Growing up in Kentucky, Darrin Horn listened to legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford calling Wildcat games.
When he came to coach USC in 2008, Horn met Bob Fulton at his introductory news conference.
Horn quickly recognized that Fulton – the school’s famed broadcaster who had retired more than a decade earlier -- was the Cawood Ledford of the Palmetto State.
“He educated me on the history and all on the things he had seen,” Horn said Wednesday, the day Fulton died at age 89.
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“He was a guy who had seen the ups and downs and highs and lows,” Horn said. “He said encouraging things to me, 'I like what you’re doing' (and) 'I think you’re on the right track.' It's good to hear that, but when you hear it from someone you respect immensely and, that you know, knows what they’re talking about, it means a lot.”
Horn said it was nice that Fulton “befriended a young kid like me who looked at him in awe as a guy who has his name in the rafters.”
Fulton came to Colonial Life Arena for one of the Gamecocks’ early practices this season, Horn said.
“It was one of those deals in life,” he said. “Normally at the break or at the end, I always go say ‘hi’ to him. He snuck out before practice was over and I got a chance to (speak with him). Now today, I wish that wasn’t the case.”