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October 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Courtside In Littlejohn 1972




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Today’s photo is a courtside view during at Clemson basketball game during the 1972 season. Notice the location of Tiger Band during that era…right behind Press Row.

You can see the late Bob Bradley in the photo standing at the left of the press table. The man seated to the left is Bill McLellan, Clemson's Athletic Director at the time.

Notice also the WSBF banner for the game day radio broadcast. In those days WSBF was both AM and FM. Rumors persist to this day that WSBF used the water pipes in Johnstone Hall as their AM antenna that provided a powerful signal across the upstate of South Carolina.

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October 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Boxing At Clemson

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Today’s photos will look at a major sport at Clemson that is no longer a part of the Athletic Department. Boxing was a sport at Clemson in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The photo above is of a Clemson boxer in a match during the 1942 season. This boxer, with the last name of Brown, defeated his opponent from VPI on this evening in Fike Field House.



This match was the highlight of the 1942 season as no other matches were won during that year. That can be blamed, in part, to the fact that the United States had just joined WWII and many Clemson Cadets were beginning training to enter service.

One other side note: The coach of the 1942 boxing team? None other than Walter Cox.

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October 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Story Of IP-O-AY
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Today’s photos are in reference to a short lived and mysterious group at Clemson in the early 1950’s.

IPOAY (I Pay One A Year) is the group that is pictured above. You can see from the flyer on the table that this group started as an athletic fundraising group by having people pay $1 a year to support the program.

This group was created in opposition to IPTAY (I Pay Ten A Year) that was started in the mid 1930’s at Clemson. Below, Frank Howard is out on the community trail drumming up support for IPTAY.


I don’t know what eventually happened to IPTOY, but it obviously fell by the side as IPTAY became the dominant fundraising group at Clemson.

Of course, $10 does not get you very far in IPTAY nowadays!

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October 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Football in 1976


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Today’s photos are from a follower of this blog and were taken in 1976 on Picture Day in September prior to the start of the season.
Ed Oliver of Seneca sent these photos in and they were taken by his father, who ironically was a Gamecock fan. The photo above shows Coach Red Parker.

The next photo shows defensive back Malcolm Marler (#22), defensive back Bill Wingo (#16) and defensive back O.J. Tyler (#23). Bill Wingo is the father of South Carolina baseball player Scott Wingo.

The next photo is of the offensive line from 1976, including Jim Wells (#64), Darrell Misenheimer (#73), tight end Mark Clifford (#87), and Lacy Brumley (#69).



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October 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Late 1960’s View Of Campus




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Today’s photo is from the 1960’s and is the view coming from Highway 93 heading into Clemson. There are a couple of clues that help pin down the actual date of this picture.

Obviously, neither upper deck has been built on Memorial Stadium, which helps date the picture prior to 1978. Littlejohn Coliseum, although almost hidden in this picture, is visible if you look really closely. Littlejohn was completed in 1968, which dates this picture prior to that time.

I am going to take a vague stab and state that this picture is dated somewhere around 1966 or 1967.

What I love about this picture is the view of the Clemson campus. The reason I love the view is this is the exact view I see every game day in Clemson as I come in to town to host the Tiger Pregame Show. When I see this view, I begin to anticipate game day and our Tigers coming down the hill. Even after 30 years of coming to games in Clemson, the stomach still turns a bit when…

October 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson QB’s In 1965




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Today’s photo was taken on the sidelines during the 1965 season. I believe this is the season opener for the Tigers against NC State, a game Clemson would win 21-7 on September 18th, 1965.

The player closest to the camera is Jimmy Bell, quarterback for the Tigers. As you can see in the picture, Bell has a headset on talking to coaches up in the press box. We often don’t think about that kind of technology being used in the 1960’s, but you can clearly see that it was. Bell was from Hartsville, SC and I believe he is still practicing Family Medicine in Hartsville today.

A couple of other interesting notes from the picture. Notice the Pepsi cup on the wooden table behind Bell. I find this interesting because I can never recall a time that Coke was not the sponsor at Clemson. Obviously, Pepsi had rights at some point because of the cup in the picture, but I can’t remember anyone other than Coke having rights inside of Death Valley.

I also…

October 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Johnstone Hall Signs
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Today’s photo is a familiar sign from the mid 1980’s, showing a sign students erected on the outer facade of Johnstone Hall.

Erected in 1954, the Johnstone Hall complex design became a model for college dormitories, implementing a new raise-slab construction method, a practice which was featured in many architectural magazines at that time. This method - the Youtz-Slick "lift-slab" method - lifted reinforced concrete slabs onto columns with hydraulic jacks. These slabs weighed 224 tons and were nine inches thick, 122 feet long and 43 feet wide.

Johnstone Hall was the largest building complex erected using this method. Campus legend had it that two other similar structures built elsewhere collapsed before completion.

Today, only one of the original Johnstone buildings is still standing on the campus. Most of the rooms had been taken out of use by the mid-1990s as obsolete (electrical wiring wasn't grounded, and is still …

October 10th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Red Carpet Lounge




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Today’s photos are of a location on College Avenue that is now located by Tiger Town Tavern. The single story portion of this building was originally a hardware store named The Feed Bag until about 1968. It briefly changed over to a restaurant, keeping the name of The Feed Bag.

The first "bar" in downtown, The Study Hall, opened in 1967 and when the two operators split up, one kept the Study Hall and the other renovated the Feed Bag into the Red Carpet Lounge in the fall of 1968.




