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Saturday, August 31, 2013

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


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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, August 30, 2013

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 Tajh Boyd, Travis Blanks, Rod McDowell, and Spencer Shuey will set the scene for the game for you.

Bring your ESPN Game Day Signs to Mellow Mushroom and we will award some prizes for the most creative signs…as well as mention them on the air during the broadcast.

Participate in the show with questions/comments via Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds:
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You can use Tune In App (for free) and stream WCCP 104.9 FM from your Mobile Device as you move around campus on Saturday. Arrive in Clemson early, avoid the traffic, and get great food/drinks and the Tiger Pregame Show all in one place...the Mellow Mushroom.

It is game week (finally)! Go Tigers!

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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 player!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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, August 28, 2013

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 , and a host of Clemson players will set the scene for the game for you.

Bring your ESPN Game Day Signs to Mellow Mushroom and we will award some prizes for the most creative signs…as well as mention them on the air during the broadcast.

Participate in the show with questions/comments via Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds:
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You can use Tune In App (for free) and stream WCCP 104.9 FM from your Mobile Device as you move around campus on Saturday. Arrive in Clemson early, avoid the traffic, and get great food/drinks and the Tiger Pregame Show all in one place...the Mellow Mushroom.

Updates throughout the week at http://tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com/

It is game week (finally)! Go Tigers!

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

August 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

What A Difference 9 Years Make

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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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Monday, August 26, 2013

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 going to the Clemson home games in October and never seeing a State Trooper directing traffic. All troopers were assisting with the Hugo recovery and were not available for Clemson and South Carolina football games.

Some notable Tigers on the 1989 team included: Terry Allen, Rob Bodine, Gary Cooper, Dexter Davis, Chris Gardocki, Vance Hammond, Wesley McFadden, Levon Kirkland, and Ed McDaniel.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

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 pass it on via multiple social network sites to put out the word to our visitors.


Friday, Sunday, or Labor Day Monday



With Game Day and all of the festivities on Saturday, many fans will make their way into Clemson on Friday. For those that will arrive early enough, a round of golf at the Walker Course is a must do. Georgia fans can get a great view of Lake Hartwell on the back nine at the Walker Course, including the Tiger Paw Hole, #17.

Friday Evening
Friday evening in Clemson is a mix of food and fun, depending on your age and depending on how late a night you want to make Friday.

A unique opening weekend tradition at Clemson is the First Friday Parade.  Fraternities and sororities go all out to provide entertainment and excitement about the upcoming season. 

If you have never seen the "Kudzoo Kids", the First Friday Parade is worth your time just for the chance to see this truly unique Clemson tradition.

The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and winds it way down Highway 93 and will conclude at Riggs Field.  At Riggs Field, a Pep Rally will take place and the Miss First Friday award winners will be announced.  This year's theme is "Spirit of the Southland" and the parade and festivities are coordinated by Clemson's Central Spirit.
 

My favorite restaurant in Clemson is Sardi’s Den and it is a great mixture of wonderful food in a laid back atmosphere.  I am a bit picky with my ribs, so my endorsement of Sardi’s ribs should be taken with a close eye. Very few places in South Carolina do ribs as well as Sardi’s and a full-rack with fries is enough food for two people, although this one usually does it by himself! The rest of the food (I hear) is great at Sardi’s, although I would never know because of my love of the ribs and considering I never order anything else. The atmosphere is laid back in the true sense of the word.

My only other food recommendation in Clemson on Friday night is Calhoun Corners or Pixie and Bills. Both are outstanding and they have different menus and different atmospheres, so it best to check out their web site for more information. http://www.tigergourmet.com/
With all restaurants in Clemson, I would highly encourage you to get a reservation.

If a watering hole is your idea of fun, it really comes down to two places that a visitor to Clemson does not want to miss.

Tiger Town Tavern http://www.tigertowntavern.com/  is the place to be if you are going to be on College Avenue in the heart of downtown Clemson. There will be a smattering of older folks in TTT, especially before 10:00. After that, it will become Grand Central Station for Clemson students.

If the hustle and bustle of College Avenue and the college kids is not your cup of tea, I’d venture a mile or so down the road towards Death Valley to the World Famous Esso Club
http://theessoclub.com/


At The Esso Club, you will be in the shadow of Death Valley and with a “more experienced” crowd at the Esso Club. This is Brent Musburger’s favorite place in Clemson, and they honor him on the walls at the bar area.

Saturday-Pre Game
The first words of advice about a first game kickoff in Clemson is to arrive early.

