2006

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Events in 2006

January[edit]

  • The Clemson University Marketing Association is founded.
  • January 1: With change in state liquor laws, mini-bottles are no longer mandated by the Alcohol and Beverage Control rules, and local lounges switch to free-pouring drinks.
  • January 5: The Tigers are ranked twenty-first in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches final season rankings following bowl win over the Colorado Buffaloes on December 27.
  • January 11: The Union replaces the arcade room with an Xbox arena.
  • January 13: Alan McCrary Johnstone, the last surviving charter member of IPTAY, dies in Orangeburg, South Carolina, age 96. A member of the Class of 1932, he received a degree in electrical engineering, and as a student, helped start the golf team.
  • January 24: Lamont Flowers, professor of educational leadership and director of the Charles H. Houston Center on campus, delivers keynote address at the university's fourth annual conference on Best Practices in Black Student Achievement, held in the Madren Conference Center.
  • January 24: Raymond Greenberg, eighth president of the Medical University of South Carolina, presents lecture "Take Two Aspirins and Call South Carolina in the Morning" in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Calhoun Lecture Series.
  • January 24: The Clemson University Police release a statement that they have arrested Terry Lynn Baumgardner, a 49-year old West Union man, on two criminal sexual conduct charges, dating to October 16, 2004 in Memorial Stadium, and to November 5, 2005 when he allegedly arranged to meet a fifteen-year old on campus for sex. Both charges carry a ten-year maximum sentence, and Baumgardner was held on $70,000 bail. CUPD interim police chief David Parry limited comments to saying that the investigation as "on-going" and that attention was being given to making sure there were no legal loopholes left open.
  • January 29: Fire occurs at The Summit, destroying four housing units with ten other units destroyed by water damage.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • May: Dr. Jerome V. Reel, Jr., University Historian, publishes "Women and Clemson University", edited by Dr. Alma Bennett, Clemson University Digital Press, 2006, ISBN 0-9771263-6-6. Online version posted on website http://www.clemson.edu/caah/cedp/cudp%20home.htm./.
  • May 24: Clemson beats Wake Forest 13-1 in the first round of the ACC Tournament at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
  • May 24: Former Clemson baseball coach Lt. Col. Claude Randolph Hinson passes away in Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. He coached for four seasons, 1939-1940 and 1946-1947, and his record of 56-19-2 and .720 winning percentage is still Clemson's best.
  • May 26: Clemson University student Tiffany Marie Souers, 20, of Ladue, Missouri, is found dead in her apartment at The Reserve, 118 Sumter Lane in Central. Pickens County Coroner James Mahanes reports that an autopsy performed the following day disclosed the cause of death was by strangulation. Central police are investigating the case as a possible homicide and with assistance from State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officers.

June[edit]

  • June: Work begins on the WSBF's new transmission tower.
  • June 5: Solicitor Bob Ariail said today that as of noon there have been in excess of 200 calls to the hotline set up to take calls from the public concerning the death of Tiffany Souers. The Anderson County Sheriff’s office has agreed to help by following up on leads from Anderson County. Also, the Greenville County Sheriff’s office has added two investigators who will take a new look at all the information gathered so far.
  • June 6: DNA evidence confirms the identity of the suspect in the Tiffany Marie Souers murder case, and a warrant for his arrest is issued.
  • June 7: Jerry Buck Inman, 35, is arrested in the morning in Tennessee in the strangling death of Clemson student Tiffany Marie Souers. He is returned to Pickens County where he is held without bond in solitary confinement.
  • June 9: Clemson left fielder Tyler Colvin hits a walk off Grand Slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Tigers over Oral Roberts 11-8 in the Super Regionals in Clemson, South Carolina.
  • June 14: Dean Walter Thompson Cox falls while taking down Old Glory at his home on Folger Street at the end of Flag Day. Hospitalized, he fails to bounce back, and his final decline begins.
  • June 24: CUTBA holds its annual meeting in Room 117, Brooks Center, at 1 p.m., featuring election of Board Members and election of 2006-2007 officers.
  • June 25: Wild Hog Invitational held.
  • June 28: Dean Walter Thompson Cox dies in hospital in Greenville, age 87, from complications of injuries suffered on Flag Day.
  • June 30: Target date for closing the Douthit Hills family housing complex. The hundred-unit complex was mostly erected in 1950 and the aging infrastructure no longer makes it cost-effective to maintain.

