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Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

First Game In Death Valley




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Today’s photo is from September 19th, 1942 and the first game played inside Memorial Stadium. Clemson defeated Presbyterian.


You can notice that the top of the South Stands only extends to where the portals of the South Stands are today. You can also note the wall at the bottom of the South Stands is not painted orange as of yet.


You can’t tell from the picture, but the original seats in Memorial Stadium were wood, not aluminum.


Memorial Stadium was constructed against the wishes of the late and former Clemson Head Coach Jess Neely. Just before leaving for Rice University after the 1939 season, he told Frank Howard, "Don't ever let them talk you into building a big stadium. Put about 10,000 seats behind the YMCA. That's all you'll ever need."


Despite this, the University decided it was time to build a stadium. They chose to build in the valley in the western part of campus. On April 3, 1941, the South Carolina General Assembly ratified an act authorizing a $150,000 bond issue for the new stadium, and the bill went to Governor Burnet R. Maybank for signature. The original 20,000 seat stadium was constructed for $125,000 or $6.25 a seat.


The stadium was designed by Carl Lee of Charlotte, N.C., a Clemson graduate, Class of 1908, and Professor H. E. Glenn of the engineering faculty.


On September 19, 1942, Memorial Stadium was opened with a 32-13 victory over Presbyterian College. Much of the early construction of the stadium was done by scholarship athletes. In fact, the first staking out of the stadium was done by A. N. Cameron and Hugh Webb, two members of the football team.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fred Cone As Santa in 1948

"Pop, this next play is going to determine whether I am a good coach or a SOB"-Frank Howard



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Today’s picture is from 1948 and of Fred Cone joking around by dressing up as Santa Claus during a practice session in December of 1948 as the Tigers prepare for the Gator Bowl.


Cone is standing inside of Memorial Stadium with the North Stands at his back.


Frank Howard spoke of Cone in his book, Howard The Legend. Below is an excerpt.


When I was about to graduate from high school, all my sisters said, "Brother, get you a job and help momma." Except Hazel. She said, "You go to college and I'll help momma."


In 1947, Hazel called me and said, "Brother, I have you a great football player. But he never has played football." She said his name was Fred Cone. She was sure he'd make a fine player, even though he'd never played the sport.


The main reason for her call is that he just wanted into Clemson. He had tried Auburn and Alabama, but they were full. Back in those days, it was hard to get into college because of all the veterans returning from World War II. But I had an arrangement with our registrar. I had told him that on September 1st I'd give him 40 names of boys I wanted in school and he'd save me 40 places. When Hazel called I had 39 names on that list.


So, I wrote Fred Cone in as my 40th name. That's how he got into school.I asked her later how she knew he was going to be a great football player. She said, "I saw him dive off a diving board one time."


Cone was from Pineapple, Alabama. His aunt lived next door to Hazel. Those two tickets that I sent to her for that Tulane game got me the next-door neighbor's nephew, who turned out to be one of the best football players I ever had.


Fred was a fullback. After he played for me he played for Green Bay in the NFL for several years. Then he went to Dallas for several more seasons. When Fred hit the line, he could either run over them or around them.


Our 1948 team was playing Missouri in the Gator Bowl game played January 1, 1949. They couldn't stop us and we couldn't stop them. I had a fellow working for me as an assistant coach named Russ Cohen. He told me after that game that we had a good team except for our pass defense. So I hired him to take over that phase of our defense. He called me 'Skipper' and I called him 'Pop'.


So we were playing in that Gator Bowl. We had Missouri 24-23 with two minutes to play. We had the ball on the 50-yard line. My tailback was calling the signals. In those days you couldn't send in plays. But you could signal a little bit if they didn't see you. So he looked over at me, wondering if he should punt because it was fourth and four. But I gave him the 'go' sign. I figured Missouri could score from 80 yards as easy as from 50 the way they had been moving the ball. I thought our only chance was to make a first down and run out the clock.


