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Monday, June 30, 2014

60 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

60 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Don King


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(This blog is dedicated to Don King, who passed away this past February)

Don King played for the Clemson Tigers as QB between 1952 and 1955.

During his time at Clemson, King set the record for most rushing yards in a single contest when he gained 234 against Fordham in 1952, which is a freshman record. That was the only game he was a starting tailback.

King led the team in passing all four years at Clemson and even led the team in rushing in 1953. He paced the team in rushing, passing, punting, and punt returns in 1953.

He was given the "Swede" Nelson Sportsmanship Award by the Boston Gridiron Club in 1953. This award is given to the player who most exemplifies sportsmanship in college athletics for the United States. King was the team captain in 1955 and was named second-team All-ACC in 1953.

He was named ACC "Sophomore Back of the Year" in 1953 as well. He was a two time All-ACC honoree and scored a touchdown on his first rushing attempt in 1952. King was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1992.

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June 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mother’s Day on Bowman Field

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This photo was taken in the last years of Clemson being a military school in the spring of 1953 on Mother's Day.

Mother's Day was traditionally a very big event for the cadets and their families. In 1949 Tiger Brotherhood began a tradition of awarding Mother Of The Year to a Clemson mother during Military presentations on Mother’s Day on Bowman Field.

In this picture from 1953, over 12,000 people attended the event. The college dropped its mandatory military status in 1955 and in 1957 the Mother's Day festivities were changes to an all-college open house. You can see that Bowman Field, facing from Tillman Hall towards College Avenue, is jam packed full of Cadets and families.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

61 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

61 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Frank Gillespie


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Frank Gillespie was Clemson's last three-sport letterman. He lettered in baseball in 1943 before spending three years in the Army.

After returning to Clemson, he was a starting guard on the Tiger football team for three years.

A native of Beckley, WV, Gillespie was also a starting guard in basketball for three years and played three more years of baseball, where he made the All-State team.

Gillespie double-majored in electrical engineering and textile engineering and served as president of his senior class. He received the McKelvin Award for the outstanding student-athlete of the Southern Conference.

Gillespie was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1977.

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June 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Earle Hall Prank


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Today’s photo above is from the 1980’s and shows a creative prank played on the lettering outside of Earle Hall by some students looking to have a little fun.

The below photo was taken in the early1960’s, soon after the completion of Earle Hall in 1959.

The building was named after Samuel B. Earle, a professor of engineering and President of Clemson’s Agricultural College. It was the first building on campus to be named for a living person at the time of dedication

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

62 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

62 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Mike O'Cain



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Mike O'Cain lettered for Clemson from 1974-1976.

O'Cain hails from Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High, the same school that produced Woody Dantzler. O'Cain quarterbacked Orangeburg-Wilkinson to a 13-0 record, a state 4A title, and a #12-national ranking his senior season. His high school coach was Dick Sheridan, who was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Upon graduation from high school, O'Cain decided to further his academic and athletic career at Clemson. A four-year letterwinner, he was the most valuable player of Clemson's 1976 team, working as both the punter and quarterback. He completed 91-182 passes for 1,291 yards and six touchdowns during his career. He still ranks 16th in Clemson history in passing efficiency.

Also a gifted runner, he held the single-game quarterback rushing record until 1994 with 140 yards against N.C. State in 1976.


O'Cain began his coaching career at Clemson in 1977 as a graduate assistant. He was on the practice field and on the sidelines learning the game from some veteran coaches at the time and realized the thrill of victory, as the Tigers had an 8-3-1 season that culminated with a trip to the Gator Bowl, Clemson's first bowl appearance in 18 years.

O'Cain then coached the offensive backfield at The Citadel for the 1978-80 seasons. In 1981, he moved to Murray State, where he was an assistant under current Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. He remained at Murray State through the 1984 season.

After one year as the assistant head coach at East Carolina, he joined Sheridan as quarterbacks coach at N.C. State. O'Cain served as a top assistant under Sheridan from 1986-92 and was a part of a staff that coached the Wolfpack in six bowl games. In 1993, Sheridan decided to retire just five weeks prior to the start of August practice and O'Cain was promoted to head coach.

This short period of time for preparation did not inhibit O'Cain and the Wolfpack. He took N.C. State to a 7-4 regular-season record and an invitation to the Hall of Fame Bowl. He was the only rookie coach in the nation that year to lead a team to a bowl game.

The next year, O'Cain guided the Wolfpack to a second-place ACC finish with an 8-3 record. One of the victories was over Clemson in Death Valley, as O'Cain became the first Clemson graduate to gain victory against his alma mater in Death Valley. Overall, he had a 2-2 record in Death Valley. He completed his season with a victory over Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl. O'Cain became the second coach in N.C. State history to take a team to a bowl in his first two seasons with the program.

