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Monday, December 24, 2012

December 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard Resigns

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Today’s photos are from 1969 and summarize the final days of Frank Howard’s tenure as football coach at Clemson.

Before the 1969 season started, Frank Howard announced that it would be his last as head coach. On December 3, 1969 Coach Howard called a press conference to announce that very fact.

The next day, it was front-page news that a major change at Clemson was taking place. Everyone was asking…who will be the new coach? Interestingly, Howard had already picked a successor and that was to be Bill Peterson of FSU.

However, just a couple of days before he was to announce the new head coach, Peterson changed his mind and eventually went to Rice a year later.

Howard had to continue the search and ended up with Hootie Ingram. Hootie’s three years at Clemson resulted in a 12-21 record. Which leads many to wonder what would have happened at Clemson if Howard’s handpicked successor, Bill Peterson, would have followed Howard.

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