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It Is...Game Day! Tiger Pregame Show Broadcast Notes

It Is…Game Day!



Crown Royal Tiger Pregame Show At Mellow Mushroom from 1:00-5:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM and wccpfm.com. Also stream the show via Tune In App and WCCP for free.

Come by TPS broadcast with your Game Day signs for prizes. In addition, tons of giveaways, excellent food and drinks, and a great tailgating atmosphere at Mellow Mushroom as we break down this huge game.

Get your questions here on Facebook and we will use your name on the air. You can also submit questions and comments via Twitter @tigerpregame.

Will Proctor, Brandon Maye, Jim Bundren, David Babb, and Scott Howard all expected to join us on the show today. Interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, and Travis Blanks.

And a surprise special guest or two is always possible.

Crown Royal Tiger Pregame Show at Mellow Mushroom, 1-5 today on WCCP.

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August 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

North Upper Deck Construction

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Today’s photos are from the 1983 and show the construction of the North Upper Deck in Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.


The North Upper Deck is comprised of 22,500 yards of concrete, 2,200 tons of reinforcing steel, 3,000 tons of asphalt, 5,800 gallons of paint, and 60,000 pounds of aluminum seating

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

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Friday Pregame Show Broadcast Update!

Here is a Friday update on the Tiger Pregame Show with special guest hosts and giveaway info.

We are excited about the changes to the Tiger Pregame Show. This Saturday, we will broadcast from 1:00-5:00 (extra hour) live from Mellow Mushroom in Clemson across from Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex.

The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Mellow Mushroom is Sponsored by Crown Royal and there will be a great portable bar set up, games, prizes, and giveaways. You can sample Crown Royal products, win CR prizes and be a part of the biggest pre-game party in Clemson.

In addition, food and drinks from Mellow Mushroom are available while you listen to the show…it really is going to be a tailgate atmosphere.

Mark Sturgis is this year’s co-host. Former Tiger Jim Bundren will be our Week 1 “Legend Of the Valley” special co-host. Will Proctor and Brandon Maye are scheduled to stop by. Scott Howard, UGA’s play by play radio broadcaster, will join us to break down the ‘Dawgs.

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, and…

August 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Football In Southeast Asia
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Today’s photo is a poster on a building in Asia that someone took a picture of and sent to Clemson. The photo eventually ended up in a media guide for Clemson many years ago.

The wall poster is based on a picture that was taken during the 1987 Clemson win over Georgia. The QB for Georgia is James Jackson, and I believe that the defensive player for Clemson is tackle Richard McCullough.

Someone posted a while back that the translation of the language had nothing to do with Clemson at all, instead an advertisement for sports photography and color film. Although I don't have the skills to translate the text, I believe this to be the actual meaning of the poster and not a preview of Clemson football.

It goes to show you, very clearly, that you never know when you are going to run into a Clemson connection. I can’t imagine being in Southeast Asia, walking down the street, and coming upon this poster of a Clemson football…

August 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

West Endzone From 1942
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Today’s photo is from the 1942 season and shows the Tigers coming onto the field for warm ups from the West Endzone.

As you can see from the picture, the West Endzone has dramatically changed over the years, becoming the showcase of Memorial Stadium.

I also like this picture because it has a bit of mystery to it. If you look closely, it appears that there is a shadowy figure in the tree almost center of the picture. It almost looks like a person!

What do you think?  Person or not?

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Wednesday Broadcast Update For Tiger Pregame Show

Here is a mid-week update on the Tiger Pregame Show with special guest hosts and giveaway info.

We are excited about the changes to the Tiger Pregame Show. This Saturday, we will broadcast from 1:00-5:00 (extra hour) live from Mellow Mushroom in Clemson across from Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex.

The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Mellow Mushroom is Sponsored by Crown Royal and there will be a great portable bar set up, games, prizes, and giveaways. You can sample Crown Royal products, win CR prizes and be a part of the biggest pre-game party in Clemson.

In addition, food and drinks from Mellow Mushroom are available while you listen to the show…it really is going to be a tailgate atmosphere.

Mark Sturgis is this year’s co-host. Former Tiger Jim Bundren will be our Week 1 “Legend Of the Valley” special co-host. Will Proctor and Brandon Maye are scheduled to stop by. Scott Howard, UGA’s play by play radio broadcaster, will join us to break down the ‘Dawgs.

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables , …

August 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

What A Difference 9 Years Make
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Today’s photos span 1952 to 1961, which included a dramatic change at Clemson.

The above photo was taken around 1952, when Clemson was still an all-male Military College. You can take note of the Trustee House in the background and the partial view of the second barracks on the right.

