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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Down Bulldogs In 1981

"Clemson intimidated us"...Vince Dooley



(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


To watch Youtube video of the game, click here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xtmzizHcOw


(Below Is An Excerpt From Article On TheACC.com)


The Tigers returned virtually everybody on defense from 1980 and it was an exceptional group. Jeff Davis was the man defensive back Terry Kinard says, "We looked to when things got rough." Davis made 175 tackles in 1981 and was selected ACC Player of the Year. But Davis is the first to acknowledge, "The linebackers don't get to make plays unless the linemen do the dirty work inside."


Clemson tackles Jeff Bryant and Dan Benish made All-ACC, while noseguards William Devane and William Perry controlled the middle. End Andy Headen and linebacker Danny Triplett were standouts, while Kinard was the league's top defensive back and a consensus All-America.


Unleashing this defense was the job of defensive coordinator Tom Harper, a veteran coach hired that season. Davis says, "Coach Harper was quite the feather in Coach Ford's hat. He was a calming influence. He devised a scheme that was in tune with our strengths. He simplified it, freeing us to attack. We were physical and aggressive. Lay our ears back and go after people."


Herschel Walker and Georgia's defending national champions rode into Death Valley with a 15-game winning streak. Georgia had handed Clemson its only loss in 1978 and had edged the Tigers 20-16 in 1980.


Walker rushed for 111 yards but it took him 28 carries. His fumble deep in Clemson territory in the first period was a harbinger of things to come. Kinard says, "This game was a tribute to our style of defense. Our front four dominated, they couldn't make adjustments, and their offense just fell apart."


Clemson harassed Georgia's Buck Belue into five interceptions and recovered four of Georgia's five fumbles. Forcing a team as talented as Georgia into nine turnovers was the epitome of Clemson's kick-sand-in-your-face-and-take-your-lunch-money style of defense. Georgia could muster a single field goal, while Clemson scored on a pass from Homer Jordan to Perry Tuttle and two field goals. Following the 13-3 Clemson win, Georgia coach Vince Dooley admitted, "Clemson intimidated us."


Jordan completed 11 of 18 passes, five of them to Tuttle, a speedy senior who would break several school records and make All-America. Although not as dominant as the defense, the Clemson offense was talented, balanced and experienced. Tailbacks Cliff Austin and Chuck McSwain gave Clemson a pair of top-level tailbacks, Jordan was a mobile and accurate passer, and Tuttle could stretch any defense. All-America tackle Lee Nanney and center Tony Berryhill anchored the line.


The offense was also in the hands of a new coordinator, Nelson Stokely. Tuttle says "Stokely brought some color to the offense. He understood the strengths and weaknesses of his players and he made things fun. He liked to attack."


The Georgia win put Clemson on the national radar screen. They jumped to ninth in the AP poll after the win.


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


http://www.theacc.com/genrel/101006aac.html

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Lever Hall Under Construction In 1967


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I believe this picture was taken in the fall of 1967 based on several clues in the picture.

In this picture, you can see Lever Hall under construction. Lever Hall would be completed in 1968, approximately 6 months after this picture was taken.

Since this is obviously the fall based on the colors of the trees, there are only two months (max) left in the year. That is why I think the picture was taken in the fall of 1967 instead of the fall of 1968.

I just can’t imagine that Lever Hall, based on the picture, could have been completed within two months of this picture being taken.

You can also see Manning Hall in the picture as it was completed in 1967. Byrnes Hall is missing from the picture and would not be completed until 1970. I assume they started on Lever after finishing Manning and I assume they started on Byrnes after they finished Lever.

Like most great college campuses, Clemson is spectacular in the fall. In this picture the leaves are turning orange and the campus has the feel of fall and cooler temperatures.

Assuming this is the fall of 1967, the Clemson football team would be in the midst of a 6-4 season which sounds very average. But the Tigers were 6-0 in the ACC, which was good for 1st place.

Clemson would play Maryland and NC State on November 11 and November 18….sometime very close to when this picture was taken. The Tigers, under Frank Howard, would also beat the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia during this season.

The neat thing to me about the 1967 team is that it was made up almost exclusively of the “Baby Boomer” generation. Almost every Tiger on this team was born between 1945 and 1948….immediately following WWII when our GI’s were coming home and starting families.

Buddy Gore, Phil Rogers, and George Burnett were a part of the 1967 team.

During the football season of 1967, the following events took place around the nation and world:




  • Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, defies censors by singing the word “higher” from their #1 hit “Light My Fire” on the Ed Sullivan Show.


  • Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is released. This would be Disney’s last full length release prior to his death.


  • The Vietnam War is now becoming a major part of American culture.

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


Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall...90 Years Apart



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Today we will take a look at what almost 90 years does to the landscape of one of Clemson’s iconic buildings.


The first picture of Tillman Hall is from the early 1920’s and the picture following was taken recently.

In the background of the 1920’s picture you can clearly see a few of the famous Model T Ford cards in the driveway. You will also notice that the tree heights reach the 2nd floor of Tillman Hall.

In the recent photo, you can see the trees are now almost as tall as Tillman Hall itself. As you can see from comparing the two pictures, Tillman Hall (the building) has not changed at all over the 90 years between these two pictures.

Tillman Hall is not the oldest building on the campus, but it is one of the most recognized building at Clemson. It overlooks Bowman Field and was dedicated in 1891 and was originally called "The Agricultural Building." Much of the building was destroyed in a fire on May 22nd, 1894.

Known as the Main Building for the first half of the twentieth century, it was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees in 1946.

Today, Tillman Hall houses the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the school of Technology and Human Resources, and the Calhoun Honors College.

Tillman Hall also has a auditorium that is often used for guest speakers or small presentations. The Clemson AFROTC is also located in Tillman Hall.

Tillman's tower holds a clock which chimes every 15-minutes with a 47-bell carillon. The original bell sits in a monument in The Carillon Garden just a few feet from Tillman Hall.

In front of the building is a statue of Thomas Green Clemson.

Tillman Hall is named for Benjamin Ryan Tillman, governor of South Carolina from 1890-1895, US Senator from 1895-1918, and Life Trustee of Clemson Agricultural College.

The building itself was completed in 1893 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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

Credit to Clemson.edu

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Tiger Baseball Update

By Scott Rhymer
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The Road To Omaha Continues!

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson hosts Maine at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The Tigers and the Black Bears will play game three with the weekend series tied at one game each.

Maine is scheduled to start sophomore righty Shaun Coughlin on Sunday, although Coughlin has made two appearences already this weekend in relief. Coughlin is a Northford, CT native and had a 3-1 record and 2.37 ERA in 20 appearances (two starts) for a total of 57.0 innings pitched in 2011. He allowed 45 hits (.224 opponents' batting average) and 12 walks with 34 strikeouts.

The Tigers will counter with senior righthander David Haselden (0-0, 4.50 ERA) on Sunday. The Spartanburg, SC native has made one start for a total of 4.0 innings pitched. He has allowed seven hits (.412 opponents' batting average) and no walks with three strikeouts.

The radio broadcast today will be provided exclusively by the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM. Because of Clemson Lady Tiger baseball, the baseball game will be on wccpfm.com only.

You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/

You can also watch the video feed from Tiger Cast with WCCP audio at http://www.clemsontigers.com/allaccess/

If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play today with Scott Rhymer offering color analysis. You can reach Roy and Scott during the game at their respective Twitter sites:
@royphilpott and @Tigerpregame

Broadcast time for Sunday’s game is 1:30 with first pitch at 2:00

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

Friday, February 24, 2012

February 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Dan's Restaurant (aka Dan's Sandwich Shop) was a twenty-year fixture at the intersection of Old Greenville Highway and College Avenue, occupying the space now home to TD's.


The Rudolph E. Lee-designed building had been erected by the Sloan family after the original wood building burned in 1925.


Dan Gentry was the original owner of the trolley car diner on Pendleton Road that is now Mac's Drive-In. Gentry broke out on his own, opening Dan’s and starting his own Clemson tradition.


Dan’s Sandwich Shop may best be known for the pictures that adorned the walls of the restaurant. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant. You can see in the above photo all of the pictures that are on the walls.


This corner where Dan’s Restaurant was located has a long history of restaurant-hood. Early on it was the College Cafe. In 1952, Gentry opened Dan’s Restaurant directly across from the town's post office and served hamburgers. "Judge" Keller would walk up from his store for lunch there.


After a fire in 1965, Dan was set-up cooking burgers on the sidewalk outside the next day. Dan Gentry passed away in late January 1971, and his business was sold.


After this Clemson landmark closed, it became the Tiger Paw Restaurant and served boxed chicken lunches for awhile but soon the kitchen closed and it was strictly a bar with a dance floor. Too many minors nabbed by ABC agents inside saw the loss of the Tiger Paw's license around 1976.


This cleared the way for The Bookstore, which featured a live deejay for the disco era in downtown Clemson. Students could honestly tell their parents that they were spending time at the bookstore!


When The Bookstore closed, the place was remodeled into Strawberry's Restaurant, which stayed in business for several years in the early to mid 1980's.


In 1986 and part of 1987 it was a bar/restaurant called Lester's Burgers & Spirits. Finally, the location became TD's, opening July 1, 1988.


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



Credit to Clemson Wiki

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Broadcast Information For Baseball Weekend Series

By Scott Rhymer
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The Road To Omaha Continues!





Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson hosts Maine at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The radio broadcast for the weekend series will be provided exclusively by the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM. You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/

Fans can also get video of the baseball games on Friday and Sunday via Tiger Cast. Note that Saturday’s game is not offered via Tiger Cast. The Tiger Cast Link for streaming video (with radio broadcast dub over top of video) is located here:http://www.clemsontigers.com/allaccess/

If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play for all three games with Scott Rhymer offering color analysis. You can reach Roy and Scott during the game at their respective Twitter sites:@royphilpott and @Tigerpregame

Broadcast time for Friday’s game is 3:30 with first pitch at 4:00

Broadcast time for Saturday’s game is 4:00 with first pitch at 4:30

Broadcast time for Sunday’s game is 1:30 with first pitch at 2:00

See link below for highlights from last weekend’s series vs. UAB.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-jr3etw0uk&feature=g-all-u&context=G2052854FAAAAAAAAAAA

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard Reviewing Film In 1940

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


The innocence of this picture from 1940 rings very profound to me. Pearl Harbor and D-Day have yet to happen. The horrors of WWII are yet to be realized in Clemson, SC. And that innocence is evident in this picture.


Frank Howard joined the staff at Clemson College and became head coach in 1939, just one year before this picture was taken.


Coach Howard would coach the Clemson Tigers for 30 years, amassing the 15th most wins of any college football coach. He led Clemson to ten bowl games, an undefeated season in 1949, and several Top-20 rankings during his tenure as head coach.


During his stay at Clemson, Howard also oversaw the athletic department, ticket sales, and was an assistant coach for the baseball team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Clemson Ring of Honor.


In this picture from 1940, Howard is reviewing film with Booty Payne, Carroll Hambright and Hank Craig.


Booty Payne played in the 1939 Shrine Bowl, was a kicker at Clemson, and was a WWII veteran that became a POW in Germany.


Carroll Hambright was a freshman coach at Clemson in 1942 and was a Principal at Carolina High School and was a high school coach football coach.


The 1940 team was led by Joe Blalock, Dan Coleman, Ace Parker, Charlie Timmons, and Charlie Wright.


The 1940 team went 6-2-1 and 4-0 in the Southern Conference which was good for 1st place. Those games and that championship would soon be overshadowed within the next two years as WWII would take over the United States.


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

February 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Funeral Train In Clemson (Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Today I will post a set of four photos of FDR’s funeral train as it made its way through Clemson on Friday, April 13th, 1945.


The Southern Railway, the line that FDR’s train would travel, is a fixture on the Clemson campus. Interestingly, FDR probably traveled from Washington, DC to his hometown of Warner Springs, GA many times. The Southern Line was, at the time, one of the most prestigious and modern rail lines in the nation.

The Southern Railway line through Clemson was, and still is, considered the main line between Washington DC and Atlanta. When I am in Clemson, I notice trains moving up and down the line almost every hour.


The depot is still there and was built in 1916. You'll notice in the photo that the depot was closer to the tracks than it is today. This is because sometime back the City of Clemson moved it away from the tracks.


You can also notice Calhoun Corners in a few of the pictures posted here. Below are some excerpts from FDR’s Funeral Train by Robert Klara.


It took three days to bring Roosevelt’s body from Warm Springs, Georgia (where FDR had been vacationing at his mountaintop cabin) to Hyde Park, New York, where he was buried on the grounds of his boyhood home. This 1,050-mile journey was a literal measure of the man: Not only did tens of thousands of Americans wait by the side of the train tracks to pay their respects to Roosevelt (whose body lay in a flag-draped casket visible through the windows of the funeral train’s rear Pullman), his interment train carried pretty much the entire U.S. government aboard.


Imagine something like this happening today (it never would): One dead president and one live one, both of their families, the Cabinet and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the diplomatic corps, leaders of both houses of Congress and the nine Justices of the Supreme Court—all of them boarding a single conveyance to take a trip together and doing it amid a global armed conflict. It was an altogether foolhardy idea—but it was also the greatest showing of respect for a president that this country has ever managed. Can you imagine what sort of intrigue would take place aboard that train? Can you imagine the job that the Secret Service and the U.S. military would have protecting that train? Well, you don’t have to imagine any of it, because it all actually happened in April of 1945. That’s what my book is about.


