Frank Howard, With Joe Paterno Watching?
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Today’s photo is of head coach Frank Howard roaming the sideline during the 1955 season. This photo is a bit iconic in that I think most Clemson fans envision Coach Howard in very much the image of this picture. Seeing Coach Howard in this pose reminds me of the massive figurative shadow he cast over the football program at Clemson, not only while he was on the sideline, but even later after his retirement from coaching.
If you are looking for a little conspiracy in the picture, take a look at the gentleman that is sitting on the front row above #85 of the Tigers. If you think that "fan" looks a bit like Joe Paterno, you are not the alone!
In 1955, Paterno was an assistant coach at Penn State, but I can’t find any reason based on the two teams schedules that would make me think Paterno was in Clemson scouting an opponent. But it certainly is a close enough resemblance to do a double take.
Clemson would finish the 1955 season 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. This was good enough for 3rd in the ACC. Clemson was in the process of moving away from a Military college to a non-military college.
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