Skipper asked me what I told him. I said, "Pop, I told him to run it." He said, "Oh, my God, I wish you'd have told him to punt." I said, "Pop, this next play is going to decide whether I'm a good coach or an SOB."


Old Cone busted in there, got hit right at the line of scrimmage, but wiggled out of there and got six. The old man grabbed me around the neck and said, "Skipper, you're not an SOB today."


Then we kept the ball until the game was over. Cone really saved me my job.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1960's Game Day



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I believe this is a game day at Clemson in 1962. A few clues help narrow down the date, but one major clue that could confirm the actual date.

The clue that I don’t know is the building that is under construction on the left side of the picture. This building is no longer standing, as the Stadium Residence Hall now sits in that location. The Stadium Residence Hall was built in 2002, and the building that sat there prior to 2002 is the building that is under construction in this picture.

If I knew the name of that building under construction, I could probably pin down the actual year of this picture (and maybe even the actual game).

The clues that help narrow down the date are found in various parts of the picture. You can notice the West Stands has been completed in this picture. The date of completion for the West Stands was 1960.

You can also notice the clear contrast of the North Stands above the portals. The original North Stands was only as high as where the portals are today. In 1958, that was expanded on both the North and South Stands, adding 18,000 total seats to Memorial Stadium. In the picture, you can see the color change above the portal with the newer seats.

You can also see in the picture that Littlejohn Coliseum has yet to be constructed. Littlejohn was completed in 1968, with ground being broken in 1966. So we can easily narrow the picture down to between 1960-1966 based on those clues.

Those white buildings you see where the lawn at Littlejohn and Lot 2 sits today were apartments for married students at Clemson in the 1960’s.

Contrary to popular belief, you can see that lights did exist in Death Valley many years ago. If you look closely, you can see the pole with the lights in the picture.

I can’t tell in the picture if that is the Clemson Tiger Band going down Fort Hill Street or if that is a military brigade or company marching to the stadium.

You can also see that the endzone painting on the field says “IPTAY” instead of “Clemson”. This was done for several years in the early 1960’s to promote IPTAY and increase donations to the athletic fund.

One other thing about this picture is unknown to me. The big brick building that sits almost exactly where Littlejohn sits today is a mystery to me. Someone once told me that the building was a sewage treatment facility, but I find that hard to believe considering how far away from the main part of campus that building is. If anyone can shed light on the "unknowns" of this picture, reply on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook page or to my email below.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball Legend Rusty Adkins


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Today’s photos are of a Clemson baseball legend, Rusty Adkins.

Rusty Adkins is Clemson's only three-time All-American in baseball. He earned All-ACC and All-District honors for the 1965-67 seasons.

Adkins had a 41-game hitting streak over the 1965 and 1966 seasons, an ACC record. In 1965, he hit .444 on the year and did not strike out. He had a three-year career batting average of .379 with a wooden bat. His first and last career hits were both homeruns.

Baseball American named him to the All-College Baseball Team for the 1965-74 era.   Adkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played four years in the minor leagues.


Adkins was later inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1995, and then the Clemson Ring of Honor in 1998. He became the inaugural member of the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, as well.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley and Press Box In 1977


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Today’s photos are from the 1977 football season and are of Bob Bradley inside the Press Box on game day in Clemson. I am also hoping that some of the others in these photos can be identified, so if you know please email me or respond to the post on Facebook.

The above photo is a great shot of Bob working the game (notice his Clemson Alumni ring proudly worn)! I do not know who the gentleman to Bob’s right is.

In the next photo, I am almost certain that the person Bob is talking to below is former Greenville News writer Dan Foster.   I also believe that the young man sitting directly to the right of Bob is his son, Robert.


