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Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

More Clemson’s Military History


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Today’s photos are from Clemson extensive Military History.

As the 1940s arrive, and the US enters World War II, 6,475 Clemson alumni would enter the service. In fact, Clemson provided more Army officers for the war than any other institution except West Point and Texas A&M. Sadly, during the war, 370 would be killed.


During the Korean War, 1500 Clemson alumni would answer the call to duty, with 20 killed in action.

In the 1960s the Counter Guerrillas was formed, and the Clemson ROTC opened to women, later in the 1970s.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson’s Military History


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Today’s photos are from Clemson extensive Military History.

From the early days of the World War I, where cadets and professors left Clemson en masse to fight in the war, Clemson has always been there for the call to duty. Over fifteen hundred of Clemson's alumni fought in World War I, twenty five were killed.


As the Great Depression hits the United States, Clemson faces critical financial problems and has to impose severe pay cuts to the professors, yet the professors and students both continue on, facing an uncertain future as war in Europe grows.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Night and Saturday Broadcast Notes For Boston

By Scott Rhymer


The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road again this Saturday, broadcasting live from CitySide Restaurant Bar and Patio in Brighton from 9:30-12:30.  CitySide is the closest restaurant to Alumni Stadium and is traditionally the headquarters for Clemson fans for games against Boston College.  

The New England Clemson IPTAY Club is hosting the event and CitySide will be painted orange on Saturday, so if you are coming to the game plan to stop by.

This same group is also hosting a get together at The Black Rose Friday night in Boston for Clemson fans looking to gather together.  I look forward to seeing you tonight at The Black Rose and tomorrow at CitySide.

Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join me for our 121st consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at CitySide, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.

We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, and Deshawn Williams.  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.

We will all give our Clemson/Boston College predictions in addition to our ACC and SEC locks of the week.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina. You can also download the WCCP App or the Tune In App, both of which are free and will allow you to stream WCCP 104.9 FM on your Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid phones.

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 12:30. Pre-game with Pete Yanity and Will Merritt will begin at 2:30 from inside of Alumni Stadium.

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.

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September 28th Clemson Historic Pictures Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1960’s


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Today’s photos are from the late 1960’s of downtown Clemson. The above picture is of the Clemson movie theatre (now the Clemson Sports Shop) and shows the Elvis Pressley movie, “Live a Little, Love A Little”. The movie was released in 1968.

The next photo is the exterior of Dan’s Sandwich Shop (now Subway and TD’s).


The final picture below is of the interior of Dan’s Sandwich Shop with some Clemson students hanging out for a drink and conversation one evening.


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Vance Hammond


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Today’s photo is of Vance Hammond, who lettered for Clemson at defensive tackle for Clemson from 1987-1990.

Hammond was a graduate of Dorman High School and played under some great teams at Clemson with Danny Ford. In fact, Hammond’s dad was a State Trooper who was responsible for escorting Coach Ford off the field.

Hammond’s professional career included stints with the Sacramento Gold Miners and the Memphis Mad Dogs.

Hammond is now living in Gaffney and is the Area Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Broadcast Notes And Prediction Recaps

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 recap the loss to Florida State and preview the trip to Boston College.

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road again this Saturday.  Plans are being finalized to broadcast at CitySide Restaurant Bar and Patio in Brighton from 9:30-12:30.  CitySide is the closest restaurant to Alumni Stadium and is traditionally the headquarters for Clemson fans for games against Boston College.  More details will follow in the next few days.

Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 121st consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at CitySide, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.

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.

We will all give our Clemson/Boston College predictions in addition to our ACC and SEC locks of the week. Last week, Scott’s ACC Lock Of The Week was Georgia Tech over Miami, which was incorrect. That drops Scott to 1-3 on the year in locks of the week.

Last week, Willy’s SEC Lock Of The Week was South Carolina over Missouri, which was also correct. That makes Willy 3-1 on the year in locks of the week.

Willy Korn picked FSU over Clemson by a score of 41-38, which is a differential of 9 points.

