College Sports

Sac State will induct four into Coaches Circle

Neil McCarthy, Bob Opp, Burnell Pinkerton and Tom Brian will be inducted into the Coaches Circle during the eighth annual Sacramento State Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off banquet Tuesday night in the Alumni Center.

All are Sac State graduates, and McCarthy, Opp and Brian played for the Hornets.

McCarthy coached at Weber State, New Mexico State and St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo. Opp coached at Elk Grove High School, and Pinkerton coached varsity teams at Granite Bay and Woodcreek.

Brian, who coached at American River College (1966-75), also will be the 12th former player inducted into the Sacramento State Basketball Hall of Fame. Brian, the team MVP during the 1952-53 and 1953-54 seasons, is the first inductee in both the Hall of Fame and the Coaches Circle. Brian died in 1988 at 57.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP