Lowcountry native Joe Hamilton, former South Carolina WR Sterling Sharpe and former Clemson and South Carolina coaches Danny Ford and Jim Carlen are among the names on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame announced by the National Football Foundation on Thursday.
75 players and 6 coaches from the FBS level are on the ballot. The 2014 class will be announced in May with the induction coming in December.
Hamilton, an Alvin native who went to Macedonia High School, was the 1999 runner-up for the Heisman trophy to Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne. He set an ACC record for most yards in a career and helped lead Georgia Tech to a share of the 1998 conference title. Hamilton also led the Yellow Jackets to 3 straight bowl games.
Sharpe played for the Gamecocks from 1983-87 and set records for receiving yards, receptions and TD catches. He was a 1st team All-American in 1987 and had his jersey retired by the school at the end of the '87 season.
Ford spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Clemson highlighted by his legendary 1981 season that saw the Tigers go 12-0 with a win in the Orange Bowl and a National Championship. He would go 96-29-4 in his time at Clemson with 5 ACC Titles. He'd go on to coach 5 seasons at Arkansas and won an SEC West title.
Carlen spent 7 seasons with the Gamecocks going 45-36-1 and leading the team to 3 bowl games. He was the teams head coach when George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy in 1980. Carlen also spent time coach West Virginia and Texas Tech.
Among the other names on the list are Eric Dickerson (SMU), Ray Lewis (Miami), Warren Sapp (Miami) and Ricky Williams (Texas).