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Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Seal Orange Bowl Bid In 1981


Clemson entered the Rivalry Game in 1981 with a National Championship berth in the Orange Bowl on the line.  Clemson running back Cliff Austin tweaked his ankle midway through the game and Chuck McSwain took over, carrying the ball 25 times for a career-high 151 yards, while scoring two second half touchdowns in the Tigers’ 29-13 victory over the Gamecocks.

Making it ever a more memorable day for Clemson and Chuck McSwain as the fact that his brother, Rod McSwain blocked a punt in the first quarter that changed the momentum of the game. The ball rolled into the end zone where Johnny Rembert fell on the ball for the Tigers’ first score.  Clemson missed the extra point and still trailed 7-6 at the time, but every one of the 56,971 fans could feel that the Tigers were going to end their special season with a win in Columbia after that play.
After South Carolina appeared to make things interesting with a Gordon Beckham 10-yard pass in the third quarter, the Tigers, behind McSwain’s running and Home Jordan’s passing, went right back down the field and seized control of the game with a one-yard run by McSwain.
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The Greatest Rivalry In College Football Kicks Off At 7:00 Tonight From Williams Brice Stadium!


We are excited to kickoff Clemson football radio coverage of the Rivalry Game today. 

The Tiger Pregame Show will broadcast live from The Loose Cockaboose on Stadium Road in the Shadows of Williams Brice Stadium from 1:00-4:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM and via the WCCP 104.9 FM Free App. 

The Loose Cockaboose, in conjunction with the Tiger Pregame Show and Crown Royal, will give away 2 Clemson/South Carolina tickets today.  Stop by the Tiger Pregame Show to register between 1:00-4:00.


Mark Sturgis will co-host the show and we will give you all of the information you need to break down the Clemson and South Carolina Rivalry Game. 

Can Clemson end the 4 game winning streak in the rivalry?  Can Tajh Boyd step up and play a great in the Rivalry Game for the first time in his otherwise incredible Clemson career?  What would a win in this game for Clemson not only in the rivalry but also on the national landscape?  We will answer it all of those questions on the show Saturday.


Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, Brandon Thomas, and Robert Smith will set the scene for you during the show.

You can visit the show at the Loose Cockaboose at 936 South Stadium Road in Columbia, just one block from Williams Brice Stadium. 

You can 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 if you are in Columbia.  You can also wccpfm.com can stream the broadcast on your computer if you are at work.


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Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007


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Rivalry Week!

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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The Greatest Rivalry In College Football Is Just One Day Away!


We are excited to kickoff Clemson football radio coverage of the Rivalry Game this Saturday. 

The Tiger Pregame Show will broadcast live from The Loose Cockaboose on Stadium Road in the Shadows of Williams Brice Stadium from 1:00-4:00 on WCCP 104.9 FM and via the WCCP 104.9 FM Free App. 


Mark Sturgis will co-host the show and we will give you all of the information you need to break down the Clemson and South Carolina Rivalry Game. 

Can Clemson end the 4 game winning streak in the rivalry?  Can Tajh Boyd step up and play a great in the Rivalry Game for the first time in his otherwise incredible Clemson career?  What would a win in this game for Clemson not only in the rivalry but also on the national landscape?  We will answer it all of those questions on the show Saturday.


Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Tajh Boyd, Brandon Thomas, and Robert Smith will set the scene for you during the show.

You can visit the show at the Loose Cockaboose at 936 South Stadium Road in Columbia, just one block from Williams Brice Stadium. 

You can 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 if you are in Columbia.  You can also wccpfm.com can stream the broadcast on your computer if you are at work.


The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, Saturday from 1:00-4:00.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”

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Rivalry Week!

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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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Birth Of Orange Pants In 1980


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Rivalry Week!

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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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fuller And Sims Lead Tigers Over Gamecocks In 1978


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Rivalry Week!

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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Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Stuckey Pounces On Fumble In 1976 Win


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Rivalry Week!

Today’s photos are from the 1976 game in Clemson between the Gamecocks and the Tigers.

Above, Jim Stuckey is recovering a fumble in the game. This is one of the most recognizable photos of the era, and it appeared in Clemson football programs for many years afterwards.

The next photo shows Death Valley prior to the Tigers coming down the hill in the game. The view is from the top of the press box before the South Upper Deck was built. You can also notice the Block C on the 50 yard line.


Red Parker was trying to save his job this day against the Gameocks. At this point in the season, a season that could only be described as "grueling," the Tigers were 2-6-2. The good news is that the Tigers won that day 28-9 over the Gamecocks.

