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September 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Fred Cone As Santa in 1948

"Pop, this next play is going to determine whether I am a good coach or a SOB"-Frank Howard


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Today’s picture is from 1948 and of Fred Cone joking around by dressing up as Santa Claus during a practice session in December of 1948 as the Tigers prepare for the Gator Bowl.

Cone is standing inside of Memorial Stadium with the North Stands at his back.

Frank Howard spoke of Cone in his book, Howard The Legend. Below is an excerpt.

When I was about to graduate from high school, all my sisters said, "Brother, get you a job and help momma." Except Hazel. She said, "You go to college and I'll help momma."

In 1947, Hazel called me and said, "Brother, I have you a great football player. But he never has played football." She said his name was Fred Cone. She was sure he'd make a fine player, even though he'd never played the sport.

The main reason for her call is that he just wanted into Clem…

Tiger Pregame Show Ready For Top 5 Showdown!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast outside of the Chapman Grandstands at Doug Kingsmore Stadium for our 175th consecutive show this Saturday!



Broadcast time this Saturday is from 2:00-5:00.  Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, wccpfm.com anywhere in the world, and via the Tune In App (it is free).



The Tiger Pregame Show is happy to announce we are once again selling the Purple "Tigers For Tatas" wristbands to raise money for Dabo Swinney's "All In Foundation" on site at Doug Kingsmore Stadium during the Tiger Pregame Show for $5.  Come by and see us during broadcast time to get your wristband and help support Dabo and Kathleen Swinney in their work with Breast Cancer Awareness.

Scott Rhymer, in his 14th year as Host, will once again anchor the show to bring Clemson fans all of the information, interviews, and insight to prepare for the game.  Rhymer has ancho…

September 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1960's Game Day



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I believe this is a game day at Clemson in 1962. A few clues help narrow down the date, but one major clue that could confirm the actual date.

The clue that I don’t know is the building that is under construction on the left side of the picture. This building is no longer standing, as the Stadium Residence Hall now sits in that location. The Stadium Residence Hall was built in 2002, and the building that sat there prior to 2002 is the building that is under construction in this picture.

If I knew the name of that building under construction, I could probably pin down the actual year of this picture (and maybe even the actual game).

The clues that help narrow down the date are found in various parts of the picture. You can notice the West Stands has been completed in this picture. The date of completion for the West Stands was 1960.

You can also notice the clear contrast of the North Stands above the portals. The original North Stands wa…

Tigers For Tatas- Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser!

WCCP 105.5 The Roar will be selling Tigers for Tatas wristbands throughout the month of October to raise awareness for breast cancer research. All the proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Dabo and Kathleen Swinney’s All In Team Foundation.  We are kicking off the initiative this week and it will continue throughout October.

For a $5 donation, you will receive a Tigers for Tataswristband
We will sell them at the Tiger Pregame Show before the Louisville and NC State games as well as at our remotes (Mickey at CFA, Walt at Joe’s, Elkmont and Twin Peaks and Roy at George Coleman)
The NC State game this year is the designation Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

Last year we raised $2,055 and this year, our goal is to raise twice that amount.
ALL proceeds go to Dabo and Kathleen Swinney’s All In Team Foundation and therefore, will help fund the St. Francis Mobile Mammography Unit
All In Team Foundation Objective when it comes to Breast Cancer Research: Raise funds annually for breast cancer prevent…

September 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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September 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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A Guide To A Clemson Weekend For Louisville Fans And Their Guests

Guide To a Clemson Weekend

By Scott Rhymer
Host of The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 105.5 FM The Roar Wccpfm.com and Tune In App
2:00-5:00  Live From “The Shadows Of The Chapman Grandstands”
Note:  Additions have been added by Clemson fans at the bottom of this blog

One of the great things about football season is that it offers the opportunity to welcome people to Clemson (either for the first time or after a long time away).  

At Clemson, we believe that we have something special and are excited to showcase that special college football environment each time we host a visitor.  Our goal  is very simple:  To be incredible hosts to our visitors and provide the ultimate game day experience.

There is an additional buzz in the air this week as we host the the Louisville Cardinals and their fans for what should be an electric game day weekend with two Top 5 football teams in a battle for the Atlantic Division of the ACC.   We hope that your trip here will be exciting, memorable, and exceed every …

Week 4 Trending

A weekly installment on The Tiger Pregame Show Blog this year will be a segment called "ACC Trending...The Road To An ACC Championship".

Each week every team in the ACC Atlantic and Coastal will be given a vote for trending to begin painting the picture of who will go to Charlotte in December.

Week 4 Installment:





If December Were Today, The Road To An ACC Championship Include...

Louisville vs. North Carolina

After Week 4, it is still hard to argue that the "eye test" favors Louisville. With the Cardinals already passing the FSU hurdle, if they can come into Clemson and win Saturday, the Louisville path to the Atlantic Division becomes very clear.  The question is...can Louisville come into Clemson at night and defeat Clemson?  We are 5 days from finding out.

In the Coastal, North Carolina took a last second win over Pitt, which gives the Tar Heels much wiggle room in a tie breaking situation with the Panthers. But Miami and Virginia Tech look salty early in the year, so …

September 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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September 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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September 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 …

September 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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