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Friday, September 30, 2016

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 Clemson. He had tried Auburn and Alabama, but they were full. Back in those days, it was hard to get into college because of all the veterans returning from World War II. But I had an arrangement with our registrar. I had told him that on September 1st I'd give him 40 names of boys I wanted in school and he'd save me 40 places. When Hazel called I had 39 names on that list.

So, I wrote Fred Cone in as my 40th name. That's how he got into school.I asked her later how she knew he was going to be a great football player. She said, "I saw him dive off a diving board one time."

Cone was from Pineapple, Alabama. His aunt lived next door to Hazel. Those two tickets that I sent to her for that Tulane game got me the next-door neighbor's nephew, who turned out to be one of the best football players I ever had.

Fred was a fullback. After he played for me he played for Green Bay in the NFL for several years. Then he went to Dallas for several more seasons. When Fred hit the line, he could either run over them or around them.

Our 1948 team was playing Missouri in the Gator Bowl game played January 1, 1949. They couldn't stop us and we couldn't stop them. I had a fellow working for me as an assistant coach named Russ Cohen. He told me after that game that we had a good team except for our pass defense. So I hired him to take over that phase of our defense. He called me 'Skipper' and I called him 'Pop'.

So we were playing in that Gator Bowl. We had Missouri 24-23 with two minutes to play. We had the ball on the 50-yard line. My tailback was calling the signals. In those days you couldn't send in plays. But you could signal a little bit if they didn't see you. So he looked over at me, wondering if he should punt because it was fourth and four. But I gave him the 'go' sign. I figured Missouri could score from 80 yards as easy as from 50 the way they had been moving the ball. I thought our only chance was to make a first down and run out the clock.

Skipper asked me what I told him. I said, "Pop, I told him to run it." He said, "Oh, my God, I wish you'd have told him to punt." I said, "Pop, this next play is going to decide whether I'm a good coach or an SOB."

Old Cone busted in there, got hit right at the line of scrimmage, but wiggled out of there and got six. The old man grabbed me around the neck and said, "Skipper, you're not an SOB today."

Then we kept the ball until the game was over. Cone really saved me my job.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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, 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 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 for updates on the show.

Scott Rhymer will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 105.5 FM and 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 2:00-5:00.  Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, anywhere in the world, and via the Tune In App (it is free).

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

The Road To The ACC Championship Begins With 
The Tiger Pregame Show!

Go Tigers!

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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 was only as high as where the portals are today. In 1958, that was expanded on both the North and South Stands, adding 18,000 total seats to Memorial Stadium. In the picture, you can see the color change above the portal with the newer seats.

You can also see in the picture that Littlejohn Coliseum has yet to be constructed. Littlejohn was completed in 1968, with ground being broken in 1966. So we can easily narrow the picture down to between 1960-1966 based on those clues.

Those white buildings you see where the lawn at Littlejohn and Lot 2 sits today were apartments for married students at Clemson in the 1960’s.

Contrary to popular belief, you can see that lights did exist in Death Valley many years ago. If you look closely, you can see the pole with the lights in the picture.

I can’t tell in the picture if that is the Clemson Tiger Band going down Fort Hill Street or if that is a military brigade or company marching to the stadium.

You can also see that the endzone painting on the field says “IPTAY” instead of “Clemson”. This was done for several years in the early 1960’s to promote IPTAY and increase donations to the athletic fund.

One other thing about this picture is unknown to me. The big brick building that sits almost exactly where Littlejohn sits today is a mystery to me. Someone once told me that the building was a sewage treatment facility, but I find that hard to believe considering how far away from the main part of campus that building is. If anyone can shed light on the "unknowns" of this picture, reply on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook page or to my email below.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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 Tatas  wristband

 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 prevention and research with an emphasis on local university research programs, and efforts providing medical screening/testing to local upstate residents.

 The Swinney extended family has experienced first-hand the battle with breast cancer. The Foundation will work hand in hand to make the fight easier for the next family.

Join WCCP 105.5 The Roar in the fight against breast cancer! As a station, the fight against this terrible disease is very important to us, and we encourage you to help us make a difference by purchasing a Tigers for Tatas wristband.

 Again, ALL proceeds benefit Dabo and Kathleen Swinneys All In Team Foundation. 

Make a difference this month with WCCP!

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

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

The Road To The ACC Championship Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show!

Go Tigers!

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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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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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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Monday, September 26, 2016

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 and Tune In App
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 expectation you have about Clemson and the great State of South Carolina.

So this is a quick (certainly not all-inclusive) look at what I feel are “don’t miss” things about a Clemson weekend that Louisville fans can use as they come into Clemson this weekend. The hope of this blog is that Louisville fans (or Clemson fans that are returning to campus after many years away) can have a road map of the things to do in Clemson this weekend and that Clemson fans can have a reminder of some of the truly unique things that we have to offer and pass it on via multiple social network sites to put out the word to our visitors.

