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December 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1930’s Clemson Campus

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Today’s photo is from the 1930’s and shows a variety of photos from around campus. The photo above is of the Main Building…now called Tillman Hall.

The next photo is of Riggs Hall.


Formed in 1933, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of the oldest engineering departments at Clemson University. The department was first located in Riggs Hall, built in 1928 to house the Engineering Department and named after Walter Merritt Riggs, president of the university from 1910 to 1924 and a professor of engineering.

Here's a photo of the long gone Dairy Science Building.

Built in 1912 at a cost $20,000, the Dairy Science building was an icon at Clemson for many years.

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December 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Great Parking In Quad-1940’s

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Today’s photo is from the late 1940’s and is something you don’t see in this day and age at Clemson…great parking in the Quad area!

Greek Housing at Clemson University welcomed the newly renovated Greek Community on the Quad in the Fall of 2005 . For the first time in Clemson's history, the Quad houses not only the Interfraternity Council chapters, as in previous years, but also chapters from the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Panhellenic Council.

This milestone in Clemson's history marks the beginning of new collaborations and new traditions within the Greek community. The newly renovated Greek Quad includes the addition of two new buildings, a kitchen in every chapter house, interiors appointed with high-quality furnishings, a west-end terrace with two entertainment pavilions, and a basketball court.

The Greek Quad will house 13 chapters of the Interfraternity Council, two chapters of the National Pan-Helle…

December 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Friday Pep Rally From 1980’s

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Today’s photo an overhead view of a Friday Pep Rally before a football game in the 1980’s. This may even be a Pep Rally following the First Friday Parade, but I cannot tell for sure.

One thing that you can notice that is different about the 1980’s compared to now is the number of people that do not wear orange to Clemson events during that era compared to today.

The Solid Orange Campaign, pushed by former Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips and President Barker, has really changed the look of any and all Clemson events.

If this same picture was taken at a Pep Rally this fall, you would see very few people not dressed in orange.

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December 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard In Color-1940’s

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Today’s photo is a classic picture of Frank Howard in the 1940’s. I love this picture because, to me, it personifies Coach Howard as the coach.

Under Frank Howard's command, the Tigers remained nationally-recognized contenders throughout the 1950's in college football. In the sterling 1948 season, Clemson won a Southern Conference championship (Howard's first of eight), won our second bowl game, and finished eleventh in the national rankings. For the rest of his life, Howard credited the 1948 team with saving his job.

On November 16, 1974, the grass playing surface in Clemson Memorial Stadium was dedicated as Frank Howard Field.

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December 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Floats Through The Years (Part II of II)

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Today’s photos are Part II of II taken of Homecoming Floats taken over the course of three decades. It shows how the ingenuity and creativity of these floats evolved through the years.

By the late 1960’s, these displays started to get some size to them as shown in the photo above from the 1967 season. It seemed there was a trend during this era to see who could make the largest and most colorful display.

The last photo shows a clever design with two Tigers pulling on a Maryland terrapin. If you look closely, you can notice that the float spans the road in front of Tillman Hall.


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December 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Homecoming Floats Through The Years 
(Part I of II)



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Today’s photos are Part I of II taken of Homecoming Floats taken over the course of three decades. It shows how the ingenuity and creativity of these floats evolved through the years.

The above photo is from the 1958 season. That's a Wake Forest Demon Deacon that the Tiger has cornered on a goal post, if you couldn’t tell!

Below is another from the 1958 season. Using gravestones has always been a popular theme for homecoming floats.

In the 1960’s, the floats began to get a little bit better. The one below is from the 1961 season.


Tomorrow I will post some from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.




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December 9th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Wreck Tech In 1974 (Part II of II)

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Today’s photos are of the “Wreck Tech” Parade in 1974 and is Part I of II in the series.

Prior to 1974 all the Georgia Tech games were played in Atlanta. That trend ended in 1974 when Tech was scheduled to play the Tigers for the first time in Death Valley.


Such a big event called for a parade, the "Wreck Tech" parade. Here are a number of photos from that famous parade in Clemson when Tech first showed up at our doorstep.


By the way, we won the game 21-17. The first of all home games we won in 1974, including a 28-24 win the following week against UGA.

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December 8th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Wreck Tech In 1974 (Part I of II)

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Today’s photos are of the “Wreck Tech” Parade in 1974 and is Part I of II in the series.


Prior to 1974 all the Georgia Tech games were played in Atlanta. That trend ended in 1974 when Tech was scheduled to play the Tigers for the first time in Death Valley.

Such a big event called for a parade, the "Wreck Tech" parade. Here are a number of photos from that famous parade in Clemson when Tech first showed up at our doorstep.


By the way, we won the game 21-17. The first of all home games we won in 1974, including a 28-24 win the following week against UGA.
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December 7th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Sirrine Hall

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Today’s photos are of Sirrine Hall through the years.

Sirrine Hall was named for Joseph E. Sirrine, life trustee of Clemson Agricultural College. Sirrine Hall was built to replace Godfrey Hall as the Textile building.


