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Friday, August 31, 2012

Broadcast Info For Saturday In Atlanta

By Scott Rhymer
Just The Facts:  Broadcast Info For Saturday In Atlanta


The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road for the season opener, broadcasting Saturday afternoon live from Ormsby's in Atlanta, Georgia from 1:00-4:00.

Hosts:
Scott Rhymer and Willy Korn. 

Special Correspondents:
Roy Philpott and Will Vandervort

Broadcast Time and Stations:
1:00-4:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM
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Interviews:
Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, Dalton Freeman, Malachi Goodman, Xavier Brewer

Broadcast Location:
Ormsby's In Atlanta
1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
One Mile From Bobby Dodd Stadium
Two Miles From Georgia Dome

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August 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Joe Blalock

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Today’s photo is of Joe Blalock, who lettered for Clemson at left end from 1939-1941.

Blalock was Clemson's first two-time All-American and was the leading Tiger receiver for three consecutive years. Blalock also averaged 20.34 yards per catch in his career.

Blalock was the 5th round draft choice of the Detroit Lions after the 1941 season.

Blalock is a Charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1973. In 1999, Blalock was ranked as Clemson's #16 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Obed Ariri


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Today’s photo is of Obed Ariri, who lettered at kicker from 1977-1980.

Obed Ariri was enrolled at Clemson in 1977 when Charlie Pell was in dire need for a kicker. Dr. Ibrahim offered Obed only if he would still continue to play soccer. Pell agreed, and Obed went on to nail every attempt thus securing his place as the kicker for the Tigers. Obed's scholarship was shifted to Football and Pell insisted that Obed forget about soccer.

One of Obed's longest successful career kicks for Clemson came in the clutch fourth quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on October 11, 1980 when his 52-yard boot gave the Tigers a 27-24 win. He narrowly missed a 61-yard attempt in a later game that season.

Obed was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts but was cut from the team days before the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Obed in 1984 only to release him during the 1985 training camp.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Update: Tiger Pregame Show Gathering Location

By Scott Rhymer
Looking For Game Day Spot To Gather With Clemson Fans?

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 discuss the season opener between the Tigers of Clemson and the Tigers of Auburn.

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road for the season opener, broadcasting Saturday afternoon live from Ormsby's in Atlanta, Georgia from 1:00-4:00.

Former Tiger Willy Korn will make his Tiger Pregame Show hosting debut. He will join me and Roy Philpott to break down the Clemson and Auburn game, our 117th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play.

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 the players and coaches are thinking about the upcoming game.

Going to Atlanta?
For those that are going to Atlanta, here are some pointers for your game day on Saturday. First, come by and see us at Ormsby’s Tavern for lunch with other Clemson fans to get ready for the game and to participate in the broadcast of the Tiger Pregame Show starting at 1:00. You can also watch all of the games in progress on TV's throughout the bar.

Ormsby’s is a classic neighborhood tavern found in Atlanta's west-side and has a variety of craft brewed drinks, bocce ball, pool, backgammon, shuffle board, and darts. It will also be a great place to stay out of the heat and gather with Clemson fans...and hear Clemson talk live!


Ormsby’s is located at 1170 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, which is less than one mile from the Georgia Tech campus right off of I-85/75 and 14th Street. Ormsby’s is also located just 2 miles from the Georgia Dome, allowing easy access into the game day area after the Tiger Pregame Show ends.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM during your trip down I-85 into Atlanta. The radio signal should reach to somewhere around Commerce, GA. 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 phones.

The Chic-Fil-A Classic has a variety of activities on Saturday. FanZone, presented by Coke Zero, begins at 12:30 and runs until 6:00 at the Georgia World Congress Center Halls C1-C2. Tailgate Town runs from 1:00-6:00 at the International Plaza. The Tiger Tailgates will take place from 3:00-6:00 at the Georgia World Congress Center building C. The team walks also will take place in the Georgia World Congress Center, starting at 4:30.

Stay tuned in all day via your App or radio as WCCP 104.9 FM is the Flagship Station for Clemson sports and has all of the Clemson coverage. The Oconee Medical Center Tiger Tailgate Show with David Stein and Roy Philpott will air immediately following the Tiger Pregame Show at 4:00. Pre-game with Pete Yanity and Will Merritt will begin at 6:00 from inside the Georgia Dome. The game broadcast itself will be followed by the 5th Quarter Show, hosted by Roy Philpott, which begins approximatly 45 minutes after the end of the game.

