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Monday, December 31, 2012

December 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1996 Peach Bowl Vs. LSU

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Today’s photo is a trip back to December 28th, 1996 and the Peach Bowl. The photo shows Raymond Priester breaking through a hole against the LSU defense.

LSU Quarterback Herb Tyle led a balanced attack against a stubborn Clemson sqaud to send LSU to a 10-7 victory in the Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.

Clemson jumped in front early after LSU turned the ball over deep in Clemson territory. Clemson quarterback Nealon Greene took the ball in from five yards out for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. As the defenses shined in this Peach Bowl, it would be Clemson's only points of the night.

Kevin Faulk evened the game at 7-7 with a 3-yard scamper that capped an efficient 80-yard drive. Wade Richey added a 22-yard field goal just before intermission to give the Tigers a 10-7 lead.

In a see-saw defensive battle in which neither team got into an offensive rhythm in the second half, the teams exchanged punts before Clemson mounted a late attack. Aaron Adams blocked a 52-yard Clemson field goal attempt with under two minutes remaining to seal the victory for LSU.

Herb Tyler was named MVP of the game after completing 14-of-21 passes for 163 yards while rushing for an additional 38.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mother’s Day on Bowman Field

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This photo was taken in the last years of Clemson being a military school in the spring of 1953 on Mother's Day.

Mother's Day was traditionally a very big event for the cadets and their families. In 1949 Tiger Brotherhood began a tradition of awarding Mother Of The Year to a Clemson mother during Military presentations on Mother’s Day on Bowman Field.

In this picture from 1953, over 12,000 people attended the event. The college dropped its mandatory military status in 1955 and in 1957 the Mother's Day festivities were changes to an all-college open house. You can see that Bowman Field, facing from Tillman Hall towards College Avenue, is jam packed full of Cadets and families.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Clemson vs. LSU Game Notes

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Clemson Bowl History
·      Clemson has a rich bowl tradition. One of the reasons has been Clemson’s historical success against schools with legendary football traditions. The list of schools Clemson has beaten in bowl games includes five of the top-12 win­ningest programs in the history of FBS...Nebraska (#4), Oklahoma (#5), Ohio State (#7), Tennessee (#8), and Penn State (#12).

·      Clemson has 16 bowl victories, the 19th-highest total in FBS history. Ten of the 16 bowl victories have come against coaches who are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

·      Of course, Clemson’s greatest bowl experience was the National Championship clinching victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. The Tigers were ranked #1 in the nation entering that contest and faced #4 Nebraska and Head Coach Tom Osborne. Danny Ford led the Tigers to a 22-15 victory to give the Tigers the national title and made him the youngest (33) coach of a national championship team in college football history. He still holds that distinc­tion.

·      Clemson’s first bowl game was in the 1940 Cotton Bowl when the Tigers defeated Frank Leahy and Boston College, 6-3.

·      Clemson won its first three bowl games, victories over Boston College, Missouri, and Miami (FL). The three coach­es Clemson defeated in those games were Frank Leahy, Don Faurot, and Andy Gustafson, and all three are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

·      Clemson has a football program that has been steady over the years in bowl games, no matter who has led the program as head coach. No less than seven different head coaches (Jess Neely, Frank Howard, Danny Ford, Ken Hat­field, Tommy West, Tommy Bowden, Dabo Swinney) have won bowl games for the Tigers.

·      Overall, 10 of Clemson’s 16 bowl victories have come against coaches who are in the College Football Hall of Fame. That includes Joe Paterno, who suffered his worst margin of defeat in a bowl game to Clemson in 1987. Clemson has four bowl victories over coaches who are in the 200-win club. Woody Hayes (Ohio State), Tom Osborne (Nebraska), Paterno and Don Nehlen (West Virginia) are all coaches with at least 200 wins who lost bowl games to the Tigers.

Clemson vs. Ranked Teams in Bowl Games
·      Clemson has an 11-11 record in bowl games against top-25 opponents. That includes a 27-14 win over #6 Ten­nessee in the 2004 Peach Bowl, the last time the Tigers defeated a top-25 ranked team in a bowl game. Overall, Clemson has a 1-4 record against top-25 teams in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl.

·      Louisiana State is ranked #7 by USA Today and #9 by AP entering the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The #7 ranking is tied for the fifth-highest ranked team Clemson has faced in a bowl game.