And finally, on the back row of the picture above are Jerry Arp and Al Adams.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Notes From Clemson's Win Over Maryland

Clemson vs. Maryland Notes

Team Notes
·      Today was the final meeting between Clemson and Maryland as ACC foes.  The series ends with Clemson ahead, 34-26-2
·      Clemson won the toss, but deferred for the first time this year.  Clemson had gotten the ball to start the game 17 straight games prior to today.
·      This is Clemson’s seventh consecutive win away from home, the longest winning streak away from home since a nine game winning streak from 1978-79.
·      Clemson is 6-0 under Tajh Boyd in games played on artificial surface.
·      Clemson is now 38-3 when leading going into the fourth quarter under Dabo Swinney, 21-0 over the last three years.
·      This was Clemson’s 15th consecutive victory by double digits over an unranked opponent, second longest streak in the nation behind Alabama’s 25 game streak (including today).
·      Clemson had a player with at least 160 yards rushing and a player with at least 160 yards receiving in the same game for the first time in school history.

Individual Notes
·      Tajh Boyd went over the 10,000 yard mark in terms of passing yards today and moved into second place on the ACC’s all-time passing yardage list.  He entered the game with 9,992 passing yards and with his 304 yards today, he now has 10, 296 for his career.  He became just the third quarterback in ACC history to reach that milestone.   The others are Philip Rivers of NC State (13,484) and Thadeous Lewis of Duke (10,065).  Both are currently in the NFL, Rivers with San Diego and Lewis with Buffalo. 
·      Boyd obviously went ahead of Lewis today and is now second in ACC history in passing yardage.
·      Boyd had one TD rushing and one passing today and now has 112 for his career.  He has tied the ACC record also held by Philip Rivers of NC State (2000-03).
·      Boyd also went over the 11,000 yard mark in terms of total offense.  He needed just 52 yards of total offense to reach that mark today and finished the game with 339.  He now has 11,287,  He is just the second ACC player with at least 11,000 yards of total offense.  The only player ahead of him is Philip Rivers, who had 13,582 yards between 2000-03 for NC State.
·      Today was Tajh Boyd’s 35th consecutive start at quarterback for Clemson.  The school record is 37 in a row by Charlie Whitehurst, 2002-05.
·      Boyd is now 28-7 as a starting quarter.  He has the second most wins in school history trailing only Rodney Williams, who had 32 from 1985-88.  It was Boyd’s 19th career win in ACC play.
·      Chandler Catanzaro moved into fourth place on the ACC career scoring list  today with his 16 points (four field goals and three PATs).  Catanzaro now has 367 career points.  He moved ahead  of Casey Barth of North Carolina (2008-12), who had 358 career points.
·      Sammy Watkins had a school record 14 receptions for 163 yards today.  He broke the school record of 13 catches that was set last year by DeAndre Hopkins against Auburn and LSU.
·      Watkins had 163 receiving yards, giving him 12 career 110-yard receiving games.  He has now tied Watkins Clemson record for career 100-yard receiving games.
·      Rod McDowell had his second career 100-yard rushing game today with 30 carries for 161  yards.   It was his career high in attempts and rushing yards.  It was the most attempts in a game for a Clemson player since Travis Zachery had 31 attempts for 147 yards against NC State in 2000.
·      Vic Beasley had another strip sack today,  his third of the year.  He now has 10 sacks in 8 games.
·      Spencer Shuey had his third fumble recovery of the year.  He is the first Clemson player with three fumble recoveries in a season since 2008 when Brandon Maye had three

It Is...Game Day! Tiger Pregame Show Info For Today

It Is...Game Day!



We are excited to kickoff the Clemson Football radio coverage today with the Tiger Pregame Show from 9:30-12:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

We will broadcast the show from Smoke On The Water in downtown Greenville.   

Mark Sturgis will co-host the show and we will give you all of the information you need to break the Clemson/Maryland game down.  Can Clemson recover from the loss to FSU?  What is still left to play for on the season?  We will answer it all today on the show.


Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Corey Crawford, Tajh Boyd, and Robert Smith will set the scene for you in this week 8 game for our #9 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 on Saturday.

Smoke on the Water opens at 11:30 if you want to join us for the final hour of the show with great food and drinks in one of downtown Greenville's premier restaurants.

The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, today from 9:30-12:30 from Friar's Tavern in Clemson.

