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

31 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Billy Hair
Today’s photo is of Billy Hair, who lettered at tailback for Clemson from 1950-1952. The undefeated 1950 Tigers edged the University of Miami, 15-14 in the 17th annual Orange Bowl played Jan. 1, 1951. Billy Hair earned MVP honors in that game.
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July 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Military College Mess Hall


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Today I'll combine a chapter of Frank Mellette's book on the Mess Hall along with some old photos in a two part series (continued tomorrow).

From Frank Mellette's book:

I will have to say this very insistently; being in the Clemson Mess Hall was a unique experience. The captain of the company would march his company in and we would sit down when he gave the command, "Seats."

We were assigned a place at a certain table and we kept it and ate there at every meal until another reassignment was made. This happened two or three times a year to take up the slack for the boys who had left college since the last seating time. There would always be a new seating arrangement as soon as the first semester was over, when quite a few boys decided that they had had enough of Clemson.

The tables held eight boys, three on each side and one at each end. Usually, there would be a senior at the head of each table. …

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

32 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Vance Hammond



Today’s photo is of Vance Hammond, who lettered for Clemson at defensive tackle for Clemson from 1987-1990.

Hammond was a graduate of Dorman High School and played under some great teams at Clemson with Danny Ford. In fact, Hammond’s dad was a State Trooper who was responsible for escorting Coach Ford off the field.

Hammond’s professional career included stints with the Sacramento Gold Miners and the Memphis Mad Dogs.

Hammond is now living in Gaffney and is the Area Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate.
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July 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley As A Senior

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Today’s photos are from 1949 and show a very young Bob Bradley during his senior year at Clemson.

The class of 1949 witnessed a perfect 11-0-0 football season in the fall of 1948, and in the above picture you can see Bob Bradley at what I believe to be some celebration get together for his graduation in 1949.

Originally from Greenville, Bob Bradley majored in Textile Manufacturing. He also was the editor of the Tiger newspaper his senior year.

Bradley worked 502 consecutive football games during his career at Clemson. Bradley was presented the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor's office and after his death was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.


Bradley redefined the field of sports information in 1979 when, under his direction, the Clemson Sports Information Department won nine national awards for its brochures and press guides.

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

33 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Ray Matthews
Ray Mathews was a football and baseball player at Clemson from 1947-1950. Matthews was a starting wing back on the 1948 team that went 11-0 with a win in the Gator Bowl. He was also a starter on the perfect season team in 1950.
In 1948 he led the team in scoring and had the most yards per reception as a sophomore with 27.1. He had a great amount of versatility on the field as he had 3128 all-purpose yards, which includes rushing, receiving, kick returns, and punt returns. He also added 907 yards passing in his career. He also recorded 131 interception return yards on 10 interceptions for his career. He scored 168 points and had 28 touchdowns in his career.
Matthews also excelled on the baseball field. In 1951 he led the team in hits with 33, homeruns with 5, batting average with a .375, slugging percentage at .591, and total bases with 52. He had 10 RBI's in a game against Furman in 1950 as well as …

July 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Mechanical Hall From 1920’s
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Today’s photos are from a building at Clemson that no longer exists, Mechanical Hall.

The photo above is a common photo showing the old Mechanical Hall in the snow and you can see that it was located beside Hardin Hall. Mechanical Hall burned down in 1926 and the school went right to work on a replacement building.

Old Mechanical Hall, which housed Engineering since the college's earliest days, burned to the ground on May 27th, 1926. The roof over the machine shop caught fire, which spread to the rest of the structure. Fire fighters from Anderson, Greenville and Easley finally contained the blaze, saving nearby structures. Greenville City Firefighter J.C.F (Jimmy) Burns lost his life while fighting this blaze.

