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1999 in Clemson History

Events in 1999

  • The Clemson Corps endowment is established under the auspices of the Clemson Alumni Association.
  • Overtime opens on Earle Street.
  • January 11: The Men's Basketball team is ranked 25th in the Associated Press and the USA Today/CNN Coaches polls.
  • Spring: The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on the Old Greenville Highway is condemned as unsafe for habitation. The fraternity moves out, and the structure is remodelled into the Mellow Mushroom restaurant, with the unstable second floor removed.
  • September 4: Clemson has long scheduled a patsy for the first home game. This time around the Athletic Director got fooled. Marshall beats Clemson in a night game, 10-13, on their merry way to a 13-0 season and a number ten national ranking.
  • September 11: Number nineteen Virginia visits Tigertown, loses, 33-14.
  • September 23: Clemson road trips to Blacksburg to play eighth-ranked Hokies in a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium broadcast on ESPN. Virginia Tech wins, 11-31, Hokies defensive end Corey Moore having a particularly good game. Clemson trails just 11-17 late in the game, but Virginia Tech scores two touchdowns in the last four minutes. Clemson holds Michael Vick to 7-16 passing for 88 yards and intercepts three of his passes, the most effective pass defense against Vick during this season. This Virginia Tech team will go on to play Florida State for the National Championship.
  • September 28: Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott performs at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Theatre as part of Clemson's Utsey Chamber Music Series. First day of month-long Hispanic heritage celebration on the Clemson campus.
  • September 30: Sponsored by the English Department, faculty, students, and special guests engage in a "Read-In" in Vickery Hall in recognition of National Banned Book Week, and read aloud excerpts from banned books from libraries and school districts across the country, including such radical volumes as Shel Silverstein's popular children's book "Light in the Attic" which was banned because "it encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to wash them," the "Little House on the Prairie", which was called "racist," and "The Diary of Anne Frank" which was described as "a real downer."
  • October 1: Tigerama held in Death Valley with the sketch theme of "Paws For The Millenium".
  • October 2: Homecoming game versus North Carolina, designated as Parents Weekend. The Tigers beat the Tarheels, 31-20. Clemson's Forestry Alumni Association holds a rededication ceremony of the South Carolina Botanical Garden's arboretum, founded in 1958 and named in 1987 after former forestry professor and manager of the arboretum Roland E. Schoenike.
  • October 9: The Tigers lose to the Wolfpack in a Raleigh night game, 31-35.
  • Mid-October: Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) makes a campaign appearance in front of an overflow crowd at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • October 16: Clemson defeats Maryland, 42-30, in College Park.
  • October 23: Bowden Bowl I - first-ever meeting of father and son head coaches in college football history as Clemson takes on top-ranked Florida State in Death Valley, losing 14-17 to the eventual national champion Seminoles. Death Valley sets attendence record of 86,092.
  • October 30: The Tigers win at Wake Forest, 12-3.
  • November: Bud Kelly's BP service station on the southeast corner of the Old Greenville Highway and US 76 in Clemson closes in preparation for the widening of the SC 93. It opened for business in September 1962.
  • November 6: Clemson beats Duke, 58-7, in Death Valley.
  • November 13: Tigers lose heartbreaker to number thirteen Georgia Tech, 42-45, in Atlanta.
  • November 18: Texas A & M suffers tragedy when annual bonfire log pile collapses while being erected, killing 12 and injuring 27.
  • November 20: The Tigers ice the Gamecock's winless 0-11 season with a 31-21 victory for the purple and orange in Williams-Brice Stadium.
  • December 4: Jimmy Howard marries Amanda Johnson, formerly of Horry County.
  • December 30: Clemson takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, a game in which all the scoring takes place in the second half. Mississippi State prevails, 7-17. The Tigers finish with a 6-6 record overall, 5-3 in the ACC for second place in conference.
  • Tommy Bowden becomes first Clemson coach since Danny Ford in 1981 to be named ACC Coach of the Year.

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