Go Tigers!

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October 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s


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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Baseball In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows a long ago era of Tiger Baseball.

The above photo is of Tiger leftfielder, Larry Wilson, connecting on a pitch against Furman in the early 1950’s. I believe this game was played at Furman, as I do not recognize this as the baseball complex from the 1950’s (which was located where Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex is now).

The next photo is of a very young Coach Bill Wilhelm dressed in a nice suit looking down on Tiger infielder Clayton Lowder, who was struck on the knee by an errant pitch.


The final photo is a classic shot of longtime trainer Herman McGee in the dugout during a trip to Omaha in the late 50s.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck (Part II)


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Today’s photos are Part II and a series of shots during the construction of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

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.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.


At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium in the nation. I do not know if that is still accurate, but you don’t hear Clemson promote that saying anymore so I assume that it is not.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

North Upper Deck Construction (Part I)


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


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

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


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

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cadets At Movies In 1951


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Today’s photos are from 1951 and are of Clemson’s downtown movie theatre at the time.

This group of cadets are lining up to see the popular musical "An American in Paris" staring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Today, this location is the Tiger Sports Shop on College Avenue.


The movie is a great diversion from classes and the Korean War, which is hovering over the senior cadets at Clemson. During the Korean War, 1,500 Clemson graduates would be deployed and 20 would lose their life.

"An American in Paris" is a 1951 MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner.

The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Best Musical Score among other awards. Interestingly, Gene Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award that year for "his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."

It was Kelly’s only Oscar.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson Campus In 1950’s


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Today’s photos are from the early 1950’s and shows the Clemson campus from the air and on the ground.

The above photo is a large aerial shot of the campus in the early1950s. You can pin the date of this photograph to within a few years because of two buildings that stand out. Brackett Hall is in this photo above, and Bracket Hall was completed in 1951. The Old Barracks are also in this photo. The Old Barracks were torn down in the summer of 1954.

The next photo is of one of the old smoke stacks for the old boiler room. If you look closely, you can see the back of the 2nd and 3rd Barracks in this photo as well, dating the picture sometime before 1954.

I believe this picture was taken in the summer of 1954 right before the 2nd and 3rd Barracks were demolished.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

It Is...Game Day! Broadcast Notes, Location, and Special Guests

It Is...Game Day!

Update on the Tiger Pregame Show and giveaway info for today's monumental matchup with Florida State!

This is the Most Impactful game in the history of Death Valley.  Period.

And we are excited to kickoff the Clemson radio coverage on Saturday with a 4 hour Tiger Pregame Show from 1:00-5:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

Our new broadcast location is Friar's Tavern in Clemson, just down from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex and across the street from Lot 1. 

The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Friar's Tavern 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 Friar's Tavern 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 our College All Start Game Clemson "Legend Of The Valley" Will Proctor and Jim Riggs.



Katie the Intern will have audio updates from ESPN's College Game Day.  And you never know who else will show up on site!

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Corey Crawford, Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Adam Humphries, and a host of other Clemson players will set the scene for you in this week 7 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...Friar's Tavern.

The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, today from 1:00-5:00 from Friar's Tavern in Clemson.

Go Tigers!

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October 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Martin’s Drug Store Through The Years


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Today’s photos span over 100 years and show Martin’s Drug Store on College Avenue in Clemson.

These pictures were all from the same location on College Avenue, with the above picture taken in 1911. It is an interesting picture in that they staged the signs being held up by the young men on the front row.

We now fast forward to the 1950’s and you can see the more familiar Martin Drug Store.


The next photo is from the inside of Martin’s Drug Store and is from the 1960’s. Students were often found in Martin’s getting everything from medicine to magazines, to Valentine’s gifts for their sweethearts.


The final photo was taken 5 years ago in the location that Martin’s Drug Store was located for over 100 years.


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Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part II)


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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall.

The building was the first on the campus financed by private donations, most of which was a gift from John D. Rockefeller. It was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, a member of the first graduating class at Clemson (1896) and the dean of the Department of Architecture at the time the building was constructed (1916).