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

February 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Becomes A University





(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Clemson College went under a major transformation in the mid 1960’s as the school decided it would become a University. It took a good bit of wrangling at Clemson and with the state government for approval to be given for Clemson to become a University.


Clemson’s official name was "The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina" before 1964. But changing the name was a bit of a challenge since Thomas G. Clemson specified the name of Clemson in his will.


In order for the school's name to be legally called Clemson University, school officials had to ask the living relatives of Thomas Clemson to consent for the name change. Once the approval came from the Clemson family, school officials had to get the South Carolina General Assembly to enact the name change.


So administration of the newly named University were proud of the fact that the name was finally approved. And you can see that pride in many pictures from 1964 as the school promoted the newly anointed “CU”.


As the Tigers come down the hill in this picture from the 1964 season, you can see the “CU” adorning the hill. During this era, you can also see that Clemson wore white at home games, something that is very rare with schools in this day and time.


The Tigers would finish the 1964 season 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the ACC, which was 7th in the conference.


Jimmy Bell, from Hartsville SC, was the Clemson QB in 1964. Ellis Dantzler and Hal Davis were the Tiger halfbacks.


I still look forward to a day when Clemson uses the "throwback" uniforms for a football game like the ones the Tigers wore in the 1960's.


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

February 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Steve Durham Shows Support In 1979 Peach Bowl


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On November 4, 1979, President Jimmy Carter led America through a crisis when 300 radical students, calling themselves Imam's Disciples in reverence to Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran.


66 American hostages (men and women) would become the top story on the evening news for months as America sat on pins and needles wondering what would happen. Some hostages were released, but 52 were paraded with blindfolds before the television cameras of the world.


As you can see in the photo from 1979, the political situation soon bled over into sports. Steve Durham sports a towel that says "Free USA Hostages" as the Clemson players show their support for the 52 American hostages taken captive in Iran. This picture was taken during the 1979 Peach Bowl.


Clemson would lose the game to Baylor, and many will tell you that the 1979 Peach Bowl was the coldest football game they have ever sat through. Part of the reason for that is the fact that the day started out with temperatures in the mid 60’s and most Clemson fans dressed in short sleeves. A cold front pushed through Atlanta and Fulton County Stadium became 30 degrees cooler in a matter of several hours. It also began to rain, and then sleet, during the game. The running joke today is that all of the street vendors went out and bought up every poncho they could find in Atlanta and brought them to Fulton County Stadium and sold them all to Clemson fans! Clemson fans, caught unprepared, suffered through a brutally cold day of football without the proper clothing on this day at the Peach Bowl.


To this day I hear Clemson fans saying that was the coldest they have ever been at a Clemson football game.


The 1979 team would finish 8-4 and 4-2 in the ACC (tie for 2nd). The Tigers had great wins in 1979 over Georgia and Notre Dame (on Senior Day in South Bend). But the Tigers would drop the last two games of the year (13-9 at South Carolina and 24-18 in the Peach Bowl against Baylor).


The 1979 team was made up of some familiar names to Clemson fans, including Obed Ariri, Homer Jordan, Cliff Austin, Jeff Stockstill, Perry Tuttle, Marvin Sims, Terry Kinard, Jeff Davis, Bubba Brown, Jeff Bostic, Jim Stuckey, and Jeff Bryant.


As Clemson dropped the last two games of 1979 and won only 6 games in 1980, the heat would quickly turn up on head coach Danny Ford. Ford would save his job with a big win over South Carolina in 1980, the famous “Orange Britches” game.


And many of these players from the 1979 team would serve as key components of the 1981 National Championship team.



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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1972 Harcombe Common And Captain Harcombe


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Today’s picture is from February 1st, 1972 and is a collage of photos inside the venerable Harcombe Dining Hall.


On the menu this day were a variety of things I doubt you would see today on a campus dining hall menu, including “Saute Liver With Onion Gravy” and “Fried Ocean Perch”.


The top left picture shows a young man at a juke box. I did not know that Harcombe had a juke box, but obviously at one point it did. You can also see in the bottom center picture that Clemson students often worked in Harcombe to make ends meet. Maybe that is where some of the horrid stories of “exotic” food being severed in Harcombe came from?!


A few events that took place around the date of this picture being taken:


Super Bowl VI took place on January 16 of 1972 with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-3. The 1972


The Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo, Japan from February 3rd through February 13th of 1972.


And the Volkswagen Beetle sales exceeded those of the Ford Model-T when the 15,007,034 Beetle was produced.


While most Clemson alumni know about Harcombe Hall, few know who it's named after. Harcombe Common was built in 1954 and was named after Captain J. D. Harcombe. Here is a photo of J.D. Harcombe (standing) talking to Dr. R.F. Poole.


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


James Douglas Harcombe was born May 3, 1882, in New York City. Harcombe came to Clemson in 1920 to replace Shorty Schilletter, who resigned as mess officer of the college in 1919. Harcombe came from the Port of New York Army Hospital where he had served as chief mess officer feeding the wounded soldiers returning from European battlefields.


From October 11-14 1924, the last and largest student walk-out in Clemson history took place and it involved Harcombe. Student gripes about the quality of food in the mess had spiraled out of control when the cadet emissary sent to the commandant, Colonel Otis R. Cole, to ask permission for a student meeting was accused of having "liquor on his breath".


He was hauled immediately before the discipline committee and suspended for a year. Outraged cadets were refused permission to meet regarding the expelled, a popular student who was senior class president and captain of the football team, but they met on Riggs Field anyway and drafted a petition demanding better food, the dismissal of mess officer J.D. Harcombe, and reinstatement of their dismissed classmate.


According to Reel's "The High Seminary", the complaints against Harcombe involved hemp allegedly found in apples and a fly in the syrup. The charge against the mess officer remained unproven.


When Clemson President Samuel Earle refused their demands, promising only to continue investigating the mess allegations, 500 cadets left campus on the evening of October 14th in protest. The walk-out resulted in twenty-three dismissals and 112 suspensions, as well as sixty-five honorable discharges from various classes, and the withdrawal from school of thirty-six students who were unwilling to face the punishments awaiting them when they returned to campus. Although the board of trustees commended Earle for not relinquishing his authority to student demands, the toll on the school was a lingering discontent and unwanted bad publicity.


In 1932, when a chapter of Blue Key was created, Harcombe was one of the initial members.


Captain Harcombe, after serving as mess officer at Clemson for 26 years, died at home on November 11, 1946, following several months of poor health at the age of 64. He was interred on Cemetery Hill in Clemson on November 12, 1946.


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



Credit to Clemsontigers.com and wikipedia.