Scott Rhymer picked Clemson over FSU by a score of 34-31, which is a differential of 21 points.

Roy Philpott picked FSU over Clemson by a score of 31-23, which is a differential of 32 points.

After 4 weeks, Scott Rhymer has moved back into the lead in least point differential.

Scott with 1 weekly win and a differential of 45 total points.
Willy with 1 weekly wins and a differential of 48 total points.
Roy with 2 weekly wins and a differential of 51 total points.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina. You can also download the WCCP App or the Tune In App, both of which are free and will allow you to stream WCCP 104.9 FM on your Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid phones.

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 12:30. Pre-game with Pete Yanity and Will Merritt will begin at 2:30 from inside of Doak Campbell Stadium.

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.

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September 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

William Devane


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William Devane was a nose guard at Clemson from 1980-1983. Devane played alongside William Perry, giving the Tigers a formidable front in 1981 that helped lead the Tigers to the Orange Bowl and National Championship.

During the Orange Bowl, Devane recovered a fumble against Nebraska that helped the Tigers go on to the 22-15 win. Below is an excerpt from an article in the Augusta Chronicle, written in 1999, about Devane.

DeVane: A man with a plan
By Morris News Service
HARTWELL, Ga. -- Former Clemson coach Danny Ford always knew William DeVane would be a success in whichever career path he chose to follow. But a high school football coach? That one never really crossed his mind.


"I really had no idea that was what he wanted to do," Ford said this week from his home in Pendleton, S.C. "William DeVane has always been a very smart young man, very gifted. I always thought he would go into business or something like that."

DeVane, however, never had a doubt in his mind. Working with youngsters was a job the elementary education major always intended to pursue.

So after a pair of pro tryouts with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills didn't pan out, the Hart County head football coach began concentrating solely on the career he has always loved.
"I've always wanted to do whatever I could in regards to the kids," DeVane said. "If I wasn't playing pro football, I always envisioned myself being involved with the game working with youngsters in some capacity. I couldn't imagine doing anything else."


Bulldog fans are certainly glad that he does.

IN JUST TWO YEARS, DeVane -- who played beside Aiken's William "The Refrigerator" Perry on the defensive line for Ford's Tigers during their 1981 national championship campaign -- has turned the Bulldogs into the cream of the Class AA crop.



Back-to-back Region 8-AA championships have been the result, and Saturday night Hart County (14-0) will play for its first state football championship when DeVane's Dogs travel to Cartersville to take on the undefeated Purple Hurricanes (14-0).



That kind of faith comes as no surprise to former Clemson All-American linebacker Jeff Davis, who started with DeVane on that 1981 championship squad.


"The thing I remember about William is he always had a great attitude and great work ethic," Davis said. "As a player, he didn't mind getting after you. He was mentally tough, just a great person to be around."


Unlike Ford, Davis isn't surprised DeVane chose the profession that he did.


"I could always picture Devo coaching football," said Davis, a Greenville S.C., resident who has come to watch Hart County play on several occasions. "He's always wanted to be involved in the lives of young people, just because of the type of person he is. He's not only a role model, but a father figure because he can impart so much to a young man. That's one of the best things he's able to do as a coach."


Devane was just a sophomore on Clemson's 1981 squad, which entered the national championship game in the Orange Bowl a decided underdog to the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers.
As DeVane recalled, nobody gave Clemson much of a chance, but the Tigers were able to buck the odds and come away with a stunning 22-15 win. "I think back to the two weeks leading up to the Orange Bowl, and it was different."



"That first week was like spring practice, we all thought that coach Ford had gone crazy, but it was necessary because of the intensity level of the game. There's something different in the air when you're getting ready to play a game as big as this. The fans are all excited and every play is huge. One mistake can mean the difference in winning or losing the championship, and that's something I want to make sure these kids understand."


"The biggest thing he can do is instill upon his players is just to have faith in what they do," Davis said. "He can also teach them not to fear. That's what we did at Clemson. We loved one another, we had faith in the coaches, and they taught us not to fear any team."