·      The highest-ranked team Clemson has faced is Loui­siana State, who was ranked #1 entering the 1959 Sugar Bowl (1958 season). Clemson defeated #4 Nebraska when it won the national title in the 1982 Orange Bowl. Clemson also defeated #7 TCU in the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl.

·      Clemson is 3-2 against top-seven ranked teams in bowl games in its history as well.
Clemsons Chick-fil-A Bowl History
·      Clemson has a 2-5 record in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, for­merly known as the Peach Bowl. Six of the seven games have been played in the Georgia Dome, as the 1979 game was played at Fulton County Stadium. Clemson has played in the Chick-fil-A Bowl more than any other school.

·      Six of the seven games have been against top-25 ranked teams, and this game with Louisiana State will make it seven out of eight, as Louisiana State is ranked #7 by USA Today and #9 by AP.

·      Clemson’s first game in the Peach Bowl came on De­cember 31, 1979, a 24-18 loss to Baylor, led by future Chi­cago Bear great Mike Singletary. Clemson recovered an onside kick and drove into Baylor territory in the final min­utes, but a long pass fell incomplete in the final seconds.

·      The Tigers won the 1993 Peach Bowl against Kentucky on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Sapp (now Clemson radio network’s sideline reporter) to Terry Smith (late uncle of current Clemson wideout DeAndre Hopkins) with 20 seconds left in the game for a 14-13 victory.

·      Clemson lost consecutive games decided by four points or less in the 1996 and 1997 season Peach Bowls to top-20 teams Louisiana State and Auburn, respectively, then lost to #15 Mississippi State in the 1999 game by a score of 17-7.

·      The Tigers snapped their three-game losing streak in the Peach Bowl with a 27-14 win over #6 Tennessee at the end of the 2003 season. Charlie Whitehurst passed for 272 yards in the victory.

·      Clemson lost to Auburn in overtime 23-20 in its most recent appearance (2007). It is the only overtime bowl game in Clemson history. C.J. Spiller had an 83-yard run to highlight the game for Clemson.
Clemson in the Georgia Dome
·      Clemson has a 3-5 all-time record in the Georgia Dome, but is 1-0 in 2012. Clemson opened the year with a 26-19 win over #25 Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome. Clemson is 1-1 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and 2-4 in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Geor­gia Dome. The Tigers played in the Peach Bowl at Fulton County Stadium against Baylor in 1979.

·      Clemson first appeared in the facility in 1993 and came away with a 14-13 win over Kentucky in the Peach Bowl. The other victory came at the end of the 2003 season against #6 Tennessee. That is the second-highest-ranked team Clemson has defeated in a bowl game. Tennessee was coached by Phillip Fulmer, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.

·      While Clemson has played just eight games in the facil­ity in its history, the Tigers did play two games in a row there. Clemson ended its 2007 season against Auburn and began its 2008 season against Alabama in the dome.

·      The Georgia Dome is the only domed facility where Clemson has played a football game and a basketball game. Clemson is 1-2 in the Georgia Dome in men’s bas­ketball.

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December 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Earle Hall Prank


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Today’s photo above is from the 1980’s and shows a creative prank played on the lettering outside of Earle Hall by some students looking to have a little fun.

The below photo was taken in the early1960’s, soon after the completion of Earle Hall in 1959.

The building was named after Samuel B. Earle, a professor of engineering and President of Clemson’s Agricultural College. It was the first building on campus to be named for a living person at the time of dedication

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Tone Of Offseasons 25 Years Apart

