Clemson Cheerleaders In Mid 1970’s
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Today’s photo is a humorous one from the mid 1970’s and shows two Clemson cheerleaders having a bit of fun during a football game. The cheerleading uniforms, much more modest during this era, is not the only thing that has evolved since the 1970’s when it comes to giving school spirit at football games.
The school mascot since 1939, the Country Gentleman, and the playing of "Dixie" at the beginning of pre-game shows at football games, were both banished after 1971. The "Rat Class"' "Rat Cheer" also faded away after the last Rat class of 1971, only preserved in the "Unhymnal".
The primary Clemson cheer, "C-L-E-M, in Cadence Count" has evolved since the 1970s, removing “fight Tigers, fight damn it, fight, fight, fight” from the end and keeping only the “fight-fight”. You can still hear “traditionalists” use “damn it” during the cheers today.
A latter-day concession to political correctness may be found in the change in Tiger Band's fourth quarter tuba cheer to the tune of the Budweiser Clydesdale theme, in which band members have sung for thirty years, "I need a beer, I need a beer, I need a...", ad infinitum.
Now, Tiger Band is singing "I need a milk, I need a milk, I need a...".
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