"That's how we won the national championship, so once he puts that ring on, those kids will look at that and know that he's not just talking talk. He's speaking from experience. And knowing William, his team is going to be some kind of pumped up. Believe me, the guy knows how to coach."

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Entire article can be read by clicking here:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/12/17/hig_278186.shtml


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Clemson and Boston College Notes

Clemson and Boston College Notes
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Clemson has a 10-9-2 lead in the series that dates to the 1940 Cotton Bowl. Clemson won last year at home, 36-14, but Boston College won the last meeting in Boston, 16-10 in 2010. Clemson did not score an offensive touchdown in that game.

The Tigers have won three of the last four, as Dabo Swinney’s Tigers won 27-21 in Chestnut Hill in 2008 and 25-7 at Clemson in 2009.

The series dates to the 1939 season and the January 1, 1940 Cotton Bowl. That was a landmark victory for the Clemson program, the school’s first bowl game and the school’s first ever win over a top 20 team. Boston College was ranked 11th in the nation entering the game. Clemson won 6-3 behind 115 yards rushing from Charlie Timmons and four pass deflections in the fourth quarter by Clemson legend Banks McFadden.


This will be the 22nd meeting between Clemson and Boston College. Only Miami (FL) has played Boston College more among ACC teams entering this season. That will change next year when Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the ACC.

Five of the seven meetings between the two teams since Boston College joined the ACC in 2005 have been decided by a touchdown or less. The 2005 game went into overtime and the 2006 game was a double overtime affair in Boston. The 2007 game was a 20-17 Boston College win at Clemson that decided the Atlantic Division title. In 2008, Clemson won 27-21, then the Tigers took a 25-7 victory in 2009 behind a defense that allowed Boston College just 54 yards of total offense in 49 plays. The 2010 game was a defensive struggle won by BC, 16-10.

Two of Clemson’s victories in the series took place during undefeated Tiger seasons. Clemson won 26-19 in 1948 on the way to a perfect 11-0 season, and won 35-14 in 1950 on the way to a 9-0-1 season. In 1983, at Chestnut Hill, the Eagles gained a 31-16 win behind Doug Flutie. Clemson had a 16-3 lead with 25 minutes left in the game, but the Eagles went on a 28-0 run to end the contest behind Flutie. The 1984 Heisman winner, was 20-36 for 223 yards and two touchdowns against a Clemson defense that featured All-American Wil¬liam Perry. The Eagles gained 504 yards of total offense on the night, 281 rushing and 223 passing. It was Clemson’s only loss in 1983 (9-1-1).


The two teams tied in a 1982 game in Death Valley. The game was televised by CBS on a regional basis, the first CBS broadcast from Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Clemson had a 14-0 lead at intermission, but sophomore quarterback Doug Flutie led Boston College back to take a 17-14 lead. The Tigers tied the game in the fourth quarter, on a field goal by Donald Igwebuike, who played soccer and football for the Tigers that fall. He then had another attempt from 43 yards with eight seconds left, but the kick missed and the game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Clemson had just two losses and two ties over a three-year period from 1981-83. One of the losses and one of the ties came against Boston College in that 1982-83 period. The 2005 game at Clemson was an overtime meeting, a 16-13 Boston College victory, It was the first between the two schools as an ACC matchup. The game was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation. The two teams played a double overtime affair in 2006, a 34-33 Boston College victory. A missed extra point in overtime proved costly for the Tigers. In 2009, Clemson won its first game over the Eagles at home since 1958. Clemson won that 1958 game, 34-12. Clemson now leads 4-3-1 in the series in games played at Clemson.

The two teams played three games at famed Fenway Park in Boston, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Clemson won the first meeting there in 1941 (just 13 days after Ted Williams finished his .406 season for the Red Sox) by a 26-13 score. The same two teams met at Fenway the following year, and Boston College won, 14-7. The two teams played to a 14-14 tie in 1953 at Fenway. So, the series stands at 1-1-1 in games played at Fenway Park.