By Scott Rhymer
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In this age of instant accessibility for the average fan to not only consume material, but to opinionate upon that material publically, it is easy to lose traction on history and the relevance that history can sometimes give us.
In other words, it’s too easy for us to incorrectly think that what we are experiencing today is a first in the history of Clemson football.  Part of that is due to the fact that quite a bit of our fan base was not around in the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s.  Their snapshot of Clemson football history comes from the Tommy Bowden era forward.
In the preseason, I saw a few parallels to the 2012 team as that of the 1987 team.  Both teams had favorable home schedules coming into the season along with a returning quarterback to compliment returning running backs and receivers.  And both teams, at least by those that dig deeply into depth charts, were a year ahead of being at their “best”.
The 1988 team, by most accounts during that era, was destined to be Clemson’s best chance to return to the National Championship race since playing for the title during the 1981 season.  The ’88 team would be laden with Seniors and redshirt Juniors; most of them signed after the ACC-imposed scholarship limits were ended at the end of the 1984 season. 
The 1987 team entered the season with a #9 preseason ranking, much of that due to the strong finish in the Gator Bowl against Stanford the year before.   But few with intimate knowledge of the program felt ’87 would be “the team”.  In August of 1987, all eyes were fixated on the 1988 team and what could be for that group of players and coaches as well as our football program.
The 2012 team entered with very similar personnel returnees with Boyd calling the signals and Ellington carrying the ball on the plays that Boyd was not throwing to a bevy of returning receivers.   The 2012 team, much like the 1987 team, did start the year ranked (#14 this year).  But the questions on the offensive line and in the secondary left most with intimate knowledge of the 2012 team pointing towards 2013 as the season that could be really special.
Propelling that theory was the track of recruiting after Dabo Swinney’s hiring.  Dabo’s first signing class (dubbed the “Dandy Dozen”) was in February 2009, giving Swinney his first true full recruiting class in spring of 2010.  Those from the ’10 class that played early would be seniors or redshirt juniors in 2013, giving Clemson the quality of depth at key positions that a program needs to make a title run.
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So, in August, I had the hunch that the 2012 team looked eerily similar to the 1987 team.  What made me optimistic heading into this season was that the ’87 team overachieved a bit and went on to win the ACC and finish the year 10-2 with a huge win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.  And, for the record, that ’87 team lost to South Carolina in Columbia in the final regular season game, even though most of us remember the Georgia win and the Penn State win instead of that Gamecock loss when thinking back to that year.
As the 2012 season has played out, I believe those two teams, 25 years apart, have grown even closer.  The ’87 team, just like this year’s team, benefitted by a schedule that had a lot below average teams littered throughout it.
The 1987 team had 9 regular season wins against teams that finished the year a combined 46-55 (.455)
The 2012 team had 10 regular season wins against teams that finished the year a combined 53-70 (.431)
The 1987 team lost 2 times (NC State and South Carolina) who had a combined record of 12-11 (.522)
The 2012 team lost 2 times (FSU and South Carolina) who had a combined record of 20-4 (.833)
Overall, the 1987 team played 12 games against teams that finished the year a combined 66-70 (.485)
As of December 28th, the 2012 team has played 12 games against teams that are a combined 73-74 (.497). 
(Note:  that will change and probably increase after Clemson plays LSU and the bowl games are complete.  Clemson’s opponent’s records without question will be better in 2012 than it was in 1987 when all is said and done).
Those of you that thought the ACC was terrible this year and that the reason Clemson won 10 games was because of the conference….you are partly correct.  But you could make that argument as well for the 1987 team, although few of you are willing to make that comparison on schedule strength due to the fact that 1987 is still regarded as one of the best years in the program’s history.
In the bowl game of 1987, Clemson was playing Penn State a year after the Nittany Lions won the Fiesta Bowl over Miami to capture the National Championship.  This year, Clemson will play LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl a year after the Tigers played in the National Championship game against Alabama in New Orleans.
What the ’87 team had that the ’12 team does not, at least yet, is a signature win. 
The ’87 team defeated Georgia on a last second field goal by David Treadwell and then followed it up with a dominating win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.  The other wins in ’87 were unremarkable at best and one of the losses (to a 4-7 NC State team in Death Valley) was a bad loss. 
The 2012 team has avoided the bad loss, but needs the signature win as there is not currently one under the belt.
And LSU certainly provides that opportunity.
Tone is not everything, but it is some-thing.  A win on New Year’s Eve against LSU would go a long way in providing a confidence boost for the players, coaches, and fan base heading into a 2013 year that could be special if all of the balls bounce the right way for Clemson.
A loss fuels the fire of doubt that has some questioning whether this team and this program are truly deserving of sniffing around the top 10 of college football. 
South Carolina bruised the ego of everyone that wears Clemson orange.  That bruise still lingers, and that bruise will grow and fester if Clemson cannot find a way to upset the Bengal Tigers.
The 1987 season is remembered fondly, in part, because of the bowl win over a nationally prominent program and legendary coach.  The 1987 season’s tone was set not in Death Valley after losing to a bad Wolfpack team, but rather in central Florida after whipping Penn State.
The 1987 team offers a nice parallel to the 2012 team. A signature win is just about all that keeps that parallel from becoming complete.
The tone of this offseason will be much like the offseason of 1987 if Clemson wins.
And, with a little bit of luck, maybe the 2013 team will do what the 1988 team could not.
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December 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson’s “Main Building” In 1930’s

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Today’s photo is from the 1930’s and shows Clemson’s “Main Building”, today called Tillman Hall.

