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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

31 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Billy Hair

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Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Billy Hair

Today’s photo is of Billy Hair, who lettered at tailback for Clemson from 1950-1952.
The undefeated 1950 Tigers edged the University of Miami, 15-14 in the 17th annual Orange Bowl played Jan. 1, 1951. 
Billy Hair earned MVP honors in that game.

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July 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Campus From 1960’s


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Today’s aerial photos were taken in the early 1960’s and show the Clemson campus.

In the photo above, you can notice that just two of the shoebox dorms were completed. You can also note that Martin Hall was under construction.

Here's another photo from the same day, with a slightly different view of campus.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

32 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Vance Hammond

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Vance Hammond

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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July 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Winter Fun In Clemson From 1940’s (Part II of II)


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Today’s photos are from the 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets having a great time during winter weather on campus. The above photo shows Cadets in a snow ball fight on campus.

The snow always creates a gathering of people to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.


With classes cancelled, most Cadets simply found things to do outside in the snow and ice.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

33 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Ray Matthews

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Ray Matthews

Ray Mathews was a football and baseball player at Clemson from 1947-1950. Matthews was a starting wing back on the 1948 team that went 11-0 with a win in the Gator Bowl. He was also a starter on the perfect season team in 1950.

In 1948 he led the team in scoring and had the most yards per reception as a sophomore with 27.1. He had a great amount of versatility on the field as he had 3128 all-purpose yards, which includes rushing, receiving, kick returns, and punt returns. He also added 907 yards passing in his career. He also recorded 131 interception return yards on 10 interceptions for his career. He scored 168 points and had 28 touchdowns in his career.

Matthews also excelled on the baseball field. In 1951 he led the team in hits with 33, homeruns with 5, batting average with a .375, slugging percentage at .591, and total bases with 52. He had 10 RBI's in a game against Furman in 1950 as well as three home runs.

Matthews went on to play in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 230 career receptions with the Steelers. He led the Steelers in scoring in 1954 and 1955 and also led them in rushing yards in 1952.

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July 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Winter Fun In Clemson From 1940’s (Part I of II)

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Today’s photos are from the 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets having a great time during winter weather on campus. The above photo shows hundreds of Cadets having a blast on Bowman Field.

The next photo shows Cadets using whatever they can get their hands on to make a homemade sleds.


The final photo of today is of a classic car covered in snow.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

34 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-William Devane

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William Devane

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.

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July 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Class Of 1908 At 25th Reunion


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Today’s photo is of the Class of 1908.

In 1933, the Class of 1908 was having their 25th reunion and took this photo. I wonder if these folks had any idea that 80 years later their photo would be splashed around to thousands of people on the thing called “Internet”!

It also makes you wonder how people will view our pictures taken today on the technology they have 80 years from now.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

35 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Michael Dean Perry

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Michael Dean Perry

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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July 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snow On Bowman Field


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Today we will help cool you off from the summer heat with a few photos of Bowman Field and Tillman Hall in the snow.

The above photo is from the 1980’s and shows a freshly glazed layer of snow that hit the upstate of South Carolina and Clemson.


It seems that anytime Clemson gets snow, one of the first places that students and alumni go to take a picture is at Bowman Field looking towards Tillman. There is just something about snow and Tillman Hall that is majestic in the winter.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

36 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Mike Eppley

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Mike Eppley

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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July 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Golf Team


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Today we'll take a brief look at the history of the Clemson golf team and those involved in its creation. The first golf team at Clemson was started in 1930 by a number of cadets who approached the then AD, James G. Gee, about forming a golf team. Gee approved and the cadets got their wish.

The above from 1930 shows the golf team on Bowman field. Also, in the photo above, the first coach of the golf team, Reverend George Hodges (far right). At the time, Hodges was the minister of the Methodist Church in Clemson.

Over the years Hodges was minister at a number of churches throughout the state. In fact, a congregational fellowship hall was named for Hodges in Clinton, SC. Hodges, however, only coached the golf team for one year before being reassigned to another Methodist church.

Fast forward 52 years later and we see the first Clemson golf team to win an ACC championship, in 1982. Under coach Bobby Robinson, (who later became the Athletic Director), the Clemson golf team finally turned the corner and became a consistent national contender.

And it all started from a handful of cadets and a Methodist minister. Interestingly, one of those cadets lived to see the success of the Clemson golf team. In the 1930 photo, next to coach Hodges, is Alan McCrary Johnstone, the grandson of Alan Johnstone, one of Clemson’s original elected trustees.

In 2003, when the Clemson golf team won the NCAA National Championship, the team named Alan McCrary Johnstone as honorary captain. Not only was Alan Johnstone the last surviving member of Clemson’s very first golf team, he was also the only surviving charter member of IPTAY.


