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October 7 in Clemson History

  • 1899: Clemson opens season with road game against Georgia, the third meeting with the school, but the Tigers are defeated, 0-11. Georgia leads the series 3-0.
  • 1921: Clemson blanks Presbyterian, 34-0, on Riggs Field.
  • 1922: Clemson crushes the Newberry College Indians, 57-0, in second home game of the season.
  • 1930: Dr. D. W. Daniel, head of the English department, is one of two featured speakers at the King's Mountain "sesquitenial" celebration, honoring the Revolutionary War battle of October 7, 1780, at King's Mountain, North Carolina. The other speaker is President Herbert Hoover. Said Ben Robertson in his 1942 volume, "Red Hills and Cotton", "one of my aunts went to the battlefield at Kings Mountain when President Hoover was there to dedicate a memorial to our people who had been killed in 1780 in that battle. My aunt came back home astonished at the number of secret-service men and guards that had been thrown around the President. 'Who did they think they were protecting him from?' asked my aunt. 'There was nobody there except us - just the Governor and the president of the university and a lot of home-folks from the cotton mills and the farms.' It was shocking to my aunt to see a President of the United States surrounded by a guard in South Carolina. She and all the rest of us have always regarded ourselves as the protectors of the President - as protectors even of President Herbert Hoover." (page 93). Regular meeting of the Calhoun Literary Society held Tuesday night in Society Hall. Phi Psi fraternity holds regular meeting Tuesday night.
  • 1933: The Tigers defeat N.C. State, 9-0, on Riggs Field.
  • 1939: In a match played in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson defeats N.C. State, 25-6.
  • 1944: In a game played in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson defeats N.C. State, 13-7.
  • 1967: Georgia Tech shuts out Clemson, 0-10, in Atlanta.
  • 1975: Clemson basketball coach Bill Foster says this date that the three year probation handed down by the NCAA against the Tigers could bring his squad together and result in a good team. "I think it could pull us together as a group. I think the kids will bounce back." Clemson President Robert C. Edwards says at a morning news conference that the school has decided not to appeal the NCAA ruling. University officials decline to discuss personalities involved in the investigation. "Clemson University accepts the sanctions and will comply," Edwards states. The school is is banned from post season competition for three years and from appearances on any NCAA controlled television programming during that period. New basketball scholarships are cut to two during the 1976-1977 school year, and three in following year. Admiral Joseph McDivitt, the university's legal counsel, said that the ban on NCAA controlled television will not affect ACC telecasts. He states that the Tigers will be broadcast three times this year. In addition, the university recives a public reprimand for a football violation and the school agrees to sever all ties with officials who had been involved in the violations. "This case involves serious violations spanning several years and includes significant benefits and inducements to prospective and enrolled student-athletes," said Arthur J. Reynolds, chairman of the NCAA committee on infractions. "Many of the violations in this case indicate a disregard for NCAA regulations on the part of certain former athletic department staff members and athletic representatives," he added. "It is likely that more severe penalties would have been imposed without assurances from the institution that the university intends to comply fully with the governing regulations in the future." The ban on post season play does not include the ACC tournament. (Reference: United Press International, "Fosters [sic] Says Probation Will Better Tiger Team", Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Wednesday 8 October 1975, Volume 30, Number 209, page 2B.)
  • 1977: Tigerama held in Death Valley. Fireworks display kicks off with WSBF playing Emerson, Lake & Palmer's version of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". A heckuva show, agreed Tiger Band members.
  • 1978: Homecoming game versus Virginia Tech. Clemson blanks Tech, 38-0. Bob Hope appears at Littlejohn Coliseum in his last visit to Clemson.
  • 1979: When EMTs are summoned to the Kappa Alpha house on the frat quad to deal with an inebriation case, KA brothers harass them, resulting in the frat being fined $200 and placed on social suspension for two weeks on October 11.
  • 1994: A male student is arrested, accused of indecent exposure by a female janitor in a dormitory bathroom when he accidentally drops his towel, but is released the following day. The university employee attempts to extort $1,000 from the student "to pay her medical bills" in exchange for dropping charges. The student reports this to the police department after haggling her down to $600. The authorities provide the student with the money in marked bills and equip him with a wire recorder. He then hands off the cash and she is arrested for taking money to compound and conceal an offense and with obstruction of justice.
  • 2006: Clemson road trips to Winston-Salem for game with the undefeated (5-0) Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Clemson is favored by 16. Game on ESPN with a noon kick-off. Tigers explode in the fourth quarter after trailing for most of the game to win, 27-17. The Kent State Golden Flashes win their first road trip since 1987 in Philadelphia, 28-10, against the Temple Owls, extending the hapless team from the City of Brotherly Love's losing streak to eighteen, the longest in Division I-A football. This is Clemson's next opponent, folks. Chalk up a win! The Clemson Players present August Strindberg's masterpiece "Miss Julie" in the Bellamy Theatre of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m., October 3-7, and at 3 p.m. on October 7-8. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
  • 2007: The Clemson Players present "Jane Eyre" in the Bellamy Theatre of the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. Tix are $10 for adults, $5 for students, general seating. Also - and probably more fun than Charlotte Bronte, John Waters' fabulous movie-turned-musical, Hairspray, comes to the Brooks Center at 3 p.m., all seats $35. If the adventures of plus-size Tracy Turnblad and her mother Edna don't cheer you up, then you have my sympathies. Based on actual Baltimore t.v. dance show history!
  • 2008: Clemson University Symphony Orchestra concert in the Brooks Center as part of the Family Series, 7 p.m., $5 for adults, students free.
  • 2016: Clemson, with a number 3 ranking, plays at unranked Boston College in a Friday night game, carried by ESPN, in front of 44,500, winning, 56-10.


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