Honors continue for College World Series champs


South Carolina fans celebrate the Gamecocks College World Series win over UCLA at the Village Idiot in Five Points Columbia, S.C. Wednesday June 30, 2010. (C. Aluka Berry - The State Media Company/ The Associated Press)

Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The celebration over South Carolina's College World Series victory continues.

Gov. Mark Sanford has proclaimed Thursday as Gamecocks Baseball National Champions Day, and the team's flag is being flown above the Statehouse in Columbia.

Clemson's flag got the same honor when that school won a national football title in 1981.

Sanford is awarding head Coach Ray Tanner with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian award. On Friday, Columbia is throwing a parade to honor Tanner and his team.

Thousands of fans welcomed the team back Wednesday from their 11-inning, 2-1 victory over UCLA in Omaha, Neb.

It was the first national title for a men's athletic team. In 2002 the women's track and field team won the school's only other NCAA championship.

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