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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast From Ferg's Depot In Orlando This Saturday!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast from the Ferg's Depot Pregame Party in Orlando, Florida this Saturday for our 183rd consecutive show!




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).


Ferg's Depot is located at 78 West Church Street, Orlando, FL, 32801.  Ferg's Depot is 2 miles from Camping World Stadium and adjacent to Orlando's Amway Center.


There is no cover charge to enter the Church Street District and there are plenty of food, drinks, live bands, and tailgate games available.  Of course, you can also be around a sea of Clemson Orange while you listen to The Tiger Pregame Show.  


Scott Rhymer will be on-site hosting the show and Kelly Gramlich will be back in Clemson and will join Scott to give her insight into this ACC Championship Game.


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.

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.


Kelly Gramlich will join Scott Rhymer as our new full time Co-Host.  Kelly got her start at WCCP 105.5 The Roar in February 2015, appearing on Out of Bounds twice a week. She became the full-time producer and co-host of the show in May 2016. Gramlich also serves as the color commentator for Clemson women’s basketball broadcasts on the station.


Prior to 105.5 The Roar, Gramlich was a student assistant in the Clemson Athletic Communications Department, serving as one of the media contacts for the Clemson women’s basketball team. In addition to her work at Clemson, Gramlich worked for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky in the summer of 2015 as a public relations intern.
Gramlich is a two-time graduate of Clemson University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Communication, Technology and Society in 2016. While at Clemson, Gramlich was a member of the Clemson women’s basketball team from 2011-14 and holds the record for most three-pointers made in a single game with eight.
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 (@1055TheROAR and @tigerpregame).

“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 @1055TheROAR 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!

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 Kelly Gramlich.

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 @1055TheROAR).

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 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.  



Broadcast time this Saturday is from 2:00-5:00 live from Ferg's Depot in Orlando, Florida.

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).


Game Day Shuttles are available for fans that would like to tailgate in the Church Street area with transportation provided to and from Camping World Stadium:



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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November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck 


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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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Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Budweiser Clydesdales In Mid 1980’s

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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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Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Death Valley Sunset In 1983

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is a unique sunset picture taken shortly after the completion of the North Upper Deck.

I can confirm it is just after the construction of the North Upper Deck because you can see that the “Tigers” is not painted on the upper deck seats yet. The North Upper Deck was completed in 1983 and I believe the “Tigers” script was painted in 1984. That would date the picture sometime in the summer of 1983.

A couple of notes regarding expansion of Memorial Stadium through the years: In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added to Memorial Stadium and in 1960, 5,658 west end zone seats were added in response to increasing attendance. The original cedar wood seating was replaced in 1972 by aluminum seats.

As attendance continued to skyrocket, an upper deck was added to each side of the stadium. The south upper deck (Top Deck South) was added in 1978 and the north upper deck (Top Deck North) in 1983. This put the total capacity over 80,000, which made it one of the largest on campus stadiums in the United States.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rivalry Week! November 26th 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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Friday, November 25, 2016

Broadcast Notes, Times, and Locations For Rivalry Saturday!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will kick off Rivalry Day in Clemson live from "The Shadows Of The Chapman Granstands" this Saturday for our 182nd consecutive show!



Broadcast time this Saturday is from 1:30-4:30 and during the show we will get Clemson and South Carolina fans ready for this great rivalry game!  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 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.


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.


Kelly Gramlich will join Scott Rhymer as our new full time Co-Host.  Kelly got her start at WCCP 105.5 The Roar in February 2015, appearing on Out of Bounds twice a week. She became the full-time producer and co-host of the show in May 2016. Gramlich also serves as the color commentator for Clemson women’s basketball broadcasts on the station.


Prior to 105.5 The Roar, Gramlich was a student assistant in the Clemson Athletic Communications Department, serving as one of the media contacts for the Clemson women’s basketball team. In addition to her work at Clemson, Gramlich worked for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky in the summer of 2015 as a public relations intern.
Gramlich is a two-time graduate of Clemson University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Communication, Technology and Society in 2016. While at Clemson, Gramlich was a member of the Clemson women’s basketball team from 2011-14 and holds the record for most three-pointers made in a single game with eight.
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 (@1055TheROAR and @tigerpregame).

“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 @1055TheROAR 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!

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 Kelly Gramlich.

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 @1055TheROAR).

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 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.  



Broadcast time this Saturday is from 1:30-4:30 live from the "Shadows of the Chapman Grandstands".  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. 


Rivalry Day In Clemson Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show!

Go Tigers!

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Rivalry Week! November 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


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 24, 2016

Rivalry Week! November 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


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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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rivalry Week! November 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

The Birth Of Orange Pants In 1980


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

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 22, 2016

Rivalry Week! November 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Fuller And Sims Lead Tigers Over Gamecocks In 1978


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)


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 21, 2016

Rivalry Week! November 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week!

Stuckey Pounces On Fumble In 1976 Win


(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)



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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Week 11 Trending...The Road To Orlando!

Our final installment on The Tiger Pregame Show Blog this year that we have called "ACC Trending...The Road To Orlando".

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 Orlando in December.

Week 11 Installment:




If December Were Today, The Road To Orlando Includes...

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

After Week 11, Clemson officially punched our ticket to Orlando with the win over Wake Forest.  

In the Coastal, Week 11 provided no closure to the Virginia Tech/North Carolina debate as both teams stepped out of conference.  The magic number is still 1 for the Hokies.  If Tech beats rival Virginia or if North Carolina loses to NC State, the Hokies will punch their ticket to Orlando.  The odds remain in the Hokies' favor.

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