Honors for Clemson Legends

June 24, 2013

Legendary coaches Bill Wilhelm and Danny Ford will be inducted into the Clemson Athletics Ring of Honor this fall. The announcement was made Friday by Ring of Honor Committee Chairman Tim Bourret. Both will be recognized at a Clemson home football game this season. Wilhelm, who will be inducted posthumously, also will be honored at a Clemson baseball game next spring.

The Ring of Honor is the highest award bestowed by the Clemson Athletic department. An inductee must be a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, have an undergraduate degree from a four-year institution, and have made a significant impact on the heritage of Clemson athletic history.

The home radio booth at Clemson Memorial Stadium will be named in honor of Jim Phillips at a home football game this fall. Phillips was the “Voice of the Tigers” for 35 years between 1968 and 2003. He died suddenly the Monday after broadcasting the Clemson vs. Furman game in Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2003.

Phillips’ voice was synonymous with many of the great moments of Clemson sports history. His career behind the microphone spanned eight Clemson football coaches and six Clemson basketball coaches. He broadcast 401 Clemson football games and over 1000 men’s basketball games. He missed just one game in Littlejohn Coliseum over his 35 seasons behind the microphone. Combined with his work with baseball and women’s basketball, he broadcast over 2000 Clemson sporting events.

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