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 22, 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 at their meeting in the first week of July, 1946.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mechanical Hall And Burn Aftermath

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Today’s photos are of Mechanical Hall (before it burned down and then the aftermath after it burned).

The photo above is a photo showing the old Mechanical Hall. You can see clearly that it was located beside Hardin Hall. Mechanical Hall burned down in 1926 and Clemson began to work on a replacement building.

This photo below was taken on or before 1929 and shows the newly opened Riggs Hall in the distance as seen from what is now called Tillman Hall. You can also see the top of Hardin Hall on the left part of the photo behind the cannon. You can also see in the front of Riggs Hall where it looks like they removed the rubble of Mechanical Hall but had not planted grass.

The final photo below is a fuzzy small photo of that era, but it does show an interesting view of Riggs Hall from the main building (Tillman) from 1928. Here, you can see a better view of the area where Mechanical Hall was and that no grass has yet grown in the burned out plot.

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Clemson Holds First Practice in Atlanta

Tigers Preparing for Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday Night

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December 26, 2012
Atlanta, GA—Clemson held the first of four practices in Atlanta as it prepares to face eighth ranked (BCS) LSU on Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  The 14th ranked Tigers worked out at the Georgia Dome, the site of the annual game, on Wednesday.  The Tigers will work there on Thursday and Friday as well before working at Georgia Tech on Saturday.
“As opposed to just walking in there for the first time on game day, you get a chance to get used to that environment and the surface and catching balls with the ceiling,” Head Coach Dabo Swinney said of practicing in the Georgia Dome. “It’s a whole different environment from what you’re used to.”
Clemson has more experience playing indoors than usual entering this game.  The Tigers started the season with a 26-19 win over Auburn in the season opener this year.  The Tigers also had six practices in its new indoor facility at Clemson before Christmas.
Clemson arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday night and practiced at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday morning before proceeding to the Dave & Buster’s in Marietta, Ga., where the Chick-fil-A Bowl served as host an official welcome party for the team in the afternoon.
 “We had great preparation in Clemson and were able to get our objectives done, and we got back started today with good meetings and really just fine-tuning the plan,” Swinney said.
 “We’re really just trying to spend this week on execution, knowledge, fundamentals and technically just trying to be as sharp as we can. Because in a game like this, it comes down to just a few plays, and we need to be as technically sharp as we can be.”
As Swinney alluded to, the game boasts one of the best matchups of the entire bowl season. The Tigers of the SEC finished No. 8 in the final BCS standings, while the Tigers of the ACC finished No. 14. Of the five BCS bowls, only the National Championship and Fiesta Bowl have better matchups in terms of the combined BCS standings than the Chick-fil-A.
“Certainly we’ve got a big task in front of us,” Swinney said. “This is a top-10 team and one of the best bowl teams out there for a reason.”
Swinney also announced on Wednesday that Shag Anthony and Tony McNeal were not with the team and would not play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl due to academic reasons.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Want To Be An SEC Team? Start By Playing Like One