Prior To Saturday
Many fans that come into Clemson for a weekend will do so by making an extended weekend out of the trip.  If you are arriving prior to Saturday, below are a few suggestions for you to do and see leading up to the actual game day itself. 

If you have the opportunity to visit or stay in Greenville, South Carolina you will be in for a Southern treat.  Greenville is rated as one of the best travel cities in the South and there is plenty to do in Greenville for visiting fans only 45 minutes from the Clemson campus.

A great resource to plan you stay in Greenville, including a vast array of unique restaurants, is located here:

Adding to the fun in Greenville will be the fact that the city is hosting Octoberfest this weekend….starting Thursday and continuing through Sunday evening.  If German fun is something that you would be interested in, the link below will list the schedule and locations of Octoberfest in Downtown Greenville:

If you are arriving early and want to play golf, I would start by playing Clemson’s very own Walker Course.  A great and challenging layout that buffers Lake Hartwell for 6 holes, including the signature “Tiger Paw Hole” at #17.  Tee times are a must on a game weekend, so call early.

If the Walker Course is booked up, there are a variety of other options for the golf fanatics, including The Cliffs Golf Course (Private)  A few other options outside of Clemson that I would recommend are Cateechee Golf Course, Arrowhead Point , and Boscobel Golf Course  There are also a variety of golf courses in Greenville if you are staying in that area.

If golfing is not your thing, but you are looking to spend a day or two in the mountains near Clemson, Asheville (NC), Helen (GA), Clayton (GA), Highlands (NC) and Brevard (NC) are all within 90 minutes of Clemson’s campus.

Friday Evening Dinner In Clemson
Friday evening in Clemson is a mix of food and fun, depending on your age and depending on how late of a night you want to make Friday.

My favorite restaurant in Clemson is Sardi’s Den and it is a great mixture of wonderful food in a laid back atmosphere .  I am a bit picky with my ribs, so my endorsement of Sardi’s ribs should be taken with a close eye. Very few places in South Carolina do ribs as well as Sardi’s and a full-rack with fries is enough food for two people, although this one usually does it by himself! 

The rest of the food (I hear) is great at Sardi’s, although I would never know because of my love of the ribs and considering I never order anything else. The atmosphere is laid back in the true sense of the word with plenty of Clemson memorabilia on the wall.

If you are looking for “upscale” dining, the best choices are Rick Erwin’s of Clemson, Calhoun Corners, or Pixie and Bills  
With all restaurants in Clemson, I would highly encourage you to get a reservation.

All of the bars in Clemson also serve food in one way or another, see below under the nightlife if you are looking for your dining experience to be a bit more casual.

Friday Evening Bar Scene In Clemson
If a watering hole is your idea of fun, it really comes down to two places that a visitor to Clemson does not want to miss.

Tiger Town Tavern  is the place to be if you are going to be on College Avenue in the heart of downtown Clemson. There will be a smattering of older folks in TTT, especially before 10:00. After that, it will become Grand Central Station for Clemson students. In addition to Tiger Town Tavern, there are multiple bar choices all up and down College Avenue.

If the hustle and bustle of College Avenue and the college kids is not your cup of tea, I’d venture a mile or so down the road towards Death Valley to the World Famous Esso Club .  At The Esso Club, you will be in the shadow of Death Valley and with a “more experienced” crowd at the Esso Club. This is Brent Musburger’s favorite place in Clemson, and they honor him on the walls at the bar area.

Saturday-Pre Game
The first words of advice about a first game kickoff in Clemson is to arrive early. Even for an 8:00 pm kickoff.

Game Day will broadcast on Bowman Field near Tillman Hall at 9:00 a.m. and provide an excellent opportunity to walk the campus after you park and get an early start to pregame. 

Due to Game Day and this being such a highly anticipated game, I would encourage you to arrive in Clemson as early as you can do so.  Traffic moving into Clemson can become a crawl once you hit the four hour window prior to the game.   This is especially true when visiting teams that bring a lot of fans into the area, which Louisville will do Saturday. Louisville fan’s lack of knowledge with the driving routes into Clemson will add to the confusion and expected delays. If you don’t want your pregame festivities to be held in your car sitting in traffic, arrive to your parking area by very early and then enjoy the rest of your tailgate in a parked spot. All parking lots open at 6:00 a.m. 

Game Day traffic flow patterns and parking information can be found in these photos:   

Closest parking to Bowman Field and Game Day broadcast is on West Side of Campus at Silas Pearman Boulevard (also known as Perimeter Road).  I believe the best public parking area is Y-Beach on the East Side of campus on Lake Hartwell near where Highway 93 and 123 come together.  Y Beach provides the closest walk to the stadium and is a grass lot where you can tailgate easily.  It is also an easy place to exit after the game.

