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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast From Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday (Info and Notes)

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 172nd consecutive show this Saturday!


Broadcast time this Saturday is from 6:30-9:30 a.m.  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).


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 anchored the show on WCCP from its birth, giving Clemson fans a familiar voice and perspective on what has happened, what will happen, and the implications of all things Clemson when it comes to the upcoming games.  


"Not only is it an honor to host The Tiger Pregame Show, but the opportunity I have been blessed with over these 14 years to meet so many great Clemson fans has given me a lifetime of memories", Rhymer said recently.

Scott Cole joins Scott Rhymer this year as Co-Host.  Cole has recently joined the WCCP crew with the host of his own show, The Scott Cole Show, which periodically fills the time slot of former Tiger Pregame Show Co-Host, Roy Philpott.


Cole has nearly two decades of broadcasting experience and is currently a Host of NFL Network's "Madden NFL Live".  A very talented and versatile broadcaster, Cole has already been used in an on-air utility role at WCCP as well as several behind the scenes projects.

"I have been a fan of The Tiger Pregame Show for many years, telling Scott Rhymer that one day I want to sit with him on the broadcast", Cole said.  "When I got the call this summer that Scott Rhymer wanted to meet with me to talk Tiger Pregame Show, I was thrilled and more than happy to join the team".


The Tiger Pregame Show will tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations, with several segments engaging fans via Twitter (@tigerpregame and @scottcoleshow).

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  

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

“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.”

During the game week, fans can also nominate themselves as the "Clemson Fan Of The Week" via @tigerpregame and @scottcoleshow on Twitter.  The winner each week will join Scott and Scott during the Bottom Line Segment as a 3rd host of the show on air!

The Tiger Pregame Show format 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, Opposing Team's Perspective, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.  There will also be segments with current Clemson football players that give fans a more personal look at the players behind the face mask and helmet.

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.

Player interviews will take place each week to give fans an idea of what the vibe of the players inside the program is as they prepare for the upcoming opponent.

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 13 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions, this year with Scott Rhymer and Scott Cole.


You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook (The Tiger Pregame Show) and following via Twitter (@tigerpregame and @scottcoleshow).

You can also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog,  @1055TheROAR on Twitter, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.

Scott Rhymer 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.  Scott Rhymer will also join Scott Cole every Friday afternoon at 2:20 to preview the upcoming Tiger Pregame Show broadcast locations and other pertinent information.


Broadcast time this Saturday is from 6:30-9:30.  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).


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. 


The Road To Charlotte Begins With 
The Tiger Pregame Show!

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

3 Days Until Kickoff!
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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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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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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mid 1960’s Clemson Campus Life


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Today’s photos center around the mid 1960’s when color photography was quickly becoming the new fad. The above photo is of Clemson students hanging out in the Loggia at Johnstone Hall.

The open air loggia at Johnstone Hall on the ground-floor (level six) at the hilltop overlooked an assembly quadrangle designed to accommodate cadet formations. The canteen, one floor below the loggia, faced the formation area. The paved quadrangle, lately serving as parking, was redeveloped into a new student union and student government chambers in the mid-1970s.

The campus student locator phone office, the West Campus housing office, student government chambers, a small campus retreat chapel (later converted to a job placement office), and all the student media were located in the three levels above the loggia.

The next photo is from the inside of Sikes Hall when it served as the Library at Clemson. The cornerstone for the future Sikes Hall was laid on January 19, 1904, by Grand Mason J. R. Bellinger, A.F.M., and completed that same year.


Sikes Hall is named for Clemson's sixth president, Enoch Walter Sikes. Sikes was originally the center for agricultural studies and was known as Agricultural Hall, but was remodeled as the campus library after fire destroyed most of the building on the night of April 2, 1925. It served as the campus library until 1966 when the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library replaced it.

Believe it or not, Sikes also housed a museum and gymnasium through past years.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

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

5 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
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 29th 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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Saturday, August 27, 2016

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

7 Days Until Kickoff!
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Reggie Merriweather

Reggie played for North Augusta High School (S.C.) and came to Clemson as a highly rated recruit after an outstanding senior season in which he rushed for 2580 yards and 29 TD's.

After redshirting in 2002, he played in all 13 games in 2003 on special teams and had 16 carries as a tailback.

