Ring Of Honor
On September 3, 1994, during ceremonies prior to the Clemson-Furman football game, Frank Howard, Steve Fuller, and Banks McFadden were inducted as the original members of the Clemson Ring of Honor. On September 2, 1995, Jeff Davis was added to the Clemson Ring of Honor. On September 6, 1997, Fred Cone was added. Jerry Butler was inducted in 1999 and Terry Kinard was inducted on November 3, 2001 as the latest football great to receive the honor.
Greats from other sports have been inducted into the Ring of Honor also. Rusty Adkins joined Cone as 1997 inductees. Basketball greats Barbara Kennedy-Dixon and Dale Davis were inducted in 1999. Women's track and cross country star Tina Krebs was inducted into the Ring of Honor September 6, 2003 and Bob Bradley was inducted September 17, 2005.
In 2006, The Ring of Honor Committee inducted the entire 1981 National Championship Football Team. The ceremony took place at halftime of the Clemson vs. North Carolina game. Every player, coach, student trainer and student manager is considered a part of that team induction.
Most recently, Clemson's 1984 National Championship Men's Soccer Team was inducted into the Ring of Honor in a ceremony that took place during halftime of the Clemson vs. South Carolina men's soccer game played on September 4, 2009. Also inducted into the Ring of Honor in 2009 was Charles Warren, the only Clemson golfer to win an individual national championship. Warren's induction ceremony took place during halftime of the Tiger football team's 40-24 victory over Florida State on November 7, 2009.
The committee also announced that Clemson's other national championship teams will be inducted in future anniversary years. Those teams that will be inducted in the future are the national championship soccer team of 1987 and the national championship golf team of 2003.
The Ring of Honor is the highest honor a Clemson student-athlete can receive. A recipient must first be a member of the Clemson Hall of Fame, earn at least an undergraduate degree, and make a significant contribution to the heritage of Clemson athletics. Honorees will have their jersey retired.
Frank Howard was Clemson's head coach between 1940-69, as he guided Clemson to eight conference championships, six bowl games, and six top-25 seasons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and is the second winningest coach in ACC history. He had 165 wins when he retired, the most in ACC history.
Steve Fuller is one of three football players in Clemson history to be chosen an All-American on the field and in the classroom. Fuller was a first-team Academic All-American in 1977 and 1978 and was a third-team AP All-American in 1978. Fuller, who was ACC MVP on two occasions, is still Clemson's all-time leader in touchdown responsibility. He was an NCAA Top Five Award winner in 1979, the only Clemson athlete to win the award.
Banks McFadden was named the nation's most versatile athlete in 1939. He was an All-American in football and basketball, the only Clemson athlete in history to do that. McFadden led Clemson to its first bowl bid ever, a 6-3 win over Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. He was the number-three pick of the 1940 NFL draft, the highest draft selection in Clemson history.
Jeff Davis, captain of Clemson's 1981 National Championship team, was a first-team All-American that year when he led the Tigers in tackles with 175, the second highest total in Clemson history. Davis was also named the MVP of the ACC and was the Defensive MVP of the Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska, the game that clinched the national championship for the Tigers.
Fred Cone, was the first player in Clemson history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a career. Cone played for the Tigers from 1948 to 1950. He still ranks third on the Clemson career list for touchdowns with 31. Cone was a starter on two undefeated Clemson teams, one of two players in Clemson history to do that.
Jerry Butler was a first-team AP All-American in 1978 when he joined Steve Fuller in leading Clemson to a number-six national ranking and 11-1 record. He caught at least one pass in 36 consecutive games, a record that still stands today. In 1979 he was the number-five draft pick of the NFL by the Buffalo Bills, where he played at a Pro Bowl level for eight seasons.
Terry Kinard, who played for the Tigers from 1978-82 and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports as a senior, and is just the second Clemson player in history to be honored by the College Football Hall of Fame, the first since Banks McFadden in 1959. He was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame on December 12, 2001.
Rusty Adkins is the only three-time All-American in Tiger baseball history (1965,66,67). A three-time First-Team All-ACC player, Adkins hit .444 in 1965, an average that remained a Tiger record for 37 years. Adkins had a 41-game hitting streak that remains in the top 10 in NCAA history. He was also named to the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary team in 2002.
