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September 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

More Clemson’s Military History

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Today’s photos are from Clemson extensive Military History.
As the 1940s arrive, and the US enters World War II, 6,475 Clemson alumni would enter the service. In fact, Clemson provided more Army officers for the war than any other institution except West Point and Texas A&M. Sadly, during the war, 370 would be killed.

During the Korean War, 1500 Clemson alumni would answer the call to duty, with 20 killed in action.
In the 1960s the Counter Guerrillas was formed, and the Clemson ROTC opened to women, later in the 1970s.

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September 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson’s Military History

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Today’s photos are from Clemson extensive Military History.
From the early days of the World War I, where cadets and professors left Clemson en masse to fight in the war, Clemson has always been there for the call to duty. Over fifteen hundred of Clemson's alumni fought in World War I, twenty five were killed.

As the Great Depression hits the United States, Clemson faces critical financial problems and has to impose severe pay cuts to the professors, yet the professors and students both continue on, facing an uncertain future as war in Europe grows.
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Friday Night and Saturday Broadcast Notes For Boston

By Scott Rhymer


The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road again this Saturday, broadcasting live from CitySide Restaurant Bar and Patio in Brighton from 9:30-12:30.  CitySide is the closest restaurant to Alumni Stadium and is traditionally the headquarters for Clemson fans for games against Boston College.  

The New England Clemson IPTAY Club is hosting the event and CitySide will be painted orange on Saturday, so if you are coming to the game plan to stop by.

This same group is also hosting a get together at The Black Rose Friday night in Boston for Clemson fans looking to gather together.  I look forward to seeing you tonight at The Black Rose and tomorrow at CitySide.
Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join me for our 121st consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at CitySide, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.  We ha…

September 28th Clemson Historic Pictures Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1960’s

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Today’s photos are from the late 1960’s of downtown Clemson. The above picture is of the Clemson movie theatre (now the Clemson Sports Shop) and shows the Elvis Pressley movie, “Live a Little, Love A Little”. The movie was released in 1968.
The next photo is the exterior of Dan’s Sandwich Shop (now Subway and TD’s).

The final picture below is of the interior of Dan’s Sandwich Shop with some Clemson students hanging out for a drink and conversation one evening.

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September 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Vance Hammond

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Today’s photo is of Vance Hammond, who lettered for Clemson at defensive tackle for Clemson from 1987-1990.

Hammond was a graduate of Dorman High School and played under some great teams at Clemson with Danny Ford. In fact, Hammond’s dad was a State Trooper who was responsible for escorting Coach Ford off the field.

Hammond’s professional career included stints with the Sacramento Gold Miners and the Memphis Mad Dogs.

Hammond is now living in Gaffney and is the Area Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate.

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Broadcast Notes And Prediction Recaps

By Scott Rhymer

First, as a reminder, I join Mickey Plyler every Friday morning at 6:40 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM to break down the upcoming Clemson game. This week, Mickey and I will recap the loss to Florida State and preview the trip to Boston College.

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road again this Saturday.  Plans are being finalized to broadcast at CitySide Restaurant Bar and Patio in Brighton from 9:30-12:30.  CitySide is the closest restaurant to Alumni Stadium and is traditionally the headquarters for Clemson fans for games against Boston College.  More details will follow in the next few days.

Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 121st consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at CitySide, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.  We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venab…

September 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

William Devane

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts) William Devane was a nose guard at Clemson from 1980-1983. Devane played alongside William Perry, giving the Tigers a formidable front in 1981 that helped lead the Tigers to the Orange Bowl and National Championship.
During the Orange Bowl, Devane recovered a fumble against Nebraska that helped the Tigers go on to the 22-15 win. Below is an excerpt from an article in the Augusta Chronicle, written in 1999, about Devane.
DeVane: A man with a plan
By Morris News Service
HARTWELL, Ga. -- Former Clemson coach Danny Ford always knew William DeVane would be a success in whichever career path he chose to follow. But a high school football coach? That one never really crossed his mind.

"I really had no idea that was what he wanted to do," Ford said this week from his home in Pendleton, S.C. "William DeVane has always been a very smart young man, very gifted. I always thought he would go into business or something like that."

DeVane…

Clemson and Boston College Notes

Clemson and Boston College Notes
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Clemson has a 10-9-2 lead in the series that dates to the 1940 Cotton Bowl. Clemson won last year at home, 36-14, but Boston College won the last meeting in Boston, 16-10 in 2010. Clemson did not score an offensive touchdown in that game.

The Tigers have won three of the last four, as Dabo Swinney’s Tigers won 27-21 in Chestnut Hill in 2008 and 25-7 at Clemson in 2009.

