Brad Edwards, Chester McGlockton Lead
SC Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011
South Carolina's Brad Edwards, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Washington
Redskins and Clemson's Chester McGlockton, who earned All-Pro honors with the Oakland Raiders, leads the South Carolina Athletic
Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.
The Class of 2011 also consists of Finis Horne, Lander University's longtime
director of athletics and basketball coach; legendary Greenville coach Joe Mathis; Gene Moore, who played football and baseball
at Clemson; University of South Carolina graduate and lontime Gamecocks Club director Ed Pitts; and Army All-American and
College Football Hall of Famer Arnold Tucker. Mathias and Moore will be enshrined posthumously.
BRAD EDWARDS: A native of Lumberton, N.C.,
Brad Edwards starred as a free safety for the University of South Carolina. Selected in the second round of the 1988
NFL Draft, he started for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills and had two interceptions while
finishing as runner-up for MVP honors. After his nine-years playing career where he also played for the Atlanta Falcons
and the Minnesota Vikings while recording 18 interceptions and two touchdowns, Edwards served his alma mater as an assistant
athletics director and later senior associate athletics director (1999-2006). Following his tenure at USC, Edwards entered
the private sector at IMI Resort Holdings, Inc., where he was responsible for the recruting, hiring and training of sales
executives and sales directors for IMI's international resort properties. Edwards returned to athletics on May 17, 2009,
when he was named the director of athletics at Newberry College, and on October 1, 2010, he was promoted to Executive Vice
President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Institutional Advancement at Newberry.
CHESTER McGLOCKTON: A prominent defensive
tackle on Clemson's top-ranked defense in 1990 when they allowed only 216.9 yards per game and held opponents' rushing to
a miniscule average of 53.4 yards per contest in 1991, Chester McGlockton, who played for the Tigers from 1989-91, was a first-round
draft pick of the Oakland Raiders. He spent 12 years in the NFL, and stood out on the defensive line for the Raiders
(1992-97), Kansas City Chiefs (1998-2000), and Denver Broncos (2001-02). He earned all-pro status three times (1994-96)
and participated in the Pro Bowl four times (1994-97). The 1991 All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick recorded 10 tackles
for loss in 1989 and also recorded seven sacks. McGlockton remains eigth on the Clemson Careen list for most sacks (20.5)
and is third all-time with eight caused funbles. * Deceased 11/30/2011 (obituary forthcoming).
Chester McGlockton Obit
FINIS HORNE: Finis Horne is crecdited with
starting Lander University's athletic program in 1968 with men's basketball and developed it into 11 sports by his retirement
in 1997. During his 29-year career as basketball coach and AD, he compiled a 491-378 recored and won NAIA District 6
titles in 1978, 1979 and 1980. The five-time District 6 coach of the year retired as the state's winningest active coach.
As the long-time chairman of District 6, Horne successfully moved the league's tournament from on-campus sites to a revenue-producing
one-site event in the early 1980s, and as AD, he oversaw Lander's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. Under his
guidance, Lander captured back-to-back Peach Belt Tournament Championships in 1994-95 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
The Lander Hall of Famer received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest citizen award in 1997, and the university
named its new basketball home "Finis Horne Arena."
JOE MATHIS: Joe Mathis guided Greenville's
Sterling High School to the Negro League's Class AAA football championships in 1947, 1950, 1953 and 1956, achieving a career
record of 107-26-17. He also coached Sterling High to a state title in baseball in 1960. During his career he
also coached both boys and girls basketball and track. As a student-athlete, Mathis played football for Sterling High
from 1938-1941, and then played at Benedict College in 1942. He moved to Allen University where he starred as quarterback
and team captain from 1943-1945. After he retired from Sterling High, Coach Mathis wrote a book on how the black and
white communities could improve relations in the upstate of South Carolina. He died in 2002.
GENE MOORE: Coach Frank Howard called Gene
Moore, the captain of the 1949 Clemson football team, "the greatest center I ever coached." The Tigers' football -baseball
standout of the late 1940s, snapped the ball for the winning field goal in the 1949 Gator Bowl that gave the Tigers a 24-23
victory over Missouri. He anchored the line in the single-wing offense that spearheaded an undefeated season in 1948
and a No. 11 ranking by the Associated Press. Moore earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1949 as well as
playing in the Blue-Gray and All-Star Senior Bowl post-season games. In baseball, Moore helped the Tigers to their first
NCAA tournament, a club that was knocked out of the playoffs by a George Bush-led Yale team. Moore, who was inducted
into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1993, led Clemson in triples in 1948 and 1949, and in total bases in 1948. He was drafted
by the Philadelphia Phillies in baseball and the New York Giants in football and opted for baseball. After a stint in
the U.S. Army, Moore returned to play for the Boston Red Sox minor league system before becomming a teacher-education administrator
and coach in his native Lake City area. Clemson recognized his leadership and educational commitments in 2002 by dedicating
its education building, the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. A dedicated agriculturist, Moore worked tirelessly
to save the historic Lake City Municipal Produce Market Building and founded the National Bean Market Museum within the historic
building. Moore, who passed away in 2008, left a well-known legacy in his daughter, businesswoman-philanthropist Darla
ED PITTS: Ed Pitts played tackle for the
University of South Carolina Gamecocks (1957-59) and earned All-ACC honors in 1959 while attaining a spot on the Paul Williamson
All-American team that season. A team co-captain in 1959, Pitts was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first
team in 1958 and 1959. Named co-captain of the South Team in the North-South Shrine Game in Miami his senior year, Pitts
was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers but injury prevented him from playing. He later served as the USC head freshman
football coach (1962-66) before spending the next 19 years as the director of the Gamecock Club, where he brought that organization
to heights never seen before. Pitts was enshrined in the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
ARNOLD TUCKER: A native of Calhoun Falls,
Arnold Tucker was a member of three National Championship teams (1944-46), and was undefeated at Army, leading his fellow
cadets to an unparalleled 27-0-1 record during his prolific career. He was one-fourth of the 1946 Army backfield, coached
by West Point legend Earl "Red" Blaik and considered by many as the greatest of all time - Tucker, Tom McWilliams and Heisman
Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. The 1946 All-American led Army to three Lambert Trophies, passing for
1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns in his three-year campaign while trouncing perennial powerhouses Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre
Dame. After graduation from the USMA and flying training, Tucker returned to West Point as an assistant backfield coach.
He later served in numberous capacities for bothe the Army and Air Force, including Deputy Chief of Opertations for the 5th
AF in Japan from 1968-70 and Commanding Officer of the 16th Special Operations Squadron in Thailand in 1970. From 1971-74,
Tucker acted as Commanding Officer of the Army ROTC program at the Univeristy of Miami. He was recently enshrined in
the College Football Hall of Fame.
In addition to the inductees, the Boby Richardson Sportsmanship Award
recipient and the Doc Blanchard Special Achievement Award for Citizen Athlete will be honored as well.