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February 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Becomes A University

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Clemson College went under a major transformation in the mid 1960’s as the school decided it would become a University. It took a good bit of wrangling at Clemson and with the state government for approval to be given for Clemson to become a University.

Clemson’s official name was "The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina" before 1964. But changing the name was a bit of a challenge since Thomas G. Clemson specified the name of Clemson in his will.

In order for the school's name to be legally called Clemson University, school officials had to ask the living relatives of Thomas Clemson to consent for the name change. Once the approval came from the Clemson family, school officials had to get the South Carolina General Assembly to enact the name change.

So administration of the newly named University were proud of the fact that the name was finally approved. And you can see that pride in many pictures from 1964 as the school promoted the newly anointed “CU”.

As the Tigers come down the hill in this picture from the 1964 season, you can see the “CU” adorning the hill. During this era, you can also see that Clemson wore white at home games, something that is very rare with schools in this day and time.

The Tigers would finish the 1964 season 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the ACC, which was 7th in the conference.

Jimmy Bell, from Hartsville SC, was the Clemson QB in 1964. Ellis Dantzler and Hal Davis were the Tiger halfbacks.

I still look forward to a day when Clemson uses the "throwback" uniforms for a football game like the ones the Tigers wore in the 1960's.

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