Some felt that Parker may have saved his job, but on December 1, 1976, Parker got the news that he was being terminated. Below is a flyer that appeared during this time showing the discontent of the student body and fan base with the athletic administration at Clemson.


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Charlie Whitehurst Seals Win In 2005


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Rivalry Week!

Today’s photo is of former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst picking up a first down at the end of the 2005 game in Columbia. This first down would prove to be the clinching moment in the win.

The two teams showed an unusual gesture of sportsmanship by meeting at midfield before the game to shake hands, putting the melee of 2004 behind them.

Clemson won this game 13-9, giving Charlie Whitehurst and undefeated record against USC in his 4 years at Clemson. The only Carolina quarterback to do so against the Tigers was Tommy Suggs, who led the Gamecocks to three victories in a row from 1968-1970.


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Wannamaker Hall In Mid 1940’s


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Today’s photo is of Wannamaker Hall taken just after World War II.

One striking note from the photo is the number of cars parked. Prior to the WWII, very few Clemson students had access to cars. But as cadets came home from Europe and the Pacific, they were settling into homes and purchasing cars at a rapid pace. Obviously, parking was an issue at Clemson in the mid 1940’s as it is today!

Wannamaker Hall is a 1930s-era residence hall that was originally named Barracks #7. It is the northwesterly-most of the five halls that make up the Greek Quad on the West Campus of Clemson University. The building's back side faces Historic Riggs Field.

Completed in 1936 as a new barracks to house cadets of Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, the architect was the J. E. Sirrine Company, with Clemson professor Rudolph E. Lee as consulting architect. A complete renovation of Wannamaker Hall was undertaken in 2005, with Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas, architects.

The structure is named for John Edward Wannamaker, a Life Trustee of Clemson Agricultural College, and the last surviving member of the Board of Trustees named in the will of Thomas Green Clemson. In 1929, he was elected President of the Board, replacing the recently deceased Alan Johnstone of Newberry, South Carolina.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Loggia At Clemson


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Today’s photo is of the Loggia design of Johnstone Hall, a unique architectural design of its era.

The Loggia was built as a focal point to the rather unusual architectural style that was incorporated in the design of Johnstone Hall. The Loggia was located at approximately the same location as the old Second Barracks sat for so many years and was built in the 1950’s.

One of the more unusual features in the design of the Loggia, was its ceiling. The honeycomb design is different than any other building at Clemson.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Budweiser Clydesdales In Mid 1980’s

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Today’s photo is of the Budweiser Clydesdales on a rainy day inside of Death Valley in the mid 1980’s.

The famous Clydesdales made several appearances at Clemson games in the 1980’s, and I believe this particular day was the 1987 Georgia Game when David Treadwell kicked a game winning field goal in the waning seconds.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are a group of Clydesdale horses used for promotions and commercials by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company. There are six "hitches" or teams of horses, five that travel around the United States and one that remains in their official home at the company headquarters at the Anheuser-Busch brewery complex in St. Louis, Missouri, where they are housed in a historic brick and stained-glass stable built in 1885.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Death Valley Sunset In 1983

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Today’s photo is a unique sunset picture taken shortly after the completion of the North Upper Deck.

I can confirm it is just after the construction of the North Upper Deck because you can see that the “Tigers” is not painted on the upper deck seats yet. The North Upper Deck was completed in 1983 and I believe the “Tigers” script was painted in 1984. That would date the picture sometime in the summer of 1983.

A couple of notes regarding expansion of Memorial Stadium through the years: In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added to Memorial Stadium 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. The south upper deck (Top Deck South) was added in 1978 and the north upper deck (Top Deck North) in 1983. This put the total capacity over 80,000, which made it one of the largest on campus stadiums in the United States.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Classic Tailgating Car And Fiberglass Tiger


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Today’s photos are of a great looking classic car decked out in Tiger Orange!

The above picture was taken on a fall afternoon in Clemson prior to a football game in the mid 1960’s. The car would show up at almost every home football game, and this picture was taken in the Tillman Hall loop.

If you notice, the car has the number ’42 on the side door panel. I believe the significance of the ’42 is to honor the class of 1942 and their 25th Anniversary of graduation (which would have been in 1967).

Below is a black and white picture taken of the car with member of the class of 1942 standing beside it. Worth notice from this class of students…almost all of them upon graduation would have entered the service and fought in World War II, which we had just entered in December of 1941 (just 4 months before the Class of ’42 graduated). Therefore, this picture may represent a majority of that depleted Class of ’42, many of which perished fighting for our nation.


