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Saturday, September 30, 2017

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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Friday, September 29, 2017

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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Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball Legend Rusty Adkins

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Today’s photo is 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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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Broadcast Notes, Location, And Times For Tiger Pregame Show-Virginia Tech Edition

Broadcast Information And Show Location For Saturday's Tiger Pregame Show! 

Virginia Tech Edition!

The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will simulcast live from Blacksburg, Virginia and Magnolia Park in Greenville, South Carolina from 2:00-5:00 on Saturday. Scott Rhymer will be in Blacksburg, broadcasting from the shadows of Lane Stadium on Southgate Drive.

Kelly Gramlich and Brad Senkiw will be at Magnolia Park in Greenville (near Regal Cinemas on Woodruff Road) at a free event called Team Spirit Celebration.  The event is from 3:00-6:00 and will feature The Tiger Pregame Show with Kelly and Brad, Lawn Games, Face Painting, Prize Giveaways, and Great Game Day Food Specials!

The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics.

Scott Rhymer, in his 15th year as Host, will anchor the show along with Kelly Gramlich, in her 2nd year. 

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, @1055TheRoar and @kellygramlich).

“When driving to the game Saturday or working around the house, our fans can stream the show via the WCCP 105.5 FM App using their smart phones, making the show as portable as the listener wants to be on game day," Rhymer explains.

All of WCCP's programming on Game Days are now available for free streaming at 1055 The Roar App or  That includes The Tiger Pregame Show, The Tiger Tailgate Show, the Game Broadcast, and The 5th Quarter Show.

Clemson fans can also nominate themselves as the "Clemson Fan Of The Week" via she show's Twitter feeds.  The winner each week will join Scott and Kelly 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.

Each week, 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 14 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 and our weekly "Fan of the Week".

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook (The Tiger Pregame Show and WCCP 105.5 The Roar) and following via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar, and @kellygramlich)

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.  

Broadcast time for the Virginia Tech game this Saturday is from 2:00-5:00, simulcast from Blacksburg, Viginia with Scott Rhymer and at Magnolia Park in Greenville with the Team Spirit Celebration with Kelly Gramlich and Brad Senkiw.  Fans can listen at WCCP 105.5 FM in the Upstate of South Carolina, anywhere in the world, and via the WCCP 105.5 FM App on their mobile device (for free).

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

The Road To A Repeat Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show!

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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.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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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Monday, September 25, 2017

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 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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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The 189th Tiger Pregame Show In Photos!

Clemson earned a hard-fight 34-7 win over Boston College on a sun splashed day in Death Valley.

Everything got kicked off on Saturday with the 189th Tiger Pregame Show with Scott Rhymer and Kelly Gramlich.

Scott Rhymer getting ready for the broadcast prior to 9:30 showtime.

The logo on the stage says it all!

Two of Kelly Gramlich's biggest fans...Mary Ann and Aleta. They come by and visit every week!

William, our on-site engineer!

We always love families that come by to say hello and to have their photos taken!

Our Clemson Fan Of The Week, Bailey Cole from Forrest City, NC!

Bailey picked Clemson to win, 34-6!  Very accurate prediction!

Carson, a long time listener to The Tiger Pregame Show, stopped by to say hello!

The Billings Family, along with Mrs. Tiger Pregame Show, stopped by to take in the show!

A great crowd on hand during the show, despite the warm temps!

More family fun with Scott and Kelly!

Next week's Tiger Pregame Show will be broadcast #190!  Scott will be in Blacksburg and Kelly Gramlich and Brad Senkiw will be 
at Magnolia Park in Greenville for a family fest with tons of activities for kids and adults!  Magnolia Park is located off of Woodruff Road near Regal Cinemas in Greenville.  More info to come.

"The Road To A Repeat Begins With The Tiger Pregame Show"

Scott Rhymer can be reached at

WCCP 105.5 FM
The Tiger Pregame Show on Facebook
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@1055TheRoar and @Kellygramlich