O'Cain and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Jenny (19) and Lizzi (17). O'Cain is an active member of the Tiger Brotherhood Organization, FCA, and the Clemson Community.

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June 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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Friday, June 27, 2014

63 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

63 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Terry Allen


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Today’s photo is of Terry Allen who lettered as a running back at Clemson from 1987-1989.

Terry Allen was noted for his toughness, perhaps the most resilient runner in Clemson history. The native of Georgia was Clemson's top rusher in 1987 and 1988, and only a knee injury prohibited him from leading the team in 1989.

Allen was not a highly recruited player out of high school. In fact, the overriding reason he decided to come to Clemson was Danny Ford's willingness to give him a shot at tailback. Every other school wanted him to be a defensive back because they had measured his speed at less than blazing. But, those other coaches failed to measure Allen's heart.

After red-shirting the 1986 season, Allen burst on the scene in 1987, leading the ACC in rushing and setting a Clemson freshman record. A key victory for the Tigers that year took place against Georgia, a 21-20 verdict. His straight ahead, run over the opposition approach, was pivotal on Clemson's winning touchdown drive.


In 1988 as a sophomore, he again led the team in rushing, and the year was climaxed with his selection as the offensive MVP of the Citrus Bowl victory over Oklahoma. Allen's junior year was a constant battle against injury.

He geared up for one last stand against South Carolina, and he responded with 89 yards in the first half, leading Clemson to a convincing lead. But, on his final carry of the first half, he was struck square in the knee, the area that had been giving him trouble. He never carried the ball again for the Tigers.

After that season, Allen decided to turn pro, a decision that was met with criticism due to his injuries. He felt if a team could draft him, they would be responsible for him and realize his work ethic. An injury during a senior year at Clemson would effectively end his career.


The gamble paid off. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Minnesota Vikings. He was injured during 1990, but the Vikings stayed with him. In seven healthy seasons, he has had four 1000-yard seasons and is the only running back in NFL history to come back from torn ACL injuries on both knees.

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June 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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Thursday, June 26, 2014

64 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

64 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Cary Cox

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Today’s photo is of Cary Cox, who lettered for Clemson at center from 1946 and 1947.

Cary Cox played on Clemson’s JV team prior to the war. He then joined the Navy and later ended up playing at South Carolina and became their team captain. (The Navy would let students play football but the Army didn’t).

After the war Cox returned to Clemson and played football during the 1946 and 1947. He also was the team captain.

Cary Cox was the only player to be team captain at both Clemson and South Carolina.

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June 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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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

65 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

65 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

B.C. Inabinet


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Today’s photo is of B.C. Inabinet, who lettered for Clemson at right tackle from 1953-1955.

Benjamin Claude Inabinet was born in Columbia, S.C. in 1934. Inabinet was an All-State football player at Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C. and led his team to a State AA Championship his senior year.

Inabinet played football at Clemson for Coach Frank Howard from 1953-1955. Standing nearly 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighing over 260 pounds, Inabinet was believed to be the largest football player ever to attend Clemson at that time.

As a senior Inabinet earned an honorable mention All-American recognition and was chosen to play in the North vs. South College All-Star Game held at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. on December 26, 1955.

Inabinet was a fourth round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts but opted to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. His career was abbreviated by injuries.

Inabinet was an active community leader. He was a member of the Clemson Alumni Association; Chairman of the Richland County IPTAY Club; President of the Greater Columbia Clemson Club, founded in 1958; member of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce; and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

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June 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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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

66 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

66 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Chester McGlockton


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Today’s photo is of Chester McGlockton, who lettered for Clemson at defensive tackle from 1989-1991.

McGlockton was a High School All-American as a Tight End/Defensive Lineman at Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina. He played Varsity Football all four years. During his senior year he led the Whiteville Wolfpack to a 15-0 record, a State Championship, and a USA Today National Ranking.

As a freshman at Clemson, McGlockton scored a touchdown as a freshman in the 1989 Gator Bowl vs. the West Virginia Mountaineers.

McGlockton was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played six seasons with the Raiders, earning all four of his Pro Bowl appearances with them. McGlockton also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and ended his career by playing one season with the New York Jets.

McGlockton finished his NFL career with 51 sacks including a career season high of 9.5 in 1994.


At the start of 2009, he was an intern coach with the University of Tennessee football team. He accepted a defensive assistant position at Stanford in 2010 and worked on David Shaw's staff.

McGlockton died of an enlarged heart on November 30, 2011

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June 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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Monday, June 23, 2014

67 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

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Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Don Willis




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Today’s photo is Don Willis, who played fullback for Clemson from 1936-1938.

Willis holds distinction at Clemson in that he was the first player in school history to be drafted into the NFL.

