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Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Campus From 1960’s


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Today’s aerial photos were taken in the early 1960’s and show the Clemson campus.

In the photo above, you can notice that just two of the shoebox dorms were completed. You can also note that Martin Hall was under construction.

Here's another photo from the same day, with a slightly different view of campus.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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







It Is...Game Day!


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays, will broadcast its 143rd consecutive show today from Playmakers in Anderson, SC to prepare fans for the Georgia game! 


Former Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather will join longtime host Scott Rhymer to break down the opening of the season between the Tigers and the Dawgs.  
The show, as always, will be broadcast on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.  Broadcast times for Saturday's show will be from 11:30-2:30 as Scott and Reggie will get Tiger fans ready for the trip to Athens, to Memorial Stadium to watch on the jumbo screen, or for their get together at home to watch the game on TV.
 
The show will also tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations. 

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  “Whether you are driving to Athens, parked in Athens, or in the upstate, our fans can stream the show via the WCCP App on their smart phones”.

“But that is not the only reason we embrace the technology.  In addition to streaming the show, we also want to engage fans during the show to allow them to give their opinions and insight into the show that we can use while broadcasting this Saturday.  That’s the really exciting part of embracing the technology as it allows fans to do more than just listen.  It allows them to engage.”

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue broadcasting 6 hours prior to kickoff and ends 3 hours prior to kickoff, which means this week's show is from 11:30-2:30.  The show will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

Segments for today include up to the minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and Georgia, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Don Munson, the new Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program and final preparations for the Georgia game.  

And, just like in the previous 11 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions.

Each week, Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, and Brent Venables will provide audio interviews to set the stage for the game.  The show will also have the key Clemson players on air so that they can give their perspective from the field.

Playmakers in Anderson is located at 3321 North Main St near the Anderson Mall. 

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. If you have not done so, you also want to ensure you have the WCCP 105.5 The Roar App, free for Iphones and Android based phones.  Also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.


Go Tigers!

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August 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Winter Fun In Clemson From 1940’s (Part II of II)


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Today’s photos are from the 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets having a great time during winter weather on campus. The above photo shows Cadets in a snow ball fight on campus.

The snow always creates a gathering of people to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.


With classes cancelled, most Cadets simply found things to do outside in the snow and ice.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

1 Day Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

1 Day Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Tajh Boyd



After being redshirted in 2009, Tajh Boyd spent 2010 as the backup quarterback to Kyle Parker. He finished the season completing 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Boyd took over as the starter in 2011.  Boyd led the Tigers to a 10-4 record, winning the ACC Championship and setting up a game against West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Boyd finished the year completing 298 of 499 passes for 3,828 yards and 33 passing touchdowns. He also ran for 218 yards and five touchdowns. Boyd was also mentioned as a possible 2012 Heisman Trophy candidate.


During his second year as a starter in 2012, Boyd helped lead the Tigers to an 11-2 record, completing 287 of 427 passes for 3,896 yards, 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On November 17, 2012 in a game against NC State State, he broke the ACC record for most touchdowns in a game. Boyd threw five touchdown passes and ran for three more, collecting eight total touchdowns and racking up 529 all-purpose yards.

After the season he was named the ACC Player of the Year. In the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl game against the LSU Tigers, Boyd completed 36 of 50 pass attempts for 346 yards and two passing touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown and was named the game's MVP.

As a senior in 2013, the Tigers went 11-2, with Boyd completing 283 of 413 passes for 3,851 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. On November 14, 2013 Boyd set the ACC career passing touchdowns record.

In his final college game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2014 Orange Bowl, Boyd helped lead the Tigers to a 40-35 victory, completing 31 of 40 passes for 378 yards and five passing touchdowns. He also had 127 rushing yards and a touchdown.  His performance set an Orange Bowl record for total yards in a game.


Boyd finished his career with school records for passing yards with 11,904 and passing touchdowns with 107.

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August 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Winter Fun In Clemson From 1940’s (Part I of II)

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Today’s photos are from the 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets having a great time during winter weather on campus. The above photo shows hundreds of Cadets having a blast on Bowman Field.

The next photo shows Cadets using whatever they can get their hands on to make a homemade sleds.


The final photo of today is of a classic car covered in snow.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

2 Days Until Kickoff!
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Sammy Watkins




 Sammy Watkins committed to Clemson in November 2010 after being heavily recruited by Florida State, Florida, and Miami.
Despite not taking part in spring practice, Watkins made an immediate impact for Clemson in his freshman season in 2011. Watkins caught 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first collegial season, including 10 catches, 155 yards and two TDs against defending national champions Auburn.

Watkins led the nation in reception yards per game, all-purpose yards and touchdowns.  He also broke 11 school freshman records seven games into the season, including total all-purpose yards previously held by C. J. Spiller.  

Watkins was an AP first-team All-American, becoming only the fourth ever true freshman to do so, joining Herschel Walker, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson.  

As a sophomore in 2012, Watkins had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns.



As a junior, Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the MVP of the 2014 Orange Bowl after setting an Orange Bowl record with 16 receptions for 227 yards.  He also set the school record for career receptions in the game finishing with 240.

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August 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Class Of 1908 At 25th Reunion


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Today’s photo is of the Class of 1908.

In 1933, the Class of 1908 was having their 25th reunion and took this photo. I wonder if these folks had any idea that 80 years later their photo would be splashed around to thousands of people on the thing called “Internet”!

It also makes you wonder how people will view our pictures taken today on the technology they have 80 years from now.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snow On Bowman Field


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Today we will help cool you off from the summer heat with a few photos of Bowman Field and Tillman Hall in the snow.

The above photo is from the 1980’s and shows a freshly glazed layer of snow that hit the upstate of South Carolina and Clemson.


It seems that anytime Clemson gets snow, one of the first places that students and alumni go to take a picture is at Bowman Field looking towards Tillman. There is just something about snow and Tillman Hall that is majestic in the winter.

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

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Deandre Hopkins

Deandre Hopkins played for Clemson from 2010 to 2012. As a true freshman in 2010, Hopkins was Clemson's leading receiver with 52 receptions for 637 yards and four touchdowns. Hopkins also played basketball after his freshman season.

As a sophomore in 2011, he had 72 receptions for 978 yards and five touchdowns.


In his junior season in 2012, Hopkins had one of the best receiving seasons in ACC history. Because of the two game suspension to Sammy Watkins and battling injuries, Hopkins had to step up as a leader for Clemson. Hopkins did just that, with an ACC-best 1,405 yards on 82 catches and a school-record 18 touchdowns (second in the nation) earning First Team All-Conference honors.

Hopkins, along with junior quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, combined to make one of the most prolific passing offenses in college football and broke many individual and career school records.




Hopkins left Clemson with career record for receiving yards (3,020) and career touchdown grabs (27) with at least one score in each of the last 12 games. On January 10, 2013 Hopkins decided to forgo his senior season at Clemson and enter the NFL draft.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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

4 Days Until Kickoff!
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CJ Spiller




As a true freshman, CJ Spiller immediately made an impact by rushing for 938 yards and ten touchdowns on 129 rushes.  In a Gameday-featured game vs. 13th ranked Georgia Tech, Spiller rushed for 116 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run, as well as catching a 50-yard swing pass touchdown en route to the Tigers 31-7 win.

In his second season for the Tigers, Spiller had a less productive rushing season with only 768–yards and three touchdowns. He did, however, gain more receiving yards, with 271–yards and two additional touchdowns.


With Spiller and fellow running back James Davis, the Clemson Tigers were favored to win the opening game of their 2008 season against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. However, a stingy Alabama defense held Spiller to just seven yards on two attempts. On January 15, 2009, he announced that he would remain for his senior year at Clemson instead of entering the 2009 NFL Draft.

