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Tanner Field? Tanner Street? A Tanner statue? A Tanner plaque?

Jul 1, 2011 2:22:00 AM - thestate.com
Tanner Field? Tanner Street? A Tanner statue? A Tanner plaque?

The talk around town after South Carolina won its second NCAA baseball title this week is how to give a permanent honor to Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner. The national championships are considered the school’s biggest athletic accomplishments ever.

A group of state senators has recommended in a resolution that the USC Board of Trustees rename the Gamecocks’ home park “Tanner Field at Carolina Stadium.” Columbia city officials are discussing a number of possibilities, including renaming a street near the baseball stadium.

“It would be a great tribute for a man who has done so much for the university,” said Sen. Joel Lourie, a Richland County Democrat who co-sponsored the resolution.

The plan to rename only the ballfield for Tanner, who has spent 15 seasons coaching the Gamecocks, would allow the school to sell the naming rights to the stadium, senators said. USC named the arena inside the Carolina Coliseum in 1977 after Frank McGuire, the longtime Gamecock basketball coach.

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