As in the past, we want you to stay connected to the Tiger Pregame Show via our social networks. If you post on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook or Twitter pages during our broadcast, we will do our best to give you a “shout out” on the air.

Finally, I would like to say that this is a great opportunity for our football team, coaches, and fans on Saturday. Kicking off the season on National Television against a team that is just two years removed from winning a National Championship is the type of game I think all of us Clemson fans like to see.

That being said, winning on this stage is a lot more fun than losing. I don’t know for sure whether we will win Saturday night. But the opportunity that is provided Saturday night in Atlanta is special and I am looking forward to it.

Go Tigers!

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

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August 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Charlie Waters

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Charlie Waters lettered at Clemson from 1967-1968 and arrived in Tigertown as a quarterback, but was switched to receiver for the final 15 games of his Clemson career. Later, playing with the Dallas Cowboys, he intercepted 40 passes.

Waters played quarterback at North Augusta High School and made the 1965 Shrine Bowl team. Waters signed a scholarship at Clemson and by the spring of 1968 as a junior, he was competing with Billy Ammons for the starting QB job. When Ammons hurt his knee in spring practice, Waters won the position.

Clemson started the season 0-3-1 and when Ammons’ knee healed, he took over the starting job and Waters shifted to WR for the remaining 15 games of his Clemson career.

A three-year letterman from 1967–69, Waters was an All-ACC selection in 1969 at WR as a senior. During his Clemson career, he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards and 17.1 yards per catch, to go along with four TD receptions. He still ranks eighth all-time for yards per reception and eighteenth all-time in receiving yards. Waters was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1981. He also was inducted into the North Augusta and South Carolina halls of fame. Waters was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1970 NFL Draft. Although he nearly was released during training camp, Waters was converted to defensive back and started his rookie year as a backup to Cliff Harris. Waters ended up starting 6 games after Harris had to serve military duty. Waters had 5 interceptions that season, as the Cowboys would go on to lose Super Bowl V. His performance was good enough to make the NFL all-rookie team as a free safety in 1970.

The next year he was moved to cornerback, where he struggled for four years in a backup role. Waters was moved to Strong Safety in 1975 to replace Cowboys great Cornell Green. . He responded with 3 interceptions for 55 yards and a TD. That season, the Cowboys would end up reaching Super Bowl X before losing to Pittsburgh.

Waters made his first All-Pro team in 1976 with 3 interceptions. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 1977 and would make his final Pro Bowl appearance in 1978.

Waters injured his knee before the start of the 1979 season and would sit out the entire year. He returned in 1980 and had 5 interceptions. After getting 3 interceptions in 1981, he retired with 50 interceptions, the second-most in franchise history.

After retirement, Waters entered coaching as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 1993 and 1994 and then for the University of Oregon.

In 2006, the Dallas Cowboys hired Waters as the new color commentator for the Cowboys Radio Network, working alongside Brad Sham. Outside of football, Waters works with longtime teammate Cliff Harris at a gas marketing company. In February 2007, Waters announced that he would be leaving the radio booth after only one season, citing a busy work schedule that did not allow him enough time to prepare for the game broadcasts.



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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Chad Jasmin


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Today’s photo is of Chad Jasmin, who lettered at fullback from 2000-2003.

Chad Jasmin had a unique career at Clemson,  appearing in four bowl games for the Tigers. Jasmine had some of his best moments as a Tiger in bowl games.

He had a career-high 83 rushing yards on 16 carries in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl, then had two catches for 22 yards and rushed for a score in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.

In the final games of the 2003 season, Jasmin was once again a key part of Clemson’s offense. Jasmin scored what seemed like 15 touchdowns against South Carolina in a 63-17 win in Columbia.

In the Chic-Fil-A Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jasmine scored on a 15 yard touchdown run giving Clemson a 17–7 lead.

Jasmin was also the first Clemson running back since Terrence Flagler (at Wake Forest in 1986) to catch a pair of touchdown passes in the same game at North Carolina in 2002.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Broadcast Notes And Game Day Information For Atlanta, Georgia

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 discuss the season opener between the Tigers of Clemson and the Tigers of Auburn.

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road for the season opener, broadcasting Saturday afternoon live from Ormsby's in Atlanta, Georgia from 1:00-4:00.