The two teams also played at Braves Field in Boston, then the home of the National League’s Boston Braves (now the Atlanta Braves). Clemson had a 3-1 advantage in games played at Braves Field, all between 1942-52. Overall, Boston College leads 6-5-1 in games played in Boston or Chestnut Hill and a 4-3 advan¬tage since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005.

September 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Michael Dean Perry


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Michael Dean Perry played defensive line for Clemson from 1984-1987. Perry was a standout on the Clemson defensive line, playing on the 1986 and 1987 ACC Championship teams. Perry led the Tigers to the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Citrus Bowl.

For his play during those two seasons, Perry was named All-ACC and was a first-team All-American in 1987.

In 1986, he led the Tigers with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks and had 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 1987. During the 1987 season, he was also a finalist (one of three) for the Outland Trophy and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, a rare distinction for a defensive player.

After his senior season, he played in both the Hula and Japan Bowls. For his Clemson career, he set the Clemson record for career tackles for loss (61) and is tied for career sacks (28). Both of the records had been previously held by his brother William before he topped each record by one.

Following his Clemson career, Perry was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1988 NFL Draft. Over his 10-year NFL career, Perry was named All-Pro seven times and played in six Pro Bowls.

Perry was named to Clemson's Centennial team in 1996, a member of the ACC 50-year anniversary football squad, and inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

September 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mike O'Cain


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Mike O'Cain lettered for Clemson from 1974-1976. O'Cain hails from Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, the same school that produced Woody Dantzler. O'Cain quarterbacked Orangeburg-Wilkinson to a 13-0 record, a state 4A title, and a #12-national ranking his senior season.

His high school coach was Dick Sheridan, who was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Upon graduation from high school, O'Cain decided to further his academic and athletic career at Clemson.

A four-year letterwinner, he was the most valuable player of Clemson's 1976 team, working as both the punter and quarterback. He completed 91-182 passes for 1,291 yards and six touchdowns during his career. He still ranks 16th in Clemson history in passing efficiency. Also a gifted runner, he held the single-game quarterback rushing record until 1994 with 140 yards against N.C. State in 1976.

He received his bachelor's degree in recreation parks administration in 1977 from Clemson. Three years later, he married his high-school sweetheart (Nancy Farnum). O'Cain began his coaching career at Clemson in 1977 as a graduate assistant. He was on the practice field and on the sidelines learning the game from some veteran coaches at the time and realized the thrill of victory, as the Tigers had an 8-3-1 season that culminated with a trip to the Gator Bowl, Clemson's first bowl appearance in 18 years.

O'Cain then coached the offensive backfield at The Citadel for the 1978-80 seasons. In 1981, he moved to Murray State, where he was an assistant under current Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. He remained at Murray State through the 1984 season.

After one year as the assistant head coach at East Carolina, he joined Sheridan as quarterbacks coach at N.C. State. O'Cain served as a top assistant under Sheridan from 1986-92 and was a part of a staff that coached the Wolfpack in six bowl games.

In 1993, Sheridan decided to retire just five weeks prior to the start of August practice and O'Cain was promoted to head coach. This short period of time for preparation did not inhibit O'Cain and the Wolfpack. He took N.C. State to a 7-4 regular-season record and an invitation to the Hall of Fame Bowl. He was the only rookie coach in the nation that year to lead a team to a bowl game.

The next year, O'Cain guided the Wolfpack to a second-place ACC finish with an 8-3 record. One of the victories was over Clemson in Death Valley, as O'Cain became the first Clemson graduate to gain victory against his alma mater in Death Valley. Overall, he had a 2-2 record in Death Valley. He completed his season with a victory over Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl. O'Cain became the second coach in N.C. State history to take a team to a bowl in his first two seasons with the program.

O'Cain and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Jenny (19) and Lizzi (17). O'Cain is an active member of the Tiger Brotherhood Organization, FCA, and the Clemson Community.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mike Eppley




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Mike Eppley was a quarterback at Clemson (and a point guard for the basketball team) from 1982-1984.

