TUESDAY SPORTS: Remembering Bill McLellan; HS volleyball; Warren earns SoCon honor
*Clemson fans are mouring the passing of Bill McLellan, who served Clemson for over 30 years, including 14 years as Director of Athletics. McLellan died early Monday morning at Greenville (SC) Memorial Hospital. McLellan was 81 years old. McLellan served as Clemson Director of Athletics from 1971-85. During this time Clemson won 34 ACC Championships in nine different sports, including the 1981 National Championship in football.
*From the high school scoreboard on Monday: Seneca’s volleyball team defeated Daniel 3-1. The Lady Cats are now 7-1 overall and 6-1 in Western AAA. West-Oak got a 3-0 win over Wallhalla in matches played in Westminster. The Warriors were winners by scores of 25-19, 25-15, and 25-6.
*Furman linebacker T.J. Warren has been named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Paladins’ 24-17 road victory over The Citadel on Saturday. Making his first collegiate start, Warren, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound redshirt freshman from Chattanooga, Tenn., headlined a Furman defense that proved to be the difference maker in the win, registering seven tackles, including three for losses totaling 16 yards, and a sack.
*RECRUITING: Junior OL Noah Green (6-5 275) of Boiling Springs High School on Saturday committed to Clemson about an hour before the Tigers’ game with Wake Forest. Green is regarded as one of the state’s top prospects for the 2015 class. He’s the Tigers 4th commitment for the class and third from South Carolina.
*South Carolina and Arkansas will draw the early SEC time slot for their football game in Fayetteville October 12th. The SEC announced Monday the Gamecocks and Razorbacks will kickoff at 12:21 Eastern Time and the game will be televised on the SEC Network
*The New Orleans Saints defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-17 in Monday Night Football, getting the win at home in New Orleans. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 30 of 39 for 413 yards with four touchdowns, while Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill went 22 of 35 for 249 yards with one touchdown, four turnovers on a fumble and three interceptions.
*Led by second-year head coach Frank Martin, the South Carolina men’s basketball team began official practice for the 2013-14 campaign on Monday with a practice session on the playing surface at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.
*The Furman men’s basketball program, under the direction of first year head coach Niko Medved, held its first preseason practice Tuesday morning in Timmons Arena. The Paladins tip off their 2013-14 campaign with an exhibition contest versus North Greenville on November 1, at 7:30 p.m. before beginning the regular season a week later, November 8, hosting Sewanee. The full slate of Furman basketball can be heard this season on 96.3 WGOG, the flagship station of Furman Paladin sports.
*The Tampa Bay Rays nabbed the American League’s second wild-card spot by beating the Texas Rangers 5-2 Monday night in a one-game tiebreaker in Texas. Reigning Cy Young-winning pitcher David Price got the win in his fourth complete game of the year, and teammate Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run. Tampa Bay will face another do-or-die contest on Wednesday, when they play the Cleveland Indians in the AL wild-card game, with the winner to face the Boston Red Sox in the best-of-five AL Division Series.
*The grievance hearing over Alex Rodriguez’ 211-game suspension began Monday before an arbitrator, with the New York Yankees third baseman and his attorneys present. The players’ association filed a grievance to force an appeal after A-Rod was suspended on August 5th for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, arguing that the suspension was without just cause and excessive. Despite the suspension, Rodriguez was able to play with the Yankees for the rest of the season, because it couldn’t start until and unless it’s upheld by an arbitrator. Rodriguez was among 14 players punished by Major League Baseball this year after its investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic that’s accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. The other players accepted their penalties, which were substantially shorter that A-Rod’s.