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5 Keys To Repeating As ACC Champions (Key #2)

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

This week, I will highlight the 5 Keys to Clemson repeating as the ACC Champion in 2012. The 5 keys are in no order of influence, merely put together as they came to my mind during the offseason.

To read my 5 keys from last July with updates on each, click the jump here:
5 Keys From 2011

Each day, starting Monday, I will give one of the 5 keys to the 2012 season. To read Monday’s key, click the jump here: Key #1 From Monday
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Key #2-Crippling Turnovers
Clemson turned the ball over only 11 times in our 10 wins last year, for an average of only 1.1 turnovers per game. During those same 10 wins, the Clemson defense accounted for 20 turnovers. (2 per game). That +0.9 turnover margin would have been good enough to finish 9th in the country in turnover margin.
In the 4 losses last year, Clemson turned the ball over 13 times (3.25 per game) and only created 3 turnovers on defense (.75 per game). That -2.5 turnover margin would have ranked …

July 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Golf Through The Years 

 (Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts) 
Today’s photos are a walk through history of the Clemson golf team. The first golf team at Clemson was started in 1930 by a number of the Clemson Cadets who approached the then Athletic Director, James G. Gee, about forming a golf team. Gee approved and the Cadets got their wish. 


The above photo is from 1930 and shows the golf team on Bowman field. Also, in the photo above, the first coach of the golf team, Reverend George Hodges (far right). 


At the time, Hodges was the minister of the Methodist Church in Clemson. Over the years Hodges was minister at a number of churches throughout the state. In fact, a congregational fellowship hall was named for Hodges in Clinton SC. Hodges, however, only coached the golf team for one year before being reassigned to another Methodist church. 


Fast forward 52 years later and we see the first Clemson golf team to win an ACC Championship, in 1982. Under coach Bobby Robinson, (who later bec…

5 Keys To Repeating As ACC Champions (Key #1)

By Scott Rhymer Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com
This week, I will highlight the 5 Keys to Clemson repeating as the ACC Champion in 2012.The 5 keys are in no order of influence, merely put together as they came to my mind.To read my 5 keys from last July with updates on each, click here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2012/07/rewind-from-5-keys-to-acc-championship.html Each day this week, starting Monday, I will give one of the five keys to the season. Key #1-Hold Serve At Home Under Dabo Swinney, Clemson is 20-4 inside of Death Valley, which results to a .833 winning percentage.Simply by comparison, Clemson historically has a .711 winning percentage inside of Death Valley, so Dabo’s early tenure has been in excess of that historical trend. Swinney’s home record includes a perfect 7-0 last year en route to the ACC Championship and a 6-1 record back in 2009 when Clemson won the Atlantic Division.Therefore, Swinney has a .929 winning percentage at home in years Clemson made it to the ACC Champi…

July 30 Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tree Rollins At Clemson 

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Today’s photos are of Tree Rollins during his time at Clemson in the late 1970’s. 


Tree Rollins real name is Wayne Monte Rollins, but everyone called him Tree. At a height of seven foot one, it's easy to see why. Tree was also the first Clemson athlete to have their jersey retired. 


Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955, in Winter Haven, Florida) played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree. 

The 7-foot-1-inch 275 pound Clemson graduate played center, and gained high esteem for his defense, particularly his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982-83 NBA season. 


At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was fourth all-time in career blocked shots, behind only Hakee…
1978 Defense 

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Today’s photo is from the 1978 season and shows Defensive End Jonathon Brooks and linebacker Bubba Brown making a tackle on a UNC running back. 


The Tigers would go 11-1 that year, arguably the 2nd best season (behind 1981) in Clemson football history. But when most people talk about the 1978 season, they talk about the Gator Bowl, Woody Hayes, and Charlie Bauman. 


 (Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”). 


Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

July 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Campus Life In 1958 


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Today’s photos are from Clemson’s campus during the 1958 school year. This was the first year that women were enrolled full time at Clemson University. 


The President's Mansion is constructed in 1958, along with Lee Hall. In 1958, the number of women faculty stood at 8. 


WSBF, the Clemson local radio station, begins as a closed circuit broadcasting facility transmitting through the electrical wiring of the dormitories. 