The series dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl. That was a landmark victory for the Clemson program, the school’s first bowl game and the school’s first ever win over a top 20 team. Boston College was ranked 11th in the nation entering the game. Clemson won 6-3 behind 115 yards rushing from Charlie Timmons and four pass deflections in the fourth quarter by Clemson legend Banks McFadden.


This will be the 22nd meeting between Clemson and Boston College. Only Miami (FL) has played Boston College more among ACC teams entering thi…

September 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Michael Dean Perry

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Michael Dean Perry played defensive line for Clemson from 1984-1987. Perry was a standout on the Clemson defensive line, playing on the 1986 and 1987 ACC Championship teams. Perry led the Tigers to the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Citrus Bowl.
For his play during those two seasons, Perry was named All-ACC and was a first-team All-American in 1987.
In 1986, he led the Tigers with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks and had 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 1987. During the 1987 season, he was also a finalist (one of three) for the Outland Trophy and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, a rare distinction for a defensive player.
After his senior season, he played in both the Hula and Japan Bowls. For his Clemson career, he set the Clemson record for career tackles for loss (61) and is tied for career sacks (28). Both of the records had been previously held by his brother William before he topped each record by one.
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September 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mike O'Cain

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Mike O'Cain lettered for Clemson from 1974-1976. O'Cain hails from Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, the same school that produced Woody Dantzler. O'Cain quarterbacked Orangeburg-Wilkinson to a 13-0 record, a state 4A title, and a #12-national ranking his senior season.

His high school coach was Dick Sheridan, who was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Upon graduation from high school, O'Cain decided to further his academic and athletic career at Clemson.

A four-year letterwinner, he was the most valuable player of Clemson's 1976 team, working as both the punter and quarterback. He completed 91-182 passes for 1,291 yards and six touchdowns during his career. He still ranks 16th in Clemson history in passing efficiency. Also a gifted runner, he held the single-game quarterback rushing record until 1994 with 140 yards against N.C. State in 1976.

He receiv…

September 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mike Eppley



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Mike Eppley was a quarterback at Clemson (and a point guard for the basketball team) from 1982-1984.

Eppley was an Academic All-ACC honoree in both football and basketball three times each during his celebrated career. Eppley finished 3rd in the nation in passing efficiency in 1983, the highest finish ever by a Clemson quarterback.

Eppley doubled as basketball player for four years and was the recipient of the Frank Howard Award in the 1983-84 academic year and the Clemson IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year the same season.

As quarterback of the football team, he threw for 28 career touchdowns, now fourth in school history. Eppley was an honorable mention All-American his senior year and was invited to participate in the Blue-Gray game. In 1984, Eppley was a fourth-team Academic All-American and first-team All-ACC in football.

Eppley had a career completion percentage at Clemson of 56.3% and he threw for 3354 yards and 28 touchdowns with 26 interception…

Sep[tember 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

James Davis

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Today’s photo is of James Davis, the last Clemson Tiger to lead Clemson to a win in Doak Campbell Stadium vs. Florida State.
Davis scored on a one yard run with just 8 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 27-20 victory.
Clemson held FSU to 204 yards of total offense, and it was just the third home ACC loss for FSU in 57 home ACC games.
Senior Gaines Adams had seven tackles, including 2.5 sacks to key the Clemson defense.
But Davis stole the show on this night by taking a quick snap that caught the FSU defense off-guard and ran inside the FSU 5 yard line, setting up the touchdown run two plays later.

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September 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Michael Dean Perry


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Michael Dean Perry played defensive line for Clemson from 1984-1987. Perry was a standout on the Clemson defensive line, playing on the 1986 and 1987 ACC Championship teams. Perry led the Tigers to the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Citrus Bowl.

For his play during those two seasons, Perry was named All-ACC and was a first-team All-American in 1987.

In 1986, he led the Tigers with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks and had 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 1987. During the 1987 season, he was also a finalist (one of three) for the Outland Trophy and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, a rare distinction for a defensive player.

After his senior season, he played in both the Hula and Japan Bowls. For his Clemson career, he set the Clemson record for career tackles for loss (61) and is tied for career sacks (28). Both of the records had been previously held by his brother William before he topped each record by one.

Following his Clemson care…

Final Broadcast Info For Saturday

By Scott Rhymer

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road this Saturday, broadcasting live from Bullwinkles in Tallahassee from 2:00 -5:00. Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 120th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at Bullwinkles, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch in the climate controled saloon while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.
We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Sammy Watkins, Josh Watson, Shaq Anthony, Tajh Boyd and Dalton Freeman. Will Vandervort will once again provide interviews for the Tiger Pregame Show, allowing fans to hear exactly what the players and coaches are thinking about the upcoming game.
We will all give our Clemson/Florida State prediction in addition to our ACC and SEC locks of the week.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9…

September 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Chuck McSwain

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Today’s photo is of Chuck McSwain, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1979-1982.

