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2000 in Clemson History

Events in 2000

  • Architecture Professor Joseph L. Young moves out of room 705 at the Clemson House, where he had resided for fifty years, the first to move in and the last permanent resident to leave.
  • Jim Navratil, professor in the environmental and engineering department, joins the Clemson faculty.
  • February 9: Presidential candidate John McCain appears on campus in touring version of MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, broadcast live from Tillman Hall Auditorium. After the show, Matthews and his party retire to Nick's to get a bite to eat.
  • February 18: Death of former Clemson President Bill Atchley.
  • March 31: The Clemson University Police Department has arrested a suspect who offered a ride to a Clemson student and then did not take her where she asked. Jason Allen Rollins of Liberty has been charged with "assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature" for a March 29 incident in which he offered to drive an 18-year-old female student from the R-1 lot to her residence hall. According to the warrant, Rollins touched the victim several times while driving around campus. Bond was set at $25,000 and Rollins was released on personal recognizance. While awaiting an appearance in Circuit Court May 1, he is barred from returning to the Clemson campus. Rollins drives a 1994 red/maroon Pontiac Firebird with S.C. license tag 695JKF. Anyone who sees him on campus should notify the Clemson University Police at 656-2222.
  • April: The Hendrix Center is completed.
  • April 3: It is announced this date that President Jim Barker, Head Football Coach Tommy Bowden and Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Shyatt will join other state leaders in a "Charleston-to-Columbia" march organized by Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley to encourage removal of the confederate flag from atop the State House. The march began Sunday, April 2, and will conclude on Thursday, April 6. The Clemson contingent will join the march Tuesday morning, April 4, in Columbia. Barker said he decided to participate because virtually every university constituent group, including the Faculty Senate, the Student Senate and the Board of Trustees, has spoken out in favor of removing the flag. The Alumni National Council and the Clemson University Foundation Board of Directors also have endorsed the Board's resolution. "We have a clear consensus from these constituents, and we are participating as their representatives," he said.
  • April 3: President's Honors Colloquium: "The Evolving Maya" by Juan Manuel Vazquez Casanove, 7 p.m., Self Auditorium, Strom Thurmond Institute. This culturist gives an overview of the Mayans' rise to glory, their struggles during the Caste War and the integration of ancient customs and myths into modern life. Free admission.
  • April 5: Architecture, Arts & Humanities: Harvey Gantt is the featured speaker for Honors and Awards Day, Brooks Center, 3:30 p.m.
  • April 7: Calling the presidency of his alma mater "a sacred trust," James F. Barker, Class of 1970, is officially inaugurated as Clemson University president before a crowd of more than 2,000 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. "It is the single honor of my life to accept this responsibility as Clemson's 14th president," Barker said in his inaugural address, which was preceded by the presentation of items symbolizing the distinctive roles that he plays at Clemson. Barker receives an academic gown bearing the University seal, which represents his academic authority; a copy of the will of founder Thomas Green Clemson and the act of acceptance of that will by the state of South Carolina, signifying his legislative authority; and a chain that represents his magisterial authority as "city manager" of a university that is also a separate municipality.
  • April 23: Two horses are stolen from the Clemson University equine research center on West Queen Street in Pendleton. The horses, both 16-year-old Quarter Horse mares, were taken during the night, April 23. The theft is discovered and reported to authorities on Monday afternoon, April 24. "If anyone has information about this theft, please call the equine center immediately," said Pat Evans, manager of the center. The horses are both sorrel (reddish brown) in color. One has a white star on the face and the other has a white blaze. Both have a "CU" brand on the left shoulder and a number brand on the left hip (4/47 and 4/18). They are valued at $1,500 each, making this a case of grand larceny. The Anderson County sheriff's office is investigating the theft. The incident report states that truck tire marks were found at the site where the fence was cut. A third horse had a rope around her neck but was left in the pasture, Evans said.
  • May 4: The Athletic Department announces this date that Clemson Head Women's Basketball Coach Jim Davis has signed a new five-year contract to coach the Lady Tigers through the 2005 season. Details of the contract include an annual yearly base salary of $130,000 and a guaranteed annuity of $35,000 per year. He also is guaranteed $35,000 per year for a shoe/apparel endorsement. Other compensation incentives for Davis include graduation rates for players and success in post season play. Davis has a school record of 278-128 in 13 years at Clemson. He has a NCAA Division I record of 297-136 in 14 seasons, as he spent one year at Middle Tennessee State in 1986-87. Davis arrived at Clemson in April 1987. In his 13 years at the school, he has led Clemson to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including four NCAA Final 16 appearances (1989, 1990, 1991, and 1999) and advanced to the NCAA East Regional Finals in 1991. Davis led Clemson to its first Atlantic Coast Conference Title in basketball in 1996 and again won the league title in 1999. He led Clemson to a school record 26 wins in 1999, and has coached the Lady Tigers to 10 top 25 seasons. He has led Clemson to 44 wins over Top 25 teams and 18 wins over Top 10 teams during his tenure at Clemson. He has averaged 21 wins per season in his Clemson career. Davis has coached 17 All-ACC players and has had at least one Lady Tiger to receive this honor every year. Every four-year player under Head Coach Jim Davis has graduated. This past season, he took a team that had just one returning starter to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. The