In June, President Robert Franklin Poole dies unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack during an alumni reunion weekend. At a meeting of the Board of Trustees, Robert Cook Edwards is announced as the new acting president. 


In September, women arrive in town and on campus for the "Rat Hop" weekend. Clemson's own Jungaleers perform at the Friday night formal dance during which the freshmen and their dates form a grand march and a beauty contest. 



Also in September, Coach Frank Howard gets his 100th wi…

July 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop On Gameday In 1968 


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Today’s photo is of Dan’s Sandwich Shop on a game day in 1968. If you followed the blog, you know that Dan’s Sandwich Shop is located in the building of what today is TD’s and Subway. 


A few clues to let you know it is game day in Clemson. First, notice the time on the clock (10:50 am). That would be a huge crowd for Dan’s at that time unless it was game day. Remember, in 1968, all games started at 1:00. So this is the Clemson game day crowd. 


The next clue that tells you it is game day is the attire that the patrons have on. In the late 1960’s, fans still wore ties (and sometimes coats) into the games. Ladies wore dresses. 


It was easier to know the year this photo was taken. You can see the football schedule on the right side of the picture. A quick search shows that this was sometime during the 1968 season (my guess is September). 


If you notice the schedule you will see that Clemson played at Alabama that …

July 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Food, Clemson, and the 1970’s 


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Today’s photos are from the 1970’s and show two different restaurants in the Clemson area that fed the hungry for many years. The above photo is of Chanelo’s Pizza. 


Chanelo's Pizza was a dine-in parlor located between Tiger Town Tavern and Mr. Knickerbockers that also included a game room. This had previously been the location of Harper's Store. The eatery was known locally for its on-campus delivery service. 


One of its more requested sandwiches was called the Vesuvian. It consisted of a freshly made sub roll with an elongated ground beef patty covered in shredded lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard. 


Chanelo’s was opened in the winter of 1975 by Herb Channell, who closed the Clemson store in the early 90's when he began having health problems.  His daughter operates a Chanelo's in Pickens, South Carolina using the same family recipes. 


The Chanelo's of Pickens has been open since February of 2000. Herb…

July 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Tiger Baseball In The 1960’s 

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Today’s photos are from the 1960’s and are a montage of Clemson Tiger baseball, which was played on Riggs Field. In the fall of 1957, from the advice of North Carolina Head Coach Walter Rabb, Frank Howard hired a 27-year old assistant from China Grove, NC named Bill Wilhelm. 


After the 1959 regular season, Clemson, Wake Forest, and North Carolina were tied for first place, forcing a playoff among the three. Clemson beat Wake Forest 4-2 at Thomasville, NC on May 16 and downed North Carolina 9-7 in Gastonia, NC to claim the ACC crown. 


In June of 1959, Clemson raced through the NCAA District III Playoffs at Gastonia, NC, downing Georgia Tech 9-6 and Florida State twice (24-2, 5-0) to advance to Omaha. At the College World Series, the Tigers lost to Arizona 3-2 on June 13 in 12 innings in their first game in Omaha. They bounced back and defeated Colorado State 7-1 the next day, but were eliminated by Penn State 7-0 on Jun…
Clemson Cadets In World War II And Fletcher Anderson 

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Today’s photos are of Clemson Cadets during World War II. The text below was written by former Clemson kicker Fletcher Anderson (’04) from Clemson World Online. 


Clemson has also produced many war heroes through the years. Jimmie Dyess ’31 was awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Medal of Honor. Dyess is one of three Clemson alumni to receive the Medal of Honor. Gary Evans Foster, a Clemson student in 1919-1920, and Daniel Augustus Joseph Sullivan, Class of 1902, were also awarded our nation’s highest medal for bravery. Rudolf “Rudy” Anderson ’48 was the only casualty in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. 


