STILLWATER — Pat Jones calls Jimmy Johnson the smartest football mind he's ever worked with. But what made Johnson a special coach, Jones says, were his personality and the way he treated people. “Jimmy is the prime example that nothing good ever happens without being enthusiastic about it,” Jones said in March. That charisma showed through when Johnson helped rebuild the Oklahoma State program from 1979-83. It's a quality Jones aimed to emulate when he took over for Johnson as the Cowboys' coach. And it contributed to Johnson's success in 10 seasons as a college coach, a career worthy of him being elected to the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation on Tuesday. “He was really a very, very upbeat person,” Jones said. “Looking back at it, we didn't get beat up in staff meetings. He didn't second-guess us much at all. He treated us, his assistants, like he want to be treated.” The 2012 class will be inducted at the NFF awards dinner on Dec. 4 in New York City and will be officially enshrined in the summer of 2013. Johnson is generally better known for his days at the University of Miami, where he won the 1987 national title, and with the Dallas Cowboys, where he won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. But he got his head coaching start at OSU. He went 30-25-2 in five years in Stillwater with two bowl appearances and was the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1979. That all helped lay the foundation for OSU's run during the mid- and late-1980s, when the Cowboys tallied three 10-win seasons under Jones. “Obviously, I'm honored to go into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame,” Johnson said during Tuesday's announcement. “People for years have asked me to compare coaching in professional football to coaching in college football. While winning back to back Super Bowls was rewarding, the most fun I had in football was in college.” Johnson went on to help build Miami into one of college football's biggest powers, compiling a record of 52-9 in five seasons and four top-10 finishes. Those Hurricane teams became known for their “bad boy” image, something Johnson publicly embraced. Johnson won 70 percent of his games as a college head coach before moving onto the NFL. He spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and also coached the Miami Dolphins from 1996-99. But what Jones most remembers about his former boss is the energy Johnson always brought to the job, and the effect it had on his players and colleagues. “You hear horror stories, which are true, about head coaches who are really hard,” Jones said. “He wasn't. We worked hard. We played hard. But he was genuinely good. It was fun to coach with Jimmy Johnson.” The 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision class also includes Charles Alexander (LSU TB, 1975-78), Otis Armstrong (Purdue HB, 1970-72), Steve Bartkowski (California QB 1972-74), Hal Bledsoe (Southern California SE 1961-63), Dave Casper (Notre Dame TE 1971-73), Ty Detmer (BYU QB 1988-91), Tommy Kramer (Rice QB 1973-76), Art Monk (Syracuse WR 1976-79), Greg Myers (Colorado State DB 1992-95), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA OT 1992-95), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech DT 1979-82), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State LB 1996-99), Scott Thomas (Air Force S 1982-85), John Wooten (Colorado OG 1956-58), Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee coach 1992-08) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M coach 1989-02).