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

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Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Levon Kirkland

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Levon Kirkland Lettered In 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991

Lorenzo Levon Kirkland came to Clemson from Lamar, South Carolina in 1987. Kirkland was a 1991 All-American while at Clemson in addition to earning All-ACC Status in 1990 & 1991.

Kirkland was instrumental in sacking West Virginia QB Major Harris during the 1990 Gator Bowl, creating one of the iconic moments from that game. Kirkland was named the game’s MVP and the sensational Mountaineer QB was sacked 4 times and kept to only 237-yards of total offense. Clemson won the game 27-7, but the score did not reflect how dominate the Tigers were in this game.


It was also the final time Danny Ford coached Clemson, as his termination from Clemson would take place only 3 weeks later.

Kirkland was a second-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1992 NFL Draft, and he went on to play 11 years in the NFL including …
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July 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Upset NC State In 1962 ACC Tournament Behind Press Maravich

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Today’s photo is of Clemson Head Press Maravich being carried off the court in the 1962 ACC Tournament after the Tigers stunned NC State in Greensboro. The Tigers were only 12-15 overall during the 1961-1962 season and was only 4-10 in the ACC Regular Season.

After this stunning upset, the Tigers would defeat Duke the following day to advance to the ACC Championship Game against Wake Forest. The Duke win in the semifinals of that tournament, 77-72, on March 2, 1962, was the highest-ranked win in Clemson history to that point.

Clemson would fall 77-66 to the Demon Deacons in that title game, but the run was the highlight of the Press Maravich tenure at Clemson.

Maravich had a record of 55-96 at Clemson and his best year in 1961-1962. Maravich still holds the Clemson record for winning percentage in overtime games, 3-0, in 1956-1957, and he also had a 23-19 career mark in games decided by f…

July 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Courtside In Littlejohn 1972
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Today’s photo is a courtside view during at Clemson basketball game during the 1972 season. Notice the location of Tiger Band during that era…right behind Press Row.

You can see the late Bob Bradley in the photo standing at the left of the press table. The man seated to the left is Bill McLellan, Clemson's Athletic Director at the time.

Notice also the WSBF banner for the game day radio broadcast. In those days WSBF was both AM and FM. Rumors persist to this day that WSBF used the water pipes in Johnstone Hall as their AM antenna that provided a powerful signal across the upstate of South Carolina.

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

46 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Don Testerman

Today’s photo is of Don Testerman, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1974-1975.
Testerman’s biggest day as a Tiger was in 1974 when the Tigers travelled to Knoxville to take on Tennessee. After the Tennessee kick-off, Clemson struck from long yardage with Testerman running 68 yards over right-tackle for a touchdown giving the Tigers a 28-21 lead with 7:16 left.
Testerman would finish the day with 146 yards and 1 td in the loss to Tennessee.
Testerman played in 4 NFL seasons from 1976-1980 for the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins. Here is a link to some info about Testerman’s time with the Seattle Seahawks. http://www.beckys-place.com/testerman
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July 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Boxing At Clemson

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Today’s photos will look at a major sport at Clemson that is no longer a part of the Athletic Department. Boxing was a sport at Clemson in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The photo above is of a Clemson boxer in a match during the 1942 season. This boxer, with the last name of Brown, defeated his opponent from VPI on this evening in Fike Field House.



This match was the highlight of the 1942 season as no other matches were won during that year. That can be blamed, in part, to the fact that the United States had just joined WWII and many Clemson Cadets were beginning training to enter service.

One other side note: The coach of the 1942 boxing team? None other than Walter Cox.

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

45 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Justin Watts

Justin Watts played wide receiver at Clemson from 1996-2000.
Watts came to Clemson as a heralded quarterback prospect from South Florence. In his first week of practice, he moved to wide receiver.
In the 10th game of his freshman year, Watts tore his knee up and a year later tore up his other knee against Florida State.
That prompted the very unusual circumstance of lettering 5 years in a sport. Watts became the first Clemson football player since 1919 to earn five letters.
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47 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

47 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Wyndie "Dumb-Dumb" Wyndham
Wyndie Wyndham played blocking back on offense and linebacker on defense from 1948-1950.
Here is an excerpt from Frank Howard’s Book, Howard: The Clemson Legend
When Wyndham first came to Clemson everybody called him 'Friendly'. I didn't know at first why they called him that- because he was the most unfriendly boy on the team - but I later found out that Friendly was actually his given middlename.
You hear a lot nowadays about how quarterbacks 'audible' at the line of scrimmage to change the play that was called in the huddle. We did that 50 years ago. We did it by adding and subtracting . One day at practice we were running a play. I think I had called for them to run 54. But I saw that the tackle was in too close and the play wouldn't go so I hollered, "Add two!"
Well, 'Friendly' Wyndham was bumfuddled altogether. He stopped and he c…