Former Tiger Willy Korn will make his Tiger Pregame Show hosting debut. He will join me and Roy Philpott to break down the Clemson and Auburn game, our 117th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play.

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 the players and coaches are thinking about the upcoming game.

Going to Atlanta?
For those that are going to Atlanta, here are some pointers for your game day on Saturday. First, come by and see us at Ormsby’s Tavern for lunch with other Clemson fans to get ready for the game and to participate in the broadcast of the Tiger Pregame Show starting at 1:00.

Ormsby’s is a classic neighborhood tavern found in Atlanta's west-side and has a variety of craft brewed drinks, bocce ball, pool, backgammon, shuffle board, and darts. It will also be a great place to stay out of the weather while you tailgate, and the weather could very well be a big factor on Saturday.

Ormsby’s is located at 1170 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, which is less than one mile from the Georgia Tech campus right off of I-85/75 and 14th Street. Ormsby’s is also located just 2 miles from the Georgia Dome, allowing easy access into the game day area after the Tiger Pregame Show ends.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM during your trip down I-85 into Atlanta. The radio signal should reach to somewhere around Commerce, GA. 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 phones.

The Chic-Fil-A Classic has a variety of activities on Saturday. FanZone, presented by Coke Zero, begins at 12:30 and runs until 6:00 at the Georgia World Congress Center Halls C1-C2. Tailgate Town runs from 1:00-6:00 at the International Plaza. The Tiger Tailgates will take place from 3:00-6:00 at the Georgia World Congress Center building C. The team walks also will take place in the Georgia World Congress Center, starting at 4:30.

Stay tuned in all day via your App or radio as WCCP 104.9 FM is the Flagship Station for Clemson sports and has all of the Clemson coverage. The Oconee Medical Center Tiger Tailgate Show with David Stein and Roy Philpott will air immediately following the Tiger Pregame Show at 4:00. Pre-game with Pete Yanity and Will Merritt will begin at 6:00 from inside the Georgia Dome. The game broadcast itself will be followed by the 5th Quarter Show, hosted by Roy Philpott, which begins approximatly 45 minutes after the end of the game.

As in the past, we want you to stay connected to the Tiger Pregame Show via our social networks. If you post on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook or Twitter pages during our broadcast, we will do our best to give you a “shout out” on the air.

Finally, I would like to say that this is a great opportunity for our football team, coaches, and fans on Saturday. Kicking off the season on National Television against a team that is just two years removed from winning a National Championship is the type of game I think all of us Clemson fans like to see.

That being said, winning on this stage is a lot more fun than losing. I don’t know for sure whether we will win Saturday night. But the opportunity that is provided Saturday night in Atlanta is special and I am looking forward to it.

Go Tigers!

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

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August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

David Treadwell


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Today’s photo is of David Treadwell, kicker for Clemson from 1985-1987. In the above photo, Treadwell approaches the game winning kick against Georgia in 1986.

David Treadwell lettered for Clemson from 1985-1987 as a field goal kicker. Treadwell holds a special place in the hearts of all Clemson football fans for his last second field goals that beat Georgia in consecutive seasons, 1986 and 1987. Both field goals came in the last 10 seconds of the game to beat the Bulldogs: 31-28 in 1986 and 21-20 in 1987.

Six times in Treadwell's career he made field goals inside the last three minutes of games that won or tied games for the Tigers.

Click here to hear Jim Phillips call of Treadwell’s kick vs. UGA in 1986.

Treadwell's kicks were significant reasons Clemson won the ACC Championships of 1986 and 1987. He was also the starting kicker in 1985 and in his first game as a starter, booted a field goal as time ran out to beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Treadwell came to Clemson as a walk-on.

He spent the 1984 season learning from All-American Donald Igwebuike. Today, Igwebuike ranks first and Treadwell second in Clemson history in career field goal percentage. Igwebuike made 74 percent of his field goals, and Treadwell connected on 71 percent. During the 1989 NFL season they were both ranked among the most accurate field goal kickers in the NFL.

Treadwell once made 63 consecutive extra points, third longest streak in Clemson history. That senior season was certainly memorable and gratifying for Treadwell because he was named a first-team consensus All-American, the only consensus All-America kicker in Clemson history. He was also a first-team Academic All-ACC selection that year.