McSwain rushed for a career-high 151 yards and scored two touchdowns in Clemson’s 29-13 victory over South Carolina to cap an 11-0 regular season in 1981. Six weeks later, Clemson beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to win the National Championship.

McSwain said in an interview,  "My brother Rod came to Clemson a year later, and we were very fortunate to both make a difference in that South Carolina game. He blocked a punt that turned the momentum and I ended up being the leading rusher. I broke out a couple of long runs and scored a couple of touchdowns. "
You can read the original article here from Orangeandwhite.com: http://www.myorangeupdate.com/2011/08/remember-when%E2%80%A6/

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Broadcast Notes And Prediction Recaps From Tiger Pregame Show

By Scott Rhymer



First, as a reminder, I join Mickey Plyler every Friday morning at 6:40 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM to break down the upcoming Clemson game. This week, Mickey and I will recap the big win over Furman and preview the much anticipated game vs. Florida State.

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road this Saturday, broadcasting live from Bullwinkles in Tallahassee from 2:00 -5:00. Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 120th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at Bullwinkles, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch in the climate controled saloon while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.


We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, and several key players that will have an impact on the game. Will Vandervort will once again provide interviews for the Tiger Pregame Show, allowing fans to hear exactly what…

September 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mr. Zip and Mr. Zap

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Today’s photos are of Buddy Gore and Jacky Jackson, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1965-1968. The above photo of Buddy Gore, who was nicknamed Mr. Zip.
Before the 1967 season began the media had dubbed Gore Mr. Zip because he had great speed as he “zipped past'em”.
The below photo is of Jacky Jackson, dubbed Mr. Zap, because he go the tough yards inside the tackles and “zapped ‘em”.

Jacky Jackson also had great hands out of the backfield as he caught a long scoring pass the year before to complete the scoring in the famous comeback win over Virginia in the first game for Howard's Rock. Buddy

Gore, while not nearly so skilled at receiving, managed to hold onto a key TD pass in 1967 when the Tigers knocked off the highly ranked NC State Wolfpack led by Chuck Amato.

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Clemson vs. Florida State Notes

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Clemson vs. Florida State Series
Florida State has a 17-8 advantage in the series with Clemson that dates to 1970, a 38-13 Florida State win in Tallahassee.

While Florida State has the decisive all-time lead in the series, Clemson has won six of the last nine, including each of the last five games played at Clemson.

Florida State has not won at Clemson since the 2001 season, a 41-27 Seminole victory. Clemson has won just once in Tallahassee since the Seminoles joined the ACC for the 1992 season. That came in 2006 when he Tigers were victorious 27-20 on a one-yard run by James Davis with just eight seconds left.

Each of the last three years the winner of the Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to win the Atlantic Division Championship.

In 2003, Clemson upset a third-ranked Florida State team by a 26-10 score in a nationally televised Saturday night game at Death Valley. Florida State was coming off a 37-0 win at Notre Dame and Clemson was com…

September 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Steve Fuller

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Today’s photo is of Steve Fuller, who lettered for Clemson at quarterback from 1975-1978.
Fuller was a dangerous pass-run threat as a quarterback, and was one of the centerpieces of the Clemson teams of the late 1970′s that brought the Tigers back to national prominence in college football.
One of only five two-time ACC Football Players of the Year (1977, 1978), he led Clemson to a 27-8-1 record in his final three seasons with the Tigers including an 11-1 mark, an ACC Championship and a No. 6 national ranking in 1978.

Fuller was one of only three players in Clemson history to be named both an Academic All-America (twice, 1977-78) and a football All- America (1978, 3rd-team) in the same year, Fuller was chosen to the prestigious NCAA Top Five Award in 1978 for excellence in athletics and academics.
Fuller is a charter member of Clemson’s “Ring of Honor,” and was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs and the 23rd overall selection…

Playtime Is Now Over, But Tigers and 'Noles Won't Punch Ticket To Charlotte This Saturday

By Scott Rhymer Playtime is now officially over.We can all be thankful for that. For Clemson and Florida State, September 22nd has been circled on the calendar since the ACC (finally) released the schedule this past Spring. The month of September has been full of fluff, simple filler to work out kinks and establish depth charts for both the Tigers and the Seminoles. Yes, Clemson stepped on the big stage in Atlanta to kick off the season with the Auburn Tigers.But after winning a National Championship two years ago, Auburn has looked more like Vanderbilt than a title contender.Ball State and Furman in weeks 2 and 3 were the equivalent of a leafy salad with simple dressing on it and without croutons.Nothing any grown man would want to eat for their meal. Florida State did not even play real football games in week 1 and week 2 and then followed it up with a woodshed whooping of Wake Forest last Saturday.While the point spread raised my eyebrows a little bit, beating Wake Forest does not cause…