October 13

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October 13 in Clemson History

  • 1906: Clemson and Virginia Tech battle to scoreless tie on Bowman Field, putting the series record at 1-1-1.
  • 1917: Clemson defeats Furman in Greenville, 38-0, and Tiger player Stumpy Banks scores five touchdowns, a record that stands today.
  • 1922: The Tigers blank Presbyterian College, 13-0, in third Clemson home game of the year.
  • October 11, 1924-October 14, 1924: The last and largest student walk-out in Clemson history, and the greatest challenge of acting President Samuel Broadus Earle's tenure. Student gripes about the quality of food in the mess spiral out of control when the cadet emissary sent to the commandant, Colonel Otis R. Cole, to ask permission for a student meeting is accused of having "liquor on his breath". He is hauled immediately before the discipline committee and suspended for a year. Outraged cadets are refused permission to meet regarding the expelled, a popular student who is senior class president and captain of the football team, but they meet on Riggs Field anyway and draft a petition demanding better food, the dismissal of mess officer J.D. Harcombe, and reinstatement of their dismissed classmate. When Earle refuses their demands, promising only to continue investigating the mess allegations, 500 cadets leave campus on the evening of October 14 in protest. The walk-out results in twenty-three dismissals and 112 suspensions, as well as sixty-five honorable discharges from various classes, and the withdrawal from school of thirty-six students who are unwilling to face the punishments awaiting them when they return to campus. Although the board of trustees commends Earle for not relinquishing his authority to student demands, the toll on the school is a lingering discontent and unwanted bad publicity.
  • 1930: 4-H Club holds special meeting Monday to elect officers and adopt a constitution.
  • October 13-October 18, 1930: Clemson sends a dairy cattle judging team to the National Dairy Show in St. Louis, Missouri, placing 16th out of 25 college teams.
  • 1933: Clemson plays its first night game, against the George Washington University in the Nation's Capital, the first time the squads meet. The Tigers battle the Colonials to a scoreless tie.
  • 1945: Clemson defeats team from Naval Air Station Pensacola, 7-6, in last match-up with a wartime training program squad, in a game played in Memorial Stadium.
  • 2007: Clemson Downs Volunteers Fashion Show is held to benefit the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Tri County Tech, at 2:45 pm in the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church on College Avenue in Clemson. Tickets are $10.00, available at the First Citizen's Bank, Clemson, and the Clemson Downs Office. For more information call 864-654-9390 or 864-653-8742.
  • 2008: Tommy Bowden resigns as the 24th head football coach after achieving only a 3-3 record in his tenth season at Clemson. His final record at the Tiger's helm was 72-45 for a .615 record, and 90-49 overall as a head coach. Offensive line coordinator Dabo Swinney named as interim coach.


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