2002 in Clemson History
Events in 2002
- Mock Turtle Soup is founded.
- January: Best Practices in Black Student Achievement conference founded to commemorate the 40th anniversary of desegregation of public higher education in South Carolina.
- June 17: The two-mile portion of South Carolina Highway 93 that runs though the Clemson University campus is being named to honor a man who has been described as "the epitome of what love and loyalty for Clemson University are all about." "Walter T. Cox Boulevard" honors the university's 10th president and former dean of students. The boulevard will extend from the S.C 93 intersection with U.S. Highway 76 through campus to the Pickens-Oconee county line at the Lake Hartwell Seneca River bridge. A resolution, introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives by representatives Bud Webb, Rex Rice and Teddy Trotter, requested the state department of transportation name the stretch of highway for "Dean Cox," as he was known to generations of Clemson students. Senators Thomas Alexander and Larry Martin gained the concurrence of the state Senate for the resolution. Cox was informed of the resolution during a Clemson Reunion 2002 alumni luncheon this past weekend. "It's really a shocker, but one of the greatest honors one can have," the president emeritus said. "To have that highway that I travel every day called 'Cox Boulevard' --- I can't explain it." "I can't imagine a more appropriate name for the road that ties the Clemson campus together than the name of the man who has tied the Clemson community together for so many years," said Clemson University President James F. Barker. "I am grateful to the state for honoring Walter Cox in this way." "It's really important to recognize a community's icons, and think Walter Cox certainly qualifies as one," added Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy. "He has worked tirelessly for every aspect of this community." Webb said naming S.C. 93 through campus after Cox is a fitting tribute to the former dean. "It's appropriate that the main entrances to the campus --- whether you come in from the east or west --- will bring up the fond memories that thousands of alumni have of Dean Cox," Webb said.
- June 27: Waffle House No. 1524 opens on Tiger Boulevard.
- Summer: The bulk of Johnstone Hall (sections D,E and F) is razed.
- August 18: The clock in the Tillman Hall tower is currently not displaying the correct time due to a mechanical breakdown. A new mechanism has been ordered from the clockworks manufacturer. The University's facilities department anticipate the repairs will be completed in about two weeks.
- August 31: The Tigers travel to Athens to meet number eight-ranked Georgia in a night game, losing, 28-31.
- September 7: Clemson defeats Louisiana Tech at home, 33-13.
- September 14: The Tigers down Georgia Tech, 24-19, in Memorial Stadium.
- September 21: Clemson beats Ball State in Death Valley, 30-7.
- October 3: Bowden Bowl IV - Son Tommy again loses to dad Bobby in the only father-son head coaching face-off in the history of college football as the Tigers go down in Tallahassee night game to eleventh-ranked FSU, 31-48.
- October 12: Tigers road trip to Virginia, lose, 17-22.
- October 19: Clemson defeats Wake Forest in Death Valley, 31-23.
- October 20: ClemsonTALK.com is founded.
- Fall: The Esso Club changes hands, closes for remodelling.
- October 24: The Tigers lose night game at N.C. State to ninth-ranked Wolfpack, 6-38.
- November 2: Clemson travels to Duke, wins, 34-31.
- November 5: Frasier is tricked into speaking Klingon at a Bar Mitzvah on the hit series "Frasier" episode Star Mitzvah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGZV6fsotYo&feature=related
- November 9: On a road trip, the Tigers defeat North Carolina, 42-12.
- November 16: Clemson plays night game at nineteenth-ranked Maryland, losing, 12-30.
- November 23: Clemson beats University of South Carolina, 27-20 at Clemson, S.C. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH4C5hN3aMI
- December 23: Clemson takes on Texas Tech in the Mazda Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida but the Tigers fall to the Red Raiders, 15-55, to conclude a 7-6 season, 4-4 in conference for fifth place in the ACC.