1992 in Clemson History
Events in 1992
- Tiger Band member Dan Codespoti produces the 1992 edition of The Unhymnal, the unofficial songbook of the Clemson University bands.
- The City of Clemson begins a downtown revitalization plan which includes decorative brick crosswalks and sidewalks.
- Backstreets opens on Earle Street.
- January 1: Clemson's five bowl winning streak ends as the Tigers fall to the eighth-ranked California Golden Bears in the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, 13-37. Clemson season record is 9-2-1, 6-0-1 in conference for the ACC championship. Final polls place the Tigers eighteenth (Associated Press) and seventeenth (USA Today).
- April: The Clemson Spectator is founded, which later becomes The Tiger Town Observer
- May 22: Johnny Carson airs his final "Tonight Show" The show ends with Carson, flanked by sidekick Ed McMahon, and band-leader Doc Severinsen, addressing the audience directly. "You people watching, I can only tell you it has been an honor and a priviledge to come into your homes all these years and entertain you. And I hope when I find something I want to do and think you will like, that you'll be as gracious in inviting me into your home as you have been. I bid you a very heartfelt good night." Now that's a class act, worthy of a "Clemson Man".
- June 8: Grad student Norsaadah Husain is abducted from the Suds and Duds coin-operated laundry in Central; her remains are later found near the Oconee nuclear power plant. An autopsy determined that she had died "within minutes" from stab wounds to the throat and possibly her abdomen. Inquest results released in October 1992. This case is still open. The Tiger reports on page one, October 23, Volume 86, Issue 9, that the 30-year old Malaysian student's remains were found by a hunter in a wooded area of Oconee County. Determining the cause of death took over a month.
- September 2: Tiger Town Tavern celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. De Collard Peoples are the featured band.
- September 5: A once-and-only opponent, Ball State, kicks off Tiger football on Frank Howard Field, obligingly losing to the thirteenth-ranked Tigers, 24-10. All time record is 1-0.
- September 12: Fifteenth-ranked Tigers host fifth-ranked Seminoles in a night game, falling to the eventual national number two team (11-1), 20-24.
- September 26: Sixteenth-ranked Tigers road trip to Georgia Tech, lose night game, 16-20.
- October 3: Was this a weird season schedule, or what? First Ball State, and now Tennessee-Chattanooga, whom the twenty fifth-ranked Tigers whup, 54-3.
- During football season, the Tiger Band flag line begins to yell "Woo Hoo" during Tiger Rag just before the Clemson spell-out, and the seeds of controversy are sown that will keep the TigerNet in business forever.
- October 10: Still ranked twenty fifth in the Associated Press poll after unimpressive slaughter of UT-Chattanooga, the Tigers edge the tenth-ranked Cavaliers, 29-28, at Thomas Jefferson's university.
- October 17: Nineteenth-ranked Clemson defeats Duke, 21-6, in Memorial Stadium. Prior to the game, an imposter, dressed in a Clemson helmet and uniform, tries to run down the hill with the team, but Ron Howell, an alert assistant equipment supervisor, spots the hoax and chases the man down the hill and onto the field, when he notices the slightly different color jersey and black sneakers. After being ejected from the stadium, fans take pictures with the ersatz "No. 31". (Trubiano, Ernie, "31 is an unlisted number", "Game Notes", The State, Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday 18 October 1992, page 6C.)
- October 20: President George H. W. Bush's campaign train passes through Clemson without stopping, en route from Atlanta to Charlotte, under heavy air protection.
- October 24: Twenty third-ranked N.C. State takes down the eighteenth-ranked Tigers in Raleigh, 6-20.
- October 29: David Horowitz, editor of Comint, a newsletter focused on public broadcasting, and spokesman on national public policy, speaks on "Political Correctness and the University" in Brackett Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. The lecture, sponsored by South Carolina Association of Scholars, is free to the public.
- October 31: Tigers are points-deficient on road trip to Wake Forest, 15-18.
- November 7: Clemson hosts number eighteen North Carolina, sends the Tarheels packing, 40-7. We may be unranked, but now, neither are you!
- November 14: The Tigers travel to College Park where devotees of Testudo administer 23-53 of spank. And the damn turtles ONLY win three games this season, to add insult to injury.
- November 21: Clemson and South Carolina have identical 5-6 seasons when the Cocks dump on the Tigers in so-called Death Valley, 13-24. Clemson is 3-5 in conference, for seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This will be USC Coach Sparky Woods final game at the helm of the Gamecocks, finishing with a record of 24-28-3 after five seasons. A joke from this era: "What do Billy Graham and Sparky Woods have in common? They are the only two people who can get 72,000 people at Williams-Brice Stadium to stand up and shout 'Oh! Jesus!'"