Following his Clemson career, he played in the NFL for six seasons. He had his best year in his first season when he was chosen to the Pro Bowl and made the NFL All-Rookie team as a member of the Denver Broncos. He played in Denver between 1989-92 and retired after two seasons with the New York Giants (1993-94). Five years into his career he was the third most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. Treadwell was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Recently, David Treadwell has joined Effective Presentations as a partner and keynote speaker. In addition, David Treadwell is currently serving as President of the Denver Broncos Alumni Association. 

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Strike Up The "Orange Bowl March”!

By Scott Rhymer


It’s finally time.

Game week is here.  Thank goodness for that.

And game week provides a true Tuesday press conference. Coach Dabo Swinney will sit down in front of a splendid backdrop picture of Death Valley with cameras and microphones peering at him. He answers questions, many of them dripping with clich├ęs that in some cases have been asked of him 1,000 times prior. Dabo, the coach of the defending ACC Champion, will start a year on top.  Something no coach at Clemson had done prior to him in almost 20 years.

It’s finally time.

Speaking of the media, game week provides a first chance for something to actually happen on the field instead of in the keyboards of those (including myself) that cover Clemson.  I’m tired of hearing those that make a living pontificating with computers and I am ready to see helmets collide and collisions made.  The game of football was designed to be played on a field by men, not on the Internet by a bunch of wannabes. 

It’s finally time.

New faces and coaches will litter the storylines in the next 5 days.  Much talk has centered around Brent Venables and the impact he will have on Clemson’s defense.  And, up until now, it has been all talk.  Venables, on paper, was a great hire and I am fired up to see what he will bring to Clemson’s defensive mentality.  For a guy that wants to one day be a head coach at a major football program, much of the on field performance by this defense will determine the career path of a guy that looks the part of a head coach.

It’s finally time.

No longer do we have to languish over debates about what funky uniform or helmet Clemson will unveil this year. No sir. That is a debate for those long spring months after National Signing Day. What we have now is a debate about which uniform Clemson will actually wear on the field this Saturday. I know what you purists are saying. Uniform debates are as dumb now as the conversation about uniform combinations was in the Spring. I agree with you. A uniform debate, no offense to the uniform freaks, is weird to hear guys talk about. I am convinced that the same people that start uniform threads on message boards are the same people that invented the woo-hoo.  All that nonsense ends when the ball kicks off on a new football season.

It’s finally time.

Everybody better do a quick inventory of tailgating supplies before Saturday. You never know what piece of equipment is no longer usable since last year. (Hint…this is an excuse to go out and buy something new). I know of a guy that parks in one of those fancy parking lots where you have your own spot, indoor eating areas, and indoor restrooms. This guy, and I kid you not, goes to his tailgate spot the Saturday before the first home game with some buddies and has a dress rehearsal to work out all the kinks. They even bring old Clemson games burned on DVD to watch while they “practice” tailgating. This is obviously much more thorough than doing a simple inventory. Then again, guys getting together to park a car a week before the actual football game is a bit over the top, I suppose.  An added variable this year is the fact that tailgating has to be done in the South’s largest city, a concrete jungle that is about as much like Clemson as a owl is to a grizzly bear.  Best of luck to those of you that pride yourself on immaculate planning and organizing in your tailgates.  A first game plus a road games adds a level of difficulty to your task.

It’s finally time.

This may sound kooky. But there really is something appealing about walking through a game day parking lot with all of the sights, smells, and sounds. I love seeing the first Clemson flags flying on a car zooming down the interstate. I love seeing the early tailgate folks who are up and running as soon as the sun comes up.  I love wrapping up the Tiger Pregame Show and walking to my parking spot, smelling the burgers being grilled as I go. I love hearing those car horns fans have installed on their vehicles that blare the first few bars of Tiger Rag. And I love the C-L-E-M in cadence count cheer.

It’s finally time.

It is hard to surpass the feeling of putting on that new shirt and hat for the start of a football season. It’s about the only time in my life where I understand how my wife feels when she goes shopping. Normally, I’m in the store and out with little to no regard for what I bought. But my game day attire is another thing altogether. I labor over the purchases. Then I take it home and iron it real good. I put the attire on after the car is loaded on game day so not to build up any additional sweat. I feel good in my new gear. The only worry I have is what kind of mojo the new gear will give off. I’m a bit superstitious, and breaking in a new shirt is a really risky move for folks like me.   Last year’s shirt did its job, bringing us an ACC Championship.  But the losses to South Carolina and West Virginia ensured that last year’s shirt won’t get a 2nd try this year.   New shirt is ready to go.  It’s ready to bring home another ACC Championship in addition to a State Championship.