Drafts were 25 cents during Happy Hour, 2-7 p.m. By 1974 it primarily vended beer and music was provided by a jukebox. Wooden nickels were distributed with the purchase of a pitcher and a given number of them could be redeemed for a pony keg.

Today, this location is Tiger Town Tavern.




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October 9th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Red Parker And His Second Day Of Head Coaching

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Red Parker (left) became Clemson's 19th coach for the 1973 season. When he arrived he told a humorous story as described by Joe Sherman:

"I had just gone to my first coaching job at Fordyce, Arkansas, the hometown of Paul (Bear) Bryant, one of the greatest coaches in the game."

"Fordyce is really a football town and all they could talk about was Bear Bryant this and Bear Bryant that and Bear Bryant the other. As a very young, very green coach, I was intimidated."

"About the second day on the job, I was sitting alone in my cubbyhole of an office when I saw two citizens coming down the hall. When they were about 30 feet away, I grabbed the telephone and started talking, kinda loud.”

"Now look here, Bear, I've told you everything about that offense that I can on the phone. And I've got work to do here. I'll try to get away one day and come down and explain it to yo…

205th Tiger Pregame Show In Photos

The 60 Point Massacre!

Clemson destroyed Wake Forest in Winston Salem on Saturday afternoon and head to the bye week on a high note.

Here are some photos from the 205th Tiger Pregame Show, which broadcast inside of Last Resort in the Shadows of BB&T Field in Winston Salem, NC!

The setup at Last Resort was outstanding...made me feel like a bartender!



Thanks to all that bought a Tigers For Ta Ta's bracelet to support Dabo and Kathleen Swinney's All-In Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.  We sold out of bracelets in the first hour!


 Scott's perch during broadcast!


Great Clemson crowd and thanks to the many that attended and came by to say hello.









Enjoy the bye week and we will see you back in God's Country in two weeks when NC State comes to town. 

We'll have it all on the 206th Tiger Pregame Show!

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October 8th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1970’s Game Day

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Today’s photos are from the 1970’s and show some game day preparation. The above photos are of two Clemson students selling programs.
The below picture is very unique. I am not sure what this gentleman is selling. Obviously, they are inflatable footballs of some kind, but I have never seen anything like that. You can also see how different the North Stand underbelly looked before the upper deck.

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October 7th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Campus From 1960’s

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Today’s aerial photos were taken in the early 1960’s and show the Clemson campus.

In the photo above, you can notice that just two of the shoebox dorms were completed. You can also note that Martin Hall was under construction.

Here's another photo from the same day, with a slightly different view of campus.


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October 5th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Scoreboard From 1980 Clemson/South Carolina Game

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Today’s photo is from 1980 and shows the scoreboard at the end of the 1980 Clemson and South Carolina game. This game is largely thought of as the springboard for the 1981 National Championship run.

The Gamecocks were Gator Bowl-bound behind the running of Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. But Willy Underwood had two interceptions, one for a touchdown, to lead Clemson to the upset victory.

This also marked the first game Clemson wore the now famous “orange pants”.

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October 4th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Bookstore 

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Today’s photos are from the Clemson Bookstore, located under Harcombe until 2001.

One of the interesting things about the entire book buy process is that rumors always floated that professors received “kickbacks” from the book companies for having a book part of the required materials for their classes.


Whether or not professors received the kickbacks, the book buying process involved inflated prices and mini-monopolies on students. In the 60’s and 70’s, there was no other way to get a textbook than to purchase it from the Clemson Bookstore.

Today, students can buy directly from textbook companies, use Amazon, or buy and sell books from each other on a variety of web sites. Soon, paper textbooks will not even exist.

Times have surely changed in the textbook business.

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October 3rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Johnstone Hall In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and is Part II of our photos from yesterday of Johnstone Hall and Harcombe Dining Hall.

Erected in 1954, the Johnstone Hall complex design became a model for college dormitories, implementing a new raise-slab construction method, a practice which was featured in many architectural magazines at that time.


This method - the Youtz-Slick "lift-slab" method - lifted reinforced concrete slabs onto columns with hydraulic jacks. These slabs weighed 224 tons and were nine inches thick, 122 feet long and 43 feet wide.

Johnstone Hall was the largest building complex erected using this method. Campus legend had it that two other similar structures built elsewhere collapsed before completion.

Today, only one of the original Johnstone buildings is still standing on the campus. Most of the rooms had been taken out of use by the mid-1990s as obsolete (electrical wiring wasn't grounded, and is st…

Broadcast Notes, Locations, and Times For 205th Tiger Pregame Show In Winston Salem

Return To The House Of Horrors!
Broadcast Information And Show Location 
For Saturday's 205th Tiger Pregame Show! 


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast live from Last Resort Restaurant and Bar in the Shadows Of BB&T Field in Winston Salem, North Carolina this Saturday from 9:30-12:30.

Join Clemson fans from all over North Carolina at the "unofficial" meeting point for Clemson Alumni this Saturday!  Last Resort is located less than 200 yards away from BB&T Field and will have food trucks, live games on TV, and a full service bar.  There is no cover charge to enter and you are a short walk to the stadium. 


Leave the tailgating equipment at home and join The Tiger Pregame Show at Last Resort, located at 513 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC.  Limited parking is available for pre-purchase at Last Resort via your iPhone and download the App FanPark.

For more information on Last Resort, visit their Facebo…