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Today's photo is from the 1970's and the inside of Littlejohn Coliseum during a basketball game.
The first thing that stands out to me in the picture is the floor. If you notice, the floor that we are still using in this picture has the CU design instead of the Tiger Paw. The color of the court is also an interesting shade of yellow or really burnt out orange. I remember this style of court when I was attending my first Clemson basketball game as a young boy.
Although the court is still using the CU logo, if you look closely, you can see a black Tiger paw over the tunnel in the left side of the picture. The Tiger Paw was introduced at Clemson in 1970, so my first guess is that this game is shortly after that...maybe 1970, 1971, or 1972.
The opponent appears to be North Carolina, but even on a zoom I could not notice any names on jerseys to confirm it was North Carolina or to help narrow down the year. The color of the jerseys is most certainly Tar Heel blue and you can see blue splattered throughout the stands, so I think it is safe to say the Tar Heels were in town.
Notice how the end zones did not include students, instead it looks like media was placed there. You can see that there is no media table on the far side of the court as it is today. I think it is neat to see the stands coming directly up against the courtside.
One other unique thing about this picture is the cheerleaders and their large "pom poms". They are sitting courtside, much like the UNC cheerleaders still do today.
You can also notice the basketball goals do not descend from the ceiling as they do now. The basketball goals are the portable ones that many schools still use today. I am not sure when Clemson went from these types of goals to the ones that descend, but it could not have been too long after this picture was taken as I have seen pictures from the late 1970’s with the descending goals.
Littlejohn Coliseum, inside and outside, is quite a bit different than it was when it was constructed in the late 1960’s.
PS: Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours. Go Tigers!
Scott Rhymer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org