1996 in Clemson History
Events in 1996
- "Twice Told Tales Of Tigertown" by Mary Katherine Littlejohn, is published by Clemson Printers, Clemson, South Carolina, a 60-page memoir of "growing up on the Clemson campus."
- (1995-1996) As part of the restructuring initiated by then-president Max Lennon and finalized by current president Deno Curris, the College of Nursing is dissolved and the nursing program is established under the new College of Health, Education, and Human Development.
- Dean of the College of Nursing is phased out. Department of Nursing Sciences dissolved into the School of Nursing, and the Director of the department, Barbara Logan, becomes Director of the School of Nursing.
- January 1: 23rd-ranked Clemson is abused in the 51st Toyota Gator Bowl played in the recently remodelled ALLTELL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, by the nineteenth-ranked Syracuse Orangemen, 0-41, the worst bowl drubbing ever. Syracuse freshman quarterback Donovan McNabb confounds all Clemson hopes in a rain-soaked, miserable game. The Tigers' season record is 8-4, 6-2 in conference, for third place in the ACC.
- January 28: Legendary football Coach Frank Howard dies in Clemson. He is buried on Cemetary Hill next to Death Valley.
- May 15: Anna Tribble Howard, widow of Tiger football Coach Frank Howard, passes away, in Clemson. She is interred on Cemetary Hill.
- June 8: Clemson's Military Heritage Plaza is dedicated at 2 p.m. A project sponsored by the Classes of 1950 through 1953, four landscaped terraces step down toward Bowman Field as if to mark the passage of a cadet through his life at Clemson. (King, Robert, "Clemson alumni memorial to honor military heritage", The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, 9 June 1995.) "The fund-raising for the plaza exceeded its $485,000 goal, and the alumni hopes to use the money left over to provide for an endowment for maintenance of the plaza," said Gerald Vander Mey of the Campus Master Planning Office. (Roberts, Kevin, staff writer, "Veterans' memorial takes shape - Plaza dedication set for June 8", The Tiger, 2 April 1996.) Former Clemson professor Col. Ben N. Skardon, U.S. Army, Retired, who survived the Bataan Death March, and Lt. Gen. Paul Blackwell, retiring deputy chief of staff for operations and plans for the U.S. Army, are featured speakers. Both men are Clemson graduates. (Hanger, Nancy, "Time to remember our history - Clemson dedicates new plaza honoring its military heritage", Independent-Mail, Anderson, South Carolina, 9 June 1996.) Some 400 gather to observe the ceremony upon which falls light rain.
- August 31: The Tigers open the football season with a roadtrip to Chapel Hill, where the Tarheels administer 0-45 of spank. This is the Tigers' first August game - ever.
- September 7: Clemson defeats Furman, 19-3, in home opener.
- September 21: Clemson travels to Missouri to take on the Tigers in a night game, but fall, 24-38.
- September 28: The Tigers defeat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 21-10, in Death Valley.
- October 5: Clemson faces the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee, and are beat, 3-34.
- October 12: The Tigers travel to Durham and defeat Duke, 13-6.
- October 19: Clemson hosts 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech, and defeats the Yellow Jackets, 28-25. Homecoming. Alumni Band marches at halftime.
- November 2: Maryland comes to Clemson and is vanquished, 35-3.
- November 9: Clemson plays 15th-ranked Virginia in Chalottesville, defeating the Cavaliers, 24-16.
- November 16: The Tigers dump North Carolina State, 40-17, in Memorial Stadium.
- November 21: Tiger Band Pass-In-Review concert at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.
- November 23: Creeping into the polls at 22 just in time for Carolina week, the Tigers quickly relinquish the position as the Cocks win, 31-34, in Columbia.
- November 26: Jazz Ensemble concert in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.
- December 3: Symphonic Band concert in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m.
- December 28 Clemson takes on twelfth-ranked Louisiana State in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta but loses, 7-10, for a season record of 7-5, 6-2 in conference, second in the ACC.