Barbara Kennedy-Dixon still holds the school's and the Atlantic Coast Conference's career record for most points scored (3,113) and most rebounds (1,252)-records that will probably never be broken. She was a two-time All-American in 1981 and 1982 and three-time first-team All-ACC player in 1980, 1981 and 1982. She is the only two-time All-American and three-time first-team All-ACC selection in Clemson history. At the ACC Tournament, she was named MVP in 1981 and 1982. She is the only player to earn this award and not be on the championship team.
Dale Davis was a three-time All-ACC player for the Tigers from 1987-91. He was a first-team selection in 1990 when he joined Elden Campbell in leading Clemson to its first ACC regular-season title. He still ranks among the ACC’s top 10 in career field goal percentage. He was named an honorable mention All-American that year. A first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers, Davis is still active in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers.
A cross country, distance and middle distance runner for the Lady Tigers from 1982-1986, Tina Krebs' versatility helped shape Clemson women's track and field. She was a key component of a team that was a distance-only program until 1985, to a full track and field program beginning in the 1986 season. She was a big reason Clemson had seven top 15 final rankings in cross country and indoor track during her four years with the program. Krebs is one of the most decorated athletes in Clemson history. She was an eight-time All-American in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and was a three-time NCAA Champion. She was the first athlete in any Clemson sport to win three NCAA Championships. She placed seventh and fifth at the 1983 and 1984 Cross Country Championships, respectively, two of the highest finishes in Lady Tiger cross country history.
Bob Bradley served Clemson for 45 years in the sports information office as director and emeritus director. He won the Arch Ward Award as the College Sports Information Directors of America Man of the Year in 1976, the same year he also served as the organization's national president. He was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 1975, the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2001. The press box at Memorial Stadium was named in his honor in 1988.
Charles Warren won the 1997 NCAA Championship in men's golf, the only Clemson golfer in history to win that tournament. He also finished second in 1998, his senior year, when he won the Dave Williams Award as the outstanding senior golfer in the nation. The native of Columbia, who is the son of a former University of South Carolina cheerleader, won the ACC Championship in 1997 and 1998, the only Clemson golfer to win that tournament twice. He is the only ACC golfer in history to win the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Championship in the same year.
Clemson University Ring of Honor Guidelines
Purpose: The charge of this 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 IPTAY, faculty or staff personnel, or relative of a worthy candidate, and are accepted 30 days prior to the committee meeting. The committee will meet once every two years in the month of April to vote on the nominations. 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. All nominations will remain on file for a period of three voting committee meetings (five years). The Chair of the Committee will screen all nominations to make sure they meet eligibility requirements.
Committee: The Committee will be composed of 11 members:
* Sports Information Director, Chair
* Athletic Director
* Director of Student-Athlete Enrichment
* Senior Associate Athletic Director
* Executive Secretary of IPTAY
* A member of the Board of Trustees
* A member of the Tiger Lettermen's Association
* A member of the Athletic Council
* NCAA Faculty Representative
* University President or designee
* Head Coach of a sport that has a nomination (i.e., Head Football Coach votes on football candidates, basketball coach votes on basketball candidates, etc.)
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 a commendable 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.
Selection Process: Each committee member will cast one vote per sport. An honoree must obtain at least seven votes to be selected. There will be just one ballot. The committee does not have to select any honorees at its meeting. There shall be no more than one honoree in a sport for every two years. The committee then submits its recommendation to the president who makes the final decision.
Conferring: In the sport of football, the honoree will have his name, number, years participated and helmet enshrined in the Ring of Honor at Clemson Memorial Stadium. In the sport of basketball, the honoree's jersey will be hung from the rafters of Littlejohn Coliseum. In the sport of baseball a jersey replica will be hung from the fence of Tiger Field. Other sports will establish appropriate sites at the home facility.
When a student-athlete is selected the person's jersey is honored, but the jersey number may be worn in the future.
The nature and organization of the ceremony will be determined from a meeting between the honoree, the athletic director, the committee chair and the head coach of the sport involved.