," Derek McCartney said. "I mean, just not having a dad around my whole life he's always been there for me. I've lived next door so he's always been kind of a father figure. It has been awesome."

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