young Lady Tigers collected 19 wins, including nine against ACC Teams. Davis has had at least a break-even record in ACC play in 13 consecutive seasons. "Jim Davis has produced a program that has been a consistent winner in all phases since he first came to Clemson in 1987," said Clemson Athletic Director, Bobby Robinson. "This new contract is a result of that long-term, consistent level of success. We hope he finishes his career at Clemson." "I am honored to be the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Clemson University," said Davis. "I am grateful to our administration for making it possible. Clemson is our home and is the greatest place in America to live. I look forward to many years of being a part of the Clemson family. I am also anxious to be part of the continuous growth of Lady Tiger basketball." Contract Term: Commences on April 1, 2000. Expires on March 31, 2005. Annual Base Salary: $130,000. Guaranteed Annuity: $35,000 per year. Guaranteed Shoe/Apparel Endorsement: $35,000 per year. Automobiles: Two (2) cars.
  • May 6: The Foothills Chorale presents "Melodies of the Millennium" in the Brooks Theatre, 8 p.m.. This celebration of South Carolina's musical past, present and future will feature a variety of styles and a wide range of South Carolina composers - those influenced by the Palmetto State by birth, education, environment or imagery - including selections from George Gershwin's classic opera Porgy and Bess, set in the port city of Charleston. The Chorale will also perform several new pieces - one dedicated to the choir for this concert and the world premiere of another, commissioned especially for the group's first concert of 2000. Reserved seating is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (55+) and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Brooks Center box office or by calling 656-7787 Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and one and one-half hours before any event.
  • August 8: The Confederate submersible H.L. Hunley is raised from the bottom of Charleston harbor where it was lost on February 16, 1864 after a successful attack on the U.S.S. Housatonic. Clemson College industrial education students fabricated a replica of the Hunley in 1961 which is now on display in the State Museum in Columbia.
  • August 17: Clemson named Public College of the Year by Time magazine. This award, with the benefit of hindsight, now appears to have been nothing more than a promotional sham, and it has been suggested that it was "bought". There are no records available that show that Time has regularly given such an award before or since.
  • August 24: Episode one, season one, of television "reality show" "Survivor".
  • August 31: A student who reported that she was sexually assaulted at Clemson University Monday evening, August 28, admitted to university police yesterday that she fabricated the story. The investigation by university police and State Law Enforcement Division personnel included numerous interviews, medical examination and tests on clothing. "After all of our work turned up no physical evidence that a rape occurred, she admitted that it did not happen. Apparently she was homesick and did not want to remain in school," said university police Chief Lonnie Saxon. The student has withdrawn from the University. "We're relieved to know that the crime did not occur, because student safety and welfare is our number one concern," said Almeda Jacks, vice president for student affairs. "However, providing false information to police is a serious matter. Significant resources and personnel time were devoted to this case, when they could have been used elsewhere. Obviously this student was reaching out for help, but there are other ways to do that. Counseling services are available at the University around the clock if students need someone to talk to."
  • September 2: Seventeenth-ranked Clemson opens against the Citadel in Death Valley night game, winning, 38-0.
  • September 9: Still ranked seventeenth in the A.P. poll, the Tigers defeat Missouri, 62-9, at home.
  • September 16: The Tigers, ranked sixteenth, crush Wake Forest in Memorial Stadium, 55-7.
  • September 19: Todaro’s Pizza opens in the former location of Julie’s Hallmark shop in downtown.
  • September 23: Ranked eleven, the Tigers travel to Virginia, winning, 31-10.
  • September 30: With a seventh-place ranking in the A.P. poll, the Tigers road trip to Duke, defeating the Blue Devils, 52-22.
  • October: Former football Coach Charlie Pell is diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • October 7: The fifth-ranked Tigers host N.C. State, win, 34-27.
  • October 14: Homecoming. WSBF hosts alumni and friends in the new studio in the Hendrix Center prior to the game. Fifth-ranked Clemson defeats Maryland, 35-14.
  • October 21: Still ranked fifth, Clemson defeats North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 38-24.
  • October 22: Clemson's last top ranking in the ACC until October 15, 2006.
  • October 28: Ranked fifth for the fourth week by the Associated Press poll, the Tigers lose to Georgia Tech in Memorial Stadium, 28-31.
  • November 4: Bowden Bowl II - second meeting in the only father-son head coaching face-off in college football history. The tenth-ranked Tigers are crushed in Tallahassee, 7-54, by the fifth-ranked Seminoles.
  • November 18:Sixteenth-ranked Clemson beats the twenty-fifth-ranked Gamecocks, 16-14, in Death Valley. Attendence is 85,187, third largest in Memorial Stadium history. "When Thomas Hill fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with less than a minute to go, the Gamecocks went ahead of Clemson, 14-13, on Nov. 18, 2000. It looked like the end of a three-game losing streak to the Tigers until, with only 10 seconds left, Woody Dantzler completed a 50-yard pass to Rod Gardner, whom Gamecock fans swear to this day pushed a South Carolina defender out of his way. Gardner wasn't called for a penalty, and Clemson won on a 25-yard field goal." (Norman, Geoffrey, "South Carolina", "ESPN College Football Encyclopedia", ESPN Books, New York, New York, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1, page 775.) To Clemson fans, the play is known as "The Catch II". To Carolina fans this game is known as "The Push-Off Game."
  • December 15: The former Harper's Five and Dime Store on Ram Cat Alley reopens, remodelled into The Spot on the Alley sports bar and restaurant.

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