This link will answer many of your parking questions:

Pregame Shows
I would be remiss not to mention our broadcast (Tiger Pregame Show) that will begin airing Saturday at 2:00-5:00 p.m. on WCCP 105.5 FM and Our broadcast location is behind the 3rd base line at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

(Green Arrow Is Our Location)

We will break down the Clemson/Louisville game with player and coach interviews along with analysis from various former players and media members.

If you download (for free) the Tune In App for your mobile device, you can stream WCCP 105.5 on your drive into Clemson. You should also be able to pick up the station on your radio around Spartanburg, SC. if traveling south and Commerce, Georgia if you are traveling north.  After we go off the air at 5:00, the Tiger Tailgate Show will crank up from the same location and same stations and that will lead directly up to kickoff.

Pregame-After You Park
After you park, if you decide to move in and around the campus and the IPTAY parking lots, you will find Clemson fans friendly and more than welcome to offer you a drink and/or food. In fact, you will have a hard time making your way through these lots without Clemson fans offering you to stop at their tailgate (Lot 2 and Lot 5 are great places to wander around to meet Clemson fans). For those that will not tailgate at their car, all of the College Avenue restaurants and bars will be open early, including the Esso Club near the stadium.

Clemson Parking Map:
Tiger Walk takes place in the West Endzone parking area (Lot 5).  If you want to see the Clemson players and coaches walk into the stadium, this is the place to be at 5:45 pm.

At 6:30, the Clemson Tiger Band will perform a mini-concert at the Outdoor Theater located between Sikes Hall and Cooper Library.  After the concert, the band marches and many fans will follow them down the hill towards the East Endzone and then around the stadium.  This path will lead you to the East Endzone area and the Scroll of Honor Memorial that is a must-see before entering the stadium.

In terms of when you should enter the stadium, I would encourage you to enter at least 45 minutes prior to kickoff. Clemson scans tickets upon entry into Death Valley, which is a slightly slower than simply ripping ticket stubs.  Considering this game is a sellout, it is safe to say it will be even slower Saturday. By arriving in the stadium early, you will avoid missing the pregame festivities and, of course, the Tigers running down The Hill.   If you have an upper deck ticket, you can only access the upper deck from those gates.  Same with the lower deck. 

Game Day Guide:

Pre Game-Inside Stadium

Assuming you arrive early enough to get your seats, the color and pageantry of a Clemson pregame is something that most say is an unforgettable experience. “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds In College Football” actually starts in the West Endzone about 10 minutes prior to kickoff as the team and coaches are loaded onto busses for the short trip around the north side of the stadium to around the east side of the stadium where The Hill is located.

Once the team/busses have made their way around the North Stands, Clemson band will strike up “Orange Bowl March” before getting into formation. When the cannon sounds, Clemson will treat you to a truly unique experience that still leaves the hair on my neck standing even after all of these years.

The spelling of C-L-E-M-S-O-N as the Tigers come down the hill is a must see for any serious college football fan. Have your cameras ready for this moment.

One of the unique parts of a Clemson game day is that you can leave the stadium at halftime and return to the stadium at a time of your choice.  Passouts are allowed, however, fans will have to go through the same level of security screening as they did upon entering. You will receive a card when you exit the stadium that, along with your ticket, will allow you re-enter the stadium after halftime.

After The Game

If you have lower deck tickets for the game on Saturday, you can experience one of the unique Clemson experiences. Clemson allows fans, young and old, to go onto the field after the game. There is a 1 minute delay once the final tick of the clock has gone off. This is in place so coaches of both teams can shake hands and then exit the field quickly.

You can enter the field either in the East Endzone (The Hill) or the West Endzone. Clemson players often hang around long enough for fans to get their autographs and/or pictures taken. Most of the time, opposing team’s players will also hang around and sign autographs as well (depending on the coaching staff of the opposing team).

The only guarantee I can give Saturday is a great atmosphere for college football! All of us in Clemson sure hope our Tigers win, but regardless you will find the atmosphere after the game as hospitable as before the game, regardless of the outcome. My advice is to sit tight after the game and don’t be in a hurry to get out of Clemson because there are no “quick” ways out of Clemson on a game day.

I know I speak for all of Clemson Nation when I say…”Welcome To Clemson”. We hope to leave you with a great impression of our game day and we also hope that you leave with a loss!

Additions Added By Clemson Fans:

John C. Calhoun House and Fort Hill:

Hiking Near Clemson

Clemson Experimental Forest Hiking:

Todd’s Creek Falls:

State Parks Near Clemson

Caesar’s Head and Raven Cliff Falls State Park:

Scenic Highway 11 Drive:

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“The Road To An ACC Championship Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show”

Go Tigers!

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 the Coastal looks like it has 4 teams that could play a part in this race.

For the 2nd straight week, if the ACC Championship were today, the championship spots would be occupied...

Louisville and North Carolina.

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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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Sunday, September 25, 2016

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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Saturday, September 24, 2016

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 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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Friday, September 23, 2016

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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