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November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Football In Southeast Asia
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Today’s photo is a poster on a building in Asia that someone took a picture of and sent to Clemson. The photo eventually ended up in a media guide for Clemson many years ago.

The wall poster is based on a picture that was taken during the 1987 Clemson win over Georgia. The QB for Georgia is James Jackson, and I believe that the defensive player for Clemson is tackle Richard McCullough.

Someone posted a while back that the translation of the language had nothing to do with Clemson at all, instead an advertisement for sports photography and color film. Although I don't have the skills to translate the text, I believe this to be the actual meaning of the poster and not a preview of Clemson football.

It goes to show you, very clearly, that you never know when you are going to run into a Clemson connection. I can’t imagine being in Southeast Asia, walking down the street, and coming upon this poster of a Clemson football…

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

West Endzone From 1942
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Today’s photo is from the 1942 season and shows the Tigers coming onto the field for warm ups from the West Endzone.

As you can see from the picture, the West Endzone has dramatically changed over the years, becoming the showcase of Memorial Stadium.

I also like this picture because it has a bit of mystery to it. If you look closely, it appears that there is a shadowy figure in the tree almost center of the picture. It almost looks like a person!

What do you think?  Person or not?

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Prediction Recap From Tiger Pregame Show Saturday

By Scott Rhymer  


The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will return to the airways for Clemson's bowl game, to be announced next week. 
Last week, Scott’s ACC Lock Of The Week was NC State over Boston College, which was correct. Scott is now 6-6 on the year in locks of the week.
Last week, Willy’s SEC Lock Of The Week was Florida State over Florida, which was incorrect. That makes Willy 7-5 on the year in locks of the week.

This was not a good week for the Tigers or in the picks contest for the hosts.

Roy Philpott picked Clemson over South Carolina by a score of 41-30, which was a differential of 27 points.

Willy Korn picked Clemson over South Carolina by a score of 41-28, which was a differential of 25 points.

Scott Rhymer picked Clemson over South Carolina by a score of 34-24, which was a differential of 20 points.

So Scott Rhymer wins the pick contest for last week.  Here are the standings after 12 weeks heading into the bowl game.


Willy with 3 weekly wins and a diff…

November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard
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Today’s photo is of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard, taken in the 1950’s.

Frank Howard is Clemson University's most memorable football coaches, and worthy of his nickname as, “The Legend”.

A native of Barlow Bend, Alabama, he coached at Clemson for 39 years, thirty as head coach, stepping down in 1969. His legendary 1948 Tigers went undefeated and beat Missouri in the 1949 Gator Bowl, which was the bowl's first sell-out, and that game ensured the future success of the Gator Bowl. It was Clemson's first perfect season since 1900.

His colorful persona, and penchant for imaginative language and improbable stories made him Clemson's most recognizable figure and representative until his death.

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Clemson Hosts Purdue Wednesday Night

GAME SETUP Site:Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) Date:Wednesday, November 28, 2012 City:Clemson, SC Time:7:17 PM Radio:Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Tim Bourret - color).  WCCP 104.9 FM TV:ESPNU (Adam Amin - play-by-play, Bob Valvano - color) Web:ESPN3
SERIES NOTES Overall:Clemson leads 3-1 At Clemson:Clemson leads 2-0 At Littlejohn:Clemson leads 2-0 At Purdue:Tied 1-1 At Neutral:None played First Meeting: Clemson won, 72-66, in 1971-72 Last Meeting:Clemson won, 61-58, in 2007-08 Streak:Clemson won the last meeting
QUICK FACTS •Clemson and Purdue will meet for the fifth time in series history Wednesday, and the third time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.The Tigers are 3-1 versus the Boilermakers and 1-1 in the challenge. •Clemson is 9-4 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and is the only school in either conference to have five road wins under its belt. •Clemson carries a 4-1 overall record into Wednesday’s game and is coming off two wins in three chances in the Old Spice Classi…

November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Danny’s Last Run Down The Hill
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Today’s picture is from the scoreboard above the hill and was taken on October 28, 1989 vs. Wake Forest. The significance of that date and game is that it was the last home game of the 1989 season; and the 1989 season was the last season for Head Coach Danny Ford. So, as Ford trotted down the hill in this picture, he unknowingly was doing so for the last time as the coach at Clemson.

If you look closely, you can see the Wake Forest players assembling at the bottom of the hill to “taunt” the Tigers as we came down the hill. Clemson went on to defeat Wake 44-10, so the taunting did not work so well!

Clemson would finish the year 10-2 overall and 5-2 in the ACC, finishing 3rd. The Tigers would receive a bid to the Gator Bowl where we beat West Virginia and Major Harris.

The game in this picture took place just 4 weeks after Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coast and inland areas. Many fans noted that eerie site of goi…

Clemson Football 2012 Accomplishments

Clemson Sports Information Department Clemson Accomplishments/Rankings at end of Regular Season
Team •Won 10 games in the regular season for the first time since 1981 and for just the third time in Clemson history.
•Won seven games in ACC play, tied for the most in a season in Clemson history.
•Ranked in every poll during the regular season for the first time since 2000.Has a current streak of 27 consecutive weeks in top 25.
•Ranked in every BCS top 20 for the second straight year.
•Tied Clemson record for wins by a team with only one senior offensive lineman (Dalton Freeman).Only the 1987 and 1989 Clemson teams won 10 games with just one senior starter on offensive line.
•Set Clemson record for consecutive home wins with 13.
•Set Clemson record with seven consecutive wins by at least 14 points and nine total wins by 14 or more.
•Set Clemson record for consecutive games scoring at least 37 points (10).
•Just the second Clemson team in history with a 1000-yard rusher, 1000-yard receiver and 3000-…