Sirrien Hall was one of 8 buildings built between 1936 and 1938, and designed by Rudolph E. Lee in an Italian Renaissance Revival style.


Today, the building houses the College of Business. It is a contributing property to the Clemson University Historic District II (NRHP).

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December 6th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Game Day Parking In 1930’s

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Today’s photo is of Bowman Field before a football game in the late 1930’s.

When football games were played on Riggs Field, fans would park their cars on Bowman Field and walk to the games.

In the picture, you can see Sikes Hall in the background.

Notice how tight and in alignment the cars were parked! You don’t exactly see that during a Clemson game in this day and age!

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December 5th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop And Strawberries 



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Today’s photos are of a familiar downtown Clemson location that has gone through a few different owners. The above photo is of Dan’s Sandwich Shop in the early 1960’s when he had to move his restaurant out onto College Avenue because of a fire that took place inside the venue. Repairs took several months, and Dan continued to serve food each day from the street. 

Over the years there have been many things at that location. I have heard many different stories of what the timeline was for the other establishments in this location were. Here is my best educated guess. 

Before 1952, the location was called the College CafĂ©. In 1952 Dan Gentry opened Dan's Restaurant and served hamburgers as the main meal. Here is another photo of the setup of Dan’s Sandwich Shop right outside the location as repairs were being made to the inside of the restaurant after the fire in the early 1960’s. 


Dan Gentry passed away in late Januar…

December 4th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Last Days Of Frank Howard As Coach
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Today’s photo is of Frank Howard, probably watching one of his “boys” fumble the ball, being a bit animated on the sideline in the mid 1960’s.

Most know of Frank Howard as “The Legend” at Clemson. But few know the circumstances surrounding the end of his coaching days at Clemson.

Before the 1969 season started, Frank Howard announced that it would be his last as head coach. On December 3, 1969 Coach Howard called a press conference to announce that very fact. The next day, it was front-page news that a major change at Clemson was taking place.


Everyone was asking…who will be the new coach? Interestingly, Howard had already picked a successor and that was to be Bill Peterson of FSU. However, just a couple of days before he was to announce the new head coach, Peterson changed his mind and eventually went to Rice a year later.

Howard had to continue the search and ended up with Hootie Ingram. Hootie’s three years at Cle…

December 3rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

3rd Barracks After World War II


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Today’s photos are of the old 3rd Barracks, with the above photo being an aerial shot taken shortly after World War II in the late 1940’s.

Most Alumni of Clemson know of Johnstone Hall, even if you did not have the “honor” of living in it! But an often forgotten part of Clemson history is the building that stood where Johnstone does now prior to 1954 (when Johnstone was finished).


The 3rd Barracks was located where Johnstone Hall now resides. The rooms were located on the second and third floors of the barracks as the ground floor housed the dining area. Cadets were packed three to a room which made living quite cozy!

All Clemson buildings, including the 3rd Barracks, were equipped with indoor plumbing and running water, which was an extreme rarity amongst most South Carolina buildings at the time.


John Francis Calhoun, grandnephew of John C. Calhoun, worked as the overseer of the dining area and his wife as the house mo…

December 2nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tearing Down Goal Posts In 1950’s
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Today’s photo shows the aftermath of a game in the 1950’s and shows Clemson students climbing the goal posts inside of Memorial Stadium. Or, maybe it is not at the end of a football game at all?

Notice that there is no fence separating the hill from the east endzone area. Fans were trusted to stay off the playing surface during the game.

You can also notice the streamers coming down from the field goal posts. This leads me to believe that this was some type of Freshman Orientation and not the aftermath of a football game.

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December 1st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Television’s Early Days In Clemson

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Today’s photos are about the emergence of television at Death Valley.

By the 1970’s, more and more games were being televised in Death Valley, which gave the Tigers a lot of national and regional exposure. The photo above shows the huge older equipment used in the 1970’s

However, many of the Tiger's away games were also being televised during the late 1970’s as well. Any of you remember trying to watch those away games in Johnstone using just a set of rabbit ears?


Somebody had to go outside and hold the antenna so we could receive the game. If that didn't work, try the old tin foil trick. You also needed someone by the TV to bang on the side to keep the picture from rolling during a critical Tiger drive!

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November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck 

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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 …

Tiger Pregame Show Returns To Draught With Clemson Alumni Assocation For 212th Tiger Pregame Show!

Broadcast Information And Show Location For 212th Tiger Pregame Show! 



Joining With Clemson Alumni Association
Clemson Family Tailgate
2:00-5:00 Saturday From Draught!


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast our ACC Championship Edition live from the Clemson Family Tailgate at Draught Restaurant and Bar this Saturday from 2:00-5:00!  
Draught is located  in the Shadows Of Bank Of America Stadium and a 5 minute walk to the stadium where Clemson and Pittsburgh will play for the ACC Championship and, for Clemson, a chance to advance to a 4th consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.



If you need a place to meet up with Clemson fans, this is the event for you, and The Tiger Pregame Show will be right there with you, broadcasting live from 2:00-5:00.  The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics. 

This location has been a great meeting place for Clemson fans…