Clemson to host Purdue

Photo by Travis Bell From left: Evelyn "Eckie" Jordan, Hootie Johnson, Stephen Davis, June Raines and Dale Davis pose inside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC on Monday, May 14, 2012. The five are members of the 52nd class of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Not pictured is Duce Staley. Being honored posthumously are Bill Wilhelm and Jim Hunter.

CLEMSON — Clemson will host Purdue at Littlejohn Coliseum in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the third time the teams have met in the conference competition.

The game will take place Nov. 28. Clemson lost to the Boilermakers 76-64 in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2003. The teams met again in 2007, this time the Tigers winning 61-58 at Littlejohn.

The competition features 12 Atlantic Coast Conference teams matched up with 12 from the Big Ten Conference.

The Tigers are 9-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and have won six of their last eight in the event.

There are plenty of homegrown ties in the game that will be tugging at Clemson coach Brad Brownell. Brownell is a Hoosier State native and his wife, Paula, earned an undergraduate degree from Purdue.

Late NASCAR executive Jim Hunter was among a group of eight inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday in Columbia. He spent more than 40 years in NASCAR as a promoter, track executive and series vice president who was often front-and-center on the sport’s hot-button issues.

Other inductees included former Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson, former Clemson and NBA standout Dale Davis and ex-NFL star running backs Stephen Davis and Duce Staley.

Former South Carolina baseball coach June Raines, late Clemson baseball coach Bill Wilhelm and amateur sports champion Evelyn “Eckie” Johnson rounded out the group.

The College of Charleston coed sailing team qualified for the ICSA Coed National Championship with a fourth-place finish at the ICSA Eastern Semifinals regatta hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy over the weekend on the Severn River at the Robert Crown Center.

The Cougars were among the top nine schools to qualify for the Gill/ICSA Coed National Championship Finals on June 6-8 in Austin, Texas. They compiled 156 points behind No. 1 Georgetown (120), No. 6 Roger Williams (135) and No. 3 Stanford (136).

Charleston placed second in A-Division with 68 points, two points shy of first. In B-Division, the Cougars finished seventh with 88 points.

A field of 96 golfers from North and South Carolina are scheduled to begin play today at Yeamans Hall Club in the Women’s Carolinas Golf Association Championship.

First-round play begins at 8:30 a.m. with the final groups starting at 10:31 a.m. The 54-hole tournament continues through Thursday.

Last year’s event at the Peninsula Club in Lake Norman was won by University of North Carolina golfer Courtney Gunter, who is not entered this year. The top returnee from last year’s tournament is Hayley Hammond of Mooresville, an N.C. State sophomore who finished fourth. Katie Rose Higgins of Charleston, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, tied for fifth and is entered in this year’s event.

Lea Anne Brown of Mount Pleasant finished 17th overall and beat Peg Brady of Stanley, N.C., on the second hole of sudden death to win the senior title.