The fuzzy photo below shows an interesting view of Riggs Hall in 1928 from the Main Building (Tillman). It shows a view of the area where Mechanical Hall was and that it still was without any grass two years afte…

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

34 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day William Devane
William Devane was a nose guard at Clemson from 1980-1983.
Devane played alongside William Perry, giving the Tigers a formidable front in 1981 that helped lead the Tigers to the Orange Bowl and National Championship.
During the Orange Bowl, Devane recovered a fumble against Nebraska that helped the Tigers go on to the 22-15 win.
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July 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

What A Difference 9 Years Make
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Today’s photos span 1952 to 1961, which included a dramatic change at Clemson.

The above photo was taken around 1952, when Clemson was still an all-male Military College. You can take note of the Trustee House in the background and the partial view of the second barracks on the right.

Fast forward just 9 years and you see the same photo location, but dramatically different culture at Clemson. In 1961, Clemson was no longer a Military College and it was no longer all-male.


One note from the two pictures…notice that the chimneys on the Trustee House are gone in the 1961 photo. I wonder where they went??!!

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Episode 1: The Birth Of The Tiger Pregame Show

Counting Down To 200… The Stories Of The Tiger Pregame Show


Episode 1 The Birth Of The Tiger Pregame Show
Scott Rhymer, Host since 2003.

We won’t go chronologically, but this is a great place to start. 

I was a teacher in Anderson in the late 1990’s and wrote a grant along with Aly Darby, a peer teacher with me, to get a small FM radio station at our school. Aly Darby and I received the grant and we had all of this money to buy equipment and set up this small radio station, but we had no idea what to buy, how to set it up, and certainly not how to use the equipment! 

I needed to talk to a radio guy. After reaching out to a few “major” music radio stations in Greenville asking for help with no success, I decided to contact WCCP 104.9 since I listened to sports talk all the time and was a big fan. Almost immediately, I heard back from WCCP. 


The first person to get back to me Jeff Bright (aka DJ Jazzy Jeff) and soon after that I heard back from the late Tommy Powell. Jeff agreed to help me…

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

35 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Michael Dean Perry
Michael Dean Perry played defensive line for Clemson from 1984-1987. Perry was a standout on the Clemson defensive line, playing on the 1986 and 1987 ACC Championship teams. Perry led the Tigers to the 1986 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Citrus Bowl.

For his play during those two seasons, Perry was named All-ACC and was a first-team All-American in 1987.

In 1986, he led the Tigers with 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks and had 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 1987. During the 1987 season, he was also a finalist (one of three) for the Outland Trophy and was named ACC Player-of-the-Year, a rare distinction for a defensive player.

After his senior season, he played in both the Hula and Japan Bowls. For his Clemson career, he set the Clemson record for career tackles for loss (61) and is tied for career sacks (28). Both of the records had been previously held by his brother William before he topped each …

July 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1938 Aerial View Of Clemson

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Today’s photos are from sometime around 1938 and shows a very young Clemson College Campus.

In the top right corner of the picture you can see the newly constructed Fike Field House. The building originally opened in 1930 as the Clemson Field House, and was the indoor home to Clemson athletics.

You can see the farm land to the left and behind Fike that will one day be Memorial Stadium. Death Valley was not built until 1941.

And finally, if you look beside Long Hall, the small building that you see is the old Dairy building.

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

36 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Mike Eppley
Mike Eppley was a quarterback at Clemson (and a point guard for the basketball team) from 1982-1984.

Eppley was an Academic All-ACC honoree in both football and basketball three times each during his celebrated career. Eppley finished 3rd in the nation in passing efficiency in 1983, the highest finish ever by a Clemson quarterback.

Eppley doubled as basketball player for four years and was the recipient of the Frank Howard Award in the 1983-84 academic year and the Clemson IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year the same season.

As quarterback of the football team, he threw for 28 career touchdowns, now fourth in school history. Eppley was an honorable mention All-American his senior year and was invited to participate in the Blue-Gray game. In 1984, Eppley was a fourth-team Academic All-American and first-team All-ACC in football.
Eppley had a career completion percentage at Clemson of 56.3% and he threw for 3354 yar…

July 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Hottie Ingram Out At Clemson

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Today’s photo is from Press Conference following the 1972 season at Clemson.

