Ring of Honor

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Ring of Honor

I love the Ring of Honor we have at Clemson. I am glad we have it at Death Valley and I am also glad we extended it to other sports.

Clemson sent out the following release earlier this week asking for nominations:

Nominations for the Clemson Ring of Honor are being accepted at the Clemson Athletic Department. Nominations for all sports will be accepted until June 1, 2013. Send nominations in the form of a letter to:

Tim Bourret

Ring of Honor Chairman

PO Box 31

Clemson, SC 29633

Nominations can also be sent via e-mail to btimoth@clemson.edu.

Ring of Honor Guidelines

Purpose: The charge of the Ring of Honor committee is to bestow the highest athletic award presented by the Clemson Athletic Department on deserving candidates. The committee will examine the careers of candidates in all Clemson sports.

Nominations: Nominations are made by any member of the Clemson Athletic Department, IPTAY, a member of the faculty or a relative of a worthy nominee.

Nominations will be made in the form of a letter with a complete list of accomplishments and submitted to the chair of the committee, who will retain an active file of nominations. Letters of support may also be submitted. The Chair of the Committee will screen all nominations to make sure they meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility: This committee will recognize individuals who have demonstrated consistent and unique national excellence in their sport during their Clemson career. Their accomplishments must be significant on an individual and team basis. Their statistical accomplishments must be noteworthy, but they should also have an outstanding record in terms of leadership. In general, they must have made a noteworthy contribution to the history of the Clemson Athletic Program.

Athletic accomplishments after their Clemson career are not a primary consideration in the nomination, but they must retain an unblemished record of citizenship after they leave Clemson.

A candidate must be a member of the Clemson Hall of Fame and must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year university or college.

Financial contributions to Clemson University will not be a consideration when evaluating the candidates.

For a coach to be nominated he or she must be retired from coaching that sport at the college level.

For the record, Clemson has 15 people and three teams in the Ring of Honor. The individuals are: Rusty Adkins (Baseball), Jonathan Byrd (Golf), Bob Bradley (Sports Information), Fred Cone (Football), Jerry ButlerJerry Butler
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(Football), Dale Davis (Basketball), Jeff Davis (Football), Steve Fuller (Football), Susan Hill (Women's Tennis), Frank Howard (Football), Barbara Kennedy (Women's Basketball), Terry Kinard (Football), Tina Krebs (Women's Track and Field and Cross Country), Banks McFadden (Football and Basketball), and Charles Warren (Golf).

The three teams recognized are the 1981 football team and the 1984 and 1987 men's soccer teams.

In my opinion, the Ring of Honor is reserved for the best of the best. I can think of many candidates who should be considered for the Ring of Honor and can make a strong case for several candidates. However, there is one man who I think time has come.

Danny Ford should have already been in the Ring of Honor. Since he isn't, then now is the time to fix that.

I don't care about what issues anyone on the board of trustees had with him years ago and I don't care who in the administration is still holding a grudge. It's time to move on.

Some will say his name is already in the Ring of Honor because the 1981 team is in and his name is listed on the stadium, but that was a compromise. He is not listed in the Ring of Honor. He has not received what he has earned in my opinion.

The fact is that this man meets every criteria listed above. He led Clemson to its greatest athletic accomplishment.

I can write about all of the championships won under coach Ford. I can make a long case about how his teams were ranked, who they beat in bowl games and his record against the arch rival. I can make a case for all of the All-Americans and All-ACC players that played for him and all of the great coaches that coaches under him.

But I think I can wrap this up with one simple question.

Why have a Ring of Honor at Clemson if Danny Ford is not in it?

The time is now. Let's do what should have already been done. Its time to put Danny Ford in the Ring of Honor.

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