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard, The Comedian



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We will start the week, and President’s Day, with a humorous photo of Frank Howard with Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Robert (Bob) James at a function in the early 1970’s.


Howard retired from coaching on December 10, 1969, shortly before this picture was taken. Howard had spent 39 years on the Clemson coaching staff, 30 of which as head coach.


Upon Howard’s retirement from coaching, he was named athletic director and he kept this position until February 4, 1971, when he was named assistant to the vice president at the university, the post he held when the mandatory retirement age of 65.


More than likely, this picture was taken at an ACC function to announce Bob James as ACC Commissioner. That announcement took place in late 1970, a time in which Howard was the athletic director at Clemson.


James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.


Howard is obviously wearing a toupee and seems to be “hamming it up” with James. I can’t confirm it, but I think Howard’s clothes may also be a part of the joke as he mixes stripes on his jacket, shirt, and tie that make him hard to look at without going cross-eyed!


Bob James was the 2nd of 4 ACC Commissioners that the conference has had since the creation of the league in 1954. James Weaver served as commissioner from 1954 until 1970 before James took over in 1971. James would serve as ACC Commissioner from 1971 until 1987, which included the addition of Georgia Tech into the league in the late 1970’s.


Gene Corrigan would replace James in 1987 and would serve for 10 years until 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure as commissioner, Florida State was added to the ACC. John Swofford followed Corrigan in 1997 and remains the ACC Commissioner to this day.


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

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Clemson Baseball Weekend Wrapup

By Clemson Sports Information Department
CLEMSON BASEBALL WEEKLY WRAPUP
(Week of February 13-19, 2012)

Clemson University
Overall Season Record: 2-1
ACC Regular-Season Record: 0-0

Last Week: 2-1
Fri. L, Home vs. UAB, 2-1
Sat. W, Home vs. UAB, 6-1 (Game 1)
Sat W, Home vs. UAB, 7-4 (Game 2)

Next Week
Fri. Home vs. Maine, 4:00 PM, WCCP 104.9 FM
Sat. Home vs. Maine, 4:30 PM , WCCP 104.9 FM
Sun. Home vs. Maine, 2:00 PM, WCCP 104.9 FM

Last Week’s Game Notes
Clemson, ranked as high as #16 in the nation, won two of three games over UAB by a combined score of 14-7 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on February 17,18. The Blazers outhit the Tigers .283 to .247, while Clemson totaled five doubles and three home runs. Phil Pohl paced the Tigers by going 4-for-10 with a homer, double, and four RBIs. The Clemson pitching staff had a 2.33 ERA thanks to allowing just seven of 39 baserunners to score. The Tigers also committed just two errors in the series.

In game-one on February 17, Dillon Napoleon pitched 7.0 strong inning and Keith DePew scored both Blazer runs in UAB’s 2-1 win over Clemson. DePew scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on pinch-hitter Tyler Mims’ sacrifice fly. Napoleon and Ryan Nance combined to allow just four hits and one run. Napoleon pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win, while Nance pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings to record the save. Clemson scored just one of its 11 baserunners, which came on Spencer Kieboom’s double in the second inning. Kieboom had two of the Tigers’ four hits. It was Clemson’s first loss in a season-opener since 2004.

In game-two on February 18, which was the first game of a doubleheader, Dominic Leone tossed 6.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball (both singles) to lead Clemson to a 6-1 victory over UAB. Leone also allowed just one walk with four strikeouts to earn the win. Richie Shaffer hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Clemson the lead for good, then Brad Felder hit his first home run as a Tiger, a two-run shot in the third inning. Jason Stolz led Clemson’s 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4, while Felder was 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs.

In game-three on February 18, which was the second game of a doubleheader, Clemson scored five runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and held on for a 7-4 win over UAB. Phil Pohl hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to tie the score, then the Tigers scored five runs on two hits, three walks, and one hit-by-pitch in the eighth inning. Pohl led the Tigers by going 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs. Thomas Brittle added a single, two walks, and three outfield assists. The Blazers outhit Clemson 12-7, but they left nine runners on base. Kevin Pohle pitched 4.0 strong innings in relief to earn the win. He yielded just two hits and no runs with three strikeouts.

Clemson will return to action on Friday when it hosts Maine, Head Coach Jack Leggett’s alma mater, in a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tiger Baseball Notes For Saturdays Doubleheader

By Scott Rhymer

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The Road To Omaha Begins!

Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, continues today as Clemson hosts Alabama Birmingham at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in a double header beginning at 11:00 am with broadcast time starting at 10:30 am.

The radio broadcast for the weekend series will be provided exclusively by the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM. You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/

Fans can also get video of the baseball games on Friday and Saturday via Tiger Cast. Note that Sunday’s game is not offered via Tiger Cast. The Tiger Cast Link for streaming video (with radio broadcast dub over top of video) is located here:
http://www.clemsontigers.com/allaccess/

If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play for all three games with Scott Rhymer offering color analysis. You can reach Roy and Scott during the game at their respective Twitter sites:
@royphilpott and @Tigerpregame

See link below for a preview video provided by Clemsontigers.com.
http://www.clemsontigers.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/021512aac.html

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1974-Jervey Completed But No 3rd Base Stands!


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


To honor the start of baseball season, the past three days have had baseball pictures and stories for the Clemson Historic Picture of the Day.


Today’s picture from 1974 contrasts yesterday’s picture in the sense that Tiger Field is no longer a construction zone for Jervey Athletic Center. However, as you can clearly see, there are no stands or bleachers along the third base line at Tiger Field.


Fans have brought their lawn chairs and have a great view of the action that is taking place on the field.


I love the sign in the upper right of the picture indicating the infamous warning, “No Pepper Games…”. Despite not even having a formal bleacher or stands, the No Pepper sign was proudly displayed by the Clemson Athletic Department!


You can also see three guys sitting along the grassy bank from the newly planted grass after the construction of Jervey.


I am not sure who Clemson is playing in this picture. The “C” on the helmet could mean it is the South Carolina Gamecocks, but I am not confident enough to say for sure.


The 1974 team went 23-15 overall and 10-1 in the ACC for a 1st Place finish. The season ended at the ACC Tournament with the Tigers getting 2 wins before falling in back to back games to NC State.


The 1974 team had three players drafted by the Major Leagues in June. Pitcher Steve Cline was drafted in the 6th round by the San Francisco Giants, Pitcher Richard Hayes was drafted in the 8th round by the Houston Astros, and Catcher Lin Hamilton was drafted in the 10th round by the San Diego Padres.


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

February 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1973-Construction At Tiger Field



(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


To honor the start of baseball season, the next two days will have baseball pictures and stories for the Clemson Historic Picture of the Day. For broadcast information for this weekend’s series, click here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2012/02/broadcast-notes-for-tiger-baseball.html


In this picture from 1973, you can clearly see massive construction taking place at Jervey Athletic Center that is visible while the Tigers played baseball. The construction would last throughout the 1973 season.


