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Friday, November 28, 2014

Broadcast Notes/Times: Rivalry Week Tiger Pregame Show







The Tiger Pregame Show Will Get You Ready For The Greatest Rivalry In College Football!


Clemson looks to win its 66th game in this great rivalry and prevent South Carolina from winning their 6th in a row in this series.

It is a noon kickoff, so we are on the air early to help Tiger fans get to Clemson safely to their parking spot while getting all of the latest information on the big game.

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays, will broadcast its 154th consecutive show Saturday to prepare fans for the South Carolina.

The show, as always, will be broadcast on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.  Broadcast times for Saturday's show will be from 6:00-9:00 as Scott Rhymer will get Tiger fans ready for the 21st ranked Tigers and South Carolina.

“This is the greatest rivalry in college football”, Rhymer states. "These two teams have created this passion between the two schools without both being in the national spotlight at the same time very often in the series' history".
 
Clemson fans making the trip to Clemson will also be able to listen to the Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 105.5 FM or Tiger fans will need to stream the show via the WCCP web site and app.

The show on Saturday 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.  “While you are out and about Saturday, 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 6:00-9:00.  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 Saturday include up to the minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and South Carolina and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history and this rivalry.

Former Tiger Running Back Reggie Merriweather will join the show for the final two hours.

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 South Carolina 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.

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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November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007


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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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Thursday, November 27, 2014

November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”

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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 26, 2014

66 Or 6, I Am Thankful For This Rivalry

By Scott Rhymer
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This is the week. Saturday is the day. And for that, I am truly thankful during this Thanksgiving Weekend.

Let me start by saying that I don’t care about Ohio State/Michigan or Auburn/Alabama or any of the other rivalries around this country. You see, I live in South Carolina. I am a Clemson fan. Some of my family members are Clemson fans. And some of my family members are Gamecocks.

So the only game in the world that matters to me, and to many of you that now read this blog, is the Tigers and the Gamecocks this Saturday. It is what we live for 365 days a year.  Hardly a day can go by without seeing a Tiger Paw or Gamecock flag and a reminder of the November game of last year and years gone by.




This great (and yes, I do emphasize the word “great”) annual rivalry returns to Death Valley this Saturday in a game that means everything to both of these teams without meaning anything to the outside world.

If Clemson wins Saturday a large monkey with 5 years of frustration will be lifted off the shoulders of this program.

The Gamecocks, suffering from an up and down year after three of the greatest years in the program's history, try to salvage an otherwise unremarkable season by driving a 6th dagger into Clemson's heart.

For both of these teams and this rivalry, I am thankful.  And I believe that this is the greatest rivalry in college football (which I will explain below).

Continuing on the theme of thankfulness, I am also thankful that I have a new perspective on this great rivalry. 

This is my 42nd season of the rivalry. For most of those 42 years, the expectation was for Clemson to win; otherwise it would be considered a colossal upset. I, like many Clemson fans, hardly knew what it was like to lose to South Carolina.


Even though the Gamecocks have won the last 5 games, the series record in my lifetime has Clemson dominating 26-15-1.  That winning percentage in those 42 years (.619) almost exactly mirrors the all time series percentage of .604.

To give perspective on how fortunate I am to be a Clemson fan in this series, there is only a very slim chance that I will go to the grave with a losing record in my lifetime vs. South Carolina.

From this point forward, if the Gamecocks win 2 out of the next 3 games in the series I would be 75 years old before Clemson would fall behind in the series that took place during my lifetime.

If the Gamecocks were to win 4 of the next 5 games in the series I would be 62 years old before the Gamecocks would lead the series that took place in my lifetime.

In other words, I will die with a winning record in my lifetime vs. South Carolina unless something remarkable happens in this series.  And that same lifetime winning record will also apply to most of you that are old enough to read this.

Granted, this series has certainly taken a strange turn for the worse from a Clemson perspective since 2008.  For that, I am certainly not thankful.



But I can remember a time in this series when leaving Death Valley or Williams Brice after a Clemson win was more a feeling of relief than it was joy.  Relief that, as the hunted, we survived another year by outlasting the Gamecocks and not “sinking” to the depths of despair of losing to a below average football program.

And on the rare years that we did walk out of the stadium as the losers, I can vividly remember being embarrassed that our fine program could lose to a team in such dysfunction and mediocrity.

Five years, Steve Spurrier, and a handful of physical beatings at the hands of the Gamecocks have truly changed the dynamics and perspectives of this rivalry. Today, Gamecock fans strut with ultra-confidence that once was the reality of Clemson fans.

Tiger fans cling to the desperation life raft that five years of losing brings to us now...which has been brought to the Gamecocks many times over in this series.  

South Carolina is working through the best time of their program's history, and Clemson has felt that pinch in the results of the most recent November games.