Sadly, Alan McCrary Johnstone is no longer with us. At the age of 95, he died in January, 2006, in his hometown of Orangeburg, S.C. And while Johnstone Hall was named after his grandfather, the legacy of Alan McCrary Johnstone lives on in the Clemson golf team.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

37 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Rodney Williams

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Rodney Williams


Rodney Williams lettered at Clemson from 1985 through 1988. 
Williams took over the starting job from Randy Anderson in 1985, and never looked back, becoming a 4 year starter for Clemson during the program’s most successful era.
In his final home game on November 19, 1988, Williams led the Tigers to a 29-10 win at Memorial Stadium, while also avenging a 20-7 loss to the Gamecocks the year before in Columbia.

The Columbia native was taunted by the Gamecock fans in that loss. But in 1988, Williams threw for 192 yards and rushed for 38 more, including the game-clinching touchdown for the 15th-ranked Tigers. It was Williams’ 31st-career victory. He later went on to get win No. 32 with a victory over Oklahoma in the Citrus Bowl. The 32 wins are a Clemson record for a quarterback.
Rodney is the most successful quarterback in  Clemson football history.
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July 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tree Rollins


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Today’s photos are of Tree Rollins during his time at Clemson in the late 1970’s.

Tree Rollins real name is Wayne Monte Rollins, but everyone called him Tree. At a height of seven foot one, it's easy to see why. Tree was also the first Clemson athlete to have their jersey retired.


Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955, in Winter Haven, Florida) played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree.

The 7-foot-1-inch 275 pound Clemson graduate played center, and gained high esteem for his defense, particularly his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982-83 NBA season.


At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was fourth all-time in career blocked shots, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton. He currently holds the seventh highest total of career blocked shots, with 2,542.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

38 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Bill McGuirt

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Bill McGuirt

Today’s photo is of Bill McGuirt who lettered at fullback for Clemson in 1960 and 1961.
Coach Frank Howard wrote this about Bill McGuirt in his book:

I used to have a fullback named Bill McGuirt. He played in 1960 and '61. When he'd get a letter from his girlfriend late in the week before a game, he'd just run like the devil and tear things up. He was really good.

The athletes got their mail through the athletic department. Back in those days I carried the mail around to each of them.

This one week we were getting ready to play N.C. State in an important game. I had a pretty little secretary named Betty. I told her, "If Bill doesn't get a letter from his girl by Friday morning, you're going to have to write one for me."
Well, he didn't get a letter. So Betty wrote him.

The letter read: "Dear Bill. You're the best looking chunk of manhood I ever saw in my entire life. And I would sure like to have a date with you. People say I'm cute and well stacked. Please meet me under the goal posts after the game."
Bill went out that day and ran for over 175 yards. He played a great game.
After the game I went and talked to the press. The stands were cleared by the time I was on my way back to the dressing room. But there was Bill standing under the goal posts.

I said, "Son, congratulations on a fine game. I want you to play a game just like that next week. Now I want you to come on up and take a good hot shower because I don't want you to catch cold standing around out here. I want to get
another good game from you next Saturday."

He said he couldn't go in right then because he was "waiting on something."

I knew what he was waiting on, but I just said, "Son, you're going to be waiting here a long time and I don't think she's going to show up. So let's just go on in."

I finally talked him into leaving.

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July 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Danny Ford Alabama Player Card

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Today’s photo is something you don’t see very often…an Alabama playing card of Danny Ford.

After graduating from Gadsden High School in Gadsden, Alabama in 1966, Ford was an All-SEC selection under Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama, where he played in three bowl games.

Ford received a bachelor's degree in industrial arts in 1970 and a master's degree in special education in 1971 from Alabama. Ford coached as an assistant at Alabama and Virginia Tech before joining Charley Pell's staff at Clemson.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

39 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Chuck McSwain

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Chuck McSwain

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:

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July 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Campus Life In 1950’s Part II




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Today’s photos are Part II from an idyllic time in our Nation’s history…and in Clemson’s history.

The 1950’s saw an increase in enrollment at Clemson, including the inclusion of women to the college. Those early women were seen on campus blending in with the male students in the photo above.

These students were a part of a generation that were babies when World War II started, and many lost their fathers in the war.


But this new energy of post war America in the 1950’s was a vibrant time.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

40 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Mr. Zip and Mr. Zap

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Mr. Zip and Mr. Zap

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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July 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Campus Life In 1950’s


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Today’s photos are from an idyllic time in our Nation’s history…and in Clemson’s history. The above photo shows students moving to and from Tillman Hall.

The 1950’s saw an increase in enrollment at Clemson, including the inclusion of women to the college.

These students were a part of a generation that were babies when World War II started, and many lost their fathers in the war. But this new energy of post war America in the 1950’s was a vibrant time.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

41 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Steve Fuller

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Steve Fuller

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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July 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Memorial Stadium In 1950’s


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This picture also gives a great view of the old press box at Memorial Stadium. As you can tell, there is not much room for anyone up there, and certainly not enough for the massive amount of media that cover the games today.