The University has monuments to its soldiers. Military Heritage Plaza commemorates a Clemson cadet’s passage from student to military leader and displays 64 medals representing those earned by Clemson military. The monument in front of Mell Hall symbolizes the transition the Class of 1944 experienced durin…

Rewind From 5 Keys To An ACC Championship In 2011

By Scott Rhymer
Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

Last July, I wrote a blog that outlined 5 Keys to Clemson winning an ACC Championship in 2011.  Of course, Dabo Swinney and the Tigers were able to do just that last season, giving Clemson its first ACC Title in 19 years.
Before I outline my 5 Keys To Repeating In 2012 in the next week or so, I thought I would rewind back to my 5 Keys from last year to see how accurate I was.  And, maybe more importantly, look at what we thought 365 days ago would be key for our Tigers to win.
The original blog can be read by clicking here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html
Rewind From 2011 Key #1-Change Of Culture On Offensive Line (What I wrote last July)-It really is no coincidence that the last time Clemson was able to win an ACC Championship was also the last time that Clemson had an offensive line that it could lean on in big games. A staple of the Danny Ford era, the offensive line at Clemson since Ford’s departure has been up and do…

July 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Vs. South Carolina in 1976 

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Today’s photos are from the 1976 season and show Death Valley prior to the Tigers coming down the hill vs. South Carolina. The view is from the top of the press box before the South Upper Deck was built. 


You can also notice the Block C on the 50 yard line. Red Parker was trying to save his job this day against the Gameocks. 


At this point in the season, a season that could only be described as "grueling," the Tigers were 2-6-2. The good news is that the Tigers won that day 28-9 over the Gamecocks. Some felt that Parker may have saved his job, but on December 1, 1976, Parker got the news that he was being terminated. 


Below is a flyer that appeared during this time showing the discontent of the student body and fan base with the athletic administration at Clemson. 

(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with a…

July 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Underground Tunnels At Clemson 



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Today’s photos are a part of Clemson that few have ever seen. In fact, many believe that underground tunnels at Clemson is just a myth that is perpetuated on generations after generations that walk on Clemson’s campus. Yet, they are very real. 


At one time in the early 1980’s there were over 4300 feet of utility tunnels running underground around campus. Given the amount of construction since that time I'm sure these tunnels have been expanded. 


The tunnels contain electrical, phone and fiber optic lines as well as steam heating lines along with other utilities. Basically they run from the Power Plant toward the Shoeboxes then toward East Campus.   They were greatly expanded in the 1960s with the construction of East Campus. 


Some of these tunnels date back to 1942 and were originally connected to the old steam generating plant, which was located where the Student Union plaza is now. Below is a photo of the old P-plant. …

July 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley Throwing Out First Pitch


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Today’s photos are of former Sports Information Director Bob Bradley. The above photo is of Bob throwing out the first pitch at a Clemson baseball game several years ago. Bob Bradley is someone that every Clemson graduate and fan should know of as he transformed the art of sports information at Clemson.  Bradley also, in many ways, could be credited with helping Clemson become a place that was nationally known.




Bradley worked 502 consecutive football games during his career at Clemson. Bradley was presented the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor's office and after his death was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame. 


Bradley was inducted into the State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, served as President of CoSIDA in 1975, received the Arch Ward Award as CoSIDA Man-of-the-Year in 1976, and inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1972. 


Bradley redefined the field of sports information in 1979 when, …

Boyd, Freeman and Watkins Named to More Watch Lists

Boyd on Four Lists Entering 2012 
Clemson Sports Information Department 
July 20, 2012

 Clemson, SC—Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was named to his third and fourth Watch Lists of the preseason on Friday. Boyd was on the lists for both the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award and the Manning Quarterback Award according to releases by those organizations. 


Sammy Watkins was also named to the Walter Camp list and center Dalton Freeman has been named to the Lombardi Award list, giving the Clemson graduate a third Watch List for the preseason. 


Boyd earlier had been named to the Davey O’Brien Award list and the Maxwell Ward List. The Davey O’Brien Award is also an honor for the top quarterback in the nation, while the Maxwell Award is also a National Player of the Year honor. Last year Boyd threw for 3828 yards and 33 touchdowns, Clemson records in both areas. 


