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Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Mechanical Hall From 1920’s

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Today’s photos are from a building at Clemson that no longer exists, Mechanical Hall.

The photo above is a common photo showing the old Mechanical Hall in the snow and you can see that it was located beside Hardin Hall. Mechanical Hall burned down in 1926 and the school went right to work on a replacement building.

Old Mechanical Hall, which housed Engineering since the college's earliest days, burned to the ground on May 27th, 1926. The roof over the machine shop caught fire, which spread to the rest of the structure. Fire fighters from Anderson, Greenville and Easley finally contained the blaze, saving nearby structures. Greenville City Firefighter J.C.F (Jimmy) Burns lost his life while fighting this blaze.

The fuzzy photo below shows an interesting view of Riggs Hall in 1928 from the Main Building (Tillman). It shows a view of the area where Mechanical Hall was and that it still was without any grass two years after the fire.


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September 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley As A Senior


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Today’s photos are from 1949 and show a very young Bob Bradley during his senior year at Clemson.

The class of 1949 witnessed a perfect 11-0-0 football season in the fall of 1948, and in the above picture you can see Bob Bradley at what I believe to be some celebration get together for his graduation in 1949.

Originally from Greenville, Bob Bradley majored in Textile Manufacturing. He also was the editor of the Tiger newspaper his senior year.

Bradley worked 502 consecutive football games during his career at Clemson. Bradley was presented the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor's office and after his death was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.


Bradley redefined the field of sports information in 1979 when, under his direction, the Clemson Sports Information Department won nine national awards for its brochures and press guides.

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Game Notes As Tigers Crush Wake Forest

Clemson vs. Wake Forest Notes
Memorial Stadium – Clemson, SC
September 28, 2013

Photo By "The State"



Team Notes
·                  Clemson is now 61-17-1 all-time against Wake Forest, including a 31-5 record at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have now won five straight games in the series overall and seven straight at Clemson.
·                  Clemson is 67-20-3 all-time on Homecoming, including a 37-4-2 mark since 1971.
·                  The Tigers are now 66-0-1 all-time when recording at least 500 yards of total offense. Clemson also had 512 yards of total offense in their last home game against South Carolina State.
·                  Clemson’s 56 points in today’s game are the second most ever scored by the Tigers against Wake Forest. The most scored by Clemson against the Demon Deacons came in 1981 when the Tigers scored 82 points, which is the Clemson record for points against an ACC opponent.
·                  Clemson won by 49 points in today’s game. That is the fourth largest margin of victory against an ACC opponent in Clemson history. The largest margin of victory over an ACC opponent came in 1981 when Clemson beat Wake Forest 82-24, a margin of 58 points.
·                  That also is the largest margin of victory by Clemson since 2008 when they beat South Carolina State 54-0.  It was Clemson’s largest margin of victory over an ACC opponent since 1999 when the Tigers defeated Duke 58-7.
·                  Clemson held Wake Forest to just seven points in today’s game. That is the fewest points allowed to an ACC school since 2011 when Clemson defeated Virginia Tech 23-3.
·                  Clemson was 6-for-6 in the red zone in today’s game. The Tigers are now 16-for-16 on the season in red zone opportunities.