On November 28, 2009, Spiller set the FBS record for kickoff return touchdowns with seven during his career. He also earned his spot in the record books in another way on that kickoff return, by being one of five players to ever gain 7,000 all-purpose yards. Spiller was one of the three finalists for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, and placed sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
Spiller was selected for the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team, and was voted the ACC Player of the Year by the members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. He was the nation's only player that season to account for touchdowns five different ways—rushing, passing, receiving, and on kick and punt returns—and had passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns in one game, a victory against North Carolina State, a first for a player in Clemson history. 

Spiller returned four kickoffs and a punt for scores that year and had eight total returns for touchdowns during his career. He scored at least once in every game that season while leading Clemson to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the league title game against Georgia Tech. Spiller led the ACC with an average of nearly 184 all-purpose yards and was the league's fourth-leading rusher, averaging 76 yards.


Spiller was the only player in the FBS to score a touchdown in every game in the 2009 season.

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August 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Golf Team


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Today we'll take a brief look at the history of the Clemson golf team and those involved in its creation. The first golf team at Clemson was started in 1930 by a number of cadets who approached the then AD, James G. Gee, about forming a golf team. Gee approved and the cadets got their wish.

The above from 1930 shows the golf team on Bowman field. Also, in the photo above, the first coach of the golf team, Reverend George Hodges (far right). At the time, Hodges was the minister of the Methodist Church in Clemson.

Over the years Hodges was minister at a number of churches throughout the state. In fact, a congregational fellowship hall was named for Hodges in Clinton, SC. Hodges, however, only coached the golf team for one year before being reassigned to another Methodist church.

Fast forward 52 years later and we see the first Clemson golf team to win an ACC championship, in 1982. Under coach Bobby Robinson, (who later became the Athletic Director), the Clemson golf team finally turned the corner and became a consistent national contender.

And it all started from a handful of cadets and a Methodist minister. Interestingly, one of those cadets lived to see the success of the Clemson golf team. In the 1930 photo, next to coach Hodges, is Alan McCrary Johnstone, the grandson of Alan Johnstone, one of Clemson’s original elected trustees.

In 2003, when the Clemson golf team won the NCAA National Championship, the team named Alan McCrary Johnstone as honorary captain. Not only was Alan Johnstone the last surviving member of Clemson’s very first golf team, he was also the only surviving charter member of IPTAY.


Sadly, Alan McCrary Johnstone is no longer with us. At the age of 95, he died in January, 2006, in his hometown of Orangeburg, S.C. And while Johnstone Hall was named after his grandfather, the legacy of Alan McCrary Johnstone lives on in the Clemson golf team.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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

5 Days Until Kickoff!
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Dwayne Allen


Dwayne Allen was a tight end at Clemson who redshirted in 2008 before coming onto the scene during the 2009 season.  Allen a big impact on the overtime win at Miami (FL) when he had four catches for 36 yards. 


In 2010, Allen was one of 22 midseason candidates for the John Mackey Award before earning Second-Team All-ACC.  Allen finished the year third on the team in receptions (33) in 765 snaps. 



In 2011, Allen was the John Mackey Award winner and became the first Tiger finalist and winner of the award.  Allen also was a consensus first-team All-American that year.  Allen’s receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns were the most by a Tiger tight end in school history.

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August 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tree Rollins


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Today’s photos are of Tree Rollins during his time at Clemson in the late 1970’s.

Tree Rollins real name is Wayne Monte Rollins, but everyone called him Tree. At a height of seven foot one, it's easy to see why. Tree was also the first Clemson athlete to have their jersey retired.


Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955, in Winter Haven, Florida) played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He was primarily known under his playing name, Tree.

The 7-foot-1-inch 275 pound Clemson graduate played center, and gained high esteem for his defense, particularly his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982-83 NBA season.


At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was fourth all-time in career blocked shots, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton. He currently holds the seventh highest total of career blocked shots, with 2,542.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast From Playmakers In Anderson On Saturday







The Tiger Pregame Show Invades Playmakers In Anderson This Saturday!


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays, will broadcast its 143rd consecutive show this Saturday from Playmakers in Anderson, SC to prepare fans for the Georgia game! 


