Jeffries Among Honorees Inducted Into South Carolina State College Football HOF
3/21/2013 3:50:00 PM
TRAVLERS REST, SC--South Carolina State football coaching legend Willie Jeffries will be among the eight honorees inducted into the newly formed South Carolina State College Football Hall of Fame, Friday at 7 p.m. in Travelers Rest, SC at the Cherokee Valley Golf Club.
As well as the induction ceremony Friday night, all will be enshrined during halftime of the South Carolina College All Star Bowl on Saturday, March 23 at North Greenville University's Younts Stadium, a game in which both Jeffries and fellow inductee and former Clemson head coach Danny Ford will serve as honorary head coaches of the opposing teams.
Among the honorees former Bulldog and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson and teammate and four-time Super Bowl champion safety Donnie Shell, the late former Clemson head coach Frank Howard and three-sport letterman Banks McFadden; Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers of the University of South Carolina and former Furman quarterback and NFL head coach Sam Wyche.
“First of all, I consider it an honor to be inducted into the S.C. State College Football Hall of Fame, especially with that group,” Jeffries said. “I'm also happy for Harry and Donnie. It's great representation for South Carolina State.”
The eight inaugural members were voted in out of a group of 17 finalists based on voting from statewide media representatives. Among the other finalists were former University of South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, former quarterback Steve Fuller, tight end Bennie Cunningham, linebacker Jeff Davis and safety Terry Kinard, all of Clemson; Anderson native and former Michigan State and AFL defensive back/linebacker the late George Webster, Sumter native and former NFL wide receiver the late Freddie Solomon and Newberry native and former longtime NFL scout the late Glenn Cumbee.
With such competition, Jeffries said he was “surprised” that he along with Carson and Shell were selected out of other “deserving people.” The trio is also enshrined in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and S.C. State Athletics Halls of Fame, two of now nine sites where Jeffries is recognized for a legendary coaching career that included seven Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, three black college football national championships, the most victories in school history and being the first black head coach of a Division I football program at Wichita State in 1978.
Retired since 2001, Jeffries will look to remain perfect in all-star games as a head coach when he “unretires” to coach the Lowcountry team on Saturday, March 23 game against Ford's Upstate squad. Each team will include 55 seniors born in the Palmetto State or who played for in-state colleges.