It’s finally time.

There is not a single game that I don’t think we can’t win. There is not a single team on our schedule that is better than us player for player. There is not a single fan base that is more ready for something special to happen.  There is not a single reason to believe that our issues (and we do have them) are greater than any other team in the ACC. 

We spent 20 years hoping for another ACC Championship.  It’s time now to start expecting it.

It’s finally time to stop talking about it and start proving it on the field.

The best part of the day, for me, will be hearing the “Orange Bowl March” crank up as Tiger Band gets into formation to have the Tigers run out of the tunnel at the Georgia Dome.

All of the off-season angst will fizzle away when the cannon sounds and Tiger Rag blares away. So I say, Tiger Band, strike up that “Orange Bowl March”!

I don’t really know how many words have been devoted to preparing for this football season. I would suspect the words are in the millions, and I myself have been guilty of adding to the mass. There comes a time, however, to shut up and play football.

It’s finally time. Thank goodness for that.

Spot the ball.

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

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Article was adapted from previous article by Scott Rhymer in August of 2006 on Tigernet.com. 

August 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Marvin Sims


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Today’s photo is of Marvin Sims, who lettered at fullback from 1977-1979.

At Clemson, Sims carried the ball 316 times in his career for 1,541 yards and 4 touchdowns. One the highlights of Sims’ career at Clemson was the 1978 regular season finale against the Gamecocks.

The rivalry game was played in front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans against South Carolina. Clemson had been constructing the South upper deck stands, luxury suites, and press box during the season, and it had sold 15,000 tickets to the game prior to its completion. The structure was finished just two days prior to the game, much to the relief of Athletic Director Bill McLellan.

The environment was electric, especially when Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter behind a running attack that would finish the game with 397 yards. Three different Tigers (Steve Fuller, Marvin Sims, and Lester Brown) all went over 100 yards rushing, the first time Clemson had three 100-yard rushers in a game since 1950. The Tigers coasted to a 41-23 victory, the ninth straight win to close the regular season.

Sims was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 12th round (324th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. Sims played in 32 games for the Colts, carrying the ball 54 times for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Clemson vs. Auburn Game Notes

Clemson vs. Auburn
Selected Game Notes
Clemson Sports Information Department
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Auburn has a 34-12-2 lead in the series with Clemson. Auburn had won 14 straight in the series prior to last year’s Clemson victory at Death Valley. Clemson had not won since 1951 prior to that.

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Two of the last three meetings between the two teams have gone to overtime, and Auburn has won both, 23-20 in the 2007 season Chick-fil-A Bowl and 27-24 at Auburn in 2010.

Clemson beat Auburn five times in six meetings under Head Coach Frank Howard from 1946-51. Included in that stretch was a 34-18 Clemson win in 1947 as Bobby Gage threw four touchdown passes and gained 374 yards of total offense, both single game records at the time.

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Auburn and Clemson first met in 1899 and Auburn came away with a 34-0 win at Auburn. That was just the 14th game in Clemson history. John Heisman coached Auburn in that game. Clemson won three of the next four, including a 16-0 win at Auburn in 1902. Clemson’s coach in that game was John Heisman. So Heisman gained wins for both teams in this series and both games were played at Auburn.

The two schools have met just four times since 1971, and two of those meetings took place in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn won both of those close games, 21-17 at the 1998 Chick-fil-A bowl (1997 season), and Auburn won on New Year’s Eve of 2007 by a 23-20 score in overtime. That is Clemson’s only overtime game in a bowl contest.

In that 21-17 Auburn victory in the 1998 Chick-fil-A Bowl, Clemson gained just 146 yards of total offense, 60 rushing and 86 passing. Despite the offensive problems, Clemson had a 17-6 lead entering the fourth period. But, Auburn scored 15 points in the fourth period to gain the victory. Raymond Priester led Clemson with 19-62 rushing, but Nealon Greene completed just 11-26 passes for 86 yards. Clemson had just four first downs in the game, fewest in history for the Tigers in a bowl game.

Terry Bowden was the head coach for Auburn in that game in 1998. Two years later his brother came to Clemson as the head coach and coached against Auburn for Clemson in the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl, a game won by Auburn in overtime 23-20.