I wonder what went through the minds of Bill Wilhelm and the Tiger baseball players this year as their baseball field became a construction zone. It had to be a bit exciting, another bit frustrating to have your playing field a mess throughout an entire season.


Clemson would finish the 1973 season 24-16 overall, 10-2 in the ACC which was good for 1st place.


The 1973 team would produce three players that would be drafted in the Major League Draft that June. Ken Bagwell (2B), Craig White (OF) and Lindsey Graham (P) were all drafted in June of 1973.


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

February 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1979-Dave Buffamoyer



(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


To honor the start of baseball season, the next three days will have baseball pictures and stories for the Clemson Historic Picture of the Day. For broadcast information for this weekend’s series, click here: http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/2012/02/broadcast-notes-for-tiger-baseball.html



In this picture from 1979, you can see catcher Dave Buffamoyer scrambling for a loose ball during a game with the South Carolina Gamecocks.



You can notice in the picture that the stands along the 3rd base line below Jervey Athletic Center are now complete and filled up for this game against the Gamecocks. Construction had just been completed on Jervey in 1973 along with the stands for Tiger Field along the 3rd base line (you will see the difference in the pictures on Saturday and Sunday that I will post).



The date of this game is either April 14th or April 15th in 1979. The Tigers won both games against the Gamecocks during this two game home stand (1-0 and 6-3).



Clemson would finish the 1979 season 40-15 overall, first in the ACC, and 9th in the final baseball polls. The Tigers would be eliminated from the Regional in Coral Gables, Florida with a loss to the Miami Hurricanes.



The 1979 team would produce nine players that would be drafted in the Major League Draft that June. Mike Sullivan (P), Tim Teufel (2B), Brian Snyder (P), Bill Schroeder (C), Tony Masone (OF), Len Bradley (P), David Buffamoyer (C), Todd Freeman (3B), and Pete Khoury (Of) were all drafted in June of 1979.



Mike Sullivan was taken in the first round of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnatti Reds. Tim Teufel was a third round pick of the Chicago White Sox.



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

Broadcast Notes For Tiger Baseball Opening Weekend

By Scott Rhymer
scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com
Tigerpregame via Twitter
The Tiger Pregame Show via Facebook



The Road To Omaha Begins!


Tiger Baseball, and the Road To Omaha, begins today as Clemson hosts Alabama Birmingham at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

The radio broadcast for the weekend series will be provided exclusively by the Flagship Station for Clemson Sports, WCCP 104.9 FM. You can listen via the radio or stream the audio from http://www.wccpfm.com/

Fans can also get video of the baseball games on Friday and Saturday via Tiger Cast. Note that Sunday’s game is not offered via Tiger Cast. The Tiger Cast Link for streaming video (with radio broadcast dub over top of video) is located here:http://www.clemsontigers.com/allaccess/

If you do not have access to a computer or radio, you can download the Tune In App (it is free) for your Droid, Blackberry, or IPhone/IPad and choose WCCP 104.9 FM. This will allow you to stream the audio from the game on your smart phone.

Roy Philpott will give play by play for all three games with Scott Rhymer offering color analysis. You can reach Roy and Scott during the game at their respective Twitter sites:
@royphilpott and @Tigerpregame


Broadcast time for Friday’s game is 3:30 with first pitch at 4:00

Broadcast time for Saturday’s game is 12:30 with first pitch at 1:00

Broadcast time for Sunday’s game is 12:30 with first pitch at 1:00

See link below for a preview video provided by Clemsontigers.com.http://www.clemsontigers.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/021512aac.html

We look forward to seeing you at Doug Kingsmore Stadium this season.

Go Tigers!

February 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Band Day-1961








(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)



Today's photo was taken on Band Day in Death Valley in 1961. You can notice how the seats on the sides of the North Stands are lighter in color. This is in reference to the picture posted yesterday that was before the 1958 expansion of the North Stands.


In this picture, you can clearly see the differing colors of the pre-1958 expansion (from yesterday’s picture) compared to the 1958 expansion.

You can also note the IPTAY in the endzones. IPTAY has been painted in the endzones on a few occasions over the years, primarily to recognize anniversaries of IPTAY.

Band Day was obviously a big deal at Clemson in the 1960’s as noted by the thousands of performers on the field.

In 1965, Clemson’s Band Day culminated when over 1,500 performers from area high schools came to Memorial Stadium to perform at halftime.

In 1961, Tiger Band was excited to receive a permanent home for the Department of Bands, consisting of a practice room, sound-proof private rooms, offices, storage and a library. This was located in the basement of Johnstone Hall, a room that is still there today.

In 1962, the band traveled to Washington DC with director John H. Butler and while there, played and sang the Clemson University Alma Mater for President John F. Kennedy.

In 1964, a 100-piece Tiger Band performed during the halftime show of the Baltimore Colts and Minnesota Vikings football game; which was televised on CBS.


Recently, the Tiger Alumni Band has played at one home game each year, drawing hundreds of former Tiger Band members back to Clemson to play Tiger Rag a few more times!




Credit to http://www.clemson.edu/tigerband/History_1960s.htm

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Clemson Academic Report For Fall Semester 2011

By Clemson Sports Information Department

Men’s Basketball Team Sets Records in the Classroom
Feb. 15, 2012
Clemson, SC—Eight Clemson athletic teams, including the men’s basketball program for the first time on record, scored at least a 3.0 in the first semester according to academic data released by the University’s Office of Institutional Research.

Overall, 51 percent of the student-athletes made the academic honor roll, including 106 who made the Dean’s List and 40 who were on the President’s List. A total of 225 were on the academic honor roll. It was the first time eight different teams had at least a 3.0 since the Spring of 2007.

The GPA for all student-athletes combined was a 2.94, the second best on record and the best fall semester in history. The 2.97 recorded for the Spring of 2009 is the only semester that is higher.

“We are once again very pleased with this report,” said Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips. “Becky Bowman and the staff at Vickery Hall are to be commended because we are seeing consistent excellence in this area and it carries over to the APR and graduation rate reports.

“The performance of our men’s basketball team was particularly noteworthy and I commend Coach Brad Brownell and his student-athletes.

The women’s swimming team posted a 3.55 team GPA to lead all of Clemson’s programs, the third straight semester with at least a 3.5 team GPA for Coach Chris IP’s team. It was also the 25th straight semester with at least a 3.0, an all-time record for any sport at Clemson.

The women’s cross country team was close behind with a 3.46 team GPA for the first semester. Other women’s sports with at least a 3.0 were the rowing program (3.23) and the women’s soccer program (3.07).. It was the 23rd straight semester with at least a 3.0 for the women’s soccer program. The rowing team had the most student-athletes on the academic honor roll with 53.