The building is named for Preston B. Holtzendorff, Jr. (known as "Mr. Holtzy") who arrived as assistant secretary of the "Y" in 1916 and soon became general secretary. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The newly completed Y. M. C. A. Building opened for the first time on Friday, January 7, 1916.

"There were no formal exercises. It had been previously announced that the doors would be opened at four-thirty that afternoon. At the appointed time quite a crowd had gathered. They were met and shown over the building by a reception committee selected from the cadet members of the association. The members of this committee wore simple badges on which was written the word "welcome ".


The visitors were shown the main lobby, the reading rooms, ladies' and men's lounging rooms, secret society room, literary society room, auditorium, moving picture booth, bath rooms, swimming pool, bowling alley, fountain and store, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, publication rooms, and cabinet room, and other interesting features of the building.

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Broadcast Notes, Including New Location, For Tiger Pregame Show On Saturday

Update on the Tiger Pregame Show and giveaway info for Saturday's monumental matchup with Florida State!

This is the Most Impactful game in the history of Death Valley.  Period.

And we are excited to kickoff the Clemson radio coverage on Saturday with a 4 hour Tiger Pregame Show from 1:00-5:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

Our new broadcast location is Friar's Tavern in Clemson, just down from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex and across the street from Lot 1. 
The Tiger Pre-Game Show at Friar's Tavern 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 Friar's Tavern 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 our College All Start Game Clemson "Legend Of The Valley" Will Proctor and Jim Riggs.



Katie the Intern will have audio updates from ESPN's College Game Day.  And you never know who else will show up on site!

Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Corey Crawford, Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Adam Humphries, and a host of other Clemson players will set the scene for you in this week 7 game for our #3 ranked Tigers.

Participate in the show with questions/comments via Tiger Pregame Show Facebook and Twitter feeds:
The Tiger Pregame Show on Facebook
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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...Friar's Tavern.

The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, today from 1:00-5:00 from Friar's Tavern in Clemson.

Go Tigers!

“The Road To Charlotte Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show”

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

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part I)


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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall. Below is an excerpt from a publication distributed by the Clemson YMCA in 1928:

“The Clemson YMCA was organized in 1895. The building was completed in 1915 and opened the first of January 1916. The cost was $78,000 completely furnished. State tax $1,337.75 through March 21, 1928 has been paid.

The swimming pool is a thing of interest and value in developing men physically. Men need to know how to swim and, too, there is probably no better exercise. Such an accommodation is found in the swimming pool of the YMCA. The pool is always filled with good water and is kept in good condition.

During the winter the water is heated to a comfortable temperature so that those who enjoy this sport need not wait for a good swim. Special hours have been arranged for children and ladies on the campus, and cadets use the pool at other times.

The swimming team uses the pool for practice and lifesaving tests are given there also. Therefore, the swimming pool is used by the cadets and many of the campus people and many of them hardly see how they could get the pleasure and development derived there from any other source.”

In case you are wondering what happened to the YMCA pool? It's now a classroom.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Uncle Bill” Greenlee


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Today’s photos are from the 1920’s and are of “Uncle Bill” Greenlee driving a wagon full of Clemson dignitaries.

"Uncle Bill" as most people knew him was the last person alive to have known Thomas Green Clemson. Greenlee lived to the age of 104. He was a common sight in and around Clemson for years hauling almost anybody and anything.

For those who need a reference as to where the photo above was taken, Dan's (and later TDs) would later be located in the cafĂ© in the background.

Bill Greenlee (1870 - 1972) was a former servant of Thomas Green Clemson who continued to be a local personality and character until his death in 1972.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part II)


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Today’s photos are Part II from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.


The Library faces the Reflection pond. Outside Cooper Library, a large, elevated walkway, known as the Library Bridge, serves as a venue for student groups to sell items for fundraisers, advertise upcoming events and raise awareness for various social causes. The Bridge is also the site for the annual Clemson Rave.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part I)

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Today’s photos are from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.

