His brother attracted much of the limelight, but Richard Turner moved too fast to ever stay in anyone's shadow during his four years at the University of Akron. An in 1988, Rich joined his brother Bill, who was a Little All-America basketball performer for the Zips in the mid-1960s, in the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. Rich Turner played alongside Bill for three of their four years on the Akron U basketball squad. While Bill was a star, rich was a valuable sixth man and defensive standout on squads that won three Mideast Regional championships and finished second in the NCAA college division playoffs in 1964 and third in 1966. And as soon as basketball season was over, Rich Turner would suit up for track, where few could keep up with his pace. He was the top scorer on the track team three of his four years, finishing second by less than a point as a sophomore in 1965. He set school records in all three hurdles events and also helped the 440 relay team set a school mark.