Newly hired USC coach Ray Tanner made his debut in Columbia, SC, but it was in a red, white, and blue uniform, not garnet and black.
Tanner was an assistant coach for Team USA when the American national team played Cuba at Capital City Stadium. Tanner was introduced to a standing ovation, but even the most ardent Carolina fan couldn’t have anticipated what Ray Tanner would bring to the USC campus.
The 38-year old Tanner had left NC State where he compiled a record of 395-173, and had seven NCAA appearances in nine years. He had big shoes to fill, replacing USC’s all-time coaching wins leader June Raines who had retired after the 1996 season with 763 victories. As history has shown, he was definitely up to the challenge.