COLUMBIA, S.C. (NCBWA) – Tom Price, sports information
director for 30 years at the University of South Carolina, passed
away on Feb. 1 at the age of 81.
Price was affiliated with the University of South Carolina since
1962 and served in an emeritus capacity from 1992 to 2008. He was
inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be released when details
Price graduated from South Carolina in 1951 with a degree in
journalism and joined the athletic department in 1962 after 11 years
in wire service journalism. He served as sports information director
from 1962 to 1985 and as assistant athletics director/media relations
until 1992. He continued to serve the athletic department until
his passing in an emeritus capacity and as athletic department historian.
Price also was the official scorer for the South Carolina baseball
home games and served as analyst on the Gamecock Radio Network for
Price was inducted into College Sports Information Directors
of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame in 1981. He received the CoSIDA
Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992 and, in 1993, won the CoSIDA
Arch Ward Award, presented annually to a CoSIDA member who has made
an outstanding contribution to the field of college sports information
and who by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige
to the profession.
Price was a former president of the National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association and received the Wilbur Snypp Award from the
NCBWA in 1982 for promotion and service to college baseball. Price
was also the author of several books on Carolina football, basketball,
baseball and other sports.