The women’s track program, ranked second in the nation in the latest poll, had 19 student-athletes on the academic honor roll, including All-Americans Kim Ruck, Alyssa Kulik and April Sinkler.

Leading the men’s sports was the basketball team. The program had a 3.13 team GPA for the first semester as nine of the 12 squad members had at least a 3.0. This broke the previous record for team GPA by a Clemson basketball team. The previous best was a 2.96 GPA in the fall semester of 1983 under Bill Foster. The nine team members on the academic honor roll were also a school record.

All four of the seniors (Bryan Narcisse, Catalin Baciu, Tanner Smith and Andre Young) made the academic honor roll, including Baciu and Smith, who made the Dean’s List. Freshmen T.J. Sapp (Dean’s List), Devin Coleman and Bernard Sullivan, all made the academic honor roll as well.

Clemson’s top 20 men’s golf team also had a strong fall in the classroom with a 3.09 GPA, the best for the program in 11 years and the fourth best on record. Freshmen Hayden Garrett and Stephen Behr had perfect 4.0 semesters, while classmate Billy Kennerly also had at least a 3.0. Crawford Reeves made the academic honor roll for the fifth straight semester as well.
The men’s tennis team and the cross country squads also made at least a 3.0 for the fall. The baseball team had a strong 2.94 team GPA and had 19 student-athletes on the academic honor roll.

Clemson’s football team posted a 2.49 team GPA as 27 student-athletes made the academic honor roll. The list of academic honor roll members included Dalton Freeman and Dawson Zimmerman, who both had perfect 4.0.

Other starters on the academic honor roll were first-team All-ACC quarterback Tajh Boyd, second-team kicker Chandler Catanzaro, linebacker Corico Hawkins, and Coty Sensabaugh.

Academic GPAs by Sport
Baseball 2.94
Basketball, Men 3.13
Basketball, Women 2.72
Cross Country, Men 3.11
Cross Country, Women 3.46
Football 2.49
Golf 3.09
Rowing 3.23
Soccer, Men 2.92
Soccer, Women 3.07
Swimming, Men 2.92
Swimming, Women 3.55
Tennis, Men 3.01
Tennis, Women 2.74
Track, Men 2.54
Track, Women 2.64
Volleyball 2.99

Fall 2011 Honor Roll by Sport
**Bold indicates Dean’s List; Bold/Italic indicates President’s List**
Baseball:
Patrick Andrews, Kyle Bailey, Clay Bates, Jay Baum, Kevin Brady, Thomas Brittle, Matt Campbell, Kevin Caughman, Scott Firth, Brock Goodling, Mike Kent, Spencer Kieboom, Jonathan McGibbon, Jonathan Meyer, Joseph Moorefield, Phil Pohl, Kevin Pohle, Richie Shaffer, Stephen Wilkerson

Football:
William Bello, Tajh Boyd, Beau Brown, Jaron Brown, Chandler Catanzaro, Greg Colquitt, Steven Demaras, Wes Forbush, Brandon Ford, Dalton Freeman, Will Harrison, Corico Hawkins, Corbin Jenkins, Mansa Joseph, Donny McElveen, Justin Parker, Julian Patton, Morgan Roberts, Coty Sensabaugh, Spencer Shuey, Tra Thomas, Gifford Timothy, Sam Van Gieson, Joshua Watson, Charles Wilson, Dawson Zimmerman

Golf:
Stephen Behr, Thomas Bradshaw, Brewer Bradshaw, David Dannelly, Hayden Garrett, William Kennerly, Crawford Reeves

Men’s Basketball:
Catalin Baciu, Devin Booker, Devin Coleman, Carson Fields, Bryan Narcisse, TJ Sapp, Tanner Smith, Bernard Sullivan, Andre Young

Men’s Soccer:
Ara Amirkhanian, Brynjar Benediktsson, Brandon Burkholder, Alex Burnikel, Nick Burton, Josh Doran, Bo Godwin, Tyler Happ, Cody Mizell, Ben Myers, Austin Savage, Alex Stockinger, Lassiter Tollison

Men’s Swimming and Diving:
Derek Barre, Seth Broster, Alexander Brown, Shayne Buckley, Eric Carr, Patrick Chamberlain, Scott Clary, Chris Dart, Marcus Elliott, David Groseclose, Chase Henderson, Chris Reinke

Men’s Track and Field:
James Dwyer, Warren Fraser, Martin Maloney, Ty McCormack, Samuel McGill, Justin Murdock, Thor Serafenas, Scott Stanley, Niccolas Tones, Timothy Tyler, Torian Ware

Men’s Tennis:
Hunter Harrington, Cal Hilsman, Dominique Maden, Yannick Maden, Wesley Moran

Rowing:
Kristen Agee, Ariane Alexandrescu, Stephanie Allen, Laura Basadonna, Kathleen Biladeau, Taylor Blanton, Kristina Brown, Becca Brown, Katie Bruggeling, Stephanie Cameron, Charlotte Case, Rebekah Clogston, Heather Cummings, Alana DeKlerk, McKenzie DuBrul, Samantha Duggan, Laura D’Urso, Sarah Fox, Virginia Fritsche, Maria Gutierrez, Laura Haselden, Kyndal Heller, Marissa Henry, Taylor Hoynacki, Lindsey Hughes, Kelsey Igo, Jackie Kovach, Kaitlyn Kowalski, Eden Kuhn, Giulia Longatti, Kristin Manna, Emily Massey, Elizabeth McVey, Christina Morcom, Katie Mosier, Julia Ost, Kerianne Pacheco, Anne Pribonic, Kendra Prosser, Bre Przestrzelski, Carissa Richardson, Marie Rosasco, Kelsie Saurber, Kathleen Scibelli, Rachel Sealby, April Serieno, Maryann Sims, Lucy Steer, Victoria Sullivan, Caroline Thomas, Jenny Tumas, Leslie Wall, Kathryn Wiley

Volleyball:
Sandra Adeleye, Sarah Campbell, Brittany Fennell, Jennifer Lane, Natalie Patzin, Alexa Rand, Mo Simmons

Women’s Basketball:
Kelly Gramlich, Genevieve Hammett, Lindsey Mason

Women’s Soccer:
Ashlynne Bass, Brittany Beaumont, Liska Dobberstein, Madison Elder, Jona Hauksdottir, Haley Hunt, Rachel Hurd, Sarah Jacobs, Hailey Karg, Heather Marik, Margaret Murphy, Katelyn Reeve, Deana Sherry