Individual Notes
·      Tajh Boyd threw for 311 yards and rushed for 69 to give him 9,971 career yards of total offense in today’s game. With that, he became Clemson’s all-time leader in total offense. He also passed former Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner to move into fourth place in ACC history in career total offense.
·      Boyd’s 311 passing yards in today’s game gave him 9,047 for his career. He is just the second Clemson quarterback and 11th quarterback in ACC history to throw for at least 9,000 yards.
·      Boyd also threw three touchdown passes in the game to give him 82 for his career. That moved him into sole possession of second place in ACC history for passing touchdowns in a career. He trails only Philips Rivers for the ACC record, who threw 95 touchdown passes in his career at NC State.
·      Boyd also rushed for a touchdown to give him 102 total touchdown responsibility for his career. He is just the second player in ACC history to be responsible for at least 100 touchdowns. He also trails Philip Rivers for the ACC record in that category, who accounted for 112 touchdowns in his career.
·      Boyd’s rushing touchdown gives him 20 rushing touchdowns for his career. He is the third Clemson quarterback and ninth quarterback in ACC history to rush for at least 20 touchdowns.
·      Boyd broke the Clemson record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He has attempted 166 straight passes without an interception. The previous record was 165 by Cullen Harper in 2007.
·      In four career games against Wake Forest, Boyd has recorded 1,255 yards of total offense. That is the Clemson record for total offense against the same opponent in a career. The previous record was 1,127 yards by Woodrow Dantzler against NC State from 1998-2001.
·      With the win, Boyd ties Charlie Whitehurst for second place in Clemson history for wins by a starting quarterback with 25. This comes on the day that Boyd passed Whitehurst to become Clemson’s all-time leader in total offense.
·      Sammy Watkins recorded six receptions for 113 receiving yards. He now has nine 100-yard receiving games for his career.
·      Adam Humphries had five catches for a career-high 67 receiving yards.
·      D.J. Howard recorded the first touchdown reception of his career, a 75-yard strike from Boyd in the first quarter. That is the longest reception by a running back since C.J. Spiller had an 83-yard touchdown reception against Duke in 2008.
·      Howard, Jordan Leggett and Mike Williams each recorded the first touchdown receptions of their respective careers in today’s game. C.J. Davidson also rushed for the first touchdown of his career. Ben Boulware recorded the first interception of his career.
·      Davidson went on to rush for another touchdown, giving him two for the game. He is the first Clemson running back to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Roderick McDowell rushed for two against Georgia Tech last season. 

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tiger Pregame Show Broadcast Notes For Homecoming Saturday!

Looking for a place to grab a drink, some food, and a place to hear great Clemson football talk after looking at the Homecoming Floats on Saturday? 

We are excited for Homecoming Weekend and the first ACC Home game of the season this Saturday!  On Saturday, will broadcast from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. live from Mellow Mushroom in Clemson across from Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex.

The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Mellow Mushroom is Presented 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 and we will have special guests on throughout the day, including a breakdown of the best Homecoming Floats this year on Bowman Field by "Kellie The Intern"

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, and a host of Clemson players will set the scene for you in this week 4 game for our #3 ranked Tigers.

Kellie The Intern will be on hand to help us judge the Homecoming Floats, which will include photos of the floats on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Participate in the show with questions/comments via Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds:
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You can use the WCCP 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.

The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, This Saturday from 9:30-12:30 from Mellow Mushroom.

Go Tigers!

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September 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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Friday, September 27, 2013

September 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1938 Aerial View Of Clemson


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Today’s photos are from sometime around 1938 and shows a very young Clemson College Campus.

In the top right corner of the picture you can see the newly constructed Fike Field House. The building originally opened in 1930 as the Clemson Field House, and was the indoor home to Clemson athletics.

You can see the farm land to the left and behind Fike that will one day be Memorial Stadium. Death Valley was not built until 1941.

And finally, if you look beside Long Hall, the small building that you see is the old Dairy building.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Hottie Ingram Out At Clemson


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Today’s photo is from Press Conference following the 1972 season at Clemson.

Clemson, after just completing a 4-7 season, put pressure on Hootie Ingram to resign as head coach of the football team. Ingram indeed resigned, paving the way for Red Parker. In his three years as head coach, Ingram’s overall record was 12-21.

In today's photo we see Hootie Ingram (left), Clemson President R.C. Edwards (center) and Hootie's replacement, Red Parker (right) in a press conference announcing the coaching change.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday Broadcast Notes For Tiger Pregame Show On Homecoming Saturday

Wednesday update on the Tiger Pregame Show and giveaway info for this Homecoming Saturday vs. Wake Forest!

We are excited for Homecoming Weekend and the first ACC Home game of the season this Saturday!  On Saturday, will broadcast from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. live from Mellow Mushroom in Clemson across from Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex.

The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Mellow Mushroom is Presented 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 and we will have special guests on throughout the day, including a breakdown of the best Homecoming Floats this year on Bowman Field.

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, and a host of Clemson players will set the scene for you in this week 4 game for our #3 ranked Tigers.

Participate in the show with questions/comments via Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds:
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You can use the WCCP 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.

The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, This Saturday from 9:30-12:30 from Mellow Mushroom.

Go Tigers!

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September 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1920’s


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Today’s photos are rare images of downtown Clemson in the 1920’s. The above photo is from what is now downtown Clemson facing toward Tillman Hall. In the photo you can see Sloan’s Store (which is now Subway).

The next photo was taken the same day but from the other side of College Avenue. The house in the upper right corner is sitting where Mr. Knickerbocker's is located today.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Gator” Farr

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Today’s photo are of a Clemson legend, “Gator” Farr. Gator was a 1930 graduate of Clemson and best known for his humorous eulogies during the pep rallies prior to the South Carolina football games.

