1983

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1983 in Clemson History

Events in 1983

  • Lou Sahadi's history of Clemson football, The Clemson Tigers - From 1896 To Glory, is published by William Morrow And Company, New York, (ISBN 0-688-02164-6).
  • WFBC-TV in Greenville becomes WYFF ("Your Friend Four") with a change in station ownership.
  • January 12: Tiger Band ends a most successful season with an appearance in the Governor's Inaugural Parade in Columbia.
  • In the 1983 NFL draft, Clemson has ten players selected, an ACC record for players drafted from the same school in the same year. ("2006 Clemson Football" media guide, page 3).
  • February 23: Pi Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is colonized on the Clemson campus.
  • February 28: "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", the two and a half hour finale of M*A*S*H's 251-episode, eleven-year run on CBS, pulls down a 60.3 rating and a 77 share - 77 percent of everyone tuned into t.v. was watching it. Oddly, being a major setpiece that does not fit syndication requirements, it is now rarely seen. As of 2009, this still holds the record as the most-watched American telecast.
  • March 11-March 12: Tina Krebs wins the national championship in the 1,000-meter run at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, at the NCAA Women's Indoor Track Championships. Krebs becomes Clemson's first woman national champion regardless of sport. The Lady Tigers finish 10th as a team.
  • May 6: Captain Frank Johnstone Jervey, retired Life Trustee, dies.
  • July: The Study Hall closes for the last time.
  • September 3: In home opener, Clemson beats Western Carolina, 44-10.
  • September 10: Clemson travels to Boston College, loses night game, 16-31.
  • September 17: The Tigers tie number eleven Georgia in Death Valley, 16-16.
  • September 24: Clemson defeats Georgia Tech in Memorial Stadium, 41-14.
  • October 8: First ever Alumni Band is sprung on the Death Valley crowd at Homecoming when Dr. Bruce F. Cook arranges to gather some 90-plus recent Tiger Band alumni and delivers them as a playing unit at Halftime during the Virginia game. The performance is a success and another Clemson tradition is born. Tigers down Cavaliers, 42-21.
  • October 15: The Tigers beat the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, 38-31.
  • October 22: Clemson defeats N.C. State, 27-17, in Death Valley.
  • October 29: The Tigers defeat Wake Forest in Memorial Stadium, 24-17.
  • November 5: In a road trip, Clemson defeats number ten North Carolina, 16-3.
  • November 12: Seventeenth-ranked Clemson defeats number eleven Maryland and quarterback Boomer Esiason, 52-27, in Death Valley to complete 7-0 record against ACC opponents, but the probationary Tigers are ineligible for the conference title. Release of 363,729 helium balloons before the game sets a high for the Guinness Book of Records.
  • November 13: Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional and social sorority composed of female engineering students and alumnae, is founded. On August 23, 2005 it will become a recognized chapter on the Clemson University campus.
  • November 17: Tiger Band holds its annual pig roast. Fran Henry is honored as Tiger Band Most Outstanding Senior.
  • November 19: The Gamecocks lose to the Tigers in Columbia, 22-13, as Clemson finishes season with a 9-1-1 record, 7-0 in conference, but ineligible for ACC title. The Tigers are also ineligible for post-season play.


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