Women’s Swimming and Diving:
Meg Anderson, Sarah Bechard, Heather Britt, Alisha Cervone, Victoria Cervone, Hannah Cleveland, Jessica Doolittle, Jenny Erickson, Kelly Fowler, Brooke George, Emily Howard, Kelsey Krauss, Kelly McGee, Kerry McLaughlin, Deanna Piper, Alexandra Polhill, Raquel Raybon, Kristen Redmond, Cassie Self, Sarah Smith, Garrison Stevens, Maddie Tarantolo, Chelsea Uranaka, Elizabeth Whalen, Emily Yoder

Women’s Track and Field:
Natalie Anthony, Caroline Bond, Elysa Borisko, Karine Farias, Meghan Flanagan, Christy Gasparino, Lisa Girard, Alyssa Henshaw, Katherine Inclan, Alyssa Kulik, Abby Lewis, Laura Loveless, Janie Marion, Alexa Neiling, Lauren Reen, Kim Ruck, April Sinkler, Brannon Sulka, Sarah Turman

Women’s Tennis:
Beatrice Gumulya, Yana Koroleva, Klara Vyskocilova

February 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson From 1940’s



(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is an aerial photo of Clemson University taken sometime between 1942 -1950.
We can use a few clues to narrow the date down to that time frame above.


Bracket Hall has not been built yet in this picture as you can see from the open field to the left (in the picture) of Tillman Hall. Bracket Hall was completed in 1951, so we can determine the picture was taken before that date. This is also confirmed by the fact that Olin Hall (1953) is not in the picture either.

You can see Mell Hall in the top right corner of the picture, which dates the picture from at least 1940. The most obvious clue is Memorial Stadium, which is clearly visible in the picture. Memorial Stadium was built in 1942, so that narrows the window of possibility between 1942 and 1950. It appears to me that the grass inside Memorial Stadium is still very thin and not fully grown in. If that is the case, it could date the picture to sometime closer to 1942 as opposed to 1950.

If the picture was taken during war time, it might explain the relative lack of activity on campus. I don’t notice any regiments marching anywhere in the picture. Of course, at the time, Clemson was a Military College and it would be almost unheard of to not see cadets marching in the middle of the day somewhere on campus.

Clemson sent many officers and regular enlisted men to fight in WWII, leaving a gaping hole in enrollment at Clemson during war time. I am going to take a guess that the lack of cadets visible in the picture may mean the picture was taken during war time (sometime between 1942 and 1944).

Also looking at Memorial Stadium, you can notice the North and South lower decks do not extend quite as far as they do now horizontally. Added sections of those stands was done in 1958 and 1960. If you go into Memorial Stadium today without fans in the seats, you can actually see a slight difference in the color of the stands that contrasts the original 1942 stands compared to the 1958 and 1960 additions.

Also notice the house that is located in the middle bottom of the picture. Today, the area surrounding that house is called Trustee Park. I wonder if this house in the picture is what is now called the Trustee House that still sits on the property? I cannot tell if the house in the picture is the same as what is now still standing in that area, but I would certainly be interested in the answer.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Littlejohn Coliseum In The 1970’s

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Today's photo is from the 1970's and the inside of Littlejohn Coliseum during a basketball game.

The first thing that stands out to me in the picture is the floor. If you notice, the floor that we are still using in this picture has the CU design instead of the Tiger Paw. The color of the court is also an interesting shade of yellow or really burnt out orange. I remember this style of court when I was attending my first Clemson basketball game as a young boy.

Although the court is still using the CU logo, if you look closely, you can see a black Tiger paw over the tunnel in the left side of the picture. The Tiger Paw was introduced at Clemson in 1970, so my first guess is that this game is shortly after that...maybe 1970, 1971, or 1972.

The opponent appears to be North Carolina, but even on a zoom I could not notice any names on jerseys to confirm it was North Carolina or to help narrow down the year. The color of the jerseys is most certainly Tar Heel blue and you can see blue splattered throughout the stands, so I think it is safe to say the Tar Heels were in town.

Notice how the end zones did not include students, instead it looks like media was placed there. You can see that there is no media table on the far side of the court as it is today. I think it is neat to see the stands coming directly up against the courtside.

One other unique thing about this picture is the cheerleaders and their large "pom poms". They are sitting courtside, much like the UNC cheerleaders still do today.

You can also notice the basketball goals do not descend from the ceiling as they do now. The basketball goals are the portable ones that many schools still use today. I am not sure when Clemson went from these types of goals to the ones that descend, but it could not have been too long after this picture was taken as I have seen pictures from the late 1970’s with the descending goals.

Littlejohn Coliseum, inside and outside, is quite a bit different than it was when it was constructed in the late 1960’s.


PS: Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours. Go Tigers!

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tiger Baseball Television and Web Cast Schedule Released

By Clemson Sports Information Department




Clemson Announces 2012 Baseball Television & Webcast Schedule

Tigers will have 36 regular-season games on live video in 2012.

Clemson, SC -Clemson announced Monday that seven regular-season baseball games will be televised and 29 more will be available via live webcast through TigerCast or ESPN3 in 2012. Therefore, a total of 36 Clemson regular-season baseball games will be on some form of live video in 2012.

Four games will be televised by CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast), the road game at Georgia on March 27, the home game against Georgia on April 11, and the road games at Georgia Tech on April 27 and April 28. The Georgia game on April 11 was moved from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM and the Georgia Tech game on April 28 was moved from 6:00 PM to 4:00 PM to accomodate television.

Two home games will be televised on ESPNU, the Miami (FL) game on March 31 at 4:00 PM (changed from 6:30 PM) and the Florida State game on May 14.

One more game will be televised by RSN (Regional Sports Network), the home game against N.C. State on April 14 at 12:00 PM. The game was moved from its original start time of 6:30 PM. The Clemson Football Spring Game will take place at Memorial Stadium at 4:00 PM that day.

Clemson is slated to play 35 regular-season home games in 2012.

Other than the four televised home games mentioned above, 29 of the other 31 home games will be webcast on either TigerCast or ESPN3. The South Carolina game on March 4, the Miami (FL) games on March 30 and April 1, and the Florida State games on May 12 and May 13 will be on ESPN3, while, excluding the UAB game on February 19 and the Maine game on February 25, the other home games will be available on TigerCast.

All game assignments for television/webcasts are subject to change. Visit Clemson’s official athletic website (ClemsonTigers.com) for the most up-to-date information on the Tigers’ live baseball webcasts.

February 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial View Of Clemson Late ‘60s or Early ‘70s
(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


Today’s picture is from high above Clemson facing Northwest towards Lake Hartwell. I do not know the exact date of this picture, so maybe some of you can assist in narrowing it down.


You can see in the picture that Littlejohn Coliseum has been built or is in the process of being built. Because there is little to no landscaping around Littlejohn, I am going to take a guess that this picture was taken sometime after 1967 (Littlejohn was finished in 1968).