By Scott Rhymer

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I don’t really care for the drama of all of this conference expansion. How about just let me know if/when Clemson moves to another conference or if/when other teams join the ACC and allow me to stay removed until then.
Ten years ago I would have given a hoot.  Now, the amount of brain power it takes to speculate on the “unspeculatable” forces my brain to work way too hard for such a little return on investment.
I also don’t really care for the drama that some of you enjoy lamenting about in terms of media bias.  Yes, the media is biased.  If you can’t tell the difference in the political tone that Fox News provides compared to that of CNN News you are probably one of those folks that actually believed the Mayans knew what they were talking about.  (Editor’s Note:  I did wait until after May 21st to post this blog just to be sure!).
ESPN loves the SEC.  Hell, they love Tim Tebow too but that is another story.  And ESPN most certainly helps the perception of the SEC, whether that perception is earned or not.  Those of you that cry over that very clear and precise fact need to put on your big boy pants and get a job other than browsing sports internet sites.
So the conference expansion junkies and the SEC bias junkies have found a common soup they are keeping in constant stir in the college football caldron.  They say that if Clemson, and for arguments sake Florida State, want to be a part of the elite of college football piety then we must find a conference we can latch upon to ride the wave of credibility.
(Enter your favorite rumors for Big 12 and SEC here)
I wonder why credibility has anything to do with the conference you play in.  I believe credibility lies in how you play the game.
Let me begin by saying that I have no problem with the ACC.  I took much satisfaction from beating the brains in of teams this year that in the past decade have ripped my heart out.
Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Maryland and NC State all have kicked my face into the back of my head (most of them multiple times) since Danny Ford quit roaming the sidelines.  Ok, to be honest, most of those teams kicked my face into the back of my head a time or two when Danny Ford was coaching too.  But for simplicity I am keeping this blog to the era of AD (After Danny).
I had a big smile on my face after each of those wins this year.  If you can’t smile at winning, especially winning big, you need to find another hobby to follow.
Part of that smile on my face was because of the game I had just witnessed and the fun that comes with winning.  But the other part of my smile was because of some sort of redemption as my mind wandered to all the times in my 35 years of following Clemson when those teams had made me have a tough night’s sleep after a heartbreaking and/or demoralizing loss.
If you have been following Clemson as long, or longer, than me you know exactly what I am talking about.
For full disclosure, I left with tail tucked this year in Tallahassee and from my own seat in Death Valley against South Carolina.  But I have tasted the thrill of victory over the ‘Noles recently and know they must return to Death Valley next year.  And as for the Gamecocks, words for my feelings on that loss are better kept to myself until such time I can remove the profanity from my thoughts. 
So after getting punched in the face by the Gamecocks and their 5th string QB, many of you are screaming that we need out of the ACC and into the SEC or Big 12 or some other conference yet to be invented.
And I’m ok with that.
Sign me up for the SEC and their cool stadiums, ESPN bias, rabid fans, and cheating culture on the recruiting trail. 
But when you sign me up, do so with the understanding that you are also signing me up for "big boy" football.  Players that will hit you in the mouth and then hit you again when you finally come into consciousness.  And you will have to sign me up for coaches that are smart enough to game plan against your tendencies and make you earn every yard you get and defend.
Clemson fans…you say you want to be in the SEC?  If so, you better translate that to your coaches and team.  And when I say translate I mean you better make sure your coaches and your team are ready to play big boy football where bodies fly around and helmets pop.  The SEC is not patty-cake football.  It’s not coached by people that you have to Google search to know their names.
The SEC is a corrupt, well coached, hard hitting, and overrated football conference all wrapped into one.  And it is that very contradiction that has you squirming in the aftermath of a 10-2 regular season that did not feel like a 10-2 regular season.
But alas, Clemson will have a chance to prove it can hang with that type of clientele on December 31st when the most corrupt, well coached and hard hitting team of all of the SEC Giants comes strutting into the Georgia Dome.  LSU is all of that and a coach with a 1985-style top rider hat to boot.
A few months later, another SEC heavyweight will come to Clemson to kick off the 2013 football season.  All told, Clemson will play three of the best SEC teams that the conference has to offer in back to back to back games.   Two of those games will be played at Clemson and the other at a neutral sight.
We already have been punched in the mouth a few weeks ago to start this three game trifecta.  Two more beat downs like that on December 31st and late August of 2013 and we can tuck our tail right between our legs and resume our role of being one of the biggest fish in the small ACC pond next year.
Or we can flip that switch; beat LSU and then Georgia and jump start a potential run for a National Championship in 2013. 
And we can do all of that while playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Gasp!  Can you believe that?
So, Clemson fans, you want to be in the SEC?  I hear some of you say you want to be an SEC member, with all the good (and bad) that comes with that “recognition”.
If that is the case, then you can start by having your team play like an SEC team on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta.  Play tough, with hard hits and excellent coaching on both sides of the ball.
If Clemson wants to be an SEC team, they better start by playing like one. 
And if we do, our conference affiliation will be secondary as a concern.  And the rumors will probably go away as well.
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December 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Changing From A Military College In 1950’s

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Today’s photos show the contrast of just nine years at Clemson in the 1950’s. The above photo was taken around 1952. You can notice the Trustee House in the background and the partial view of the second barracks on the right.

