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Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

70 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Joe Blalock


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Today’s photo is of Joe Blalock, who lettered for Clemson at left end from 1939-1941.

Blalock was Clemson's first two-time All-American and was the leading Tiger receiver for three consecutive years. Blalock also averaged 20.34 yards per catch in his career.

Blalock was the 5th round draft choice of the Detroit Lions after the 1941 season.

Blalock is a Charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1973. In 1999, Blalock was ranked as Clemson's #16 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians.

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June 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, June 23, 2017

71 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of the Day

71 Days Until Kickoff! 

 Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day 

 Mike Williams 


Today’s photo is of Mike Williams, who lettered at wide receiver for Clemson from 2014-2016. Williams bounced back in a big way from a season-ending injury in the 2015 opener, finishing his career as one of Clemson's most decorated wide receivers in history. 



Williams turned professional with one year of eligibility remaining, and was a major reason Clemson won the National Championship in 2016.  

In just 3 seasons, Williams compiled 177 receptions for 2,727 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1,871 snaps over 42 games (30 starts) in his career. Williams finished third in Clemson history in receiving touchdowns, fourth in receiving yards and fifth in receptions. 

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June 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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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

72 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Obed Ariri


 
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Today’s photo is of Obed Ariri, who lettered at kicker from 1977-1980.

Obed Ariri was enrolled at Clemson in 1977 when Charlie Pell was in dire need for a kicker. Dr. Ibrahim offered Obed only if he would still continue to play soccer. Pell agreed, and Obed went on to nail every attempt thus securing his place as the kicker for the Tigers. Obed's scholarship was shifted to Football and Pell insisted that Obed forget about soccer.

One of Obed's longest successful career kicks for Clemson came in the clutch fourth quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on October 11, 1980 when his 52-yard boot gave the Tigers a 27-24 win. He narrowly missed a 61-yard attempt in a later game that season.

Obed was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts but was cut from the team days before the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Obed in 1984 only to release him during the 1985 training camp.


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June 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cadets At Movies In 1951


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Today’s photos are from 1951 and are of Clemson’s downtown movie theatre at the time.

This group of cadets are lining up to see the popular musical "An American in Paris" staring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Today, this location is the Tiger Sports Shop on College Avenue.


The movie is a great diversion from classes and the Korean War, which is hovering over the senior cadets at Clemson. During the Korean War, 1,500 Clemson graduates would be deployed and 20 would lose their life.

"An American in Paris" is a 1951 MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner.

The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Best Musical Score among other awards. Interestingly, Gene Kelly received an Academy Honorary Award that year for "his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."

It was Kelly’s only Oscar.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

73 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Charlie Waters

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Charlie Waters lettered at Clemson from 1967-1968

Waters arrived in Tigertown as a quarterback, but was switched to receiver for the final 15 games of his Clemson career. Later, playing with the Dallas Cowboys, he intercepted 40 passes.

Waters played quarterback at North Augusta High School and made the 1965 Shrine Bowl team.

Waters signed a scholarship at Clemson and by the spring of 1968 as a junior, he was competing with Billy Ammons for the starting QB job. When Ammons hurt his knee in spring practice, Waters won the position. Clemson started the season 0-3-1 and when Ammons’ knee healed, he took over the starting job and Waters shifted to WR for the remaining 15 games of his Clemson career.

A three-year letterman from 1967–69, Waters was an All-ACC selection in 1969 at WR as a senior. During his Clemson career, he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards and 17.1 yards per catch, to go along with four TD receptions. He still ranks eighth all-time for yards per reception and eighteenth all-time in receiving yards. Waters was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1981. He also was inducted into the North Augusta and South Carolina halls of fame.

Waters was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1970 NFL Draft. Although he nearly was released during training camp, Waters was converted to defensive back and started his rookie year as a backup to Cliff Harris. Waters ended up starting 6 games after Harris had to serve military duty. Waters had 5 interceptions that season, as the Cowboys would go on to lose Super Bowl V. His performance was good enough to make the NFL all-rookie team as a free safety in 1970.

The next year he was moved to cornerback, where he struggled for four years in a backup role. Waters was moved to Strong Safety in 1975 to replace Cowboys great Cornell Green. . He responded with 3 interceptions for 55 yards and a TD. That season, the Cowboys would end up reaching Super Bowl X before losing to Pittsburgh.

Waters made his first All-Pro team in 1976 with 3 interceptions. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 1977 and would make his final Pro Bowl appearance in 1978. Waters injured his knee before the start of the 1979 season and would sit out the entire year. He returned in 1980 and had 5 interceptions. After getting 3 interceptions in 1981, he retired with 50 interceptions, the second-most in franchise history.

