Danny’s Last Run Down The Hill
(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
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 going to the Clemson home games in October and never seeing a State Trooper directing traffic. All troopers were assisting with the Hugo recovery and were not available for Clemson and South Carolina football games.
Some notable Tigers on the 1989 team included: Terry Allen, Rob Bodine, Gary Cooper, Dexter Davis, Chris Gardocki, Vance Hammond, Wesley McFadden, Levon Kirkland, and Ed McDaniel.
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