July[edit]

  • July: Site preparation for new Sonic Drive-In continues on now-empty lot where Death Valley Exxon stood.
  • July 2: College Avenue in downtown Clemson is repaved.
  • July 8: Clemson assistant men's track coach Jarrett Foster dies after suffering head injuries in a jet-skiing accident on Lake Keowee. Foster, 32, had just completed his seventh year as the field events assistant coach under Bob Pollock.

August[edit]

  • August 13: Fan Appreciation Day is held in Death Valley with the players and coaches of the 2006 Football team.
  • August 18: In the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings, announced this day, Clemson University reaches its highest position to date and is now a top 30 public institution. For 2007, Clemson ranks 30th among the nation's 162 public doctoral-granting universities, a move up from 34th last year. The latest report shows improvements in key educational areas, such as class size, quality of students and graduation rate. Also, the Associated Press releases its pre-season football rankings and lists Clemson at number 18.
  • August 19: Charleston News and Courier beat writer Larry Williams publishes a story about the hardship situation faced by Ramon Ray Ray McElrathbey, Clemson freshman football player, who has custody of his younger brother Fahmarr.
  • August 20: CAT bus routes on the Red Route and the Campus Connector expand to 24 hour service.
  • August 21-August 25: The United States Army Corps of Engineers conduct a site inspection of the former Lake Issaqueena Bombing Range to discern the presence or absence of World War II munitions or munitions components.
  • August 22: Prosecutors announce that they will seek the death penalty against Jerry Buck Inman in the murder case of Tiffany Marie Souers in May. In a statement released this morning, 13th Circuit Solicitor Bob Ariail said that authorities "have completed our review of the case and have spoken with both law enforcement and the Souers family...we are all in agreement that this is the proper course for us to take."
  • August 24: August 26: Spittoono XXVI music festival scheduled for the National Guard Armory ballfield.
  • August 25: The Clemson Men's Soccer team is ranked fifth in the preseason poll in Soccer America Magazine. The 2005 squad went 15-6-3.
  • August: Work is completed late in the month on the new WSBF antenna.

September[edit]