Former Clemson running back Reggie Merriweather will join longtime host Scott Rhymer to break down the opening of the season between the Tigers and the Dawgs.  
The show, as always, will be broadcast on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.  Broadcast times for Saturday's show will be from 11:30-2:30 as Scott and Reggie will get Tiger fans ready for the trip to Athens, to Memorial Stadium to watch on the jumbo screen, or for their get together at home to watch the game on TV.

“We wanted to tap into the idea that many Clemson fans will be en route to Athens and can stop in for a bite to eat and drink before the trip.”, Rhymer states. "We also wanted to offer for fans that were going to watch the game in Death Valley a place to get together before going into Clemson.  
Playmakers in Anderson was the perfect fit for both priorities."
 
The show will also tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations. 

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  “Whether you are driving to Athens, parked in Athens, or in the upstate, our fans can stream the show via the WCCP App on their smart phones”.

“But that is not the only reason we embrace the technology.  In addition to streaming the show, we also want to engage fans during the show to allow them to give their opinions and insight into the show that we can use while broadcasting this Saturday.  That’s the really exciting part of embracing the technology as it allows fans to do more than just listen.  It allows them to engage.”

The Tiger Pregame Show format will continue broadcasting 6 hours prior to kickoff and ends 3 hours prior to kickoff, which means this week's show is from 11:30-2:30.  The show will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

“Our business model, from the very beginning, has been to focus on the football game and the analysis of what to expect when you walk into the stadium”, Rhymer stated. “Clemson fans, especially those that are tailgating or en route to the stadium when we are on the air, want a pregame show that breaks down the football game to the football junkie.  And that is exactly what we try to give them for the three hours we are on the air.” 

Segments for Saturday include up to the minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and Georgia, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Don Munson, the new Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program and final preparations for the Georgia game.  

And, just like in the previous 11 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions.

Each week, Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, and Brent Venables will provide audio interviews to set the stage for the game.  The show will also have the key Clemson players on air so that they can give their perspective from the field.

Playmakers in Anderson is located at 3321 North Main St near the Anderson Mall. Information on specials that will be offered during the show will be sent out via the Tiger Pregame Show Social Media pages later this week.

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. If you have not done so, you also want to ensure you have the WCCP 105.5 The Roar App, free for Iphones and Android based phones.  Also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.


Go Tigers!

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

6 Days Until Kickoff!
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James Davis




 As a Freshman, James Davis racked up 879 rushing yards on 165 carries and scored nine rushing touchdowns, which set the Tiger single-season freshman touchdown record. 
Davis was subsequently named ACC Rookie of the Year, the first Tiger to win the award since Anthony Simmons in 1995. 
In his sophomore year, Davis rushed 1,187 yards (sixth highest total in Clemson history) for an average of 91.3 yards per game (5.85 yards per carry), 28th-best in the nation and third-best in the ACC. His 17 touchdowns tied a Clemson single-season record also held by Lester Brown in 1978, and was fifth-most in ACC history. Davis was one of ten semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award in 2006, and also earned First Team All-ACC honors.
Clemson's leading rusher for the third-straight year (the first Tiger to do so since Raymond Priester from 1995–97), Davis ran for 1,064 yards and 10 touchdowns on 214 attempts as a junior. 

As a senior, Davis suffered separated shoulder in spring 2008 practices, and had arthroscopic surgery to repair. He failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for a third consecutive year, as he only rushed for 751 yard and 11 touchdowns. However, he still led Clemson in rushing, becoming the first Tiger in history to do that. Davis finished his college career fourth in Tiger history in career all-purpose yards (4,309).

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August 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Campus Life In 1950’s Part II




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Today’s photos are Part II from an idyllic time in our Nation’s history…and in Clemson’s history.

The 1950’s saw an increase in enrollment at Clemson, including the inclusion of women to the college. Those early women were seen on campus blending in with the male students in the photo above.

These students were a part of a generation that were babies when World War II started, and many lost their fathers in the war.


But this new energy of post war America in the 1950’s was a vibrant time.

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