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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Fans at the game honoring the late Coach Frank McGuire Saturday got to receive autographs from players from the University of South Carolina basketball program.

McGuire the most winningest coaches in University of South Carolina basketball history, and nearly 20 years after his death, thousands of fans still remember his legacy.


An autograph session before the game's tip-off had fans itching to get autographs from some of the McGuire's former players.

The Gamecocks were taking on Ole Miss Saturday afternoon.

"It feels really good. I love being here on my birthday," said Trevor Hart, who was turning 16-years-old.

"I loved Frank McGuire," said Jolene Parris, a woman who said she had been following Gamecocks sports her whole life.

The winning tradition Coach McGuire brought to the program got Parris into the school's sports.

"I grew up watching basketball games, football games. That's all I've ever known," Parris said.

It was after his seventh season coaching the Gamecocks that McGuire walked out the door to the old Carolina Coliseum for good.

Even after his death in 1994, McGuire led teams rocking the Coliseum are why many fans here remember it as "The House That Frank Built."

"I just remember him being ranked in the top echelon of the country," said Lewis Barker, who drove in to Columbia from Greenville with his grandson and a group of friends for the game.

"Having those guys, (John) Ribock, Kevin Joyce, and those guys play," Barker said.

Many of the same players signing autographs took center stage before the game to be honored as well.

Saturday's game marked the second day of an entire weekend honoring McGuire.
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