Ray Tanner was inducted into the 53rd class of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner expects it will be some time before he fully appreciates his election to the state of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tanner is among eight with ties to Palmetto State athletics inducted Monday. He was honored for 16 seasons as the Gamecocks' baseball coach, which he capped with College World Series titles in 2010 and 2011 and runner-up finish last year.
Tanner, 55, stepped away from the baseball program last July to become the school's athletic director. He says his duties as an AD in the Southeastern Conference have kept him from soaking in the honors that have come his way the past year.
Others honored included Homer Jordan, a quarterback who led Clemson to a 12-0 record in 1981 and the national championship, longtime Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball coach David Horton, former Citadel and NFL special teams standout Travis Jervey, Clyde Mayes who played at Furman and enjoyed a two-year NBA career and former Clemson athletics director Bill McLellan.
Two men were inducted posthumously - Jim Phillips who was the Voice of Clemson athletics for 36 years and Hank Small, a former Gamecock All-American in baseball.