Clemson, after just completing a 4-7 season, put pressure on Hootie Ingram to resign as head coach of the football team. Ingram indeed resigned, paving the way for Red Parker. In his three years as head coach, Ingram’s overall record was 12-21.

In today's photo we see Hootie Ingram (left), Clemson President R.C. Edwards (center) and Hootie's replacement, Red Parker (right) in a press conference announcing the coaching change.

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

37 Days Until Kickoff!
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Rodney Williams





Rodney Williams lettered at Clemson from 1985 through 1988.
Williams took over the starting job from Randy Anderson in 1985, and never looked back, becoming a 4 year starter for Clemson during the program’s most successful era. In his final home game on November 19, 1988, Williams led the Tigers to a 29-10 win at Memorial Stadium, while also avenging a 20-7 loss to the Gamecocks the year before in Columbia.
The Columbia native was taunted by the Gamecock fans in that loss. But in 1988, Williams threw for 192 yards and rushed for 38 more, including the game-clinching touchdown for the 15th-ranked Tigers. It was Williams’ 31st-career victory. He later went on to get win No. 32 with a victory over Oklahoma in the Citrus Bowl. The 32 wins are a Clemson record for a quarterback. Rodney is the most successful quarterback inClemson football history. The Tiger Pregame Show on Facebook Tigerpregame on Twitter

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July 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1920’s

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Today’s photos are rare images of downtown Clemson in the 1920’s. The above photo is from what is now downtown Clemson facing toward Tillman Hall. In the photo you can see Sloan’s Store (which is now Subway).

The next photo was taken the same day but from the other side of College Avenue. The house in the upper right corner is sitting where Mr. Knickerbocker's is located today.


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

38 Days Until Kickoff! 
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Deshaun Watson 


Deshaun Watson lettered at Clemson from 2014-2016 and put up record numbers at the quarterback position for the Tigers, guiding Clemson to consecutive College Football Playoff appearances and the 2016 National Championship. 



Watson led Clemson to 28 wins over his final two seasons while wearing the #4 jersey, the same number worn by former Tiger quarterback Steve Fuller. The number had been retired at Clemson, but Fuller allowed it to come out of retirement for Watson. 

Watson was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist; finished third in the 2015 balloting with 148 first-place votes and second in 2016 with 269 first-place votes. Watson was the first ACC player to finish in the top three of the voting on multiple occasions. 



Watson was a two-time recipient of the Davey O’Brien Award, one of only four quarterbacks who can make that claim, and the first since Oklahoma’s Jason White in 2003 and 2004. 

Wats…

July 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Gator” Farr
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Today’s photo are of a Clemson legend, “Gator” Farr. Gator was a 1930 graduate of Clemson and best known for his humorous eulogies during the pep rallies prior to the South Carolina football games.

Frank Mellette wrote an interesting insight into the character of "Gator" Farr:

“There is no doubt in the mind of anyone at Clemson that "Gator" Farr was one of the greatest characters who ever went there. "Gator" could blow a bugle and get the softer and more beautiful tones out of it than anybody at Clemson. He was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps during his first two years. He realized that if he remained there for his last two years, he could only reach the rank of captain.”

