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September 14, 2013

Former USC football coach Warren Giese dies

Former South Carolina football coach Warren Giese has died. He was 89.

Former South Carolina football coach Warren Giese has died. He was 89.

Giese died Thursday in Columbia.

He coached the Gamecocks 1956 to 1960, compiling a 28–21–1 record over five years. His 28 wins are the eighth-most all-time at South Carolina.

Giese coach the 1958 team that finished 7-3. This team that featured Alex Hawkins and King Dixon had the possibility of being really special, but two close losses spoiled the possibility of a major bowl.

Of the rivalry with Clemson, Giese once said: "In my five years, we lost to them four times, so I really value that fifth game that took place where we won 26-6 in my third year there (1958). ... But over the years, I really have appreciated the fierce rivalry that is good in nature. In my opinion, Frank Howard and I were always good friends."

Giese played football at Oklahoma and Central Michigan. He also served in the Navy.

He was an elected member of the S.C. Senate from 1984 to 2004.

Giese is survived by his wife Phyllis and four children.

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