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June 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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Saturday, June 21, 2014

68 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

68 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Homer Jordan


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Today’s photo is of Homer Jordan, who lettered for Clemson at quarterback from 1980-1982 and led Clemson to a National Championship in 1981.

Jordan was the starting quarterback for the 1981 Championship team that beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1982 Orange Bowl. He was also an All-ACC selection that year.

Jordan finished his college career completing 250 of 479 passes for 3,643 yards with 15 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

After playing 4 years in the Canadian Football League, Jordan spent the 1987 with the Cleveland Browns.

Jordan was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

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June 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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69 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

69 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Stacy Driver


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Stacey Driver was a tailback at Clemson from 1982-1985.

Driver played as a running back at Griffin High School and was given the title of All-State and All American. At Clemson, Driver was nicknamed the “Ricochet Rabbit” for his quickness and ability to bounce off of tackles.

Driver spent the better part of his career as Clemson’s “other” running back. Terry Allen came to Clemson and took some of Driver’s carries away.

But Driver was a part of a unique game at Clemson. The 1983 team was on probation and could not officially win the ACC Championship. However, as the Tigers finished the ACC Regular Season with a home game versus Maryland, the Tigers would earn the league’s best ACC record if they could beat the Terrapins and Boomer Esiason. This was the game where Central Spirit amassed over 300,000 balloons for the record launch.


Driver guided Clemson to a big game, and as Driver scored a touchdown late in the game to give the Tigers a 42-7 lead, Clemson’s play by play announcer Jim Phillips said on air “Bring on Nebraska”. Nebraska, at the time, was the #1 team in the nation and Clemson was ineligible for a bowl game In 1987.

Driver signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent; he played for one season before sustaining a serious knee injury.

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June 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial View Of Death Valley In Early 1980’s


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Today’s photos are from the early 1980’s and show a unique aerial view of Death Valley and surrounding areas.

We can pin the date of this picture from a couple of clues. First, you can notice that the “Clemson” and the “Tigers” are not painted in the South and North Upper Decks. If memory serves me correctly, that paint job was done prior to the 1984 season.

The second clue is the lack of trees in a couple of places. First, you will see that there are no trees lining the median under the North Upper Deck. This suggests that the North Upper Deck was recently completed. Trees were planted in that median shortly after the completion of the North Upper Deck, and those trees are now very large and provide a tremendous amount of shade under the North Upper Deck.


The other clue of note is the lack of trees in Lot 5 behind the West Endzone. As you can see from these pictures, there are no trees at all in Lot 5. Today, almost 20 trees are scattered in Lot 5 to provide shade for the parking lot.

The Oconee Airport that sits directly across the lake at Clemson has a skydiving business that departs from the airport. On weekends in the summer, those that are on the lake in Clemson can often see these parachutes falling from the sky.

What I don’t know from this picture is whether or not the photographer was trying to get shots of Clemson or if he was trying to get shots of the skydiver!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

70 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

70 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Joe Blalock


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Today’s photo is of Joe Blalock, who lettered for Clemson at left end from 1939-1941.

Blalock was Clemson's first two-time All-American and was the leading Tiger receiver for three consecutive years. Blalock also averaged 20.34 yards per catch in his career.

Blalock was the 5th round draft choice of the Detroit Lions after the 1941 season.

Blalock is a Charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1973. In 1999, Blalock was ranked as Clemson's #16 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians.

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June 20th 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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Thursday, June 19, 2014

71 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

71 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Harold Olszewski


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Today’s photo is of Harry Olszewski, who lettered at offensive guard from 1965-1967

Olszewski was a First-team consensus All-American and the only unanimous choice to All-ACC team in 1967. It was Olszewski ‘s second straight year on the team.

Olszewski was amed to the Silver Anniversary All-ACC team in 1977. He scored a 12-yard touchdown, with a fumbled snap from center, against South Carolina his junior year.

Olszewski started 30 consecutive varsity games and was ranked as Clemson's #17 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians in 1999.

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June 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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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

72 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

72 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Obed Ariri


 
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Today’s photo is of Obed Ariri, who lettered at kicker from 1977-1980.

Obed Ariri was enrolled at Clemson in 1977 when Charlie Pell was in dire need for a kicker. Dr. Ibrahim offered Obed only if he would still continue to play soccer. Pell agreed, and Obed went on to nail every attempt thus securing his place as the kicker for the Tigers. Obed's scholarship was shifted to Football and Pell insisted that Obed forget about soccer.

One of Obed's longest successful career kicks for Clemson came in the clutch fourth quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on October 11, 1980 when his 52-yard boot gave the Tigers a 27-24 win. He narrowly missed a 61-yard attempt in a later game that season.

Obed was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts but was cut from the team days before the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Obed in 1984 only to release him during the 1985 training camp.


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