Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC retired former head baseball coach Ray Tanner's jersey, just one of several tributes to the championship coach made before the start of the 2013 season.
Aceremony was held on the field of Carolina Stadium before the USC-Liberty game began Friday.
Tanner, joined by his family, watched as a tarp was pulled downalong the outfieldwall. When it came down, it showed a baseball with the number "1" on it and Tanner's name above it.
The jersey is the first ever retired by the USC baseball program.
Tanner led the Gamecocks to back-to-back College World Series titles in 2010 and 2011. He also took his teams to two other appearances in the title game.
Last summer, he stepped down as head coach so he could become the school's athletics director. He was replaced by Chad Holbrook.
A signchanging thename ofWilliams Street in front of the stadium to "Ray Tanner Way" was also unveiled. Tanner also got a resolution in his honor from the South Carolina General Assembly.
A tribute video to the accomplishments of Tanner's tenure in Columbia was played for fans in attendance. Tanner also threw out thefirst pitch of the game.
Fans get a little something too. The school announced a new commemorative license plate for the national championship teams will be available starting February 19th.