After posting the blog last June with the above photo, I received an email from Terry Pierce who updated me on the current location of the fiberglass Tiger that was seen above the classic Clemson car from the 1960’s that was posted in the original blog. Terry sent me some updated pictures of the Tiger and here is the excerpt from his email:

The story behind the Tiger comes from the late Ruby Ellenburg. Mrs. Ruby Ellenburg, who lived on Flat Rock Road in Liberty, bought the Tiger in the late sixties or early seventies for her daughter-in-law Brenda who is a Clemson grad. Brenda wasn't impressed so Ruby stuck it under the bushes in front of her house where only its head was visible. There it stayed until 2007.


My in-laws lived next door to the Ellenburg’s and during a visit my wife decided she just had to have that Tiger so she called Brenda who was glad to be rid of it. So we cleaned it up, loaded it into the SUV and took it home to Lenoir City, Tennessee.

The Tiger is fiberglass and at one time had wooden fangs. Unfortunately, although overall it survived thirty years outdoors relatively unscathed, all but one of its fangs have rotted away and only the nails that they were attached to remain.


Also it had a wooden base but it was in pretty bad shape so we removed it too. Now he just prowls my basement and the cat plays on him! I wish I knew more about who Ruby bought the Tiger from but unfortunately no one thought to ask her before she passed.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall In The Snow-1940’s

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Today’s photo is from the 1940’s and shows a beautiful Bowman Field and Tillman Hall after a fresh winter snow.

In this photo, Tillman Hall was just becoming Tillman Hall. Prior to 1946, the building was called the Main Building. This was the case for the first half of the twentieth century.

The building was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in the first week of July, 1946.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snow Storm Fun From 1970’s


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Today we will step back to the 1970’s and a snowstorm that hit Clemson and provided some fun for Clemson students when classes were cancelled.

The above photo shows some students using their “talents” to make two snowmen. In the background, you can see students sledding down the hill leading up to the Clemson House. It was not uncommon for students to “borrow” dining treys from a dining hall to use as a sled.

The next picture is a typical photo anytime you have snow and kids. An old fashion snowball fight was due to break out anytime you had a snow.


In this next picture, you can see someone has tied a rope to the back of the car in an effort to provide a pull a sled through campus.

And the final picture today is of some enterprising Clemson students who poured water down the driveway outside of Johnstone Hall. With the cold temperatures, the water froze and provided a slick track to slide down to pass the time one evening.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Little 372 and John Logan Marshall


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Today’s photos are of Little 372, a plan born out of the imagination and skill of a Clemson legend, John Logan Marshall.

John Logan Marshall was born in Greenwood in 1885 and graduated from Clemson in 1909 with a B.S. in mechanical and electrical engineering. After working several years on a farm in Alabama and then at Western Electric in Chicago, Ill., Marshall returned to Clemson in 1917 as shop work instructor.

School administrators quickly took notice of Marshall's talents as an educator and, in 1919, named him an assistant professor. Two years later, he was appointed head of Clemson's wood shop.

Under Marshall’s guidance, several of his students began the Clemson Aero Club in 1927. Known today as the Clemson University Flying Club, it's one of the oldest continuous student organizations on campus.


In 1928, Marshall and seven students from the Aero Club built a single-engine, high-wing airplane that they named Little 372. The plane, made of lumber from Marshall's wood shop, had a wingspan of 23 feet and a 16-foot woodenframed, fabric fuselage. Although it was able to fly only 15-20 feet off the ground, it was much more capable than the students had ever imagined.

Following several student walkouts at Clemson during the 1920s, Marshall's passion and dedication became instrumental in improving student morale. After many lengthy wood shop discussions with his students about the importance of Clemson's future, he organized the Tiger Brotherhood society in 1928. The society, established to help protect and uphold the ideals of Clemson, is still vital today.

Little 372, thought to be the first plane built by college students in the United States, currently hangs in the S.C. State Museum.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Vs. TCU In 1965


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Today we'll conclude our step back in time to the 1965 Homecoming weekend in Clemson. We'll look at a number of photos to give you an idea of what it was like to be a student in those days.

The game on Saturday was a matchup between Clemson and Texas Christian. The game was a defensive struggle in which the Tigers held TCU to just 72 total yards of offense. The only score of the game came in the last few minutes of the first half as Frank Pearce kicks a 26-yard field goal.


