USC legends gather to remember the McGuire way
Sat, 18 Jan 2014 04:45:29 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina Basketball Legends Weekend tipped off with legendary former players alongside state and local leaders as USC coaching legend Frank McGuire was honored with a street-topping ceremony at Colonial Life Arena.
A section of Greene Street between Assembly and Gadsden Street in front of the arena was renamed McGuire Way, in honor of South Carolina's all-time winningest basketball coach. The state legislature also passed a resolution declaring Friday "Frank McGuire Day" in South Carolina.
A roughly 45-minute program was held before the street sign was unveiled, during which Gamecock greats like Alex English and Gary Gregor shared stories about the late McGuire and his commitment to not only basketball, but personal excellence and respect.
More than 100 players are expected to attend this weekend's reunion.
McGuire coached his last game at USC in 1980 and passed away in 1994. The New York native's 283 career wins are the most ever for a South Carolina basketball coach. No other coach is within 100 wins of McGuire's total.
Legends Weekend continues Saturday at Colonial Life Arena with the South Carolina-Ole Miss game. McGuire-era players will sign autographs in the arena concourse starting at 3:15 pm. The group will be honored on the court at 4 pm by decade 30 minutes before gametime.