The below picture was taken from the same location 9 years later, around 1961.


You can still see the Trustee House in the background, but other than that, just about everything else has changed. And that change includes the types of students that are now attending Clemson, including women.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball In 1949

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Today’s photo is from a baseball game between Clemson and Duke during the 1949 season when our home baseball games were played just to the west of Riggs Field (where the Sloan Tennis Facility is now).

The picture above shows a Duke player attempt to steal third before being thrown out.

Coaching the Tigers that day on the baseball diamond? None other than Walter Cox.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

December 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard Resigns

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

A “Major” Whipping

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Today's photo is from the 1989 Gator Bowl and shows Clemson linebacker Levon Kirkland (#44 in the photo) sacking West Virginia QB Major Harris.

Kirkland was named the game’s MVP and the sensational Mountaineer QB was sacked 4 times and kept to only 237-yards of total offense. Clemson won the game 27-7, but the score did not reflect how dominate the Tigers were in this game.

It was also the final time Danny Ford coached Clemson, as his termination from Clemson would take place only 3 weeks later.

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Clemson Hosts South Carolina State

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GAME SETUP
Site:  Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Date:  Sunday, December 23, 2012
City:  Clemson, SC
Time:  2:00 PM
Radio:  Clemson Tiger Sports Network on WCCP 104.9 FM (Pete Yanity - play-by-play; Philip Sikes - color)
Web:  WatchESPN.com (Danny Reed - play-by-play, Nate Ross - color)

SERIES NOTES
Overall:  Clemson leads 10-1
at Clemson:  Clemson leads 9-1
at Littlejohn:  Clemson leads 9-1
at SC State:  Clemson leads 1-0
at Neutral:  None played
First Meeting:  Clemson won, 93-70, in 1988-89
Last Meeting:  Clemson won, 69-54, in 2010-11
Streak:  Clemson has won five straight

QUICK FACTS
    Clemson and SC State will meet for the 12th time in series history on Sunday, and for the fourth time in the last five seasons.  The Tigers hold the all-time edge, 10-1.
    Ten of the 11 meetings between the two schools have been held at Clemson, all in Littlejohn Coliseum and since 1988-89.
    Clemson is 27-1 all-time against schools currently in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  Head Coach Brad Brownell is 6-0 against five different teams at two schools.  He is 4-0 vs. the MEAC with Clemson and was 2-0 at Wright State.
    The Tigers are coming off a 23-point loss on the road at Coastal Carolina - the most lopsided defeat in 75 games under Head Coach Brad Brownell.
    SC State enters Sunday’s contest with a 4-8 record, and has played a tough slate so far this season.  Included in SC State’s eight losses have been road games against Iowa, Maryland and Missouri.
    Clemson has yet to have a game decided by seven or fewer points this season.  That is the program’s longest stretch since the Tigers of 1999-2000 also went 10 games without one decided by seven or less between Jan. 19 and Feb. 22.
    Sunday’s game against SC State will be the first of five home games for the Tigers over their next six contests.  Clemson’s only road game in the next three weeks will be Jan. 8 at Duke.
    Devin Booker is coming off a 16-point outing at Coastal Carolina, his high point total since producing 18 against Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  The 6-foot-8 senior made 7-of-11 field goals to lead the Tigers.
     Booker has made 26-of-40 field goals in the second halves of Clemson’s 10 games this season, a 65 percent clip.  He is now sixth in the ACC in overall field goal percentage (.575).
    Booker is fourth in the ACC with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game.  He has had five offensive boards in three different games so far this season.
    Jordan Roper has started the last two games at guard for Clemson and responded with double figure scoring efforts in both.  He had 16 against Florida A&M before tallying 10 of his 12 points in the second half at Coastal Carolina.
    K.J. McDaniels is the only ACC player among the top 10 statistical leaders in both steals per game and blocks per game.  McDaniels is third in blocks and tied for 10th in steals.
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