You can also see that both of the upper decks are missing from Memorial Stadium. The South Upper Deck was finished in 1978, so that helps narrow the window of possibility between 1968 and 1978.


Although it is difficult to tell, it does not look like Tiger Field (Doug Kingsmore Stadium) has been built in this picture. Since Tiger Field was built in 1970, that helps us narrow down the picture to the years 1967-1970.


The three high rise dorms are visible in the right side of the picture. Byrnes Hall (finished in 1970), Lever Hall (finished in 1968) and Manning Hall (finished in 1967) are all standing. That confirms that it was sometime after 1967 that this picture was taken.


If you look at the top right hand corner of the picture at the Highway 76 bridge (and train trestle), it appears that the ground is being cleared for what will be the Holiday Inn lakeside. James R. Ensley ran the Holiday Inn from 1973 until 2003 and the building itself would go out of commission in 2006.


The Holiday Inn was completed in September 1969, so that may help narrow down the time of this picture to 1967 or 1968.
Therefore, the 1967-1970 window is the closest I can narrow it down based on the clues in the picture.


If you can determine other landmarks that help close in on the date of the picture, it would be greatly appreciated.


One final thought on this picture. Assuming the time frame above, this picture shows how quickly the small Clemson campus is beginning to sprawl out. I have often wondered if Clemson will extend the campus across Lake Hartwell.


Even though the Army Corps and the Forestry Commission control most of the land across the lake, it still seems natural that Clemson University will continue to expand its footprint. I guess time will tell that tale.


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

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1978 Clemson vs. USC


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


In this picture, Clemson QB Steve Fuller is pulled down by a pair of South Carolina Gamecocks during the 41-23 Clemson win in Death Valley.


Clemson went 11-1, 6-0 in the ACC and won the ACC Championship with a Gator Bowl win over Ohio State. The 1978 team was one of the best in Clemson football history and had a bevy of great players on the roster. Steve Fuller, Obed Ariri, Cliff Austin, Billy Lott, Jerry Butler, Perry Tuttle, Dwight Clark, Marvin Sims, Lester Brown, Jeff Davis, Joe Bostic, Jim Stuckey, and Jeff Bryant were all on the 1978 team.


I have always thought that this uniform was the best looking for the South Carolina Gamecocks in their program’s history. I love the white helmets with the Block C and the Gamecock. As you can notice, our uniforms in 2011 were patterned after the 1978 Clemson uniforms with the white pants and two orange stripes down the side.


Also notice the orange “tarp” that served as a fence along the hill area. I can’t remember the exact year that the fence was built (sometime in the late 1980’s), but that old tarp fence was a staple along the hill for many years. Although you can’t see it in this picture, CLEMSON was spelled out in white along the tarp, more so in the middle of the field under the goal posts.



In this scoreboard picture from the game in 1978, you can see an old relic no longer with us on the scoreboard. The Tiger and his tail was a fixture on the scoreboard well into the 1980’s. When Clemson would score, the Tiger’s eyes would light up and the tail would wag.


Events that took place during the football season in 1978:


The Camp David Accords were signed in September between Israel and Egypt.


In early October, Vietnam invades Cambodia.


The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 5–4 at Fenway Park to clinch the AL East after being 14 games out of first place only two months earlier. The Yankees would eventually go on to defeat the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers and win the 1978 World Series.


In November, the Jonestown incident too place: In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is assassinated by members of Peoples Temple shortly beforehand.


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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

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!

You can also notice in this picture that, even in the late 1980's, Death Valley was not always packed. The hill in this picture, just minutes before kickoff, is quite sparse. You can also notice that fans during this era did not wear orange as much as in today's Death Valley. Credit goes to Terry Don Phillips for his Solid Orange Campaign.


Also notice the bleachers at the top of the hill...something that was done during the 1980's for big Clemson home games. Although the Wake Forest game would not qualify as a big game that year, the bleachers were probably left up from the NC State game the week before. State, at the time, was the biggest ACC rival on the Tiger's schedule.

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.

Other events that happened during the 1989 football season include:



  • On October 13th, The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 190.58 points, or 6.91 percent, to close at 2,569.26, most likely after the junk bond market collapses.


  • On October 17th, The Loma Prieta earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, struck the San Francisco region of Northern California, killing 67 people and delaying the 1989 World Series for ten days


  • The Wonders of Life pavilion opens at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida.

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

Friday, February 10, 2012

February 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Death Valley Circa 1976




Today’s photo is taken in the Southeast corner of Memorial Stadium prior to a game in 1976. As you can see from the balloons, the theme of the 1976 football season was “Paws and Stripes In ‘76”.

Notice in the picture the North Stands, and specifically the lack of the North Upper Deck. At the top of the North Stands, a chain link fence was there to protect fans from falling over. You can also notice the chain link fence that lined the east endzone behind the hill, offering a “free” view for those that did not have a ticket.

The North Upper Deck was still 7 years from being constructed when this picture was taken, and as you can see, many banners lined the top of the North Stands in the background.

Clemson would only win three games in 1976, but one of the three was against South Carolina on November 20th, 1976. The Tigers won the game 28-9.

Some notable Tigers on the 1976 team were Steve Fuller, Mike O’Cain, Jerry Butler, and Dwight Clark. This was the final year for Head Coach Red Parker. Those players were young in 1976, but would play a critical role in the great teams of 1977 and 1978.

Some notable moments that took place during the football season in 1976 were:



  • The Irish rock band U2 is formed after drummer Larry Mullen Jr. posts a note seeking members for a band on the notice board of his Dublin school.

  • Ford Auto officially launches the production of the Fiesta car.

  • The Cincinnati Reds swept the New York Yankees to win the 1976 World Series.

  • Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford to become President of the United States.

Notes: Tiger Baseball One Week Away!

By Scott Rhymer


It is hard to believe…but this time next week we will have Tiger Baseball to look forward to!


First weekend series vs. Alabama-Birmingham will be on WCCP only. 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com is where you can find the broadcasts.


Friday first pitch is 4:00, Saturday is 1:00 and Sunday is 1:00. Roy Philpott will handle play by play duties and I will do color for all three games.


If you have not done so, you can download the Tune In App for free and stream WCCP (and the games) from your Smart Phones or Ipad. I used it during football season and it worked great.


Very early (too early) weather forecast for next weekend:


Friday: Sunny with a high of 64 and low of 45.


Saturday: Chance of showers, high of 59 and low of 40.Sunday:


Sunny with a high of 60 and a low of 42.


If you have not seen it yet, Clemsontigers.com has posted the Roster and Media Guide for this season.


Roster:
http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/clem/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2011-12/roster/roster_num.pdf


Media Guide:


http://www.clemsontigers.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/020912aaa.html


The Road To Omaha Begins One Week From Today!