November 12

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November 12 in Clemson History

Events on November 12 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1896: First meeting between Clemson and the South Carolina College in a football game, played on Thursday at the State Fair in Columbia. USC wins, 6-12. Beginning of "Big Thursday". Rain falls on the match.
  • 1904: The Tigers defeat Tennessee, 6-0, in a road game. The Tigers hold a 2-0-1 series record.
  • 1930: Lupe Vélez (The Tiger prints it as "Luna Velez") stars in the Universal picture "The Storm", at the YMCA auditorium, eleven cent admission. Released August 22, 1930, and directed by William Wyler, the movie tells of Burr Winton and Dave Stewart, two close friends who have backed each other up in countless difficulties, but who are torn apart by the arrival of a woman, Manette Fachard (Vélez), who becomes stranded with them in their cabin during a raging blizzard.
  • 1960: In first game against the Gamecocks played in Clemson, the Tigers triumph, 12-2, in front of a crowd of 50,000. Initially dubbed "Solid Saturday", an attempt to emulate the now discontinued "Big Thursday", the term will not have staying power and falls out of use. Blue Key and Central Dance Association sponsor the Blue Key Dance for students from both institutions in the new dining hall (later named Harcombe Commons) with music provided by B. S. Plair and his combo, who offer up a popular rendition of the Isley Brothers' hit "Shout". (TAPS 1961, Volume LI, pages 26-27.)
  • 1970: Jack Weeden, chief of campus security, admits that the police department has been breaking into private vehicles and moving them. "I don't claim that it's legal," he states, quoted on page one of The Tiger dated November 13, 1970, (Vol. LXIV, No. 13). "It is really done as a favor to the students. This saves them $20 in towing charges." He promises that in the future, a towing company will be called to deal with improperly parked cars. Weeden's clearly casual approach to Constitutional rights will eventually get him fired in 1979.
  • 1977: Clemson plays the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish close in a game in Death Valley, but loses, 17-21, to the eventual National Champions. Irish Coach Dan Devine exhibits outrageous behavior late in the game, even running onto Frank Howard Field during a play to snatch up a penalty flag and hand it back to the referee who threw it. Notre Dame fans don't appreciate his behavior either and he will eventually get the axe after the 1979 season. But not before the Tigers administer some pay back! The Memorial Stadium crowd and Tiger Band give the Irish the silent treatment during the pre-game activities and do not raise a ruckus until the cannon fires at the end of a silent performance by the band when the tuba pedal note of Tiger Rag is the first sound made! A hair-raising moment in Death Valley! "And we never let up!" said Danny Faircloth, Tiger Band saxophonist, fondly recalling the event in 2006. This event is recounted in the Unhymnal song "The Battle of Notre Dame. Thirty-eight future NFL players, including Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana and Clemson receiver Dwight Clark, take part in this game.
  • 1977: The Doobie Brothers perform in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. with Pablo Cruise as opening act. Tickets are $7.50 on the floor or $6.50 in the stands, available at the Union ticket desk in the Loggia, Edgar's, the Record Hole, and the University Shop, both on College Avenue.
  • 1983: 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.
  • 2005 - Bowden Bowl VII - Defying odds-makers, Tommy Bowden defeats father Bobby Bowden, 35-14, in Death Valley in the only father-son head coaching contest in college football history. This is Tommy's second win in the series.
  • 2006: After the 20-14 win over N.C. State, Clemson creeps back into both the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches polls at number 25. The Men's Basketball Team takes on Old Dominion University in what is virtually a homegame for ODU, at 4:30 p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia. The Tigers win, 74-70.

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