Athletic Director Ray Tanner, shakes hands with Hall of Fame inductee Paul Dietzel in 2012. (Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Former South Carolina Football Coach and Athletic Director Paul Dietzel has passed away.
Michael Bonnette, LSU's Sports Information Director, confirmed to News19 that Dietzel died Tuesday morning.
Dietzel coached the Gamecocks from 1966 to 1974, leading them to their only conference title in school history, the 1969 ACC Championship. He also served as the school's athletic director from 1966-1975.
During his time at Carolina, Dietzel initiated an upgrade plan for all athletic facilities, including "The Roost" athletic dorm and enlarging the football stadium. He also wrote the Carolina Fight Song which is still used today.
Last September, he was inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame.
Prior to his tenure at USC, Dietzel coach LSU, leading them to the 1958 National Championship.
Dietzel was 89 years old.