Eppley was an Academic All-ACC honoree in both football and basketball three times each during his celebrated career. Eppley finished 3rd in the nation in passing efficiency in 1983, the highest finish ever by a Clemson quarterback.

Eppley doubled as basketball player for four years and was the recipient of the Frank Howard Award in the 1983-84 academic year and the Clemson IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year the same season.

As quarterback of the football team, he threw for 28 career touchdowns, now fourth in school history. Eppley was an honorable mention All-American his senior year and was invited to participate in the Blue-Gray game. In 1984, Eppley was a fourth-team Academic All-American and first-team All-ACC in football.

Eppley had a career completion percentage at Clemson of 56.3% and he threw for 3354 yards and 28 touchdowns with 26 interceptions.

For his accomplishments, Eppley was the recipient of the Frank Howard Award and the IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year Award his senior year. He went on to also earn a master's degree from Clemson. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1990.

Eppley is now a sales consultant for Yandle-Witherspoon Supply in Charlotte, NC.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sep[tember 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

James Davis


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Today’s photo is of James Davis, the last Clemson Tiger to lead Clemson to a win in Doak Campbell Stadium vs. Florida State.

Davis scored on a one yard run with just 8 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 27-20 victory.

Clemson held FSU to 204 yards of total offense, and it was just the third home ACC loss for FSU in 57 home ACC games.

Senior Gaines Adams had seven tackles, including 2.5 sacks to key the Clemson defense.

But Davis stole the show on this night by taking a quick snap that caught the FSU defense off-guard and ran inside the FSU 5 yard line, setting up the touchdown run two plays later.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Michael Dean Perry



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Michael Dean Perry played defensive line for Clemson from 1984-1987. Perry was a standout on the Clemson defensive line, playing on the 1986 and 1987 ACC Championship teams. Perry led the Tigers to the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Citrus Bowl.

For his play during those two seasons, Perry was named All-ACC and was a first-team All-American in 1987.

In 1986, he led the Tigers with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks and had 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 1987. During the 1987 season, he was also a finalist (one of three) for the Outland Trophy and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, a rare distinction for a defensive player.

After his senior season, he played in both the Hula and Japan Bowls. For his Clemson career, he set the Clemson record for career tackles for loss (61) and is tied for career sacks (28). Both of the records had been previously held by his brother William before he topped each record by one.

Following his Clemson career, Perry was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1988 NFL Draft. Over his 10-year NFL career, Perry was named All-Pro seven times and played in six Pro Bowls.

Perry was named to Clemson's Centennial team in 1996, a member of the ACC 50-year anniversary football squad, and inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Final Broadcast Info For Saturday

By Scott Rhymer

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road this Saturday, broadcasting live from Bullwinkles in Tallahassee from 2:00 -5:00. Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 120th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at Bullwinkles, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch in the climate controled saloon while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.

We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Sammy Watkins, Josh Watson, Shaq Anthony, Tajh Boyd and Dalton Freeman. 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.

We will all give our Clemson/Florida State prediction in addition to our ACC and SEC locks of the week.

You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina. You can also download the WCCP App or the Tune In App and listen from Talahassee or anywhere in the world, both of which are free and will allow you to stream WCCP 104.9 FM on your Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid phones.


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 5:00. Pre-game with Pete Yanity and Will Merritt will begin at 7:00 from inside of Doak Campbell Stadium.

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.

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September 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Chuck McSwain


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Today’s photo is of Chuck McSwain, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1979-1982.

McSwain rushed for a career-high 151 yards and scored two touchdowns in Clemson’s 29-13 victory over South Carolina to cap an 11-0 regular season in 1981. Six weeks later, Clemson beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to win the National Championship.


McSwain said in an interview,  "My brother Rod came to Clemson a year later, and we were very fortunate to both make a difference in that South Carolina game. He blocked a punt that turned the momentum and I ended up being the leading rusher. I broke out a couple of long runs and scored a couple of touchdowns. "

You can read the original article here from Orangeandwhite.com: http://www.myorangeupdate.com/2011/08/remember-when%E2%80%A6/

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Broadcast Notes And Prediction Recaps From Tiger Pregame Show

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 recap the big win over Furman and preview the much anticipated game vs. Florida State.

The Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, will hit the road this Saturday, broadcasting live from Bullwinkles in Tallahassee from 2:00 -5:00. Former Tiger Willy Korn and WCCP host Roy Philpott will join Scott Rhymer for our 120th consecutive broadcast live on location where the Tigers play. A huge Clemson crowd is expected at Bullwinkles, so plan to arrive early and enjoy lunch in the climate controled saloon while you listen to the Tiger Pregame Show with other Clemson fans.



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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.

We will all give our Clemson/Florida State prediction in addition to our ACC and SEC locks of the week. Last week, Scott’s ACC Lock Of The Week was Virginia over Georgia Tech, which was incorrect. That drops Scott to 1-2 on the year in locks of the week.

Last week, Willy’s SEC Lock Of The Week was Tennessee over Florida, which was also incorrect. That makes Willy 2-1 on the year in locks of the week.
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Willy Korn picked Clemson over Furman by a score of 65-13, which is a differential of 30 points.

Scott Rhymer picked Clemson over Furman by a score of 48-14, which is a differential of 14 points.

Roy Philpott picked Clemson over Ball State by a score of 44-14, which is a differential of 10 points.

After 3 weeks, Roy has moved into the lead in least point differential, and he also has the most weekly wins. 

Roy with 2 weekly wins and a differential of 19 total points.
Scott with 1 weekly win and a differential of 24 total points.
Willy with 0 weekly wins and a differential of 39 total points.


You can listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, driven by D&D Ford, on WCCP 104.9 FM in the upstate of South Carolina. You can also download the WCCP App or the Tune In App, both of which are free and will allow you to stream WCCP 104.9 FM on your Iphone, Blackberry, and Droid phones.

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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 5:00. Pre-game with Pete Yanity and Will Merritt will begin at 7:00 from inside of Doak Campbell Stadium.

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.

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September 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mr. Zip and Mr. Zap


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Today’s photos are of Buddy Gore and Jacky Jackson, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1965-1968. The above photo of Buddy Gore, who was nicknamed Mr. Zip.

Before the 1967 season began the media had dubbed Gore Mr. Zip because he had great speed as he “zipped past'em”.

The below photo is of Jacky Jackson, dubbed Mr. Zap, because he go the tough yards inside the tackles and “zapped ‘em”.


Jacky Jackson also had great hands out of the backfield as he caught a long scoring pass the year before to complete the scoring in the famous comeback win over Virginia in the first game for Howard's Rock. Buddy

Gore, while not nearly so skilled at receiving, managed to hold onto a key TD pass in 1967 when the Tigers knocked off the highly ranked NC State Wolfpack led by Chuck Amato.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Clemson vs. Florida State Notes

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Clemson vs. Florida State Series
Florida State has a 17-8 advantage in the series with Clemson that dates to 1970, a 38-13 Florida State win in Tallahassee.

While Florida State has the decisive all-time lead in the series, Clemson has won six of the last nine, including each of the last five games played at Clemson.

Florida State has not won at Clemson since the 2001 season, a 41-27 Seminole victory. Clemson has won just once in Tallahassee since the Seminoles joined the ACC for the 1992 season. That came in 2006 when he Tigers were victorious 27-20 on a one-yard run by James Davis with just eight seconds left.

Each of the last three years the winner of the Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to win the Atlantic Division Championship.

In 2003, Clemson upset a third-ranked Florida State team by a 26-10 score in a nationally televised Saturday night game at Death Valley. Florida State was coming off a 37-0 win at Notre Dame and Clemson was coming off a 45-17 loss at Wake Forest. It is tied for the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in its history.

Clemson defeated eventual ACC Champion Florida State, 35-14, in Memorial Stadium in 2005 behind quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. The two teams were tied, 14-14, at the half before Clemson dominated the second half behind Whitehurst and receiver Chansi Stuckey.

