2001 in Clemson History
Events in 2001
- The last issue of the Buzzard is produced.
- January 1: Clemson takes on sixth-ranked Virginia Tech in the 56th Toyota Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. Tigers fall, 41-20, to the Hokies as outstanding Tech sophomore quarterback Michael Vick runs for one touchdown and passes for another in his final collegiate game. Clemson ends season with 9-3 record, 6-2 in conference for second place in the ACC, and final rankings of sixteen (Associated Press) and fourteen (USA Today) in polls.
- Clemson University is named as Time Magazine's "Public College of the Year". There is some suspicion that this was little more than a paid endorsement.
- April: Former Football Coach Charlie Pell honored at halftime at the Orange and White game for his part in putting Clemson back on a winning track.
- May 29: Former Football Coach Charlie Pell commits suicide after battle with lung cancer.
- September 1: Ranked eighteenth in the Associated Press poll, Clemson opens at home against Central Florida, winning, 21-13.
- September 8: The Tigers, ranked twentieth, defeat Wofford in Death Valley, 38-14.
- September 11: Terrorists hijack four airliners - two crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, destroying the twin towers - one crashes into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia - and one crashes into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,973 lives are lost.
- September 22: Death Valley has the tightest security for a game ever seen in Clemson, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11. No bulky objects may be carried into the stadium, and pass-outs are eliminated. The nineteenth-ranked Tigers lose to the Virginia Cavaliers, 24-26.
- September 29: Clemson edges ninth-ranked Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 47-44, in overtime.
- October 13: Ranked sixteenth, Clemson road trips to N.C. State, wins, 45-37.
- October 20: Thirteenth-ranked Clemson loses to North Carolina in Death Valley, 3-38.
- October 27: The Tigers, ranked twenty-fifth, win at Wake Forest, 21-14.
- November 1: Harlan E. McClure, retired dean of the College of Architecture, dies. He headed Clemson's architecture school from 1955 to 1986.
- November 3: Bowden Bowl III - Clemson loses third straight in the only father-son head football coach match-up in college football history. Death Valley crowd watches twenty-fourth- ranked Tigers go down, 27-41, to unranked Seminoles. Attendence is 85,036, the fourth largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history.
- November 10: The Tigers lose night road game to thirteenth-ranked Maryland, 20-37.
- November 17: Clemson is defeated by the twenty-second-ranked University of South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, 15-20.
- December 1: The Tigers defeat winless Duke Blue Devils in Death Valley in final regular season game, 59-31.
- December 31: The Tigers take on Louisiana Tech in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, winning 49-24 in snowy environment, for a season record of 7-5, 4-4 in the ACC for fourth place in conference.