Lawmaker wants to rename field after Coach Tanner
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:27:30 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Richland County Senator John Courson wants to rename Carolina Stadium, "Ray Tanner Field at Carolina Stadium", in honor of the Gamecocks coach.
Tanner's Gamecocks brought back the school's second straight baseball national championship with a 5-2 win over the Florida Gators Tuesday.
"Obviously, very flattering that somebody would even put that out," said Tanner. "I don't deserve to have my name on anything, these guys [his team] might deserve their names, but not me."
Courson says he's speaking with members of the board of trustees about the name change. He believes it would pave the way for an eventual corporate sponsorship.Related Stories... Sea of Garnet and Black welcomes home national champs Gamecocks claim back-to-back national championships Governors put food on the line in College World Series wager "What business in the South would not want to be associated with a name like Ray Tanner?" said Courson. The USC Board of Trustees would need to approve the change. Courson says he wants the name change done before the start of the 2012 season. Do you think Carolina Stadium's field should be named in honor of Ray Tanner? Tell us what you think, vote in our poll below.