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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard 

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Today’s photo is a classic shot of Frank Howard on the sideline during a rainy game in Death Valley. Beside Coach Howard is Bob Smith, Howard’s long time assistant. 

Howard was born at Barlow Bend, Alabama ("three wagon greasin's from Mobile"). He spent his early days on the farm playing mostly cow pasture baseball because there were not enough boys around the community for a football team. 

Howard said he left Barlow Bend walking barefoot on a barbed wire fence with a wildcat under each arm. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile where he played football, baseball and basketball and served as president of both the junior and senior classes. 

After finishing at Murphy, Howard entered the University of Alabama on an academic scholarship provided by the Birmingham News in the fall of 1927, and the 185-pounder played reserve guard his sophomore year. 

During his junior year he started every game but two, as an ankle injury sidelined him for the two games he missed. Howard was president of the freshman class at Alabama, was member of Blue Key and president of the "A" Club. 

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