  • Fall: The Clemson Taco Bell location on Tiger Boulevard closes.
  • September: Main Street Deli & Coffeehouse opens in Central.
  • September 1: First Friday Parade and pep rally held. This year's parade theme is "From Fun in the Sun to Death in the Valley." New safety procedures have been instituted to prevent repeat of last year's accident when an elementary school girl was run-over by a float while retrieving bottled water from the trailer. No distribution from moving vehicles is permitted. WSBF begins broadcasting with its new tower. It had been carried only on internet stream since the lightning-damaged transmission line failed in January 2006.
  • September 2: The Clemson Tiger football team faces the Florida Atlantic Owls for the first time at the season opener in Death Valley. Heavily favored, the Tigers down the Owls, 54-6. But linebacker Anthony Waters is lost for the season when he tears his ACL during the game.
  • September 5: In new polls released by the Associated Press and the USA Today, the Tigers hold position at number 18 in both rankings.
  • September 6: The United States Army Corps of Engineers concludes its final day of a site inspection of the former World War II Lake Issaqueena Bombing Range to determine the presence or absence of munitions or their components.
  • September 9: Dreams of an undefeated season are banished early, when the Tigers lose to the Boston College Eagles, 33-34, in two overtimes, in a match played in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Clemson is plagued by blocked kicks due to slow execution by the special teams player. Coach Bowden vows to work on the timing in practice. BC ties the all-time series, 7-7-2.
  • September 10: After the defeat by previously unranked Boston College, the Tigers fall out of both major Top 25 polls. By votes, Clemson is twenty-seventh in the USA Today Coaches poll, and twenty-sixth in the Associated Press poll. Boston College rises to twenty-third in the AP poll, and twenty-fifth in the USA Today.
  • September 11: The NCAA finally relents to national pressure and okays an exception to financial assistance rules in the case of Clemson defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey who has custody of his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr, due to their mother’s continuing drug problems and their father’s gambling addiction. The 19-year old player lives in an off-campus apartment with his younger sibling, and will now be exempted from rules prohibiting advantages for a student athlete not available to all. A trust fund is to be established by the university to handle funds for the situation. The story was broken by Charleston News & Courier beat writer Larry Williams on August 19.
  • September 12: Introduce your family to the power and beauty of musical theater at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Designed to educate and entertain, Discover Theater! presents an adaptation of the timeless stories of "Disney's Cinderella KIDS" and "The Jungle Book KIDS." Discover valuable lessons about the importance of teamwork and ingenuity through the memorable stories and songs of these beloved Disney classics. One hour beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students with general admission seating.
  • September 13: Clemson offensive lineman Roman Fry pleads guilty to reckless operation of a watercraft and is fined $257.50 by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources after fatally striking Clemson assistant track coach Jarrett Foster on Lake Keowee on July 8, but won't face more serious charges, said Fry's attorney Beattie Ashmore, on this date. Also fined the same amount was offensive guard Nathan Bennett who was operating the WaveRunner that Foster was riding on when he fell off and was struck in the head by Fry's craft. This resolution was reached after a month of "extensive negotiations", said Ashmore. Foster's family has signed off on the decision, and the DNR considers the case closed. At the time of the accident, the Oconee County coroner's office ruled the death accidental. Also, this date, South Carolina starting quarterback Blake Mitchell, 21, is arrested after an early morning barfight near campus after punching bouncer Kylan Ertzberger in the left eye. South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier suspends Mitchell from the football team. Ertzberger told police that Mitchell approached him about 1:45 a.m. and "initiated a verbal confrontation." Ertzberger told Mitchell that "he did not like that the subject tried to enter [the bar] with underage girls."
  • September 15: Clemson freshman defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey is featured as the Person of the Week on ABC World News Tonight on Friday evening, September 15. The network program runs from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Eastern time. He is also be the subject of a feature on ESPN Gameday on Saturday morning some time between 10:00 AM and Noon. Also, this date, South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell pleads not guilty in bar fight incident, and Pavlov's bar bouncer Kylan Ertzberger, declines to pursue the case further and it is dropped. Nonetheless, Mitchell does not play in close game against Wofford on Saturday night.
  • September 16: Bowden Bowl VIII, played in Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida. Clemson defeats the ninth-ranked Seminoles, 27-20, with a Jeff Davis touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The record for the Bowden Bowls is now FSU 5, Clemson 3. This is the Tigers first win in Tallahassee since 1989, three years before FSU joined the ACC.
  • September 17: Music in the Air IV - University carillonneur Linda Dzuris rings in autumn with a concert on the 47-bell carillon housed in the tower of Tillman Hall at 5 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music. Recommended listening spots include Cox Union Plaza, Military Heritage Plaza, Bowman Field, and the Carillon Garden. The concert will take place rain or shine. Visitors are invited to tour the playing cabin following the performance.