While not thankful for the five years of beatings, I am thankful that I feel a new found security that beating South Carolina Saturday will not bring the traditional “relief”, but more so a preferable feeling of “pride” in accomplishing a great feat on the football field. Winning Saturday will bring with it a strut, instead of a sheepish acceptance of both program’s roles in the grand world of college football.

Beating South Carolina is now a point of pride.  Beating South Carolina now offers no guilt of picking on the red-headed stepchild of college football.

I am also thankful that this is the greatest rivalry in college football.  I believe it with all of my heart and mind, and you will hear that tagline as we go to break each segment this Saturday on The Tiger Pregame Show.





Despite the fact that this rivalry has rarely produced two top ranked teams, it is easy to see how important this game means to our state and to the fans of both Clemson and South Carolina.

Auburn/Alabama, Notre Dame/Southern Cal, Michgan/Ohio State, Florida/Florida State have a wonderful history of top ranked teams that have helped fuel their rivalry.  The product on the field help build the passion for those rivalries, both within those fan bases and nationally.

By contrast, only 6 times in these two program's history have both teams been ranked coming into this game.  3 of those 6 games have been the last three years.  

Only one time in this rivalry's history has one team played in the game with national championship implications on the line (1981 in Williams Brice is the single exception).  

Yet, this rivalry has risen above lack of national rankings from the two teams together to create passion, tension, and emotion that equal or exceed the above rivalries that have the history of national implications to fuel their rivalry and perspective.



This rivalry means as much to this state as FSU/Florida State does to the state of  Florida.  It means as much to this state as Auburn/Alabama to the state of Alabama.  And it means that much without the awesome implications both of those rivalries have registered over the years with those elite programs.

For that reason, I believe this is the greatest  rivalry in college football.  Rankings, while important, don't define this rivalry.  The passion defines it alone.

Which brings me back to why I am so thankful for this rivalry. This rivalry is the greatest in college football because it does not need anything but the rivalry itself to make it great.

We don’t need a fancy rivalry name, although I hear this is now called The Palmetto Bowl. 

We don’t need a goofy trophy or jug that goes to the winner. I believe somebody has given the Hardees Trophy to Goodwill.

We don’t need ESPN Game Day to legitimize the rivalry. 

We don’t need nonstop coverage and adulation from our local media in news print or television to sensationalize the game.

As players, coaches, and fans….we get the importance of this rivalry without the propaganda other rivalries have and need. All we need is orange and garnet on the field lined up across from each other. All we need is 80,000 fans bleeding orange or garnet screaming their lungs out inside of Death Valley. All we need is divided households and extended family members that realize their bragging rights hang in the balance of 18-22 year old kids throwing around a pigskin.


All we need is a rivalry between two great football programs. And that’s exactly what we have.

The rest is fluff for those programs that don’t have what we have right here in South Carolina. And for that, I am thankful.

Saturday, Clemson will win our 66th game in this series.  Or, South Carolina will win its 6th game in a row.

66 or 6?  Saturday afternoon we will find out.  But 6 or 66, I am thankful for this rivalry.

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November 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

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 25, 2014

November 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Fuller And Sims Lead Tigers Over Gamecocks In 1978


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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 24, 2014

November 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Stuckey Pounces On Fumble In 1976 Win


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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 Gamecocks. 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 23, 2014

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

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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November 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Charlie Whitehurst Seals Win In 2005


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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 22, 2014

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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Tiger Pregame Show Broadcast Notes, Location, and Time







The Tiger Pregame Show Will Get You Ready For Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day In Clemson!

The Tigers return home after a tough loss in Atlanta, hoping to find confidence before next week's big game vs. South Carolina.  

Today is Senior Day as we recognize our football Seniors who have given so much for the program.

This is also a special day in Clemson as we recognize Military Appreciation Day, a tradition that Clemson does better than anyone else!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays, will broadcast its 153rd consecutive show Saturday to prepare fans for the Georgia State Game!

The show, as always, will be broadcast on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.  Broadcast times for Saturday's show will be from 9:30-12:30 as Scott Rhymer will get Tiger fans ready for the 22nd ranked Tigers and Georgia State.

“Senior Day is special at Clemson.  So is Military Appreciation Day”, Rhymer states. "The Clemson family will be ready to rightfully recognize both groups here today inside of Death Valley"
 
Clemson fans making the trip to Clemson will also be able to listen to the Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 105.5 FM or Tiger fans will need to stream the show via the WCCP web site and app.

The show on Saturday 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.  “While you are out and about Saturday, 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 9:30-12:30.  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 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 State and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Former Tiger Running Back Reggie Merriweather will join the show for the final two hours.

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 Tech 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.

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.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

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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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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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Monday, November 17, 2014

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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Sunday, November 16, 2014

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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