In 2004, despite having only started six games, he finished the season with the most carries (136) and led the team in rushing yards (670), averaging 4.9 per carry. Merriweather scored 11 TD's in 2004, 3 of which came in a OT victory against then #10 Miami in the Orange Bowl and 3 more against South Carolina in the year of the infamous brawl.

In 2005, Reggie again started six games while James Davis started the other six. He gained 736 yards on 149 carries, averaging 4.8 per carry and had 7 TD's. Notable games included three 100+ yard performances in a row against Temple, Duke and Georgia Tech.

Merriweather scored two TD's against MD that year with a 7.5 average yard per carry and 3 TD's against Duke. In 2006, Davis was the starter in all 13 games and freshman C.J. Spiller was also on the field along with Demerick Chancellor.

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August 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Snow At Tillman Hall


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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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Friday, August 26, 2016

8 Days Until Kickoff Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

8 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Aaron Kelly


After two seasons as a possession receiver (averaging 38 catches for 465 yards and three touchdowns), Kelly exploded onto the scene as a junior, leading the ACC with 11 touchdown receptions and 83.2 receiving yards per game.

Kelly’s averaged 10.8-yard average on 67 catches as a senior.
Kelly left school as the ACC career reception leader (226).  Kelly broke the record against Duke when he had 10 receptions.

Kelly was selected Second-Team All-ACC in his Senior year.
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August 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

ROTC Inspection On Bowman In 1967


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Today’s photo is from 1967 and shows ROTC Cadets being inspected on Bowman Field.

This picture is unique because the Thursday inspections did not typically include a jeep! This is possibly one of the Federal Inspections that took place periodically of ROTC programs during this era.

You can see Dan’s Sandwich Shop in the background of the picture, with the famous football schedule on the outside fa├žade.

Here is the photo from 1967 of Bowman Field right above a picture taken last year from almost the same location.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

9 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Ben Hall


Hall played tight end at Clemson and reached the pinnacle of his career in the 2003 game against South Carolina in the 63-17 win.
Hall’s Clemson career was marked by being underused in the offensive scheme and was further checkered by a stint where he left the team for personal reasons.

Hall was the first tight end at Clemson since Jim Riggs to be the focal point (at least on paper) for the offense. 
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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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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

 10 Days Until Kickoff!

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Charlie Whitehurst


After redshirting as a freshman at Clemson in 2001, Whitehurst took over the starting quarterback duties from Willie Simmons the second half of the 2002 campaign.
Whitehurst went on to complete 123 of 214 passes (57.5 percent) for 1,554 yards, ten touchdowns and six interceptions while appearing in nine contests that year. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 145.0 passer efficiency rating.

The 2003 season was Whitehurst's coming out party. He set school single-season records for most pass attempts (465), pass completions (288), passing efficiency (min. 300 attempts; 135.6), passing yards (3,561), most 200-yard passing games (11), most 300-yard passing games (5), most touchdown passes (21) and total offensive plays (557).
As memorable as the 2003 season was, the 2004 campaign was just as forgettable. Whitehurst would manage only seven touchdown passes while being intercepted 17 times. He hit on 177 of 349 passes (50.7 percent) for 2,067 yards and rushed for 43 yards and a score on 80 carries. In addition to his 17 interceptions, he was sacked 25 times and fumbled the ball a team-high ten times.

With the addition of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, Whitehurst finally found a mentor before the 2005 season. He drastically improved his accuracy, but was still prone to throwing the costly interception or getting sacked. Whitehurst completed 67.4 percent of his passes (229 of 340) for 2,483 yards and eleven touchdowns. However, he was sacked 20 times for losses of 150 yards, threw ten interceptions and fumbled five times. Whitehurst did stretch the field more often, as 36 of his pass completions were for 20 yards or longer.
In 44 games with the Tigers, Whitehurst completed 817 of 1,368 passes (59.7 percent) for 9,665 yards, 49 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. He set forty-one school records, including career marks for most pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, 200-yard passing games (24) and 300-yard passing games (8). He also scored ten times while netting 98 yards on 266 carries. Whitehurst started a record 37 consecutive games for the Tigers between 2002 and 2005, but the streak ended when he did not play against Duke due to a sore shoulder. Whitehurst had surgery on Dec. 1, 2005 to correct the problem, returning to the field for his final game vs. Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl.
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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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