Retiring Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips is one of five people selected for induction into the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame the bowl announced Saturday morning.
The release included the following on Phillips:
After more than 40 years working in college athletics, Phillips retired as the Clemson athletic director in November 2012. In his 10 years at the helm, many of Clemson’s sports have competed for ACC and national titles while also setting a university record for collective GPA in the 2011-12 academic year. Phillips also focused on improving the athletic facilities of every sport, including the WestZone project at Memorial Stadium. Clemson appeared in the Chick-fil-A Bowl twice during Phillips’ time as athletic director. The Tigers defeated Tennessee in the 2003 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and fell to Auburn in the game’s only overtime matchup in history in 2007. Phillips was also instrumental in Clemson’s involvement in the 2008 and 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.
Also to be inducted are former Delta Air Lines President and CEO Ron Allen, former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, former bowl executive director Robert Dale Morgan and former Georgia offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb.
“Throughout our 45-year history, we’ve been fortunate to host in our game some of the most accomplished players, coaches and administrators in all of college sports and this inductee class is a perfect example of that,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “This year’s group is a cross-section of what is great about college sports and how to play it, coach it and manage it in a first-class manner.”
Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are now 36 current members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White and Jim Kelly, and coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley and Lou Holtz.