Last year was Auburn’s first game at Clemson since 1970. That year Auburn beat Clemson 44-0 on Clemson’s Homecoming. After the game first-year head coach Hootie Ingram started his postgame press conference by asking, “Who is on the Homecoming Committee.”

Both Clemson and Auburn were among the top programs in college football in the 1980s. In fact, Clemson won 87 games in the 1980s and Auburn won 86. Clemson had the fifth best winning percentage in college football in that decade with an 87-25-4 record for a .767 mark. Auburn had the 10th best winning percentage wit ha 86-31-1 record, a .733 winning percentage.

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik was a graduate assistant coach on Danny Ford’s Clemson staffs of 1988 and 1989. The Tigers finished both seasons with a 10-2 record, and the 1988 team won the ACC Championship. Both teams finished the season in the final top 12 ranking, as the 1988 team beat Oklahoma in the Citrus Bowl and finished 9th in the final AP poll, and the 1989 team beat West Virginia and finished 12th in the final AP poll.

Clemson will open the 2012 season in Atlanta against Auburn and it will be Clemson’s fifth straight game away from home. This is the longest streak of games away from home since the 1964 season when Clemson played five straight away games during the regular season. That year Clemson played at NC State on Sept. 26, at Georgia Tech on Oct. 3, at Georgia on Oct. 10, at Wake Forest on Oct. 17 and at TCU on Oct. 24.

Clemson has won 21 of its last 27 season openers. That includes an 8-4 record the last 12 years when Clemson has played its most challenging season-opening games.

Clemson has a 2-5 all-time record in the Georgia Dome. Six of the seven previous games have come in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Clemson is 0-2 in the facility against Auburn, Chick-fil-A Bowl losses at the end of the 1997 and 2007 seasons.

Clemson first appeared in the Georgia Dome in 1993 and came away with a 14-13 win over Kentucky in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Clemson has 11 players on its roster from the state of Georgia. The list includes eight players who are on the two-deep, six of whom are defensive players. David Beasley (OG, Columbus, GA), Grady Jarrett (DT, Conyers, GA), Darius Robinson (CB, College Park, GA), and Corico Wright (LB, Milledgeville, GA) are all slated to start against Auburn. Vic Beasley (DE, Adairsville, GA) and Corey Crawford (DE, Columbus, GA) are co-starters at defensive end.

Clemson has one of the youngest teams in the nation with just 12 seniors on the roster, 11 of which came to Clemson as scholarship players. This is the fewest seniors on a Clemson football roster since 1999 when Tommy Bowden’s first team had just 10, including just six on scholarship.

The only other year in the last 30 that Clemson has had 12 seniors or less was in 1985 when Danny Ford’s team also had 12 seniors. The 1985 team finished 6-5 and the 1999 Clemson team finished 6-6.

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You can make the claim that this is the youngest Clemson team since 1944, This 2012 team also has just 13 scholarship juniors. Clemson’s 1944 team was completely made up of freshmen and sophomores as all upper classmen left campus for the armed services.

August 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dwayne Meadows


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Today’s photo is of Dwayne Meadows, who lettered at defensive tackle from 1984-1986.

Meadows played three years at Clemson, but gave up his final year of eligibility in 1987 at Clemson to focus on his grades. Coach Ford, at the time, described it as Meadows was “retiring” from football.

Meadows spot on the depth chart behind Michael Dean Perry was taken by Vance Hammond, who later became one of Clemson’s best defensive tackles in program history.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

August 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Terry Bryant



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Today’s photos are of Terry Bryant, who lettered at Clemson at defensive end from 1997-2000.


Bryant helped pace the Tigers defense to the nation’s top ranking in Total Defense for the first half of the 2000 season.

Bryant was named Honorable Mention All-ACC with 7 first place votes.


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Covington “Goat” McMillan


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Today’s photo is of Covington “Goat” McMillan, who lettered at Clemson as a tailback from 1928-1929.

Above, Goat is running against South Carolina in the 1929 game where the Tigers won 21-14.

After playing football he joined the coaching staff in 1937 after coaching at Furman. He was a backfield coach until 1955 when he was made head freshman coach. Some of the players Coach McMillan coached include Banks McFadden, Jackie Calvert, Bobby Gage, and Joel Wells.