November 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Seal Orange Bowl Bid In 1981


Clemson entered the Rivalry Game in 1981 with a National Championship berth in the Orange Bowl on the line.Clemson running back Cliff Austin tweaked his ankle midway through the game and Chuck McSwain took over, carrying the ball 25 times for a career-high 151 yards, while scoring two second half touchdowns in the Tigers’ 29-13 victory over the Gamecocks.
Making it ever a more memorable day for Clemson and Chuck McSwain as the fact that his brother, Rod McSwain blocked a punt in the first quarter that changed the momentum of the game. The ball rolled into the end zone where Johnny Rembert fell on the ball for the Tigers’ first score.Clemson missed the extra point and still trailed 7-6 at the time, but every one of the 56,971 fans could feel that the Tigers were going to end their special season with a win in Columbia after that play. After South Carolina appeared to make things interesting with a Gordon Beckham 10-yard pass in the third quarter, the Ti…

November 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007

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Today’s photos are from a joyous evening in 2007 for Clemson Nation.
On November 24, 2007, Clemson kicker Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give #21 Clemson a memorable 23-21 victory over Carolina.
The win lifted Clemson coach Tommy Bowden to 7-2 all-time against the Gamecocks and 2-1 against USC coach Steve Spurrier.

The 2007 game is notable as the first in the series with the winning points scored on the game's final play.

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Broadcast Notes For South Carolina Game On WCCP

By Scott Rhymer
  The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will broadcast live Saturday from The Lawn At Littlejohn from 1:00-4:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com.
Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 128th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play.  This a Rivalry Day, so make sure you tune in.  
We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Dalton Freeman, Tajh Boyd, Corico Wright, and Malachi Goodman to set the scene for the Rivalry Game. 

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.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina.

You can also download the WCCP App or the Tune In App, both of which are free and will allow you to stream WCCP 104.9 FM on your Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid ph…

November 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”
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Today’s photos are from what has been appropriately dubbed, “The Catch, Part II”.

Aaron Hunt hit a field goal with under 5 seconds to play to lift the Tigers over South Carolina 16-14. Hunt sent Death Valley into a frenzy, and the Tigers off to the Gator Bowl with their best regular-season record since 1991.

The Tigers looked dead after Thomas Hill, a tight end who had no catches this season, fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with 59 seconds to go for a 14-13 lead.

But Woody Dantzler found his favorite receiver, Rod Gardner, for a 50-yard catch to South Carolina's 8 with 10 seconds remaining. It was an act of desperation for Dantzler and Clemson, but the catch would put Clemson into field goal range to set up the drama with Hunt.

The reception would go down in history as “The Catch, Part II”. If you are a South Carolina fan, you probably refer to the play as “The Push Off”.

Either way, it was one of…

November 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Birth Of Orange Pants In 1980

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Today’s photos are from the 1980 season and the finale against the Gamecocks inside of Death Valley.

Clemson entered the South Carolina game with a 5-5 record after being blasted the week before at Maryland 34-7. The Tigers had lost four of their last five games and there were rumors that if Clemson did not beat Jim Carlen’s 8-2 Gamecocks, head coach Danny Ford was sure to be fired.


With his team down on itself after the loss to Maryland, Ford knew he needed to do something to inspire his football team. Taking a key from his former coach, Alabama’s Bear Bryant, Ford reached deep into his bag of motivational tricks and pulled out a pair of orange pants.

When Ford played at Alabama, Bryant would allow his team to where crimson pants with the crimson jerseys against rival Auburn when he felt his team deserved to play in them or if they needed an emotional lift.

“We warmed up in the white pants, but we all knew we were going…

Thankful For This Rivalry

By Scott Rhymer

This is the week. Saturday is the day. And for that, I am truly thankful during this Thanksgiving Weekend.

Let me start by saying that I don’t care about Ohio State/Michigan or Auburn/Alabama or any of the other rivalries around this country. You see, I live in South Carolina. I am a Clemson fan. Some of my family members are Clemson fans. And some of my family members are Gamecocks.

So the only game in the world that matters to me is the Tigers and the Gamecocks this Saturday. That’s not up for debate nor discussion.

This great (and yes, I do emphasize the word “great”) annual rivalry returns to Death Valley this Saturday in a game that means just about everything to both teams. Both teams are highly ranked in the BCS and both have a chance to play in a BCS Bowl game. Both teams are closing in on one of their top two seasons in program history.
If Clemson wins Saturday and then in a BCS Bowl, one could easily argue that this was the 2nd best season in Clemson football…

Three Tigers Earn All-America Nominations

Boyd’s 2012 Accomplishments ·First in the nation in touchdown responsibility points (250) on 41 touchdowns (rushing, passing) and two two-point conversions. ·Second in the nation in passing efficiency (172.7). •First in the nation in passing efficiency against teams with win­ning records (174.6). •First in the nation in passing touchdowns vs. league teams (27). •First in the nation in passing touchdowns in the first half (24). •Has 33 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns to break his own ACC record for touchdown responsibility. •Has passed for 300+ yards six times and 200+ yards 10 times. •Has passed for five touchdown in three of the last four games. •Three-time ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week, more than any other player. •Walter Camp National Offensive Player-of-the-Week when he ac­counted for eight touchdowns and 529 total yards vs. N.C. State.
Boyd’s Career Accomplishments •First quarterback to take Clemson to consecutive 10-win seasons since Rodney Williams (1987,88). •H…