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Monday, November 30, 2015

November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck 


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Today’s photos are 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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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tiger Pregame Show and Tiger Tailgate Show Will Broadcast Live From Draught In Charlotte On Saturday!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast its 168th consecutive show at the Charlotte Clemson Club and Alumni Association Pregame Event...this Saturday from Draught Sports and Craft Beer Bar in the Shadows Of Bank of America Stadium.  

Immediately following the Tiger Pregame Show, The Tiger Tailgate Show with David Stein and William Qualkinbush will air from Draught as well!



Broadcast Time for the Tiger Pregame Show is 2:00-5:00 with the doors opening to Draught at 11:00 a.m.  The Clemson Club and Alumni Association event will officially begin at 3:00.  The Tiger Tailgate Show will broadcast from Draught from 5:00-7:00.

David Hood, Senior Writer for Tigernet, will join Tiger Pregame Show founder Scott Rhymer on WCCP’s popular Tiger Pregame Show as it enters its 13th year on the air at WCCP 105.5 FM. 


Draught Craft Beer Bar is located adjacent to  Bank of America Stadium and is less than a 5 minute walk, giving Clemson fans perfect access to pregame food and drinks while allowing for easy entry into the game.  

Information about Draught can be found at the below link:



The Tiger Pregame Show  will air from 2:00-5:00 this Saturday and we will offer in-depth analysis of the match up, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game. 


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show. 

More information will be provided during the week about the broadcast and the Pregame Event, including all applicable drink and food specials, parking information, and other Pregame Event Information.  

For information about all of the Alumni Association's events for the ACC Championship Game, including the Pregame Event at Draught, click on the below link:



The Tiger Pregame Show, teaming up with the Charlotte Clemson Club and the Clemson Alumni Association Pregame Event, will broadcast live from the shadows of Bank of America Stadium at Draught Craft Beer Bar.

Broadcast Time is 2:00-5:00 with the doors opening to Draught at 11:00 a.m.  The Clemson Club and Alumni Association event will officially begin at 3:00.  


The Tiger Tailgate Show, hosted by David Stein and William Qualkinbush, will also broadcast from Draught...starting immediately following the Tiger Pregame Show from 5:00-7:00.

This season is set up to be magical...so don't miss a minute of the season and start your game day experience with The Tiger Pregame Show. 


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November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s


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

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

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


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Rivalry Week! November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

"One Legged" Watson Helps Clemson Drill Gamecocks!



Artavis Scott had two long touchdown catches, Wayne Gallman ran for 191 yards and Clemson ended a five-game losing streak to South Carolina with a 35-17 victory.



The win, with Clemson freshman QB Deshawn Watson playing with a torn ACL knee ligament, ensured that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier would end his career vs. Clemson with a loss.


Watson finished with 269 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and he added another touchdown on the ground in one of the gutsiest performances in Clemson football history.



The win also gave Clemson a 9th win on the season, which gave the Tigers the opportunity to win a 10th game with a bowl victory, extending to 4 the number of years in a row the Tigers had 10 or more wins.

Today’s photos are from a joyous afternoon in 2014 for Clemson Nation.



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Rivalry Week! November 27th 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 26, 2015

Rivalry Week! November 26th 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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Tiger Pregame Show Broadcast Notes, Hosts, Times, and Location!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast its 167th  consecutive show this Saturday as Clemson travels to Columbia to play the South Carolina Gamecocks. Broadcast Time Is 6:00-9:00 am.





David Hood, Senior Writer for Tigernet, will join Tiger Pregame Show founder Scott Rhymer on WCCP’s popular Tiger Pregame Show as it enters its 13th year on the air at WCCP 105.5 FM.  

If you are leaving from the Upstate to travel to Columbia, you can listen on 105.5 FM.  You can also listen via the Tune In App for free on your cell phone as you travel down to Columbia by choosing 105.5 The Roar on the App.  And, of course, you can hear the show from anywhere in the world on wccpfm.com.

We will broadcast the show from Southern Equipment Fabricators at 1231 Bluff Road, less than a mile from Williams Brice Stadium.  



