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1936 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1936:

  • January 1: The first Sun Bowl is played in El Paso, Texas, becoming the fourth post-season bowl game. Hardin-Simmons and New Mexico State play to 14-14 tie. Attendence is 11,000. (Jones, Todd, "The Second Season: How the Rise of the Bowls Shaped College Football", ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, ESPN Books, New York, New York, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1, pages 1435, 1476.)
  • Judge Keller's Store replaces 1918-vintage woodframe structure with the brick building they occupy to date.
  • The Associated Press sports poll is first created, national journalists tendering their top 20 list each Sunday for tabulation.
  • September 19: The Tigers blank Presbyterian, 19-0, in home opener on Riggs Field.
  • September 26: Clemson leaves Virginia Tech scoreless, 20-0, on Riggs Field.
  • October 3: The Tigers roadtrip to Alabama, lose, 0-32. Former Clemson Head Football Coach John Heisman dies.
  • October 6: The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, national scouting fraternity, is organized at Clemson, becoming the first college chapter in the state. Members are chosen on their previous records in scouting activities and their desire to serve the student body, faculty, community, and nation. The aim of each of these is to "be a leader, be a friend, and be of service." (TAPS, 1943, page 372.)
  • October 10: Clemson travels to Duke, losing, 0-25.
  • October 16: The Tigers play night game at Wake Forest, but lose, 0-6.
  • October 22: The Tigers blank the Gamecocks, 19-0, in Columbia.
  • October 31: Clemson travels to Atlanta, securing 14-13 win over Georgia Tech.
  • November 7: Clemson plays the Citadel in Charleston, winning, 22-0. Sirrine Stadium is dedicated in Greenville.
  • November 14: The Tigers travel to Kentucky, but lose, 6-7.
  • November 26: Furman beats Clemson for the last time, 0-12, in a game played in snow on Riggs Field. Through 2007, Clemson wins the next 29 meetings of these teams. (As reported in the Washington Post, Sunday, September 16, 2007, page D-11.)

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