When the stadium was expanded in 1958 above the portals in both lower decks, 18,000 seats were added to Memorial Stadium’s capacity. The “new” press box that was built in the South Stands in 1958 after the expansion was not much larger than the one in this picture.

I like this view of Memorial Stadium because you can see the trees around Cemetery Hill, which are now blocked out by the South Upper Deck. People that see Death Valley only on TV get no appreciation of the beautiful surroundings right outside the stadium.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

42 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Walter Cox

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Walter Cox

President Emeritus Walter T. Cox is a member of Clemson University's Class of 1939, and was the third alumnus to rise to the status of president (1985-1986). "Dean" Cox served Clemson in almost every role imaginable, from an offensive guard for the football team while a student, to the football team's line coach, from the baseball coach and ticket manager, to an assistant to the president and director of alumni affairs, from dean of students, to vice president for student affairs. Dean Cox devoted his life to Clemson, and even after his retirement was often seen around campus saying hello to fellow Tigers.

In his playing days, Cox was a starter on the football team, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl Championship team that won Clemson's first-ever bowl game. He was also named All-State that year and later returned to the team as a coach. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1984.

A Belton native, the son of Walter T. and Grace Campbell Cox came to Clemson in 1935 as a freshman cadet. Except for a year of military service during World War II, he never left. As a student, he was a company commander in the Cadet Corps, a letterman in the Block "C" Club and an All-State guard on the football team. After graduating in 1939, he stayed on for a year of postgraduate study, during which he anchored the Tiger front line that helped defeat Boston College in the Tigers' first post-season game, the Jan. 1, 1940, Cotton Bowl.

During the '40s, he worked for Clemson athletics in a number of capacities (assistant football coach, business manager, baseball coach, recruiter, IPTAY promoter). He even filled in for the boxing coach, who was called into the military, and helped clear land, with handsaws, chains and mules, for the football stadium.

In 1950, Cox became the director of public relations and alumni affairs and assistant to the president. In 1955, he was named vice president for student affairs and took a leadership role in directing Clemson's transition from military to civilian status.

"Dean Cox," as he was known to generations of Clemson students, served as vice president for student affairs for three decades. During his tenure, enrollment grew from 2,700 to more than 12,500, and he presided over some of the most important milestones in Clemson's development into a major university, including the enrollment of women and the peaceful desegregation of the student body. At the request of the Board of Trustees, he left the student affairs post in July 1985 to become Clemson's 10th president. The third Clemson graduate to be the school's president, he served until Max Lennon assumed the presidency in March 1986.

Cox once again was called upon to fill a key position temporarily when, from July 1986 until March 1987, he served as vice president for institutional advancement. Although he retired from full-time employment in April 1987, he remained active as a consultant and goodwill ambassador for the university.

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July 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1940’s Clemson Campus


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Today’s photos are from post-WWII Clemson in the late 1940’s.

World War II took a tremendous toll on Clemson’s enrollment. Prior to 1943, Clemson’s enrollment was hovering around 2,700 students. Just two years later in 1945, that number would drop to 745.


Enrollment quickly rebounded, however, as GI’s returned to the States in post-WWII using the GI Bill that gave financial aide to veterans so they could attend college. By 1948, enrollment was up to 3,746 students…many of them war veterans.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

43 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day-Eric Harmon

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Eric Harmon


Today’s photo is of Eric Harmon, who lettered for Clemson at right guard from 1987-1990.

Harmon was a 6-foot-1, 282-pound lineman who started over 40 games which (at the time) was more than any other offensive lineman in school history.

During his senior season, Harmon led the Tigers with 38 knockdowns and had 235 for his career, 11 shy of the school career record.

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July 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop On Gameday


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Today photo is another of Dan’s Sandwich Shop, a Clemson historic landmark.

This photo is from 1968 and it appears like it was taken some Saturday prior to a game in Death Valley. One can assume that because of the long line at 10:50 am.

You can also, notice the 1968 football schedule on the "Tiger Menu."

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

44 Days! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

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Banks McFadden


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Today’s photo is of Banks McFadden, who lettered for Clemson at tailback from 1937-1939.

McFadden attended Great Falls High School in South Carolina, where he led the Red Devils to two state championships in football and one in basketball. McFadden is widely considered to be the greatest athlete in Clemson University history, lettering in three sports (football, basketball and track).

In 1939, McFadden was voted the Associated Press' "Athlete of the Year". McFadden was also a two-time All-American in basketball (1938 and 1939) and led the Tigers basketball team to a Southern Conference championship in 1939.


Upon graduating, McFadden played football for the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers. McFadden fought in World War II and upon returning to the United States went into coaching.

McFadden was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. On September 19, 1987, Clemson University retired his basketball No. 23 and football No. 66. In October 2008, the O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy was introduced as a reward to the winner of the annual football game between Boston College and Clemson, in honor of the historic meeting between Charlie O'Rourke and Banks McFadden in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic, Clemson's first bowl appearance.

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