July 31, 2015

Lattimore, Mac Lain, DeBerry, live from Coaches for Charity event (AUDIO)

Clemson's Eric Mac Lain joined SportsTalk Thursday evening.

Clemson’s Eric Mac Lain joined SportsTalk Thursday evening.

SportsTalk broadcast live from the Columbia Convention Center Thursday night.  We were on hand for the Coaches for Charity event that former Air Force head football coach, and Cheraw native, Fisher DeBerry holds annually in the capital city.

We’ve been fortunate to be a part of the festivities for some time now, and have seen this burgeoning event outgrow venues over the years.  The gala is a “who’s who” of college football coaches across the state, who are on hand to support and fundraise for their particular charities.

Also present for the Coaches for Charity event Thursday evening were two athletes heavily involved with athletics and community service for the USC and Clemson football programs. Former USC great Marcus Lattimore, and current Clemson offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain were recipients of the Jerry Richardson Award for their accomplishments in the community.

Lastly, the man himself, Coach DeBerry, stopped by for a minute to elaborate on his foundation’s vision, and overall purpose for putting this Charity dinner together year in and year out.

AUDIO: Marcus Lattimore [6:00]

AUDIO: Eric Mac Lain [3:30]

AUDIO: Fisher DeBerry [4:00]


New Furman Athletic Director Mike Buddie joins SportsTalk Wednesday (AUDIO)

Mike Buddie joined SportsTalk Wednesday.

Mike Buddie joined SportsTalk Wednesday.

For the first time Wednesday night we welcomed Mike Buddie on SportsTalk as the Athletic Director at Furman.  The Paladin AD has a unique and sizable biography that we’ve provided below from the Furman’s Sports Information Department.

Mike Buddie on SportsTalk

AUDIO: Mike Buddie [9:00]

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Furman University president Dr. Elizabeth Davis introduced Mike Buddie as the school’s new athletics director Wednesday afternoon at the Pearce-Horton Football Complex on campus.

Buddie comes to Furman following a decade at Wake Forest University, where most recently he served as senior associate athletic director for administration/development. He replaces Gary Clark, who announced his retirement in May following 15 years of service to the university, and becomes Furman’s 10th athletics director since 1960.

“We have a lot of connections at Wake Forest, and as we called around we heard the same things: Mike Buddie is experienced, intelligent, creative, funny, collaborative, and competitive,” said Davis. “Mike’s experience as a student-athlete, professional baseball player, development officer, athletics administrator, and member of the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Committee afford him the expertise he needs to fulfill the aspiration articulated in Furman’s Vision 2020: become a national exemplar of how a strong Division I athletics program may be compatible with academic excellence.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and for my family,” said Buddie. “The deeper into the search I got, the more impressed I was with every aspect of Furman University. I wanted the opportunity to be surrounded by exceptional people who would push me to become better and also support my efforts. Every person I met during the search had obvious passion and love for Furman, which was very attractive to me.

“Having the chance to meet with a group of Furman student-athletes and coaches last week made my decision easy. They are great representatives of all that is good about college athletics, and I can’t wait to get to know them and support them in every way possible.

“From our first meeting I was comfortable with Dr. Davis and am humbled to have been given this opportunity. I can’t wait to jump in and help advance her vision for Furman.”

Buddie oversaw a number of different areas at Wake Forest, serving as the sport administrator for baseball, women’s soccer, and men’s golf squads while also working with the football and men’s basketball programs. His varied duties included scheduling, travel, budget oversight, and tracking academic progress of student-athletes. He also cultivated relationships with donors for major gift opportunities and oversaw construction, event management, multi-media, and auxiliary revenue units. In addition, he was involved with contracts, conference issues, NCAA legislation, and capital projects.

Before moving to his current position, Buddie served as director of the Varsity Club, promoting and preserving the friendships and loyalties enjoyed by former student-athletes at Wake Forest. He served as director of development for WFU’s Calloway School of Business & Accountancy for two years before beginning his career in athletic administration.

He earned a B.A. in communications in 1993 from Wake Forest, where he was a three-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Demon Deacon baseball team. He still holds the program’s single-season record for strikeouts with 138 in 1992.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Draft, he spent five seasons in the major leagues, pitching in 87 games from 1998-2002. He was a member of the Yankees’ 1998 World Series championship squad and later spent three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

A Berea, Ohio, native, Buddie and his wife Traci have two children, Zachary and Zoe.

A SportsTalk visit with Darlington President Chip Wile (AUDIO)

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile.

Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile.

Every Tuesday we’re joined on the program by good friend, and President of Darlington Raceway, Chip Wile.

There’s very few in the state with the knowledge and insider view of the oval than Chip, so he breaks down the weekend’s action on the NASCAR circuit and, of course, keeps us abreast as to what’s taking place at his track presently.

AUDIO: Chip Wile [9:00]

Chip’s crew recently announced that Tanya Tucker will be singing the National Athem for the 66th running of the Southern 500 at Daytona, and that Grand Funk Railroad will be involved with the pre-race festivities.

Next week Governor Haley will be hosting an event promoting the upcoming race at the Lady in Black.  A street legal car will be taking a waltz around Downtown Columbia next Tuesday as well.  Chip provides us with some details on that, recapped Indy with us, and much more.

Roger Warren joins SportsTalk from Kiawah Monday (AUDIO)

Roger Warren and Nikki Haley

Roger Warren and Nikki Haley

Phil Kornblut broadcast live tonight from the Ocean Course in Kiawah. Korn Sunday got a chance to play the course that has hosted a Ryder Cup, a PGA Senior Championship and a PGA Championship, and will host the PGA Championship in 2021.

Early in the show we were pleased to be joined by President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and former President of the PGA of America, Roger Warren.

There’s nobody better than Warren to provide our listeners with the proper context surrounding the Ocean Course.  Phil had the pleasure of playing a round there today, so we juxtaposed Phil’s viewpoint of the course, given his below-average golfing capabilities, with Warren’s perspective as to how it will affect tour players during a major in years to come.

Warren also addressed the traffic issues that seemingly plagued the event in 2012, and more.

AUDIO: Roger Warren [9:00]



Clemson football commit Xavier Kelly joins SportsTalk Friday (AUDIO)

Clemson commit Xavier Kelly joined us on SportsTalk Friday evening.

Clemson commit Xavier Kelly joined us on SportsTalk Friday evening.

The Clemson football team picked up their 11th commitment for the 2016 class Friday when they received a verbal pledge from defensive end Xavier Kelly of Wichita, Kansas.

Kelly, originally a Kansas State commitment, chose the Tigers over the likes of Alabama, Georgia, and many others.

Tonight he joined us the program to explain why the time was right to pull the trigger on the Tiger program following the “All-in” cookout at Clemson last Friday.

We also got a feel for his attributes as a player, and more.

AUDIO: Xavier Kelly [6:00]