May 14, 2004
Seven prominent former athletes in six different sports will be inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. The announcement was made Friday by Charlie Bussey, the coordinator of the Tiger Lettermen’s Association. The formal induction ceremonies will take place on Friday, September 3 at a banquet on the Clemson campus, followed by festivities during halftime of the Clemson vs. Wake Forest football game on Saturday, September 4.
The 2004 class includes Brian Barnes (Baseball), Nicole Stafford (Women’s Tennis), Randy Scott (Football), Coy Cobb (Swimming), Sara Burkett (Women’s Soccer), Stacy Long (Football), and Clarence Rose (Golf). Five of the seven were named to their respective ACC 50-Year Anniversary teams in 2002 and six of the seven honorees earned All-America honors at least one year.
Barnes played baseball at Clemson in 1986-89, and enjoyed a major league career in the 1990s with the Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He still holds the Clemson and ACC career records for most wins (44) most strikeouts (513), and most innings pitched (475.1). Barnes led Bill Wilhelm’s teams to three straight NCAA appearances (1987-89) and finished his career with a 44-10 record. He was named All-American and All-ACC in 1988 and 1989 and was a first-team All-ACC selection. He was the ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP in 1989.
Stafford was a student-athlete at Clemson from 1985-99. The native of Florida was a 1985 singles all-American and a 1987 doubles All-American. She was the 1985 ACC flight champion at number-three singles and won the 1987 conference title at flight one doubles. Stafford still ranks sixth on Clemson’s all-time list in singles with 101 and also ranks ninth in doubles victories with 73 wins. She was also named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team last year.
Rose was Clemson’s first All-American in golf, as he was second-team selection in 1980. A junior college transfer, Rose was first team All-ACC in 1979 and 1980. The native of Goldsboro, NC had one of the best individual seasons in Clemson history when he had seven top 10 finishes in 14 events as a senior in 1979-80. He led Clemson to the NCAA Tournament in 1980, Clemson’s first ever team invitation, and was named to the ACC’s 50 year anniversary team in the fall of 2002. Rose is a veteran of 16 years on the PGA tour where he has had 26 career top 10 finishes and is a veteran of nearly 500 PGA Tour events.
Cobb was a swimmer at Clemson in 1981-84. A five-time Clemson All-American, Cobb was the ACC Champion in the 100 & 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and the 400 medley relay in 1985. The victim of a brain cancer that claimed his life on October 26, 2000 , Cobb still holds two Clemson record in the 100 back and 100 fly. He was named to the ACC’s 50-year Anniversary Men’s Swimming team in 2003.
Long was a two-time All-American as an offensive tackle during his Clemson career (1986-90). Clemson finished with a 10-2 record and top 15 national ranking all four years he played on the offensive line. He was a consensus first-team All-American as s senior and first-team Sporting News All-American as a junior. Long was an Outland Trophy finalist in 1990, joining Michael Dean Perry as the only two football players in Clemson history to be named a finalist for that National Lineman of the Year award. Now residing outside Chicago, Long was also named to Clemson’s Centennial team in 1996.
Scott played linebacker from 1975-78. He was first-team All-ACC in 1977 and 1978, and led the team in tackles in 1976 (130) and in 1977 (133) He had 41 tackles for loss in 1976-78, then a record for a Clemson linebacker.. He is still sixth on the Clemson career list for most tackles with 382. Scott is now a secondary educator in the state of Florida and was named Teacher of the Year for that state in 2002.
Burkett played women’s soccer at Clemson in 1995-98 and earned All-America in 1997 and 1998. She was a first-team All-ACC performer in all four years of her career, one of just 16 student-athletes in school history to make first-team all-conference four straight years, the first to do it in women’s soccer. Burkett was also named All-Southeast Region in 1995, 1997 and 1998. One of Clemson’s most productive soccer players in history, she finished her career with 39 goals and 36 assists for a Clemson career record 114 points. She was named to the ACC 50 Year Anniversary Team in the fall of 2002.
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