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Sumter legends Kinard, Baker up for South Carolina Football Hall of Fame

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 1/10/20

Sumterites Terry Kinard and Art Baker are two of the 20 finalists for the 2020 class of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.

Kinard had a College Football Hall of Fame career at Clemson before going on to an outstanding National Football …

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Sumter legends Kinard, Baker up for South Carolina Football Hall of Fame

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Sumterites Terry Kinard and Art Baker are two of the 20 finalists for the 2020 class of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.

Kinard had a College Football Hall of Fame career at Clemson before going on to an outstanding National Football League career with the New York Giants.

Baker was the head football coach at Furman, The Citadel and East Carolina and was an associate head coach under Bobby Bowden at Florida State.

Voting for the five members of the Class of 2020 will run through Jan. 31. Those who will be voting are members of the sports media, the SCFHOF Board of Advisors and Directors and supporting members of the Hall of Fame.

The five inductees will be announced in the middle of February. They will be inducted at the 8th Annual Enshrinement Celebration on April 2, 2020, at the Hilton Greenville.

There are 17 modern era and three Legacy finalists remaining. When voting started last fall, there were 50 modern era and 10 Legacy candidates. Those who are eligible have to have ties to South Carolina through one of the state's collegiate football programs or grew up in the state and played elsewhere.

Kinard, a 1978 graduate of Sumter High School, went on to a historic career at Clemson. Kinard was a consensus All-American safety at Clemson in both 1981 and 1982, and he helped lead the Tigers to the 1981 national title. He was named the national Defensive Player of the Year by both CBS and Chevrolet in 1982. Kinard finished his career with a still Clemson record of 17 interceptions and 294 tackles for a defensive back. He also had 30 pass deflections.

Kinard was selected to the USA Today all-decade football team in the 1980s in a special naming of teams at the end of the 20th century. Topping that though, Sports Illustrated picked him for its All-Century team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Clemson Ring of Honor in 2001. Kinard is a member of Clemson's Centennial team and was named the school's top player in the 20th century by cnnsi.com.

Kinard was a first-round selection - the 10th overall pick - of the New York Giants in the 1983 draft. Kinard played eight years in the NFL, seven with the Giants and his final season with the Houston Oilers in '90.

He was selected to the All-Rookie team in '83 and was a part of the Giants' 1986 Super Bowl-winning team. He was also selected to play in the '88 Pro Bowl.

Kinard finished his career with 31 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.

Baker graduated from Edmunds High in 1948 and played collegiately at Presbyterian College. After serving as an outstanding high school coach for several years, be was an assistant coach at Clemson under Frank Howard from 1965-69. He then became an assistant at Texas Tech under Jim Carlen, who would later become the South Carolina head coach.

Baker left Texas Tech to return to South Carolina and become the head coach at Furman University. He was there for five years (1973-77), posting a 27-24-1 record. He left Furman to go to the school's Southern Conference and instate rival The Citadel. He was there for five years ('78-82), posting a 30-24-1 record.

He worked at Florida State in 1984 before becoming the head coach at East Carolina. Baker was with the Pirates for four years ('85-88), going 12-32.

Kinard was recently as the No. 3 sports figure from our area in The Sumter Item's Top 125 Sports Figure to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Baker was No. 24.

Another person on the finalists list with Sumter connections is former Clemson and NFL running back Terry Allen. Allen is married to the former Annette Brown, a star track and field athlete at Sumter High. She was No. 103 on the list of sports figures.

There are 30 members currently in the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. Two of them have local ties.

Freddie Solomon, a standout quarterback at Sumter High School who went on to win two Super Bowls as a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, was a member of the 2014 class, the second one.

Felix "Doc" Blanchard, who grew up in Bishopville before going on to win the Heisman Trophy at Army in 1945, was a member of the 2016 class.

Class of 2020 Modern Era Finalists (Alphabetical Order):

1. Terry Allen- Commerce, GA/Clemson University: Holds Clemson Freshman single season yardage record (973), NFL All-Pro, Named one of 80 Greatest Redskins

2. Art Baker- Sumter/Presbyterian College: College RB, Head Coach at Furman, The Citadel, East Carolina and Assistant Coach at Clemson

3. Jeff Bostic- Greensboro, NC/Clemson University: 3 x Super Bowl Champion, NFL All-Pro, Washington Redskins Ring of Fame

4. Joe Bostic- Greensboro, NC/Clemson University: 2 x All-American, 3rd round NFL Draft Pick, 10 NFL seasons

5. Peter Boulware- Columbia/Florida State: Consensus All-American, 4 x Pro Bowl, SBXXXV Champion, Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor

6. Troy Brown- Barnwell/Marshall University: College Football Hall of Fame, 3 x Super Bowl Champ, NFL Pro Bowl, NE Patriots HOF

7. Dexter Coakley- Mt. Pleasant/Appalachian State: 3 x SoCon DPOY, 2 x Buck Buchanan Award College Football Hall of Fame (2011), 3 x Pro Bowl

8. Ben Coates- Greenwood/Livingstone College: 4 x All-Pro, Super Bowl XXXV Champion, NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team, NE Patriots HOF

9. Brad Edwards- Lumberton, NC/University of South Carolina: Played 9 seasons in NFL, Super Bowl XXVI Champion, NCAA Athletic Director

10. Terry Kinard- Bitburg, West Germany/Sumter HS/Clemson University: 2 x Consensus All-American, College Football Hall of Fame, Clemson Ring of Honor, Super Bowl XXI Champion

11. Stump Mitchell- Kingsland, GA/The Citadel: Citadel Single Season and Career Rushing yardage record holder, played 10 seasons in NFL, current NFL Assistant Coach

12. Robert Porcher- Wando/South Carolina State: 1st Round Draft Pick, 3 x All-Pro, 95.5 career sacks, Detroit Lions named their “Man of the Year Award” after Robert

13. Rick Sanford- Rock Hill/University of South Carolina: All-American, 1st Gamecock to be selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft, NFL All-Pro

14. Willie Scott- Newberry/University of South Carolina: 1st Round Draft Pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, Played eight seasons in the NFL.

15. Clyde Simmons, Jr.- Lane/Western Carolina: 100 sack club, 2 x All-Pro, Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team and Hall of Fame

16. Steve Spurrier- Miami Beach, FL/University of Florida: Heisman Trophy winner, Head Coach of South Carolina (3 straight 11-win seasons)

17. Charlie Waters- Miami, FL/ N. Augusta HS/ Clemson University: 2 x All-Pro, 2 x Super Bowl Champion (VI, VII), most playoff Interceptions in NFL history (9)

Legacy Finalists (Alphabetical Order):

1. Francis Marion Campbell- (1929-2016) Chester/University of Georgia: 2 x Pro Bowl, 1st Team NFL All-Pro, longtime NFL Assistant and Head Coach.

2. Chester McGlockton- (1969-2011) Whiteville, NC/Clemson: 1st Round Draft Pick, 4 x Pro Bowl

3. Joe Morrison- (1937-1989) Lima, OH/University of Cincinnati: Coached at University of South Carolina for six seasons, 1984 Walter Camp Coach of the Year