Originally created 03/17/04

Wrenn resigns at South Carolina



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clyde Wrenn, who spent 11 years in South Carolina's athletic department, has resigned.

The school said Tuesday that Wrenn resigned so he could pursue other business opportunities. He served as South Carolina football recruiting coordinator and, more recently, as assistant athletic director for high school relations. "The South Carolina people have been great to me. I appreciate all of the coaches and staff I have worked with," Wrenn said. "I've truly enjoyed the 11 years I spent at Carolina."

Wrenn came to the Gamecocks in 1993 after serving time as Clemson recruiting coordinator for football coach Danny Ford.

More recently, Wrenn's name came up in South Carolina's investigation involving illegal contacts between recruits and then-South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges. The school's report says Wrenn thought he called Hodges' office and asked him to speak to the prospects.

Soon after, the university ended Wrenn's ability to arrange appointments related to recruits' official visits.

As governor, Hodges was a nonvoting member of the university's board of trustees. NCAA rules prohibit contact "on or off campus between a member of the institution's board of governors and a prospect."