  • September 17: Clemson climbs back into the CNN/Coaches poll at 23rd after win over Florida State in Tallahassee. FSU, previously ranked ninth, falls to 17th. The Associated Press poll ranks Clemson 19th, with Florida State falling to 18th.
  • September 18: Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters undergoes surgery for the torn ACL he suffered in the game against Florida Atlantic on September 2.
  • September 20: "Do You Want To Be A Rock Star?" Karaoke contest in Schilleter and Harcombe, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Prizes!
  • September 21: Information concerning public contributions to the Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust Fund was released Tuesday by the Clemson Athletic Department. The fund will be established through the First Citizens Bank of Clemson, SC. Fahmarr McElrathbey is the brother of Clemson football student-athlete Ray Ray McElrathbey, who has been granted custody of his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr. The story was originally told in an article by Charleston Post Courier sportswriter Larry Williams in August, and has featured in various national media outlets in the last few weeks. Ray Ray McElrathbey, a red-shirt freshman on the Clemson team, was named the Person of the Week by ABC World News tonight last Friday. Last week, the NCAA granted Clemson a waiver, allowing the establishment of a trust to benefit Fahmarr in terms of providing basic needs in terms of food, clothing and other areas. The waiver also allows family members of Clemson coaches and administrators to provide transportation for Fahmarr. The details of the trust agreement have not been finalized, but a special escrow account to be administered by Chris Olson of Olson Smith Jordan and Cox has been established. Once the trust agreement is complete, all funds in the account will be transferred to an account administered by the First Citizens Trust Department. All contributions are not tax deductible.
All checks should be made payable to First Citizen F/B/O Fahmarr McElrathbey and can be mailed to:
Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust
C/O First Citizens and Olson Smith Jordan and Cox Attorneys
PO Box 1627
Clemson, SC 29633
Anyone who wishes to make a contribution in person at the bank should come to First Citizens Bank at 1055 Tiger Boulevard in Clemson.
  • September 23: The Tigers down the Tarheels, 52-7, in the first meeting between the teams since 2003, in game played in Memorial Stadium. Honored on their 25th anniversary, the 1981 Championship team donates $1 million to the university at half time. In the third quarter the Raycom booth team hosted Coach Danny Ford and Mike Hogewood interviewed Perry Tuttle on the sidelines.
  • September 24: The Associated Press ranks Clemson 18th after their decisive whuppin' of North Carolina the previous day. Florida State drops to 19th, and Boston College drops out of the top 25 after being edged by unranked North Carolina State, 17-15, with 8.5 seconds left in the game. Virginia Tech is ranked 11th. In the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, the ACC stacks up with Virginia Tech tied with LSU at tenth, Florida State at 17th, Clemson 19th, and Boston College hanging on at 25th.
  • September 26: 11th Annual Congressional Reception - the Washington, D.C. area Clemson Club sponsors gathering in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill. Clemson President Barker, the South Carolina Congressional delegation and special guests meet and greet alumni and friends.
  • September 26: Four polls rank the Clemson Men's Soccer team second nationally. The Tigers have an 8-0-1 record, 2-0-1 in the ACC.
  • September 27: Clemson University landscape services will oversee this week the removal of six trees near the National Guard Armory off Highway 76. These water oaks -- on land owned by the University and leased to the S.C. National Guard -- are estimated to be nearly 80 years old. The University and the Guard are working together to remove the trees. Cutting down a University tree is not undertaken without a comprehensive assessment of a tree's health and prospects for future vitality. The six trees to be removed were evaluated by Don Ham, Professor Emeritus of Forestry and Natural Resources, and separately by Schneider Treecare Inc. and in consultation with with Paul Minerva, Clemson's certified arborist. Water oaks do not thrive when their roots are disturbed. Years of cars parking on the roots have compacted the soil. The stress along with the trees' ages has led to decay and disease. The condition of the trees left no options other than removal for the sake of public safety. Landscape Services realizes and honors the Clemson community's respect and affection for campus trees. While no young tree can replace the value and beauty of a mature one, the department continually plants new trees to ensure that our trees represent a lasting living legacy from one Clemson generation to the next.
  • September 28: First concert of the twentieth year of the Chamber Music Series, 8 p.m. at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Free admission. Twins sisters Emily and Julia Bruskin formed the Claremont Trio with Donna Kwong in 1999 at The Juilliard School, where they studied with Robert McDonald and Joseph Kalichstein. After winning the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the ensemble made an auspicious New York debut and embarked on an active international career. In 2003, the Claremont Trio became the first recipient of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. Featured frequently on both Japanese and American television and radio, the trio holds the coveted Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of Young Concert Artists.
  • September 30: The Clemson Tigers defeat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference, 51-0, in Memorial Stadium. This is the first Tiger shut-out in six years. The last time was a 38-0 snuffing of The Citadel on September 2, 2000.
  • September 30: The number two-ranked Clemson Men's Soccer team is defeated by the third-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 1-0, in Charlottesville. The Tigers now have an 8-1-1 record, 2-1-1 in the ACC.

