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1932 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1932:
- The First Annual Engineering Architecture Day is held. A program from this event is preserved in a scrapbook by Cadet William Fletcher Welch, of Clio, South Carolina, class of 1925, now in Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
- Animal Husbandry Club organized. Blue Key is chartered.
- The Clemson chapter of Blue Key is chartered.
- February 16: Bill Lee Atchley, futures Clemson president, is born.
- April 19: Third Anniversary Banquet of the South Carolina Chapter of Alpha Zeta held at "Clemson Agricultural College". Document from this event preserved in a scrapbook by Cadet William Fletcher Welch, of Clio, South Carolina, class of 1925, now in Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
- May 7: Phi Psi Hop held. Document from this event is preserved in a scrapbook by Cadet William Fletcher Welch, of Clio, South Carolina, class of 1925, now in Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
- Fall: The Central Dance Association is founded to promote and manage dance events on the college campus.
- September 23: The Tigers open home season with a 13-0 win over Presbyterian.
- October 1: Clemson travels to Atlanta where Georgia Tech defeats them, 14-32.
- October 8: Clemson loses roadgame to N.C. State, 0-13.
- October 14: The Tigers defeat Erskine, 19-0, on Riggs Field.
- October 20: In annual Big Thursday game, the Gamecocks defeat the Tigers, 0-14.
- October 29: Clemson and Davidson tie, 7-7, at Davidson.
- November 5: Clemson defeats The Citadel, 18-6, on a roadtrip.
- November 11: Georgia beats Clemson, 18-32, on Riggs Field.
- November 24: Clemson travels to Furman, losing, 0-7, for a 3-5-1 record.
- December: The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is established, when the 13 members of the Southern Conference located west and south of the Appalachian Mountains leaving to form their own conference. Ten of the thirteen charter members have remained in the conference since its inception: the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University.
- The other charter members were:
- Sewanee: The University of the South: Left the SEC in 1940. The school has since deemphasized varsity athletics and is currently a member of the Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
- Georgia Institute of Technology|Georgia Tech: Left the SEC in 1964. In 1975, it became a founding member of the Metro Conference, one of the predecessors to today's Conference USA. Georgia Tech competed in the Metro in all sports except football, in which it was independent. In 1978, Georgia Tech joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports, where it has remained.
- Tulane University: Left the SEC in 1966. Along with Georgia Tech, it was a charter member of the Metro Conference. Unlike Tech, however, Tulane remained in the Metro until the Metro Conference merged into the new Conference USA in 1995. Tulane remained an independent in football until the formation of Conference USA.
- In 1991, the SEC expanded from 10 to 12 members with the addition of:
- University of Arkansas
- University of South Carolina
- In 1992, the SEC adopted the divisional setup that exists today. Also in 1992, the SEC was the first conference to receive permission from the NCAA to conduct an annual championship game in football, featuring the winners of the conference's Eastern and Western divisions. Interestingly, the 75th anniversary SEC logo cites 1933 as the benchmark year.(Note: This item is derived from the Wikipedia article on the SEC.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeastern_Conference)
- December 4: A fire completely destroys the original building of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church on what is now College Avenue.