After retirement, Waters entered coaching as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 1993 and 1994 and then for the University of Oregon. In 2006, the Dallas Cowboys hired Waters as the new color commentator for the Cowboys Radio Network, working alongside Brad Sham. Outside of football, Waters works with longtime teammate Cliff Harris at a gas marketing company. In February 2007, Waters announced that he would be leaving the radio booth after only one season, citing a busy work schedule that did not allow him enough time to prepare for the game broadcasts.

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June 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial View Of Death Valley In Early 1980’s And The Story Behind The Jump And Photo! 


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Today’s photos are from the early 1980’s and show a unique aerial view of Death Valley and surrounding areas.

After seeing this photo in a previous blog, I received an email from the photographer.  His name is Jim Benson and he is a Clemson graduate of the Class of 1984.  Below is his account of that day:

This was late 1983 or very early 1984.  I was Vice President of the Clemson skydiving club for a couple of years around that time and several of us were doing an exhibition jump that day.  The TAPS yearbook staff set me up with a camera (old style hand-held 35mm SLR) that I just hung around my neck stuffed down inside my jumpsuit.

We jumped from over a mile up from a Cessna 182 & after a little bit of freefall Relative Work fun & opening my parachute, I pulled out the 35mm.  I quickly took the roll within ~2 minutes before having to stuff it away & focus on doing a nice landing for the crowd down on Bowman Field.

My loose goal to get the TAPS team something interesting was to combine another jumper in the foreground along with some background scenery of Clemson below.  The jumper in the photos was also a Clemson student - named Eddie Weaver.  He flew-up close beside me and ended up in many of my shots.  It all happened quickly & was sort of a case of “take a lot of pics” and “hope for the best”.

As luck would have it with the winds that day, we ended up flying right over Death Valley on our way over to Bowman field.  Eddie spiraled down below me and as I saw him & Death Valley come together in my viewer I snapped away with one hand while steering my own canopy with the other.  Somehow I managed to keep things in focus and a few photos came out pretty good and ended up in the 1984 TAPS.

It was good to come across these pictures again after all these years.  Thanks for sharing them with everyone & bringing back some good memories.

 Regards,
 Jim Benson
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1984




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

74 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Chad Jasmin



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Today’s photo is of Chad Jasmin, running back, who lettered at Clemson from 2000-2003.

Chad Jasmin had a unique career at Clemson, appearing in four bowl games for the Tigers. Jasmine had some of his best moments as a Tiger in bowl games.

He had a career-high 83 rushing yards on 16 carries in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl, then had two catches for 22 yards and rushed for a score in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.


In the final games of the 2003 season, Jasmin was once again a key part of Clemson’s offense. Jasmin scored what seemed like 15 touchdowns against South Carolina in a 63-17 win in Columbia.

In the Chic-Fil-A Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jasmin scored on a 15 yard touchdown run giving Clemson a 17–7 lead. Jasmin was also the first Clemson running back since Terrence Flagler (at Wake Forest in 1986) to catch a pair of touchdown passes in the same game at North Carolina in 2002.

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June 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson Campus In 1950’s


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Today’s photos are from the early 1950’s and shows the Clemson campus from the air and on the ground.

The above photo is a large aerial shot of the campus in the early1950s. You can pin the date of this photograph to within a few years because of two buildings that stand out. Brackett Hall is in this photo above, and Bracket Hall was completed in 1951. The Old Barracks are also in this photo. The Old Barracks were torn down in the summer of 1954.

The next photo is of one of the old smoke stacks for the old boiler room. If you look closely, you can see the back of the 2nd and 3rd Barracks in this photo as well, dating the picture sometime before 1954.

I believe this picture was taken in the summer of 1954 right before the 2nd and 3rd Barracks were demolished.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

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

75 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day


David Treadwell

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Today’s photo is of David Treadwell, kicker for Clemson from 1985-1987. In the above photo, Treadwell approaches the game winning kick against Georgia in 1986. David Treadwell lettered for Clemson from 1985-1987 as a field goal kicker.

Treadwell holds a special place in the hearts of all Clemson football fans for his last second field goals that beat Georgia in consecutive seasons, 1986 and 1987. Both field goals came in the last 10 seconds of the game to beat the Bulldogs: 31-28 in 1986 and 21-20 in 1987.

Six times in Treadwell's career he made field goals inside the last three minutes of games that won or tied games for the Tigers. Treadwell's kicks were significant reasons Clemson won the ACC Championships of 1986 and 1987. He was also the starting kicker in 1985 and in his first game as a starter, booted a field goal as time ran out to beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Treadwell came to Clemson as a walk-on. He spent the 1984 season learning from All-American Donald Igwebuike. Today, Igwebuike ranks first and Treadwell second in Clemson history in career field goal percentage. Igwebuike made 74 percent of his field goals, and Treadwell connected on 71 percent.