Game Day will broadcast on Bowman Field from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Game Day will provide an excellent opportunity to walk the campus after you park and get an early start to pregame. 

Due to Game Day and this being the season opener, I would highly encourage you to arrive in Clemson as early as you can do so.  Traffic moving into Clemson can become a crawl once you hit the three hour window prior to the game.

This is especially true when visiting teams that bring a lot of fans into the area, which Georgia will do Saturday. Georgia fan’s lack of knowledge with the driving routes into Clemson will add to the confusion and expected delays. If you don’t want your pregame festivities to be held in your car sitting in traffic, arrive to your parking area by very early and then enjoy the rest of your tailgate in a parked spot. All parking lots open at 6:00 a.m.

I would be remiss not to mention our broadcast (Tiger Pregame Show) that will begin airing Saturday at 1:00-5:00 p.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com. Our broadcast location is the Mellow Mushroom across from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex.  Plenty of food and drinks will be available, include television sets so that you can watch other games in progress.  If you attend Game Day on Bowman Field, the walk to Mellow Mushroom for food, drinks, and the Tiger Pregame Show is just 5 minutes away.

We will break down the Clemson/Georgia game, including a conversation with Scott Howard, play by play broadcaster of the Georgia Bulldogs.

We will have player and coach interviews and give you everything you need to know as a key for the big game.  

If you download (for free) the Tune In App for your mobile device, you can stream WCCP 104.9 on your drive into Clemson. You should also be able to pick up the station on your radio around Spartanburg, SC. if traveling south and Commerce, Georgia if you are traveling north.

In terms of parking, the first caution for visitors lucky enough to have a parking pass is to ensure that you know which route to take to get to the space. This information can be found on the parking pass itself, or at
www.clemsontigers.com.

Not all roads lead to certain parking areas in an effort to control the traffic flow. For those without parking passes, there are two options for parking depending on what you would prefer doing during the tailgate. You can use the below PDF file parking map for reference. http://www.nmnathletics.com/fls/28500/pdf/iptay/2012-13/fan_guide_2012.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=28500

For those just looking to park and then walk the beautiful Clemson campus and/or hit the downtown restaurants and bars, I would encourage you to use the General Parking off of Cherry Road. For those that are going to set up a tailgate and remain at your spot until the game, I would recommend the YMCA General Parking Area.


The YMCA lot is just over the Highway 93 bridge and is located on Lake Hartwell. The YMCA lot offers plenty of grass to tailgate on as well as a view of the lake. Shuttle busses will route you to and from the stadium from the YMCA lot, but the walk is not that bad if you prefer. This is also where visitor Motor Homes can park.

After you park, if you decide to move in and around the campus and the IPTAY parking lots, you will find Clemson fans friendly and more than welcome to offer you a drink and/or food. In fact, you will have a hard time making your way through these lots without Clemson fans offering you to stop at their tailgate. For those that will not tailgate at their car, all of the College Avenue restaurants and bars will be open early, including the Esso Club near the stadium.

 
Tiger Walk takes place in the West Endzone parking area (Lot 5 on map above). If you want to see the Clemson players and coaches walk into the stadium, this is the place to be at 6:00 pm.


At 7:00, the Clemson Tiger Band will prepare for their walk into the stadium beginning at the corner of Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive.

For those of you parking at the Cherry Road area lot, this will mark a good point for you to come into the stadium by following Tiger Band down to Death Valley. The band walks down Fort Hill Street, around the Scroll Of Honor Memorial, under the North Stands overhang, and into the stadium in the West Endzone. The color and pageantry of Tiger Band and the playing of Tiger Rag will certainly get you fired up for the game.

In terms of when you should enter the stadium, I would encourage you to enter at least 45 minutes prior to kickoff. Clemson scans tickets upon entry into Death Valley, which is a slightly slower than simpy ripping ticket stubs.  Considering this game is a sell out, it is safe to say it will be even slower Saturday. By arriving in the stadium early, you will avoid missing the pregame festivities and, of course, the Tigers running down the hill.

Pre Game-Inside Stadium
Assuming you arrive early enough to get your seats, the color and pageantry of a Clemson pregame is something that most say is an unforgettable experience. “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds In College Football” actually starts in the West Endzone about 10 minutes prior to kickoff as the team and coaches are loaded onto busses for the short trip around the north side of the stadium to around the east side of the stadium where The Hill is located.

Once the team/busses have made their way around the North Stands, Clemson band will strike up “Orange Bowl March” before getting into formation. When the cannon sounds, Clemson will treat you to a truly unique experience that still leaves the hair on my neck standing even after all of these years.


