Tuesday, July 7, 2015

60 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

60 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Don King


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Don King played for the Clemson Tigers as QB between 1952 and 1955.

During his time at Clemson, King set the record for most rushing yards in a single contest when he gained 234 against Fordham in 1952, which is a freshman record. That was the only game he was a starting tailback.

King led the team in passing all four years at Clemson and even led the team in rushing in 1953. He paced the team in rushing, passing, punting, and punt returns in 1953.

He was given the "Swede" Nelson Sportsmanship Award by the Boston Gridiron Club in 1953. This award is given to the player who most exemplifies sportsmanship in college athletics for the United States. King was the team captain in 1955 and was named second-team All-ACC in 1953.

He was named ACC "Sophomore Back of the Year" in 1953 as well. He was a two time All-ACC honoree and scored a touchdown on his first rushing attempt in 1952. King was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1992.

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July 7th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Red Parker And His Second Day Of Head Coaching


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Red Parker (left) became Clemson's 19th coach for the 1973 season. When he arrived he told a humorous story as described by Joe Sherman:

"I had just gone to my first coaching job at Fordyce, Arkansas, the hometown of Paul (Bear) Bryant, one of the greatest coaches in the game."

"Fordyce is really a football town and all they could talk about was Bear Bryant this and Bear Bryant that and Bear Bryant the other. As a very young, very green coach, I was intimidated."

"About the second day on the job, I was sitting alone in my cubbyhole of an office when I saw two citizens coming down the hall. When they were about 30 feet away, I grabbed the telephone and started talking, kinda loud.”

"Now look here, Bear, I've told you everything about that offense that I can on the phone. And I've got work to do here. I'll try to get away one day and come down and explain it to you.” ‘By this time the two men were in the door and I held the phone away from my mouth and said to them’, “I'm talking with Bear Bryant right now. Be with you in a minute.”

"Then back to the phone. 'Look, Bear, you'll just have to stop calling me during the season. You and Bobby Dodd are just about running me crazy asking about that offense and defense I'm using. I'll see you after the season and help you all I can’!”

"Then I hung up and turned to the two fellows standing in the doorway. 'I'm sorry, I had to help Bear with a little problem. Now what can I do for you folks?'

"They looked at each other and then one of them said, 'Well, nothing, really, they just sent us over to hook up your phone.' "

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Tiger Pregame Show Blog Turns 4 Years Old!

Tiger Pregame Show Blog Turns 4 Years Old!
By Scott Rhymer

First, the big disclaimer.  I have never made money on The Tiger Pregame Show Blog.  I run the blog to help promote the Tiger Pregame Show, WCCP programming, and Clemson University Athletics….not to make money.

Most importantly, I run the blog daily because of my love for Clemson and my hope those that read the blog learn more about our great University, Athletic Programs and Clemson History.   

I also hope that promotion will play some small part in current affairs in our quest to win a 2nd National Championship in Football, a Final 4 in Basketball, and a College World Series in Baseball.

The Tiger Pregame Show Blog was created in the summer of 2011 to help promote The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP and to promote Historic Clemson Historical Pictures and Football Letterman. 




While the radio version of The Tiger Pregame Show has been in existence since the 2003 season, the blog itself has only been in existence for 4 years.

The Clemson Historical Photos are posted 365 days a year, each with a short story of explanation to frame the significance of the photo. These photos provide the daily content to the blog.


During Dark Territory (the time between the end of Clemson Baseball and the first football game of the season) the blog provides a daily Clemson Letterman of the Day with a short biography for that player.

During football season, updates on broadcast times and locations for The Tiger Pregame Show are provided as well to keep Tiger fans informed of where they can “begin their game day experience”.

On occasion, when the mood strikes, an editorial will appear as I feel needed based on what I see going on with Clemson Athletics.

Updates to the blog are provided daily on The Tiger Pregame Show Facebook feed as well as intermittent updates from the @Tigerpregame Twitter feed.

In 4 years, the blog has received over 400,000 views from 10 countries…all at no expense to those that visit the site and read the posts.  

The Tiger Pregame Show on Facebook has over 3,100 people who “like” the page and the Twitter feed has over 5,000 followers.

As The Tiger Pregame Show blog turns 4 years old this week, I ask that you help provide those that may not know of the blog a link to the  below Social Media Feeds and the URL for the Blog.

Information on this year’s Tiger Pregame Show will be released soon…as it will mark the 13th season of the show with the season opener being my 154th consecutive broadcast of the show!

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61 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

61 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Frank Gillespie


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Frank Gillespie was Clemson's last three-sport letterman. He lettered in baseball in 1943 before spending three years in the Army.

After returning to Clemson, he was a starting guard on the Tiger football team for three years.

A native of Beckley, WV, Gillespie was also a starting guard in basketball for three years and played three more years of baseball, where he made the All-State team.

Gillespie double-majored in electrical engineering and textile engineering and served as president of his senior class. He received the McKelvin Award for the outstanding student-athlete of the Southern Conference.

Gillespie was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1977.

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July 6th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fike Field House Lore

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Today’s photo is from the early 1960’s and shows Clemson basketball against Wake Forest in the early 1960’s at Fike Field House. Littlejohn Coliseum was not built until the 1968-1969 season.

Former Wake Forest coach Horace "Bones" McKinney had these humorous comments about taking his team to Fike Field House to take on the Tigers back in those days:

"That place was soooo dark" he said, "that the referees had to come in wearing coal miners' helmets. It was dark brown everywhere, and when they started playing things were pitch black. People's feet were the out-of-bounds marks and they'd sit there and pluck the hair on our players' legs when they tried to throw the play in."

"I'd call a timeout to change strategy, and there'd be 30-40 young men looking over my shoulder as I wrote on the sideline in chalk. They'd keep hollering, 'No, Bones, that'll never work,' 'You better get back on the bus,' 'That plan wouldn't win in Peewee League,' things like that. The din would never stop."

Banks McFadden described Fike Field House in these terms:

"We could put 3000 or so people in there, including some who had to sit around a live steam pipe that ran around the top of the seats. And the team had to sit on the first row of bleachers."

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