Back in the 1960’s, the game on Saturday was just the warm up act for the big Homecoming Dance in Harcombe Hall on Saturday night. Here, Clemson students exit Death Valley after the conclusion of the game to get ready for the dance.


Dances, featuring rock and roll bands, were the craze of the 1960’s. That was no exception in Clemson as you can see from this picture from the Saturday Night Homecoming Dance in 1965.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

More From Homecoming In 1965



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Today we'll take a step back in time to the 1965 Homecoming weekend in Clemson. We'll look at a number of photos to give you an idea of what it was like to be a student in those days.

Back in the 1960’s, the game on Saturday was just the warm up act for the big Homecoming Dance in Harcombe Hall on Saturday night.


The tradition of floats on Bowman Field was in full “bloom” in 1965 as you can see from the series of pictures below.


The floats were made of pomp just as they are today, and there were even floats in the 1960’s that incorporated movement just as we have today.

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

It Is...Game Day!


We are excited to kickoff the Clemson Football radio coverage today on this Game Day Thursday.

The Tiger Pregame Show will broadcast live from Friar's Tavern in Clemson from 1:30-4:30 on WCCP 104.9 FM. 

Mark Sturgis will co-host the show and we will give you all of the information you need to break down the Clemson and Georgia Tech game. 

Can Clemson solve Tech's unique offense?  What is still left to play for on the season?  Will Tiger fans show up on a Thursday night?  We will answer it all today on the show.


Dabo, Chad Morris, Brent Venables, Corey Crawford, and Tajh Boyd will set the scene for you during the show.

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The Tiger Pregame Show, Presented By Crown Royal, today from 1:30-4:30.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Weekend, 1965


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Today we'll take a step back in time to the 1965 Homecoming weekend in Clemson. We'll look at a number of photos to give you an idea of what it was like to be a student in those days.

As with Homecoming weekends today, the 1965 Homecoming weekend starts with Tigerama on Friday night. In the photo above, a fraternity is satirizing the “Girls Dorm” with plenty of punch lines and guys dressed as gals. That seems to be a popular topic to use for Tigerama as I have seen similar skits myself over the years.

Below is another skit from the Friday Night festivities at Tigerama.


At the conclusion of Tigerama "Miss Clemson" is crowned. In 1965 that honor goes to Nina Dulin.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

25th Anniversary Football Reunion In 1981


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Today’s photo is not only historic, but a little bit unique and maybe even a little spooky! The above photo was taken on October 10th, 1981 in the pregame of the Clemson/Virginia football game on a wet day in Death Valley.

This is a photo of the 1956 football team that was celebrating its 25th Anniversary of their Orange Bowl Berth. The 1956 team went 7-1-2 during the season and was invited to play Colorado in the 1956 Orange Bowl, capping a great season for Frank Howard’s boys.

This photo was taken during the Homecoming weekend in 1981, when the buzz for Clemson’s National Title run was just beginning to make noise. At that point in the 1981 season, we were 4-0 with a big win against Georgia and had just entered the National polls. Nobody, even in their wildest dreams, thought that just 2 1/2 months later, the 1981 team would be returning to the Orange Bowl to play for the National Championship.

All of the talk of the Orange Bowl on this day was about the 1956 team…but that talk would soon change to Clemson as the Tigers rolled to an 11-0 regular season. Celebrating an Orange Bowl month...just a few months before Danny Ford would lead Clemson back to the Orange Bowl and the biggest moment in Clemson football history.


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Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cheerleaders In Mid 1970’s


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Today’s photo is a humorous one from the mid 1970’s and shows two Clemson cheerleaders having a bit of fun during a football game. The cheerleading uniforms, much more modest during this era, is not the only thing that has evolved since the 1970’s when it comes to giving school spirit at football games.

The school mascot since 1939, the Country Gentleman, and the playing of "Dixie" at the beginning of pre-game shows at football games, were both banished after 1971. The "Rat Class"' "Rat Cheer" also faded away after the last Rat class of 1971, only preserved in the "Unhymnal".

The primary Clemson cheer, "C-L-E-M, in Cadence Count" has evolved since the 1970s, removing “fight Tigers, fight damn it, fight, fight, fight” from the end and keeping only the “fight-fight”. You can still hear “traditionalists” use “damn it” during the cheers today.

A latter-day concession to political correctness may be found in the change in Tiger Band's fourth quarter tuba cheer to the tune of the Budweiser Clydesdale theme, in which band members have sung for thirty years, "I need a beer, I need a beer, I need a...", ad infinitum.

Now, Tiger Band is singing "I need a milk, I need a milk, I need a...".

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