Fast forward just 9 years and you see the same photo location, but dramatically different culture at Clemson. In 1961, Clemson was no longer a Military College and it was no longer all-male.


One note from the two pictures…notice that the chimneys on the Trustee House are gone in the 1961 photo. I wonder where they went??!!

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August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard
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Today’s photo is of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Howard, taken in the 1950’s.

Frank Howard is Clemson University's most memorable football coaches, and worthy of his nickname as, “The Legend”.

A native of Barlow Bend, Alabama, he coached at Clemson for 39 years, thirty as head coach, stepping down in 1969. His legendary 1948 Tigers went undefeated and beat Missouri in the 1949 Gator Bowl, which was the bowl's first sell-out, and that game ensured the future success of the Gator Bowl. It was Clemson's first perfect season since 1900.

His colorful persona, and penchant for imaginative language and improbable stories made him Clemson's most recognizable figure and representative until his death.

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August 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Danny’s Last Run Down The Hill
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Today’s picture is from the scoreboard above the hill and was taken on October 28, 1989 vs. Wake Forest. The significance of that date and game is that it was the last home game of the 1989 season; and the 1989 season was the last season for Head Coach Danny Ford. So, as Ford trotted down the hill in this picture, he unknowingly was doing so for the last time as the coach at Clemson.

If you look closely, you can see the Wake Forest players assembling at the bottom of the hill to “taunt” the Tigers as we came down the hill. Clemson went on to defeat Wake 44-10, so the taunting did not work so well!

Clemson would finish the year 10-2 overall and 5-2 in the ACC, finishing 3rd. The Tigers would receive a bid to the Gator Bowl where we beat West Virginia and Major Harris.

The game in this picture took place just 4 weeks after Hurricane Hugo ravaged the South Carolina coast and inland areas. Many fans noted that eerie site of goi…

Visitor's Guide To A Clemson Football Weekend

By Scott Rhymer
Host of The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 104.9 FM

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One of the great things about the start of a new football season is that it offers the opportunity to welcome people to Clemson (either for the first time or after a long time away).

We are excited to host the Georgia Bulldogs and their fans this weekend. As most Clemson fans will say, we have a genuine appreciation for what we have at Clemson on a game weekend and we are eager to share that with visitors. The Clemson/Georgia rivalry is so great, steeped in history and tradition.

So this is a quick (certainly not all-inclusive) look at what I feel are “don’t miss” things about a Clemson weekend that Georgia fans can use as they come into Clemson this weekend. The hope of this blog is that Bulldog fans can have a road map of the things to do in Clemson this weekend and that Clemson fans can have a reminder of some of the truly unique things that we have to offer and pas…

August 25th Clemson HIstoric Picture Of The Day

Riggs Field
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Today’s photos are of Riggs Field during a football game, taken sometime around the mid 1930’s.

The below photo shows the type of photographic equipment that was used back in the 1930s. Once again this is taken on Riggs Field. Given that this was done around the time of the depression, I guess they did the best they could with the funds available, often with mixed results.


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7 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Reggie Merriweather

7 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Reggie Merriweather
Reggie played for North Augusta High School (S.C.) and came to Clemson as a highly rated recruit after an outstanding senior season in which he rushed for 2580 yards and 29 TD's.
After redshirting in 2002, he played in all 13 games in 2003 on special teams and had 16 carries as a tailback.
In 2004, despite having only started six games, he finished the season with the most carries (136) and led the team in rushing yards (670), averaging 4.9 per carry. Merriweather scored 11 TD's in 2004, 3 of which came in a OT victory against then #10 Miami in the Orange Bowl and 3 more against South Carolina in the year of the infamous brawl.
In 2005, Reggie again started six games while James Davis started the other six. He gained 736 yards on 149 carries, averaging 4.8 per carry and had 7 TD's. Notable games included three 100+ yard performances in a row against Temple, Duke and Georgia Tech.
Merriw…

August 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007

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Today’s photos are from a joyous evening in 2007 for Clemson Nation.
On November 24, 2007, Clemson kicker Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give #21 Clemson a memorable 23-21 victory over Carolina.
The win lifted Clemson coach Tommy Bowden to 7-2 all-time against the Gamecocks and 2-1 against USC coach Steve Spurrier.

The 2007 game is notable as the first in the series with the winning points scored on the game's final play.