Frank Mellette wrote an interesting insight into the character of "Gator" Farr:

“There is no doubt in the mind of anyone at Clemson that "Gator" Farr was one of the greatest characters who ever went there. "Gator" could blow a bugle and get the softer and more beautiful tones out of it than anybody at Clemson. He was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps during his first two years. He realized that if he remained there for his last two years, he could only reach the rank of captain.”

“He had higher military ambitions and withdrew from the Drum and Bugle Corps after his sophomore year. During his junior year, he was Regimental Sergeant Major, the highest ranking military member of the junior class. "Gator" was Cadet Colonel his senior year, again the highest ranking military member of his class.”

“From time to time, after he had dropped out of the Drum and Bugle Corps, he would go down to the guardroom and blow taps. When he did this, there wasn't a cadet on the campus who didn't know who was blowing the bugle that night. On those occasions as the last notes faded away, there would be immediate and instantaneous applause from all sections of the campus.”

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Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Part III of III)

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Today’s photos are the 3rd part of a three part series on Dan’s Sandwich Shop.

Dan’s Sandwich Shop may best be known for the pictures that adorned the walls of the restaurant. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant. You can see in the above photo all of the pictures that are on the walls.

After this Clemson landmark closed, it became the Tiger Paw Restaurant and served boxed chicken lunches for awhile but soon the kitchen closed and it was strictly a bar with a dance floor. Too many minors nabbed by ABC agents inside saw the loss of the Tiger Paw's license around 1976.


This cleared the way for The Bookstore, which featured a live deejay for the disco era in downtown Clemson. Students could honestly tell their parents that they were spending time at the bookstore! When The Bookstore closed, the place was remodeled into Strawberry's Restaurant, which stayed in business for several years in the early to mid 1980's.

In 1986 and part of 1987 it was a bar/restaurant called Lester's Burgers & Spirits. Finally, the location became TD's, opening July 1, 1988.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Part II of III)


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Today’s photos are the 2nd part of a three part series on Dan’s Sandwich Shop. Today’s photos were taken in the 1960’s after Dan's expanded by acquiring the space next door.

Dan Gentry was the original owner of the Trolley Car Diner on Pendleton Road that is now Mac's Drive-In. After many years working with Mac, Gentry decided to open his own restaurant, thus starting his own Clemson tradition.


Dan’s Sandwich Shop is known as much for the pictures that adorned the walls as for the burgers that they served. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant. Tomorrow, I will post some photos that show those famous pictures inside of Dan's Sandwich Shop.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop In 1950’s

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Today’s photo is of Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Current Location of TD’s) in the 1950’s. This corner has a long history at Clemson with a variety of restaurants occupying the space.

Early in the 1940’s a restaurant named College Cafe occupied the space. In 1952, Dan Gentry opened Dan's Restaurant directly across from the town's post office and served hamburgers. "Judge" Keller would walk up from his store for lunch there.

After a fire in 1965, Dan set-up cooking burgers on the sidewalk outside the next day. Gentry would later purchase the building beside his original Dan’s and expand into the biggest hamburger joint in Clemson during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Tomorrow, I will have some pictures of the expanded Dan’s.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Memorial Stadium From The Air In 1955

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Today’s photo is from high above Memorial Stadium at halftime of a game in 1955. As you can see from the picture, Clemson Cadets are coming back into the stands after being on the field at halftime.

The 1955 Tigers were 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC, which was good enough for a 3rd place finish in the ACC. The Tiger QB’s in 1955 were Charlie Bussey and Don King. Joel Wells and Billy O’Dell were the running backs on that team.

This was the last year that Clemson was a military institution. This group of Cadets on the field in this picture were the last group to have this honor at Clemson.

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Tigers Get Win In Raleigh-Game Notes


Clemson vs. NC State Notes

Photo From Tigernet

Clemson Team notes
·      Clemson is now 10-1 all-time in games on September 19.  It is the winningest date in Clemson history on a percentage basis given a minimum of seven games played.
·      The Tigers are now 10-1 against NC State in games played before October 15 on the calendar since 1978.
·      Clemson has won nine of the last 10 against NC State
·      Clemson’s defense now has 12 sacks over the first three games, the most over the first three games of the season since  1999 when Tommy Bowden’s team also had 12.
·      Clemson is now 3-9 on ESPN Thursday night games.  Two of the three wins are at NC State.  The other win came in 2005 by a 31-10 score.
·      Clemson is now 3-0 for the third straight year.  It is the first time Clemson has opened at least 3-0 for three years in a row since 1928-30.