“He had higher military ambitions and withdrew from the Drum and Bugle Corps after his sophomore year. During his junior year, he was Regimental Sergeant Major, the highest ranking military member of the junior class. "Gator" was…

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

39 Days Until Kickoff!
Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Chuck McSwain
Today’s photo is of Chuck McSwain, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1979-1982. McSwain rushed for a career-high 151 yards and scored two touchdowns in Clemson’s 29-13 victory over South Carolina to cap an 11-0 regular season in 1981. Six weeks later, Clemson beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to win the National Championship.
McSwain said in an interview,  "My brother Rod came to Clemson a year later, and we were very fortunate to both make a difference in that South Carolina game. He blocked a punt that turned the momentum and I ended up being the leading rusher. I broke out a couple of long runs and scored a couple of touchdowns. "
You can read the original article here from Orangeandwhite.com: http://www.myorangeupdate.com/2011/08/remember-when%E2%80%A6/
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July 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

More Dan’s Sandwich Shop
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Today’s photos are a few more of Clemson's old mainstay....Dan’s Sandwich Shop.

Dan’s Sandwich Shop may best be known for the pictures that adorned the walls of the restaurant. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant. You can see in the above photo all of the pictures that are on the walls.

After this Clemson landmark closed, it became the Tiger Paw Restaurant and served boxed chicken lunches for awhile but soon the kitchen closed and it was strictly a bar with a dance floor. Too many minors nabbed by ABC agents inside saw the loss of the Tiger Paw's license around 1976.


This cleared the way for The Bookstore, which featured a live deejay for the disco era in downtown Clemson. Students could honestly tell their parents that they were spending time at the bookstore! When The Bookstore closed, the place was remodeled into Strawberry…

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

40 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Mr. Zip and Mr. Zap
Today’s photos are of Buddy Gore and Jacky Jackson, who lettered for Clemson at running back from 1965-1968. The above photo of Buddy Gore, who was nicknamed Mr. Zip.
Before the 1967 season began the media had dubbed Gore Mr. Zip because he had great speed as he “zipped past'em”.
The below photo is of Jacky Jackson, dubbed Mr. Zap, because he go the tough yards inside the tackles and “zapped ‘em”.
Jacky Jackson also had great hands out of the backfield as he caught a long scoring pass the year before to complete the scoring in the famous comeback win over Virginia in the first game for Howard's Rock. Buddy

Gore, while not nearly so skilled at receiving, managed to hold onto a key TD pass in 1967 when the Tigers knocked off the highly ranked NC State Wolfpack led by Chuck Amato.
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July 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall In The Snow-1940’s
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Today’s photo is from the 1940’s and shows a beautiful Bowman Field and Tillman Hall after a fresh winter snow.

In this photo, Tillman Hall was just becoming Tillman Hall. Prior to 1946, the building was called the Main Building. This was the case for the first half of the twentieth century.

The building was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in the first week of July, 1946.

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

41 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day Steve Fuller
Today’s photo is of Steve Fuller, who lettered for Clemson at quarterback from 1975-1978. Fuller was a dangerous pass-run threat as a quarterback, and was one of the centerpieces of the Clemson teams of the late 1970′s that brought the Tigers back to national prominence in college football.
One of only five two-time ACC Football Players of the Year (1977, 1978), he led Clemson to a 27-8-1 record in his final three seasons with the Tigers including an 11-1 mark, an ACC Championship and a No. 6 national ranking in 1978.
Fuller was one of only three players in Clemson history to be named both an Academic All-America (twice, 1977-78) and a football All- America (1978, 3rd-team) in the same year, Fuller was chosen to the prestigious NCAA Top Five Award in 1978 for excellence in athletics and academics.

Fuller is a charter member of Clemson’s “Ring of Honor,” and was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas Cit…

July 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop In 1950’s
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Today’s photo is of Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Current Location of TD’s) in the 1950’s. This corner has a long history at Clemson with a variety of restaurants occupying the space.

Early in the 1940’s a restaurant named College Cafe occupied the space. In 1952, Dan Gentry opened Dan's Restaurant directly across from the town's post office and served hamburgers. "Judge" Keller would walk up from his store for lunch there.

After a fire in 1965, Dan set-up cooking burgers on the sidewalk outside the next day. Gentry would later purchase the building beside his original Dan’s and expand into the biggest hamburger joint in Clemson during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Tomorrow, I will have some pictures of the expanded Dan’s.

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