Staff report

Former South Carolina quarterback Allen Mitchell, who started 10 of 12 games for the “Black Magic” team that went 10-2 in 1984, died Sunday morning in what was ruled a suicide. He was 48.

Mitchell, who also played baseball for the Gamecocks, threw for 2,241 yards and 14 touchdowns from 1983-85. He was an all-state football standout at Batesburg-Leesville High and played in the Shrine Bowl.

Mitchell lived in the Columbia area with his wife, Meredith, and their son and daughter.