That senior season was certainly memorable and gratifying for Treadwell because he was named a first-team consensus All-American, the only consensus All-America kicker in Clemson history. He was also a first-team Academic All-ACC selection that year.

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June 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Martin’s Drug Store Through The Years


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Today’s photos span over 100 years and show Martin’s Drug Store on College Avenue in Clemson.

These pictures were all from the same location on College Avenue, with the above picture taken in 1911. It is an interesting picture in that they staged the signs being held up by the young men on the front row.

We now fast forward to the 1950’s and you can see the more familiar Martin Drug Store.


The next photo is from the inside of Martin’s Drug Store and is from the 1960’s. Students were often found in Martin’s getting everything from medicine to magazines, to Valentine’s gifts for their sweethearts.


The final photo was taken 5 years ago in the location that Martin’s Drug Store was located for over 100 years.


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

76 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Marvin Sims


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Marvin Sims Lettered At Clemson At Running Back In 1977, 1978, and 1979

At Clemson, Sims carried the ball 316 times in his career for 1,541 yards and 4 touchdowns. One the highlights of Sims’ career at Clemson was the 1978 regular season finale against the Gamecocks.

The rivalry game was played in front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans against South Carolina. 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.

Sims was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 12th round (324th overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. Sims played in 32 games for the Colts, carrying the ball 54 times for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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June 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part II)


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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall.

The building was the first on the campus financed by private donations, most of which was a gift from John D. Rockefeller. It was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, a member of the first graduating class at Clemson (1896) and the dean of the Department of Architecture at the time the building was constructed (1916).


The building is named for Preston B. Holtzendorff, Jr. (known as "Mr. Holtzy") who arrived as assistant secretary of the "Y" in 1916 and soon became general secretary. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The newly completed Y. M. C. A. Building opened for the first time on Friday, January 7, 1916.

"There were no formal exercises. It had been previously announced that the doors would be opened at four-thirty that afternoon. At the appointed time quite a crowd had gathered. They were met and shown over the building by a reception committee selected from the cadet members of the association. The members of this committee wore simple badges on which was written the word "welcome ".


The visitors were shown the main lobby, the reading rooms, ladies' and men's lounging rooms, secret society room, literary society room, auditorium, moving picture booth, bath rooms, swimming pool, bowling alley, fountain and store, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, publication rooms, and cabinet room, and other interesting features of the building.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

77 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Dwayne Meadows


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Dwayne Meadows Lettered At Clemson At Defensive Tackle In 1984, 1985, and 1986

Meadows played three years at Clemson, but gave up his final year of eligibility in 1987 at Clemson to focus on his grades. Coach Ford, at the time, described it as Meadows was “retiring” from football.

Meadows spot on the depth chart behind Michael Dean Perry was taken by Vance Hammond, who later became one of Clemson’s best defensive tackles in program history.

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June 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part I)


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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall. Below is an excerpt from a publication distributed by the Clemson YMCA in 1928:

“The Clemson YMCA was organized in 1895. The building was completed in 1915 and opened the first of January 1916. The cost was $78,000 completely furnished. State tax $1,337.75 through March 21, 1928 has been paid.

The swimming pool is a thing of interest and value in developing men physically. Men need to know how to swim and, too, there is probably no better exercise. Such an accommodation is found in the swimming pool of the YMCA. The pool is always filled with good water and is kept in good condition.

During the winter the water is heated to a comfortable temperature so that those who enjoy this sport need not wait for a good swim. Special hours have been arranged for children and ladies on the campus, and cadets use the pool at other times.

The swimming team uses the pool for practice and lifesaving tests are given there also. Therefore, the swimming pool is used by the cadets and many of the campus people and many of them hardly see how they could get the pleasure and development derived there from any other source.”

In case you are wondering what happened to the YMCA pool? It's now a classroom.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

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

78 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Terry Bryant


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Terry Bryant Lettered At Clemson At Defensive End in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000

Bryant helped pace the Tigers defense to the nation’s top ranking in Total Defense for the first half of the 2000 season.


Bryant was named Honorable Mention All-ACC with 7 first place votes in 2000.

Bryant was a part of Clemson defenses that played under Tommy West and his traditional offense, and then Tommy Bowden who brought a much more fast paced attack to Clemson.


That change in offensive philosophy also had major implications on Clemson’s defense as well.

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June 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Uncle Bill” Greenlee


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Today’s photos are from the 1920’s and are of “Uncle Bill” Greenlee driving a wagon full of Clemson dignitaries.

"Uncle Bill" as most people knew him was the last person alive to have known Thomas Green Clemson. Greenlee lived to the age of 104. He was a common sight in and around Clemson for years hauling almost anybody and anything.

For those who need a reference as to where the photo above was taken, Dan's (and later TDs) would later be located in the cafĂ© in the background.

