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The innocence of this picture from 1940 rings very profound to me. Pearl Harbor and D-Day have yet to happen. The horrors of WWII are yet to be realized in Clemson, SC. And that innocence is evident in this picture.
Frank Howard joined the staff at Clemson College and became head coach in 1939, just one year before this picture was taken.
Coach Howard would coach the Clemson Tigers for 30 years, amassing the 15th most wins of any college football coach. He led Clemson to ten bowl games, an undefeated season in 1949, and several Top-20 rankings during his tenure as head coach.
During his stay at Clemson, Howard also oversaw the athletic department, ticket sales, and was an assistant coach for the baseball team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Clemson Ring of Honor.
In this picture from 1940, Howard is reviewing film with Booty Payne, Carroll Hambright and Hank Craig.
Booty Payne played in the 1939 Shrine Bowl, was a kicker at Clemson, and was a WWII veteran that became a POW in Germany.
Carroll Hambright was a freshman coach at Clemson in 1942 and was a Principal at Carolina High School and was a high school coach football coach.
The 1940 team was led by Joe Blalock, Dan Coleman, Ace Parker, Charlie Timmons, and Charlie Wright.
The 1940 team went 6-2-1 and 4-0 in the Southern Conference which was good for 1st place. Those games and that championship would soon be overshadowed within the next two years as WWII would take over the United States.
Scott Rhymer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org