1991

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1991 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1991:

  • January 1: Clemson shuts out the twenty fifth-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Florida, 30-0, for a season record of 10-2, 5-2 in conference for second in the ACC. Season ending polls rank the Tigers ninth in the Associated Press, the United Press International, and the USA Today.
  • The Department of Health Sciences established within the College of Nursing. The nursing discipline is now the Department of Nursing Sciences.
  • Vickery Hall completed.
  • The management of Tiger Town Tavern is finally able to negotiate the purchase of the College Avenue business structures they occupy from absentee owner Ernest Willis who lives in a Potomac River-facing condo in Arlington, Virginia. The T3 management then undertakes a major refurbishment of the property.
  • Wachovia absorbs The South Carolina National Bank.
  • February 13: William Wright Bryan, Sr. dies of pneumonia in Clemson after a long career as a journalist and Clemson administrator.
  • April 5: Ground is broken for the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Rain forces the ceremony indoors to the Strom Thurmond Institute auditorium.
  • July 1: The ACC expands to nine teams as Florida State is admitted.
  • August: Target date for occupancy of Lightsey Bridge Apartments I.
  • August: The Spitoono music festival moves to the National Guard Armory field.
  • September 7: Eighth-ranked Clemson University team opens and closes with Appalachian State, 34-0, in Death Valley.
  • September 21: Still ranked eighth after polls were unimpressed with opening beat-down of a II-A team, the Tigers defeat the Temple Owls, 37-7, in the Valley.
  • September 28: Clemson, seventh in the A.P. poll, edges number nineteenth-ranked Georgia Tech, 9-7, in Memorial Stadium.
  • October 5: Georgia upsets Clemson's number six ranking with a 12-27 loss in an Athens night game in front of 85,434 fans and a national television audience. The 27 points given up by the Tigers are the most since Georgia Tech scored 30 points in 1989. The Tigers have given up 30 points only twice since 1987. (Sayre, Bob, staff writer, "Georgia dominates, humiliates Tigers, 27-12", The Tiger, Friday 11 October 1991, page 17.)
  • October 9: A university freshman, Consuela Vansetters, is struck by a Ford Tempo when she steps into traffic on SC 93 in front of TD's at 10:12 p.m without checking for traffic. Thrown about twelve feet by the impact, she is not seriously injured. EMTs from the University Fire Department treat her for a preventative back injury and minor cuts and bruises before transporting her to Oconee Memorial Hospital. She returns to classes on Thursday, October 10. The driver of the Ford, Martina Drawdy, was not charged with any infractions. (Staff reports, "Pedestrian struck by car", The Tiger, Friday 11 October 1991, page 1.)
  • October 11: The 35th annual Tigerama, presented by Blue Key and WSBF, is presented in Death Valley with the theme "Cowboy Clemson...The Wild, Wild West." Emcees are Jane Robelot, Tim Bourret and Jim Phillips. Tickets are $1.50 in advance, $2 at the gate.
  • October 12: Eighteenth-ranked Tigers tie Virginia, 20-20, in Memorial Stadium.
  • October 26: Clemson, ranked nineteenth, defeats number twelve N.C. State, 29-19, in Death Valley.
  • November 2: Wake Forest falls to the sixteenth-ranked Tigers, 28-10, in Memorial Stadium.
  • November 9: Fifteenth-ranked Clemson defeats North Carolina, 21-6, in a Chapel Hill night game.
  • November 16: Fifteenth in the A.P. poll for the second week, the Tigers drop Maryland, 40-7, in Death Valley.
  • November 24: Clemson beats the University of South Carolina, 41-24, in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The Cocks will have a 3-6-2 season. Freddie Mercury, flamboyant lead singer for Queen, dies at his Kensington, Great Britain, home of brochial complications from AIDS. He was 45.
  • December 1: Clemson defeats the Duke Blue Devils in the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan, 33-21, 9-1-1 regular season, 6-0-1 in conference, to clinch the ACC title. Tiger Band wears specially provided gold-fabric uniforms during their performance. Biiru o mo ippon kudasai ! The Mirage Bowl will be discontinued after 1993.



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