McMillan participated in seven bowl games, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl, 1949 Gator Bowl, 1951 Orange Bowl, 1952 Gator Bowl, 1957 Orange Bowl, 1959 Sugar Bowl, and the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Goat McMillan retired at the end of the 1964 season and was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22 Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Thomas Ray


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Today’s photo is of Thomas Ray, who lettered at Clemson as a quarterback from 1963-1965.

Ray became the first Tiger QB to throw for more than 300 yards in a 17-13 loss to UNC in 1965. His primary target that day was Phil Rogers, who caught 11 passes for129 yards. The 323 yards stood as a Clemson record until Brandon Streeter threw for 329 yards in 1998.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Ed McDaniel


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Today’s photo is of Ed McDaniel, who lettered at linebacker for Clemson from 1988-1991.

McDaniel, from Batesburg Leesville, was a first-team All-American according to College and Pro Football Weekly and an honorable mention choice according to Football News. McDaniel also earned third•team AP All American and a first-team All-ACC choice by AP/ACSWA.

McDaniel was the #1 tackler on the Tiger defense that led the nation in rushing defense in 1991. McDaniel had 114 tackles that season and he also lead the Tigers in tackles 3 of his 4 years. McDaniel ranks third in Clemson history in total tackles with 389and was one of four semifinalists for the 1991 Butkus Award.

McDaniel was a fifth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1992.


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Monday, August 20, 2012

August 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Joel Wells 

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Today’s photo is of Joel Wells who lettered at running back from 1954-1956. In the picture above, Wells is on the far right. 

Wells was a third-team All- American at Clemson. He also broke a conference rushing record in his junior year and was a second-round draft pick (18th selection overall) of the Green Bay Packers after the 1956 season. 

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Broadcast Information For Atlanta As Tiger Pregame Show Gears Up For 10th Season

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Get your car flags out. Download the Tune In App for your Smart Phone. Make your plans for game day in Atlanta. And break out your orange clothes as football season is here! 

The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 104.9 FM is locked and loaded for its 10th consecutive season on the radio, starting with the 117th consecutive show live on location when Clemson opens the season in Atlanta vs. Auburn. 


Scott Rhymer, TPS
Host Since 2003
The show comes full circle in year ten with a touch of the new and a hint at the old. Scott Rhymer, host for all nine years dating back to the 2003 football season, returns as the host for what will be his 117th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. 

“The common thread of this pregame show has always been to broadcast where the action is” Rhymer stated recently. “Our job is not only to inform fans and get them ready for the game, but to also paint the picture of a game day at Clemson or Tallahassee or Atlanta. Wherever the Tigers are, that is where we will be.” 

Former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn will join Scott Rhymer as co-host of WCCP’s popular Tiger Pregame Show this fall on the flagship station for Clemson Sports, 104.9 FM. 

Rhymer feels the show has taken another big step forward with the addition of Korn. “Willy has played at the highest level in high school at Byrnes. He’s also played at the highest level in Division I football at Clemson under Tommy Bowden and Dabo Swinney. His knowledge, expertise, and insight is something that adds another dimension to our analysis on the show”, Rhymer states. 


Willy Korn Joins WCCP And The Tiger Pregame Show
"What a tremendous privilege it is to be a co-host on WCCP's Tiger Pregame show with Scott Rhymer," Korn said Wednesday. "I am extremely excited to be a part of Clemson football again. My goal is to give Clemson fans the most in-depth and accurate analysis of each game that I possibly can."  

The Tiger Pregame Show is also giving a hint to its roots as Roy Philpott, Publisher of CUTigers.com and host of the Roy Philpott show on WCCP 104.9 FM, returns to the show in the third hour each week to offer his unique insight into the game. Philpott served as host of the Tiger Pregame Show from 2003 until 2009 before joining the Tiger Tailgate Show on the Clemson Radio Network. 


Roy Philpott Will Once Again
Offer Analysis And Insight On TPS
"It's a privilege to be on the air with Scott and now also working with Willy Korn," Philpott said. "The three of us will be there to both inform and entertain, while also getting fans ready for Clemson football. It's going to be a wild ride this season." 

Will Vandervort will provide player interviews and special segments during the three hour show. The 

Tiger Pregame Show will continue broadcasting six hours prior to kickoff up until three hours prior to kickoff. Game analysis, player interviews, coach interviews, and predictions are integral to the show’s content. 
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The first show of the year will broadcast live from Ormsby’s Atlanta from 1:00-4:00 on September 1st. Make sure that you include Ormsby’s Atlanta in your game day plans and stop by and see the show live and enjoy great food, drinks, pool tables, and bocce ball. 

