The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven new members May 15th at the Columbia Convention Center. Seven different colleges in the state are represented with Clemson landing a pair of its former athletes on this year’s list.
Exchanging their orange for the blue hall of fame blazer will be former Clemson cornerback Donnell Woolford and former Tiger pitcher Kris Benson.
Woolford played at Clemson from 1985-88, a stretch when the Tigers won the ACC championship each season. Woolford was involved in one of the most famous plays in college football history, the original Puntrooskie by Florida State at Clemson in 1988. It was Woolford who ran down Leroy Butler at the Clemson one to temporarily keep the Seminoles from taking the lead, which they eventually did in winning the game. He went on to a 9 year NFL career.
Benson was the first Clemson athlete in any sport to earn ACC Athlete of the Year honors in 1996 when he also was the consensus national player of the year for college baseball. He went 14-2 that season striking out 204 while walking 27. Benson was the #1 pick of the 1996 Major League Draft by the Pirates and won 70 games in his Major League career from 1999-2010.
The USC representative in the class is former cornerback Andre Goodman, a Greenville native who was a four year letterman for the Gamecocks. He had 86 tackles and 4 interceptions for his career and was named to the All-SEC team as a senior. Goodman played in the NFL from 2002-11.
Former Furman football coach Bobby Johnson also is going into the hall. Johnson spent 24 years on the Paladins’ staff as an assistant and as head coach. He was the defensive coordinator for the 1988 national championship team and was the head coach for the 2001 national runnerup. He went on to become head coach at Vanderbilt. Johnson, a Columbia native and Clemson grad, also coached at Clemson.
Former Coastal Carolina basketball star Tony Dunkin is also going in to the hall. Dunkin was named the conference player of the year four times at Coastal from 1989-93. He is Coastal’s alltime leading scorer with 2151 points.
Another former basketball standout selected for induction was Bob McCullough of Benedict. In 1965 he lead the SIAC in scoring at over 36 points per game. For his career Mccullough scored 2135 points, an average of 28.4 points per game. In 1965 he was offered a contract by the Harlem Globetrotters and was drafted by the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals.
Rounding out the class is former Allen University football coach Willie Simon who went on to become a highly successful women’s basketball coach at SC State. Simon won 305 games from 1974-88, and in 1979 the Bulldogs won the AIAW Division Two national championship. Simon also served as an assistant football coach for Willie Jeffries and was the Bulldogs’ head baseball coach as well.