Former South Carolina wide receivers Sidney Rice and Jimmy Mitchell, defensive back Bo Davies and football coaches Jim Carlen and Billy Laval were among nine people elected to the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame, the school announced Friday.
Joining those five were Ryan Bordenick and Justin Smoak (baseball), Shonda Cole (volleyball) and David Seawell (golf).
In two years in Columbia (2005-06), Rice caught 142 passes, including 23 for touchdowns — five of which came vs. Florida Atlantic in 2006. He went on to a successful NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks before retiring in 2014.
Davies (1969-71) is the Gamecocks’ interceptions leader with 14 and helped lead the Gamecocks to the 1969 ACC championship. Mitchell also played on that 1969 team, and had honorable mention All-America honors in both 1970 and 71.
Carlen coached the Gamecocks from 1975-81 and also served as athletics director. He won 45 games as coach. In addition to coaching the football team in 1928-34, Laval also coach the baseball and men’s basketball teams.
An induction ceremony is set for Oct. 20 at Williams-Brice Stadium, and all will be recognized during the football team’s Oct. 22 game vs. UMass.