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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.
  • October 12, 1915-October 14, 1915: The Centennial Celebration of the Pendleton Farmers' Society is held, with events the first two days in Pendleton and on the third at Clemson College. (The Tiger, "Pendleton Farmers' Society", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2.)
  • 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.
  • 1990: Ranked fifteenth, the Tigers travel to the big city and play eighteenth-ranked Georgia Tech, with bad result, 19-21. The Jackets will go 11-0-1, and are 1st and 2nd in the final polls. DeChane Cameron makes Clemson assistant band director, Mark Greer, an instant celebrity with a pass well out of bounds. "CNN's Play of the Day and ESPN's catch of the week showed Greer, dressed in a suit and a tie, snare the pass on the track next to the stands. 'I had to dodge my companion, fade back and jump for it,' Greer said. 'It was a good throw.' Greer held the ball aloft as he high-stepped a quick circle. He then flipped the ball to an official before exchanging a high-five with someone nearby. Greer said he opted for the high-five because of his last catch, which came in the end zone when he has at Arizona State in 1985. 'I spiked the ball and got reprimanded by the referee,' he said. Cameron saw the catch and celebration on replay. 'I cussed him out,' he said with a laugh. It was Greer's second reception in 10 years but his first at Clemson." (McCallum, Mark R., "Tigers not cashing in on opportunities", The State, Columbia, S.C., Friday 19 October 1990, page 6-C.)
  • 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 the debacle at Wake Forest, 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. Rob Spence also let go. Press conference held at 5:15 p.m. Offensive line coordinator Dabo Swinney named as interim coach.


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