Clemson Player Notes
·      Sam Cooper caught an 11 yard scoring pass from Tajh Boyd in the first half.  It was Cooper’s first catch of the year.  He is coming off a torn ACL suffered in Clemson’s spring game.  He missed the opener against Georgia, then played 16 plays against South Carolina State.  Cooper now has three touchdown catches for his career and all have been on the road.
·      Tajh Boyd’s touchdown pass to Sam Cooper in the first half was his 77th as a Clemson Tiger.  It moved him into third place on the ACC list.  Ironically it broke a tie with Russell Wilson, who threw many of those scores for the Wolfpack on this same field between 2008-10.
·      Boyd threw two more TD passes in the second half to Martavis Bryant to give him 79 for his career.  He is now tied with Chris Weinke of NC State for second place on the ACC all-time list.  Weinke played for Florida State from 1997-2000 and won the Heisman Trophy in 2000.
·      Vic Beasley had three sacks tonight, giving him five for the year and 13 for his career.  He has had all 13 of his sacks within the last 16 games.  Six of his 13 career sacks are against NC State.  He had three last year in the Clemson win at Death Valley.
·      Chandler Catanzaro became Clemson’s career scoring leader tonight.  He scored eight points to reach 330 for his career, one more than Aaron Hunt had between 2000-2003.  Ironically, he now has 330 career points, the same amount Colin Mackie had for South Carolina.  So both state FBS schools have a scoring leader with the same amount of points.
·      Catanzaro made field goals of 49 and 45 yards tonight.  He now has 22 career field goals of 40 yards or more,  just one short of the record  23 made by Chris Gardocki from 1988-90.
·      Clemson freshman defensive end Shaq Lawson had three tackles for loss tonight, including his first career sack.   He is the first true freshman defensive lineman to record three tackles for loss in a game since 2008 when DaQuan Bowers had three against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl.
·      Sammy Watkins finished the evening with 10 receptions for 96 yards.  It is the third time he had had at least 10 receptions in   a game.  Two of the three have taken place against NC State.  He had 11-110 last year against the Pack.
·      Watkins must like games on Thursday night.  He had 8-202, a Clemson record for yardage, in the win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem last year.
·      Martavis Bryant had two touchdown receptions tonight, the first time in his career he has done that. 

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tiger Pregame Show On The Air Thursday-Show Time And Notes

Broadcast Notes For The Tiger Pregame Show For Tonights Game Vs. NC State. 

Thursday, we will broadcast The Tiger Pregame Show from 1:30-4:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM and wccpfm.com. 

The Tiger Pre-Game Show is Sponsored by Crown Royal and we will help you get your game day/work day information for the Tigers and the Wolfpack.


Mark Sturgis and Scott Rhymer will break down the game and all of the keys, including exclusive interviews with the coaches and players that will make the difference on Thursday night.

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, and Dave Dorean will tell you what the keys to the game will be with Mark and Scott providing perspective.

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 work.  If you are going to Raleigh, use the Tune In App to stream the pregame show while you are on the road or while you are tailgating in Raleigh.

It's a special Thursday afternoon edition of The Tiger Pregame Show Thursday from 1:30-4:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM and wccpfm.com.


Go Tigers!

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September 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1950’s Memorial Stadium Press Box

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Today's photos are of the early 1950's and the Press Box at Memorial Stadium. As you can see from the picture above, the area was small and cramped.

Lou Sahadi writes of some of the antics that went on during this era in the press box.

"Frank Howard always enjoyed a good rapport with the press. Basically, he always made time to accommodate the writers and radio announcers who covered the team.”

“One of his favorite writers in the early 1940's was Carter "Scoop" Latimer, who worked for the Atlanta American. If there was one thing that Latimer liked besides writing, it was drinking. Sometimes he mixed the two, which didn't always work out too well. “

“Yet, Scoop had enough friends to bail him out of trouble. Once, when he was covering a Clemson game, he got so drunk he couldn't finish writing his story and passed out in the press box. His cronies bailed him out. Several kept filing stories over the Western Union wire. After they had sent six of them, the newspaper sent back a message to stop, it didn't need any more Clemson stories."