Clemson won in 2007 on Labor Day night behind the running of James Davis. Davis had earlier scored the winning touchdown at Florida State in 2006 and the 2007 victory gave Clemson three straight wins over the Seminoles, the first ACC team to do that.

Then, in 2009, C.J. Spiller put on a show for the ages with 312 all-purpose yards, the all-time Clemson record, in a 40-24 victory. It was a big win on the way to Clemson’s Atlantic Division championship.

In 2010, Florida State won 16-13 on a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the game by Dustin Hopkins, who is still the Seminoles kicker. Clemson was 9-18 on third down and had a 25-16 advantage in first downs, but still lost the game. Jamie Harper, now in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, had 143 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving for 197 yards from scrimmage.

Both teams are ranked in the top 25 of both polls this year, the second straight year that has been the case. Last year Clemson was 21st and Florida State 11th entering the game that the Tigers won 35-30. This is just the eighth time in the history of the series that both teams have entered the game in the top 25 of the AP poll.

In 2000, both teams were ranked in the top 10 as Clemson was 10th and Florida State four before Florida State’s 54-7 victory.

Clemson is 2-5 when entering a game against Florida State with both teams ranked. That first win took place in Tallahassee in 1989 when Clemson was 10th and Florida State 16th. Clemson was 3-0 and Florida State was 1-1 and had just been upset the week before by Southern Mississippi and quarterback Brett Favre.

The other Clemson victory in a battle of top 25 teams took place last year at Clemson. Five of Clemson’s last six wins against Florida State the Seminoles have been ranked in the top 25.

Other Series Notes
Florida State won 11 consecutive games in the series prior to Clemson’s victory in 2003. All the wins were recorded by Bobby Bowden, who had a 14-7 all-time record against Clemson. Bobby Bowden lost his last four appearances at Clemson’s Death Valley, but his 6-4 record in the facility is still the most victories by an opposing head coach. Vince Dooley (Georgia) is second with five.

The Clemson vs. Florida State games between 1999-07 were known as The Bowden Bowl, as Clemson was coached by Tommy Bowden and Florida State by Bobby Bowden. Bobby had a 5-4 advantage in those nine games, but Tommy won the last three. It is the only meeting of father and son head coaches in Division FBS history.

The first Bowden Bowl came in 1999, a 17-14 victory for Florida State. That FSU team went on to win the national championship and the 17 points and three-point victory margin were the smallest for Florida State in that championship season.

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September 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Steve Fuller


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Today’s photo is of Steve Fuller, who lettered for Clemson at quarterback from 1975-1978.

Fuller was a dangerous pass-run threat as a quarterback, and was one of the centerpieces of the Clemson teams of the late 1970′s that brought the Tigers back to national prominence in college football.

One of only five two-time ACC Football Players of the Year (1977, 1978), he led Clemson to a 27-8-1 record in his final three seasons with the Tigers including an 11-1 mark, an ACC Championship and a No. 6 national ranking in 1978.


Fuller was one of only three players in Clemson history to be named both an Academic All-America (twice, 1977-78) and a football All- America (1978, 3rd-team) in the same year, Fuller was chosen to the prestigious NCAA Top Five Award in 1978 for excellence in athletics and academics.

Fuller is a charter member of Clemson’s “Ring of Honor,” and was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs and the 23rd overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft. He went on to an eight-year NFL career with Kansas City, Chicago and the L.A. Rams, throwing for 7,156 yards, 28 TDs and a 56.8 completion percentage in 86 NFL games.