Bill Greenlee (1870 - 1972) was a former servant of Thomas Green Clemson who continued to be a local personality and character until his death in 1972.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

79 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

"Goat" McMillan


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Covington “Goat” McMillan Lettered At Clemson At Tailback in 1928 and 1929

The above photo shows “Goat” McMillan running in 1929 in a game against South Carolina. “Goat” McMillan played football for Clemson from 1928-1930. He was a tailback on a team that beat South Carolina three straight years. The teams went 8-3, 8-3, and 8-2 in those years.

After playing football he joined the coaching staff in 1937 after coaching at Furman. He was a backfield coach until 1955 when he was made head freshman coach. Some of the players Coach McMillan coached include Banks McFadden, Jackie Calvert, Bobby Gage, and Joel Wells.

McMillian participated in seven bowl games, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl, 1949 Gator Bowl, 1951 Orange Bowl, 1952 Gator Bowl, 1957 Orange Bowl, 1959 Sugar Bowl, and the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Goat McMillan retired at the end of the 1964 season.


McMillan breathed new life into Clemson’s offense. His 1939 Cotton Bowl backfield of All-American tailback Banks McFadden, All-Southern wingback Shad Bryant, sophomore fullback Charlie Timmons (All-Southern in 1940 and 1941), and blocking back Joe Payne outscored 10 opponents 165-45 en route to a 9-1 season. McMillan’s 1948 Gator Bowl backfield of All-American tailback Bobby Gage, sophomores Fred Cone and Ray Mathews at fullback/wingback, and Bobby Martin at blocking back went 11-0 in outscoring the opposition, 274-76. But his 1950 backfield was, if not perfect, at least “dreamy.”

Coach Frank Howard referred to this great group as his single wing “dream backfield”

Credit to Clemsontigers.com and thestate.com

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June 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part II)


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Today’s photos are Part II from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.


The Library faces the Reflection pond. Outside Cooper Library, a large, elevated walkway, known as the Library Bridge, serves as a venue for student groups to sell items for fundraisers, advertise upcoming events and raise awareness for various social causes. The Bridge is also the site for the annual Clemson Rave.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

80 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Thomas Ray


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Thomas Ray Lettered At Clemson In 1963, 1964, 1965

Thomas Ray became the first Tiger quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in a 17-13 loss to UNC in 1965. His primary target that day was Phil Rogers, who caught 11 passes for 129 yards.

The 323 yards stood as a Clemson record until Brandon Streeter threw for 329 yards against NC State on Halloween Day 1998.  Many of you will recall that game as Clemson lost 46-39 to Tory Holt and the Wolfpack in a wild shootout in Death Valley.

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June 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1964 Construction of Cooper Library (Part I)

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Today’s photos are from 1964 and show the construction of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.

In 1959 the Clemson Board of Trustees decided that Clemson University needed a new library to replace the old library located in the former Agricultural Hall.

Groundbreaking took place in August 1964, and the library was officially opened by the end of August 1966, just in time for the start of that fall's classes.

The Library was originally designed for only 4 levels, expandable as needed. In 1972 the ground floor was opened for more room, and in 1978 Level 6 was added. The reinforced concrete building was designed by the architectural and engineering firm of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle, and Wolff.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

81 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day


Ed McDaniel

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Ed McDaniel Lettered At Clemson In 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991

Ed McDaniel, from Batesburg Leesville, was a first-team All-American according to College and Pro Football Weekly and an honorable mention choice according to Football News playing linebacker for some of Clemson’s best defenses in program history.

McDaniel also earned third-team AP All American and a first-team All-ACC choice by AP/ACSWA.

McDaniel was the #1 tackler on the Tiger defense that led the nation in rushing defense in 1991. McDaniel had 114 tackles that season and he also lead the Tigers in tackles 3 of his 4 years. McDaniel ranks third in Clemson history in total tackles with 389and was one of four semifinalists for the 1991 Butkus Award.

McDaniel was a fifth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1992.


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June 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Season Opener In Death Valley, 1949


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Today’s photos are from September 17th, 1949 at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. The Tigers were hosting Presbyterian, and would go on to win the game 69-7.

The Tigers were embarking on the 1949 season where we would finish 4-4-2 with a 2-2 record in the Southern Conference. Leading the Tigers on the field in 1949 was the legendary Fred Cone. This photo was taken from the South Stands facing towards the North Stands.

Notice the old white scoreboard in the west endzone. You can also note that there is no seating in the west endzone during this era. You can also see the prefab housing area that is located in the top left of the picture (where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits).

I also chuckle a bit when I see this picture because it appears several cars literally pulled up to the bank on the northwest endzone area and parked before heading into the game! You can also note that the North Stands had not gone through its expansion in this picture. The top of the North Stands in this picture is where the portals are now at Memorial Stadium.

In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added (the “above the portals area” of the North and South Stands) 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.

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