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday Broadcast Notes For Tiger Pregame Show

Wednesday update on the Tiger Pregame Show for Thursday night's game in Raleigh vs. NC State!

Thursday, we will broadcast The Tiger Pregame Show from 1:30-4:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM and wccpfm.com. 

The Tiger Pre-Game Show is Sponsored by Crown Royal and we will help you get your game day/work day information for the Tigers and the Wolfpack.


Mark Sturgis and Scott Rhymer will break down the game and all of the keys, including exclusive interviews with the coaches and players that will make the difference on Thursday night.

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, and Dave Dorean will tell you what the keys to the game will be with Mark and Scott providing perspective.

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 work.  If you are going to Raleigh, use the Tune In App to stream the pregame show while you are on the road or while you are tailgating in Raleigh.

It's a special Thursday afternoon edition of The Tiger Pregame Show Thursday from 1:30-4:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM and wccpfm.com.


Go Tigers!

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September 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Upset NC State In 1962 ACC Tournament Behind Press Maravich


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Today’s photo is of Clemson Head Press Maravich being carried off the court in the 1962 ACC Tournament after the Tigers stunned NC State in Greensboro. The Tigers were only 12-15 overall during the 1961-1962 season and was only 4-10 in the ACC Regular Season.

After this stunning upset, the Tigers would defeat Duke the following day to advance to the ACC Championship Game against Wake Forest. The Duke win in the semifinals of that tournament, 77-72, on March 2, 1962, was the highest-ranked win in Clemson history to that point.

Clemson would fall 77-66 to the Demon Deacons in that title game, but the run was the highlight of the Press Maravich tenure at Clemson.

Maravich had a record of 55-96 at Clemson and his best year in 1961-1962. Maravich still holds the Clemson record for winning percentage in overtime games, 3-0, in 1956-1957, and he also had a 23-19 career mark in games decided by five points or fewer, also a Clemson record.

Maravich left Clemson and became an assistant coach at N.C. State before moving up to the head coaching position when Everett Case retired. Maravich later became head coach at Louisiana State University where he coached his son, Pete, who went on to become the leading scorer in NCAA history. (Even in 2013, "Pistol Pete" is still the all-time leading National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game.)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Courtside In Littlejohn 1972

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Today’s photo is a courtside view during at Clemson basketball game during the 1972 season. Notice the location of Tiger Band during that era…right behind Press Row.

You can see the late Bob Bradley in the photo standing at the left of the press table. The man seated to the left is Bill McLellan, Clemson's Athletic Director at the time.

Notice also the WSBF banner for the game day radio broadcast. In those days WSBF was both AM and FM. Rumors persist to this day that WSBF used the water pipes in Johnstone Hall as their AM antenna that provided a powerful signal across the upstate of South Carolina.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Boxing At Clemson


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Today’s photos will look at a major sport at Clemson that is no longer a part of the Athletic Department. Boxing was a sport at Clemson in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The photo above is of a Clemson boxer in a match during the 1942 season. This boxer, with the last name of Brown, defeated his opponent from VPI on this evening in Fike Field House.



This match was the highlight of the 1942 season as no other matches were won during that year. That can be blamed, in part, to the fact that the United States had just joined WWII and many Clemson Cadets were beginning training to enter service.

One other side note: The coach of the 1942 boxing team? None other than Walter Cox.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Personal Milestone and Streak Will End Thursday

By Scott Rhymer

It’s 5:55 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, 2003. The sun has come up over Memorial Stadium just enough to shine enough light on the audio mixer in front of me. I hear the voice in my headsets. “5 minutes to opening”.

Indulge me for a moment, if you will. My story is bittersweet, at least for me.



All things must come to an end, or so the saying goes. Back in 2003, I embarked on a mini-journey for covering Clemson football. Roy Philpott and I began hosting the Tiger Pregame Show on the Lawn at Littlejohn at 6:00 a.m. on what turned out to be a terribly hot day in Death Valley on August 30th, 2003.

Fast forward 11 seasons and four co-hosts and the one constant was my role as host, and that the Tiger Pregame Show would be “live on location where the Tigers play”.

That’s 132 consecutive games, spanning as far west as College Station Texas, as far north as Boston Massachusetts, and as far south as Miami Florida. The streak meandered at least once to every ACC stadium (minus the new entries Pitt and Syracuse). The streak included both the old Orange Bowl and the new Sun Life Stadium.