The spelling of C-L-E-M-S-O-N as the Tigers come down the hill is a must see for any serious college football fan. Have your cameras ready for this moment.

After The Game
If you have lower deck tickets for the game on Saturday, you can experience one of the unique Clemson experiences. Clemson allows fans, young and old, to go onto the field after the game. There is a 1 minute delay once the final tick of the clock has gone off. This is in place so coaches of both teams can shake hands and then exit the field quickly.

You can enter the field either in the East Endzone (The Hill) or the West Endzone. Clemson players often hang around long enough for fans to get their autographs and/or pictures taken. Most of the time, opposing team’s players will also hang around and sign autographs as well (depending on the coaching staff of the opposing team).

The only guarantee I can give Saturday is a great atmosphere for college football! All of us in Clemson sure hope our Tigers win, but regardless you will find the atmosphere after the game as hospitable as before the game, regardless of the outcome. My advice is to sit tight after the game and don’t be in a hurry to get out of Clemson because there are no “quick” ways out of Clemson on a game day.


I know I speak for all of Clemson Nation when I say…”Welcome To Clemson”. We hope to leave you with a great impression of our game day and we also hope that you leave with a loss!

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August 25th Clemson HIstoric Picture Of The Day

Riggs Field

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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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Saturday, August 24, 2013

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.

Merriweather scored two TD's against MD that year with a 7.5 average yard per carry and 3 TD's against Duke. In 2006, Davis was the starter in all 13 games and freshman C.J. Spiller was also on the field along with Demerick Chancellor.

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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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Friday, August 23, 2013

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

8 Days Until Kickoff!
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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.

Kelly was selected Second-Team All-ACC in his Senior year.
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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 the most remarkable endings in the history of the rivalry series between the two teams.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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. 
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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 to change into the orange pants when we got back to the locker room so all throughout warm-ups we were pumped up and ready to go,” Clemson All-American linebacker Jeff Davis said. “We knew how excited the fans would get when they first saw us come to the top of the Hill wearing nothing but orange.”

Late in the game, South Carolina’s Gary Harper threw the ball into the flat and Willie Underwood made a break for the ball and took the pass back for a 37-yard touchdown and a 20-6 Tigers lead. Clemson later added a 15-yard Jeff McCall touchdown to seal the 27-6 victory.

The win over South Carolina did more than just secure a winning season and save Ford’s job, it also was a springboard for Clemson’s national championship run a year later.

Here is a Youtube video of the 1980 game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te0bv6EVeCg

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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 intercepted 17 times. He hit on 177 of 349 passes (50.7 percent) for 2,067 yards and rushed for 43 yards and a score on 80 carries. In addition to his 17 interceptions, he was sacked 25 times and fumbled the ball a team-high ten times.

With the addition of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, Whitehurst finally found a mentor before the 2005 season. He drastically improved his accuracy, but was still prone to throwing the costly interception or getting sacked. Whitehurst completed 67.4 percent of his passes (229 of 340) for 2,483 yards and eleven touchdowns. However, he was sacked 20 times for losses of 150 yards, threw ten interceptions and fumbled five times. Whitehurst did stretch the field more often, as 36 of his pass completions were for 20 yards or longer.
In 44 games with the Tigers, Whitehurst completed 817 of 1,368 passes (59.7 percent) for 9,665 yards, 49 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. He set forty-one school records, including career marks for most pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, 200-yard passing games (24) and 300-yard passing games (8). He also scored ten times while netting 98 yards on 266 carries. Whitehurst started a record 37 consecutive games for the Tigers between 2002 and 2005, but the streak ended when he did not play against Duke due to a sore shoulder. Whitehurst had surgery on Dec. 1, 2005 to correct the problem, returning to the field for his final game vs. Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl.
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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 coasted to a 41-23 victory, the ninth straight win to close the regular season.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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

11 Days Until Kickoff!
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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 and a forced fumble. He also helped the team rank among the national leaders in return yardage, as he totaled 417 yards on 17 kickoff returns (24.5 avg) and 73 yards on eight punt returns (9.1 avg) with a touchdown.

Miller picked up All-American honors in 2004, as he scored three times on special teams. Miller had 20 kickoff returns for 661 yards (33.1 avg) and a pair of scores, adding 339 yards and a touchdown on 26 punt returns (13.0 avg). He recorded 54 tackles (46 solos) with three interceptions and also deflected nine passes.
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