January 18

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January 18 in Clemson History

  • 1913: The Clemson College Rifle Club has a meet with Columbia.
  • 1916: The Tiger publishes an article stating that "For several weeks, Col. M. B. Hardin, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, has been confined to his bed. We are very sorry to announce that his condition during the last few days has not improved. Col. Hardin is missed most at chapel services upon which he has long been a constant attendent since long before most of us boys heard of Clemson. The entire corps of cadets join in wishing him a speedy recovery." (The Tiger, "Col. Hardin Very Ill", 18 January 1916, Volume XI, Number 14, page 2.) Hardin will die April 26, 1916.
  • 1990: Danny Ford resigns as head coach of the Tigers after losing power struggle with President Max Lennon. Ford is tied for most wins in the ACC (96), the second highest winning percentage, and was 96-29-4 at Clemson, a .760 overall record. In 11 years as a coach, Ford had the third-best winning percentage among active coaches, behind Tom Osborne of Nebraska and Joe Paterno of Penn State, with a 96-29-4 record, including 6-2 in bowl games, and the 1981 unofficial national championship. Ford will receive $190,000 a year for the next three years and possibly five years if he does not accept another head-coaching job. The university also agreed to pay $13,000 in interest on Ford's farm and the balance of the mortgage -$100,000 - by Jan. 2, 1991, allowing Ford full ownership. Ford will also receive six Clemson football season tickets for the next three to five years.
Athletic Director Bobby Robinson praised Ford for his accomplishments but said there had been some conflicts.
"We have honest differences of opinion on certain basic aspects of the football program," Robinson said. "A separation under any terms would be difficult. An amicable parting is certainly less painful for all involved. That is why we felt it was in the university's best interests to agree to a fair settlement under the terms of Ford's contract and bring the matter to a close." (Associated Press, "Clemson Drops Ford With $1 Million Deal", New York Times, January 19, 1990.)
  • 2001: Mary Katherine Littlejohn dies.
  • 2005: Stephen M. Gregg, co-founder of the Clemson Newsstand, dies in Greenville after a fight with a degenerative illness.
  • 2007: In the Family Series, Garry Krinsky, vaudevillian with a severe science Jones, presents his Toying With Science, an entertaining demonstration of the physical laws that govern us at 7 p.m. in the Brooks Center. Tix are $6 for adults, $3 for students. Womens basketball hosts Maryland in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m., losing 60--


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