If you have not done so, make sure you download the Tune In App for your IPhone/Blackberry/IPad/Droid so you can stream WCCP 104.9 FM and the Tiger Pregame Show on game days. 

This free APP works great to stream WCCP while you are in the car but out of range of the upstate. If also allows you to stream WCCP while tailgating on the road when you go to see the Tigers play. 

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

August 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Steve Reese 

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Today’s photo is Steve Reese, who lettered for Clemson from 1982-1985 at offensive guard. 

Reese was a major reason Clemson was in the top 10 in the nation in rushing during the 1985 season. Reese had 54 knockdown blocks in the last five games of the 1985 season. 

Reese was a Second-team All-American by Football News as a senior and was an honorable mention choice as a junior. Reese was also a first-team All-ACC award winner. 

Reese was in on 776 plays for a season average of over 70 plays per game, the most by a Clemson player at that time.. 

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tajh Boyd Shines In Final Stadium Scrimmage

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Boyd Shines In Final Scrimmage
Clemson Practice Brief
August 18, 2012
CLEMSON, SC — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as the Tigers wrapped up their third and final stadium scrimmage of fall camp in Death Valley.
Besides Boyd, Swinney was pleased with the play of backup quarterback Cole Stoudt, who led the offense on a scoring drive on his first possession of the scrimmage. On the next possession, the offense struck again as Boyd hit wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a long touchdown.
Bryant finished the day with four catches for 97 yards and had two touchdowns.  Boyd was 13-22 for 218 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Stoudt completed 4-9 for 61 and Morgan Roberts was 5-8 for 60.  Freshman quarterback Chad Kelly completed a perfectly thrown 52-yard completion to classmate Germone Hopper.
“There were a lot of big plays,” Swinney said. “I thought Martavis Bryant had an excellent day. Our playmakers showed up early and made some plays.”
DeAndre Hopkins had three catches for 49 yards, including a 27-yard scoring pass from Boyd, while Charon Peake, Jaron Brown and Sammy Watkins also made big playsAndre Ellington had an 8-yard touchdown run, while Roderick McDowell led all running backs for a second straight scrimmage with 65 yards on four carries.  
“Coaching Swinney really came out and challenged us today as a unit,” McDowell said. “I think we responded the way he wanted us to, especially early on.”
Despite the big plays given up, Swinney was still encouraged with the defense, especially on the defensive line where  Josh Watson, Grady Jarrett and DeShawn Williams continue to make plays. Williams also blocked a field goal on special teams.

Xavier Brewer made a brilliant breakup of a long pass and add five tackles.  Jonathan Meeks  added an interception.  Tony Steward made a big play with a 25-yard interception return.

“We have two weeks to get dialed in,” Swinney said. “We are going to turn the page on Monday after our last two-a-day (practices) and start getting ready for  Auburn. We will have our guys penciled in on where they need to be.”
Swinney says whatever decisions are made about the depth chart next week it doesn’t mean things are finalized. Players will still have an opportunity to prove themselves once the season begins as well.
“We have to start somewhere,” he said. “We have a lot of competition out there. We do not get a preseason (game) and we do not get all of those three or four preseason (jamborees) high schools get. That’s how these guys find out whom to put where because it is live play and you are not going against the same people every day.
“I told the team that this is their preseason game. This is all we can use to go on and make decisions. Then from that point, it is the real deal. Can you perform on game day?”
The Tigers will find out in two weeks when No. 14 Clemson takes on 25th-ranked Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta, GA. The game is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.
Long distance. Backup kicker Spence Benton appears to be Clemson’s long distance specialist in the truest sense. For the second straight week, the Myrtle Beach, SC native made a long field goal with pressure. Last week he kicked a 55-yard field goal that could have been good from 65, and Saturday he nailed a 53-yard kick that could have been good from 63 yards.
“I’m very encouraged about that,” Swinney said. “He has also been very good at punting the ball right now. He is consistent.”
Fan Appreciation Day. Clemson will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day at 3 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. All Clemson players and Coach Swinney will be available for autographs beginning at 3 p.m. The session will last for two hours. No one will be allowed inside the stadium prior to 3 p.m.