This Public Parking area is located between Bernie's Chicken and the National Guard Armory  and a 10 minute walk to the stadium.   Parking is available for $40 at this location and on site Port-O-Johns are available for those tailgating in this lot.



The buzz of this season continues to grow, and we will kick off our game day Saturday on the Tiger Pregame Show.

“This is the greatest rivalry in college football if you ask me", Rhymer states.  "And this year the stakes are even higher in this game because Clemson's chance to play in the College Football Playoff is contingent of beat the Gamecocks on Saturday."



"We will set the stage for Clemson fans for this big game and we will let you hear from the coaches and the players to set the tone for the big game".


Rhymer also reminds fans that they can tune into the Tiger Pregame Show in many different formats.

“When driving to the game Saturday or walking around Columbia, our fans can stream the show via their smart phones, making the show as portable as the listener wants to be on game day."

“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.  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 air from 6:00-9:00 this Saturday and we 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 the show include up-to-the-minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and their opponent, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables, and Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will offer their input on the show.

Eric MacLain, Wayne Gallman, and DJ Reader will also have their thoughts on the game, giving Tiger fans a clear vibe of what the players are thinking leading up to kickoff.

Don Munson, the  Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program. 

And, just like in the previous 12 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this week with Tigernet's David Hood.


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter.

You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.

Scott will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com every Friday morning at 7:05 to talk Clemson football and to set the stage for the Tiger Pregame Show.




This season is set up to be magical...so don't miss a minute of the season and start your game day experience with The Tiger Pregame Show. 


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Go Tigers!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rivalry Week-November 25th 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 24, 2015

Rivalry Week! November 24th 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 23, 2015

Rivalry Week! November 23rd 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 22, 2015

Rivalry Week! November 22nd 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 21, 2015

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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Friday, November 20, 2015

Broadcast Notes, Times, and Guest Hosts For Saturday's Military Appreciation Day

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast its 166th  consecutive show this Saturday as Clemson hosts Wake Forest on Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day.   Broadcast Time Is 9:30-12:30.





David Hood, Senior Writer for Tigernet,  and Reggie Merriweather, former Clemson Running Back, will join Tiger Pregame Show founder Scott Rhymer on WCCP’s popular Tiger Pregame Show as it enters its 13th year on the air at WCCP 105.5 FM. 

Due to construction at Littlejohn Coliseum, The Tiger Pregame Show, along with the network's Tiger Tailgate Show, will broadcast from behind the Chapman Grandstands outside of Doug Kingsmore Stadium (near the 3rd base foul pole).




The buzz of this season continues to grow, and we will kick off our game day Saturday on the Tiger Pregame Show.

“Clemson does Military Appreciation Day better than anyone.  Wear your purple and be ready to tear up as Clemson will have multiple recognition throughout the game on Saturday", Rhymer states.



"It is also Senior Day, which is a big moment for those players that are running down the hill for the final  time in their career.  So Tiger fans need to make sure they are inside Death Valley early on Saturday to recognize those Seniors".


Rhymer also reminds fans that they can tune into the Tiger Pregame Show in many different formats.

“When driving to the game Saturday or walking around campus, our fans can stream the show via their smart phones, making the show as portable as the listener wants to be on game day."

“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.  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 air from 9:30-12:30 this Saturday and we 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 the show include up-to-the-minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and their opponent, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables, and Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott will offer their input on the show.

Eric MacLain, BJ Goodson, Charone Peake, and Eric MacLain will also have their thoughts on the game, giving Tiger fans a clear vibe of what the players are thinking leading up to kickoff.

Don Munson, the  Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program. 

And, just like in the previous 12 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this week with Tigernet's David Hood and former Clemson Running Back Reggie Merriweather.


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter.



You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.

Purple Wristbands with the logo, "Tigers For Tatas" will be on sale at the Broadcast Location throughout the show.  Bracelets are $5  and all proceeds go Dabo and Kathleen Swinney's All In Foundation for Breast Cancer research.




Scott will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com every Friday morning at 7:05 to talk Clemson football and to set the stage for the Tiger Pregame Show.




This season is set up to be magical...so don't miss a minute of the season and start your game day experience with The Tiger Pregame Show. 


Military Appreciation Day And The Road To The College Football  Playoff Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show!

Go Tigers!

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