The streak included having to climb fences to get into stadiums, flight delays, cross country drives, 63-17, an ACC Championship, great people, getting lost in Texas, Bowden’s last game in Wake’s “House of Horrors”, Dabo’s first Tiger Walk, a six hour pregame show for Chic Fil A Bowl in 2003, Chowda in Baaastan, meaningless games, critical games, and plenty of strange looks when we walked into the stadiums explaining that our pregame show comes on 6 hours before the game.

Yet somehow, every single time, the logistics of traveling as a one man studio always worked itself out and we were on the air on game day.

But that streak will come to an end this Thursday. That muggy, early morning in August of 2003 is about to have a bookend.

Granted, there are Tiger fans out there with much longer consecutive game streaks than I have. So the 132 consecutive games, while impressive, is not earth shattering. Yet, it still nags at me a bit that it is ending.

The wheels were set in motion for the streak to eventually end way back in 2004 when I entered graduate school at Clemson University to get my Masters in Education Administration. When I started the show in 2003, I was a public education teacher in Anderson and committing to go to every football game on a Saturday was something that was tough on family but had no impact on my “real” job.

Even after earning my Masters and moving to Pendleton High School as an Instructional Coach, commitments to my job and school were not something that kept me from broadcasting the show at home and on the road. There were a few tricky times after I became an Assistant Principal at Dorman High School, including a Dorman/Byrnes game on Friday night in Spartanburg and an all-night drive to Tallahassee for a night game in Doak Campbell in 2006. But the streak continued.

Even when I became Principal in 2008 at Greer Middle School in Greenville County, commitments on Friday night were minimal and the logistics of broadcasting on the road with the Tigers was relatively easy to continue doing.

But in my mind I knew the next step, whenever that may be for me, was to a high school Principalship. With that, the Tiger Pregame Show on the road would be in serious jeopardy because of Friday night high school football and travel logistics for early kickoffs on the road for Clemson.

So this June, when the call came to take over as Principal at Mauldin High School in Greenville, all of the excitement of this new opportunity professionally for me was weighted by the realization that the end of traveling with the Tigers was probably upon me.

Granted, the task is not impossible. Attending a Friday night football game gives me about 7 hours to travel all night to be on location for a 6:00 a.m. broadcast if Clemson plays a noon game.

This year, a home Mauldin game and trips to Syracuse and Maryland were going to be very difficult, if not impossible, depending on game times yet to be set. Logistics can be overcome in most cases, but the crazy travel schedule seemed a bit silly to me now that I am in my 40’s.

This July I went to Chris Downey and the management of WCCP and gave them my decision…I would not attend all of the road games this year. After a moment of stunned silence, the WCCP team immediately started looking at dollar signs flying in the air! You see, going to the games was actually a bad financial deal for WCCP.

On the road, we almost always broadcast the show from the opposing team’s stadium. Keeping me and the show in the Upstate offered opportunities for the sales team at WCCP to sell the show as a remote to local businesses. I have always been thankful for WCCP allowing me to go, even at their bottom line detriment. I owe the late Tommy Powell, Aly Haley, and Chris Downey much thanks for that.

So for the first time since that warm August morning back in 2003, I will not be where the Tigers are on game day. And that is bittersweet for me, partly because of the streak. But mostly because traveling to road games, at least for me, became more enjoyable than going to games in Clemson.

There is something great about the people that go to road games. I found them to be true and dedicated football fans. They were not there just to tailgate or network with business colleagues as you see sometimes in Clemson at home games.

These folks traveled with the Tigers because they loved Clemson and they loved Clemson football. And for 132 games, I was right there with those road warriors of Clemson football.

But on Thursday, we will broadcast the show from a Tailgate Party for WCCP advertisers from 1:30-4:30 in Clemson and then I will be in front of my television watching Clemson football instead of living and breathing it from the stands. And that will be a very strange feeling.

We will still be on the road this year if schedules for Mauldin and Clemson allow it. We will be in Columbia no matter what, so it is not as if traveling with Clemson is over and done with all together. It’s just going to be sporadic now, instead of being a streak.

And as we all know, the game will go on with or without me and the Tiger Pregame Show being on location.

Of course, the show itself will still broadcast six hours prior to kickoff and last until three hours before kickoff, regardless if we travel on the road or not.

For those road warriors in Raleigh Thursday night, yell just a little louder in the stands. There will be one less of you in Carter Finley Thursday night, and he will be a bit sad about that.

Go Tigers!

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