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8 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Aaron Kelly

8 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Aaron Kelly

After two seasons as a possession receiver (averaging 38 catches for 465 yards and three touchdowns), Kelly exploded onto the scene as a junior, leading the ACC with 11 touchdown receptions and 83.2 receiving yards per game.
Kelly’s averaged 10.8-yard average on 67 catches as a senior. Kelly left school as the ACC career reception leader (226).Kelly broke the record against Duke when he had 10 receptions.

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August 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”
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Today’s photos are from what has been appropriately dubbed, “The Catch, Part II”.

Aaron Hunt hit a field goal with under 5 seconds to play to lift the Tigers over South Carolina 16-14. Hunt sent Death Valley into a frenzy, and the Tigers off to the Gator Bowl with their best regular-season record since 1991.

The Tigers looked dead after Thomas Hill, a tight end who had no catches this season, fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with 59 seconds to go for a 14-13 lead.

But Woody Dantzler found his favorite receiver, Rod Gardner, for a 50-yard catch to South Carolina's 8 with 10 seconds remaining. It was an act of desperation for Dantzler and Clemson, but the catch would put Clemson into field goal range to set up the drama with Hunt.

The reception would go down in history as “The Catch, Part II”. If you are a South Carolina fan, you probably refer to the play as “The Push Off”.

Either way, it was one of…

9 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Ben Hall

9 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Ben Hall

Hall played tight end at Clemson and reached the pinnacle of his career in the 2003 game against South Carolina in the 63-17 win. Hall’s Clemson career was marked by being underused in the offensive scheme and was further checkered by a stint where he left the team for personal reasons.
Hall was the first tight end at Clemson since Jim Riggs to be the focal point (at least on paper) for the offense. The Tiger Pregame Show On WCCP 104.9 FM The Tiger Pregame Show on Facebook Tigerpregame on Twitter Scott Rhymer can be reached at scottrhymer.tps@gmail.com

August 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Birth Of Orange Pants In 1980

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Today’s photos are from the 1980 season and the finale against the Gamecocks inside of Death Valley.

Clemson entered the South Carolina game with a 5-5 record after being blasted the week before at Maryland 34-7. The Tigers had lost four of their last five games and there were rumors that if Clemson did not beat Jim Carlen’s 8-2 Gamecocks, head coach Danny Ford was sure to be fired.


With his team down on itself after the loss to Maryland, Ford knew he needed to do something to inspire his football team. Taking a key from his former coach, Alabama’s Bear Bryant, Ford reached deep into his bag of motivational tricks and pulled out a pair of orange pants.

When Ford played at Alabama, Bryant would allow his team to where crimson pants with the crimson jerseys against rival Auburn when he felt his team deserved to play in them or if they needed an emotional lift.

“We warmed up in the white pants, but we all knew we were going…

10 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Charlie Whitehurst

10 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Charlie Whitehurst

After redshirting as a freshman at Clemson in 2001, Whitehurst took over the starting quarterback duties from Willie Simmons the second half of the 2002 campaign. Whitehurst went on to complete 123 of 214 passes (57.5 percent) for 1,554 yards, ten touchdowns and six interceptions while appearing in nine contests that year. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 145.0 passer efficiency rating.
The 2003 season was Whitehurst's coming out party. He set school single-season records for most pass attempts (465), pass completions (288), passing efficiency (min. 300 attempts; 135.6), passing yards (3,561), most 200-yard passing games (11), most 300-yard passing games (5), most touchdown passes (21) and total offensive plays (557). As memorable as the 2003 season was, the 2004 campaign was just as forgettable. Whitehurst would manage only seven touchdown passes while being intercepte…

August 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fuller And Sims Lead Tigers Over Gamecocks In ‘78

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Today’s photos are from the 1978 Clemson/South Carolina game. In the picture above, Steve Fuller is “wrestled” to the ground by a Gamecock defender early in the game.
The 1978 regular season finale against the Gamecocks was played in front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans. 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 c…

11 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Justin Miller

11 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Justin Miller

Justin Miller was an exciting big-play specialist, joining Bobby Gage (1945-48) as the only Clemson players to ever score a touchdown on a kickoff return and a punt return. Miller holds Clemson’s career-record with a kickoff return average of 30.7 yards. Miller was a unanimous Freshman All-American selection in 2002. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with a school season-record tying eight interceptions, matching the mark first set by Robert O'Neal in 1989. Miller totaled 61 tackles (43 solos) with two forced fumbles. On special teams, Miller collected 456 yards and a touchdown on thirteen kickoff returns. His return average of 35.1 yards broke the old school season-record of 32.11 yards by Terrence Roulhac in 1986.
Miller started every game at cornerback in 2003, posting 54 tackles (45 solos) with two stops for losses, two interceptions, thirteen pass deflections …