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USC to honor McKinley in the fall

Kenny McKinley signs an autograph for fan Ben Oliff, 12, before the annual Garnet and Black Spring Game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Kenny McKinley signs an autograph for fan Ben Oliff, 12, before the annual Garnet and Black Spring Game at Williams-Brice Stadium. The State

Talked to Kenny McKinley yesterday about his draft prospects – more on that in another blog – but also asked him what happened at the spring game, where he was supposed to have been honored.

You’ll recall that Steve Spurrier originally intended to retire McKinley’s No. 11 before learning about the policy that requires a five-year waiting period before a number can be retired. So Spurrier told McKinley he would do something else to salute him at the spring game.

But when McKinley arrived at the game with his parents, who had driven from the Atlanta area, Spurrier told them the materials for McKinley’s placard – that will hang in Williams-Brice Stadium along with those of George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe – had not arrived in time.

So now the plan is to hold the ceremony at a game in the fall. The problem with that, of course, will be coordinating McKinley’s NFL schedule around the Gamecocks’ home schedule.

“It’s cool,” McKinley said. “I guess they’ll do it during a game or whatever now.”

Hopefully, it will work out that McKinley’s team will have an open week when USC is at home, and the Gamecocks’ all-time leading receiver can have his day.

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