Groundbreaking took place in August 1964, and the library was officially opened by the end of August 1966, just in time for the start of that fall's classes.

The Library was originally designed for only 4 levels, expandable as needed. In 1972 the ground floor was opened for more room, and in 1978 Level 6 was added. The reinforced concrete building was designed by the architectural and engineering firm of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle, and Wolff.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Season Opener In Death Valley, 1949


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Today’s photos are from September 17th, 1949 at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. The Tigers were hosting Presbyterian, and would go on to win the game 69-7.

The Tigers were embarking on the 1949 season where we would finish 4-4-2 with a 2-2 record in the Southern Conference. Leading the Tigers on the field in 1949 was the legendary Fred Cone. This photo was taken from the South Stands facing towards the North Stands.

Notice the old white scoreboard in the west endzone. You can also note that there is no seating in the west endzone during this era. You can also see the prefab housing area that is located in the top left of the picture (where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits).

I also chuckle a bit when I see this picture because it appears several cars literally pulled up to the bank on the northwest endzone area and parked before heading into the game! You can also note that the North Stands had not gone through its expansion in this picture. The top of the North Stands in this picture is where the portals are now at Memorial Stadium.

In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added (the “above the portals area” of the North and South Stands) and in 1960, 5,658 west end zone seats were added in response to increasing attendance. The original cedar wood seating was replaced in 1972 by aluminum seats. As attendance continued to skyrocket, an upper deck was added to each side of the stadium.

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Game Notes: Tigers Down Boston College

Clemson vs. Boston College Notes



Team Notes
·                  Clemson has now won three straight against Boston College and five of the last six against the Eagles.
·                  The Tigers have now won 11 straight ACC games. That is the longest such streak since Clemson won 20 straight against ACC foes from 1981-84.
·                  Clemson’s defense held the nation’s leading rusher in Andre Williams to just 70 yards rushing and a 2.9 average on yards per carry. He entered the game averaging 153.6 rushing yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry.
·                  Clemson has now won 14 straight games by double-digit points over unranked teams.
·                  Clemson has now held its opponent to 14 points or less in five straight games. That is the longest such streak since the Tigers did it in six straight games from the end of 1989 to the first game of 1990.
·                  Clemson now has three defensive touchdowns on the season. That is the most since 2006 when the Tigers recorded four defensive touchdowns.
·                  Head Coach Dabo Swinney is now 18-2 in home ACC games in his five seasons as head coach.
·                  The Tigers led the nation in sacks per game entering today’s game with a 3.8 mark. The defense recorded five sacks in the game to give them 24 sacks for the season, an average of 4.0 per game.

Individual Notes
·      Tajh Boyd threw for 334 yards in today’s game to become the all-time leader in passing yards in Clemson history with 9,836 yards. He also moved in to fourth place in ACC history in career passing yards.
·      Boyd now has 14 300-yard passing games in his career. That moves him in to sole possession of second place in ACC history in that category. He also earned his 27 win as a starting quarterback with today’s victory.
·      Boyd is now second in total offense in ACC history.  He has 10,788 in his career, trailing only Philip Rivers of NC State.  He passed former Georgia Tech signal-caller Joe Hamilton in today’s game for second on the list.
·      Sammy Watkins had seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in today’s game. He now has 11 100-yard receiving games in his career, just one shy of the Clemson record of 12. He also moved in to fifth place in Clemson history in career receiving yards with 2,509.
·      Adam Humphries recorded a career-high nine catches for 81 yards.
·      Vic Beasley became the first defensive player to win the Leather Helmet Award. He had five tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
·      Freshman Korrin Wiggins recorded the first interception of his career.
·      Tony Steward recorded the first sack of his career, which also forced a fumble that led to a Beasley touchdown.
·      Robert Smith tied his career-high of nine tackles, which he set last week at Syracuse.
·      Roderick McDowell carried the ball 18 times for 91 rushing yards. That is his highest since he posted 132 yards in the season opener against Georgia.

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