While in Chicago, he was a member of the 1985 NFL Champion Chicago Bears. In 2003, he was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Football Team. Originally a native of Enid, Oklahoma, Fuller currently lives in Bluffton, S.C.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Playtime Is Now Over, But Tigers and 'Noles Won't Punch Ticket To Charlotte This Saturday

By Scott Rhymer
Playtime is now officially over.  We can all be thankful for that.
For Clemson and Florida State, September 22nd has been circled on the calendar since the ACC (finally) released the schedule this past Spring.
The month of September has been full of fluff, simple filler to work out kinks and establish depth charts for both the Tigers and the Seminoles.
Yes, Clemson stepped on the big stage in Atlanta to kick off the season with the Auburn Tigers.  But after winning a National Championship two years ago, Auburn has looked more like Vanderbilt than a title contender.  Ball State and Furman in weeks 2 and 3 were the equivalent of a leafy salad with simple dressing on it and without croutons.  Nothing any grown man would want to eat for their meal.
Florida State did not even play real football games in week 1 and week 2 and then followed it up with a woodshed whooping of Wake Forest last Saturday.  While the point spread raised my eyebrows a little bit, beating Wake Forest does not cause much more than a golf clap for the Tallahassee faithful.
So now, finally, it is time to play big boy football between the two most prestigious football programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Game Day from ESPN will stop by and the game will be broadcast nationwide at 8:00 p.m.  Anxious excitement for this weekend's game is already entering many of our souls.
But no matter what you do this week, don't fall prey to what you will be told about this game and how it will hold the key for the ACC Atlantic Division crown.  What you will hear will be wrong.
The prevailing story line is that the winner of this game will earn the chance to play in Charlotte for the ACC Title.  You will be told that the past three years the Atlantic Division Champion was the team that won the regular season battle between Clemson and Florida State.  And that would be an accurate statement.
What they won't tell you in that statement is that neither of these teams has made a run through the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season with less than 2 conference losses in a long, long time.
Clemson has not lost less than 2 games in the ACC since 1991 when Clemson went 6-0-1 with a tie to Virginia as the only blemish on the record.  Every year since 1991, Clemson has lost at least 2 games in the conference, including last year when Clemson won the conference championship.  To put in perspective, the only current players that were alive in 1991 are the seniors on this year’s team.
Florida State has gone through the ACC with less than 2 losses more recently than Clemson, but it has been longer than most of you may have thought.  The last time the 'Noles were able to do it was way back in 2003 when FSU went 7-1 in the ACC when most of their current players were in elementary school.
So any grand proclamations that the winner on Saturday night will punch their ticket to Charlotte will be presumptuous, premature, and without much merit based on recent history.
Granted, one team will leave Doak Campbell Saturday night in much better position than the other. It would certainly be more beneficial for either team to get the win on Saturday and hold the tiebreaker between the two teams.
But Clemson has plenty of potential stumbling blocks left after the 'Noles, so a victorious Tiger team Saturday night certainly can't feel like anointed champions considering what lies ahead with teams that have given Clemson fits over the past few years.  While the trip to Wake now does not look as daunting, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are more than capable of beating Clemson and NC State owns scoreboard currently on us.
Florida State, with a win on Saturday, also can't feel untouchable.  The Seminoles still have trips to NC State, Miami and Virginia Tech on the schedule that seems (historically speaking) like traps waiting to happen.
If, and that is an if, these two teams repeat recent history, the winner Saturday night will lose at least 2 more games in the conference.  Therefore, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the loser Saturday night could still represent the ACC in Charlotte even considering the advantage the winner will have over them in the tiebreaker.
The flip side is also true.  If (and that is an if) these two teams are worthy of their top 10 rankings, the loser still has plenty to shoot for as September turns to October.  If the winner Saturday night does not stumble twice down the stretch, they will more than likely head to Charlotte.  But the loser could still make a run after the loss on Saturday and position itself for a BCS At-Large bid.  A one or two loss ACC team at the end of the year will still be very attractive to the BCS considering both of these teams current rankings, fan support, and the general politics that fall into BCS at-large berths.
So the game on Saturday night will be big and breathtaking in scope and pageantry.   It will place one team in the driver's seat for Charlotte.  It will propel the winner into the National Championship discussion.  It will feel really good for the fan base.
But it won't punch the ticket to Charlotte.  Regardless of what you will hear this week.
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