He quarterbacked the Tigers to 10 wins for the first time since 1990, the ACC title for the first time since 1991, and Oran…

January 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Picture Of Clemson Campus In 1960’s 

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Today’s photo is from the 1960’s and shows an aerial picture of the Clemson campus. If you look in the top right of the picture, you can see that Littlejohn Coliseum has just been completed (the grass on the Lawn at Littlejohn has yet to take root). 


Ground was broken on Littlejohn in 1966 with the completion being in 1968. So I am guessing that this picture is from soon after the completion in 1968. 


Littlejohn Coliseum is named for James Corcoran Littlejohn, class of 1908, the school's first business manager, who was instrumental in many of the school's early building projects, including the building it replaced, Clemson Field House, and Memorial Stadium. He was an avid supporter of Clemson athletics. 


Littlejohn Coliseum has been the scene of 43 Clemson wins over ranked teams, including a victory over #1 Duke in 1980, a 75-65 victory over #1 North Carolina in 2001, and a 74-47 victory over #3 Duke in …

Ellington Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

Ellington Leads All Active ACC Players in Career Rushing Yards July 19, 2012 Clemson Sports Information Department


Clemson, SC—Clemson running back Andre Ellington has been named to the 2012 Doak Walker Award Watch List. Ellington was Clemson’s leading rusher last year with 1,178 yards and he has 2,355 career yards entering this year, more than any other active ACC player Ellington, who was named second-team All-ACC last year, is a unanimous first-team All-ACC player for this year.

He has been named to preseason all-league teams announced by Athlon, Lindy’s, USA Today, Phil Steele and Blue Ribbon Magazine. Ellington had 223 carries for 1,178 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns last year when he helped Clemson to a record total offense and record scoring offense season. He also had 109 yards receiving and 131 yards in kickoff returns.

The native of Moncks Corner, SC finished the year strong with 20-125 rushing and a touchdown in the win over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game, and …

July 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fike Field House And Who It Is Named After 

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Today’s photos are from the early 1930’s and show the final completion of Fike Field House. 


From Clemson World Online: 


Anyone familiar with the last 60 years of Clemson history will likely recognize the bedrock significance of names like Walter T. Cox, R.C. Edwards, and Frank Howard. Imagine then, the influence and respect that one man must have wielded for that threesome of Clemson legends to serve as the pallbearers at his funeral. Such a man was Rupert Howard Fike. 


Fike, known to most as Rube, was born in Spartanburg County in 1887. He first fell in love with Clemson while peering through a knothole in a fence to see the Tiger football team rout Wofford during the Tigers undefeated season of 1900. Fike promptly returned home to tell his parents that instead of following their plans for him to attend Wofford, he was going to go to that Clemson. That he did; and in 1908, he graduated from Clemson with a degree…

Boyd Named to Davey O’Brien Watch List

Sixth Clemson Offensive Player Named to a Watch List 
July 18, 2012 
Clemson Sports Information Department 



Clemson, SC—Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List on Wednesday. 


The O’Brien Award is presented each year to the top quarterback in college football. Boyd was one of 16 semifinalists on the list last year. He had not been named to the preseason Watch List a year ago. 


In 2011 he quarterbacked Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years and its first Orange Bowl bid in 30 years. The now junior threw for 3828 yards and 33 touchdowns a year ago, school records in both categories. He set an ACC record for touchdown responsibility as well with 38 scores, 33 passing and five rushing. 


Boyd is one of seven returning players from the 16 semifinalists last year. The others are Matt Barkley of Southern California, Seth Doege of Texas Tech, Landry Jones of Oklahoma, Keith Price of Washington, Denard Robinson of Michigan and Tyler Wilson of Ar…

July 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

A Little Humor At Clemson Through The Years 
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Today’s photos are a bit lighthearted and were taken throughout the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The above photo is of a Clemson student “thumbing a ride” near Sikes Hall in the 1960’s. 


The next photo is of a prank a student made in the 1980’s, placing a “for sale” sign on the lawn in from of the President’s house. 


The next photo is of the Air Force ROTC leaving the cafeteria “in formation”. 


The next picture is of Frank Howard cutting up at a pep rally prior to a football game.


The final picture helps answer the age old question of what really is in the mystery meat at Schilletter! 


(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”). 


Scott Rhymer can be reached at Scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com