October[edit]

  • October: After a seven-year campaign by President James Barker, a new chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is founded at Clemson. PBK is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Steel framework and bricking underway on new Sonic Drive-In on Tiger Boulevard where Death Valley Exxon previously stood.
  • October 1: Following the 51-0 shut-out of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on September 30, the Clemson Tigers rise to 15th in the Associated Press, USA Today/CNN Coaches and Harris Interactive polls. Former ACC leader Virginia Tech falls to 21st in the AP poll, 18th in the USA Today/CNN poll, and 19th in the Harris poll after a 38-27 upset by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets rise to 18th in the AP, and 20th in the CNN and Harris polls. Florida State is 17th in the AP and Harris polls, and 16th in the CNN poll. Boston College drops out of the top 25 in the CNN poll (they rank 26th), and hangs on at 25th in the AP and Harris polls.
  • October 2: The Clemson Men's Soccer team falls to fifth nationally in the Soccer America rankings in games played through September 30, following a 1-0 loss to the University of Virginia.
  • October 2: In the two weeks since the NCAA granted a waiver for redshirt freshman Ray Ray McElrathbey and his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr, nearly 400 checks have been received, totalling $48,619. Bill Harley, senior vice president of First Citizens Bank in Clemson, said the trust fund established to assist McElrathbey has drawn contributions from around the world. Chris Olson, an attorney in Clemson, has stored contributions in an escrow account until paperwork setting up the trust fund’s dispersal details are finalized, which could happen as early as this week.
  • October 2: As part of the Boni Belle Brooks Series, the Trinity Irish Dance Company performs in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Admission is $22 for adults, $15 for students.
  • October 3: Clemson All-ACC receiver Chansi Stuckey suffers broken foot during a non-contact drill in practice. The graduate from Warner Robbins, Georgia, will be lost for three to five weeks.
  • October 3-October 8 - 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.
  • October 4: Receiver Chansi Stuckey undergoes successful orthopedic surgery for broken foot, injured in practice on October 3.
  • October 7 - Clemson road trips to Winston-Salem for game with the undefeated (5-0) Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Clemson is favored by 16 1/2. Game on ESPN. Kick-off at noon. After sluggish three quarters with only a field goal and trailing Wake, 3-17, the Tigers come alive in the fourth quarter and win, 27-17. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, the Kent State Golden Flashes secure their first road win since a 1987 victory over Kansas, when they beat the Temple Owls, 28-10, extending Temple's losing streak to 18, the longest in NCAA Division I-A play. The Owls' next opponent - the twelfth-ranked Clemson Tigers!
  • October 8: Clemson rises to twelfth nationally in all three major polls after convincing fourth quarter play against Wake Forest for a 27-17 win on Saturday, October 7. The Tigers are the highest ranked ACC team, as Virginia Tech falls to 17th in the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, 18th in the Harris Interactive poll, and all the way to 22nd in the Associated Press poll after their loss to Georgia Tech, followed by an open date on October 7. Georgia Tech nips at Clemson's heels, ranked 13th in the AP, and 15th in the CNN and Harris polls. Boston College hangs on at 25th in the CNN and Harris polls, but Florida State falls to 26th in the CNN poll and 27th in the AP and Harris polls, after a 24-20 loss to N.C. State on October 5 in Raleigh night game carried on ESPN.
  • October 10 - The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra appears at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center, supporting two winners of their Concerto Competition. The concert features selections from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and the overture to Verdi's "La Forza del Destino". Admission is $5 for adults, students free, with general seating.
  • October 12 - Career fair sponsored by the College of Agriculture - Forestry and Life Sciences, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The oldest continuous Dixieland jazz band, The Dukes of Dixieland, (32 years and counting), appear in the Brooks Center with vocalist Luther Kent, at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students. Part of the Boni Belle Brooks Series.
  • October 12 - Clemson meets Temple in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Temple home game was moved to Charlotte by agreement between the two schools in the spring. Kick-off at 7:30 p.m., televised on ESPNU. Clemson wins, 63-9. The Owls donate their $1,500 in travel money to the McElrathbey fund.
  • October 14 - Dean Kenneth Notley Vickery dies at his home in Clemson, age 89. He retired from the university in 1982 as Dean of Admissions and Registration and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs.
  • October 15 - Following the 63-9 defeat of Temple October 12, the Tigers maintain their number 12 ranking in all three major polls, as well as being listed twelfth in the first Bowl Championship Series standings released for the season. Georgia Tech, the Tigers' next opponent, is ranked 13th in all three polls. Boston College is 21st in the USA Today/CNN Coaches and Harris Interactive polls, and 22nd in the Associated Press. Wake Forest is 25th in the AP, but all other ACC schools are out of the top 25. This is the third consecutive week Clemson has been the highest ranked ACC team in each poll. Prior to that you have to go back to the October 22, 2000 poll to find the last time Clemson was the top ranked team from the league. Clemson actually was the highest ranked team among ACC schools for three consecutive weeks in October 2000.
  • October 16 - In the Family Series, the Brooks Center offers San Jose Taiko. Founded in 1973, by young Asian-Americans searching for an outlet to convey their experiences as third-generation Japanese-Americans, they looked to Japan for inspiration and adopted traditional Taiko drumming, an instrument that embodies the spiritual essence and heartbeat of Japan and its people. They mix World rhythms and other cultures' musical influences into a contemporary tapestry. Performance at 7 p.m. with admission $10 for adults, $5 for students.
  • Also, October 16, it is announced that ESPN's College GameDay Built By The Home Depot will originate from Clemson on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Bowman Field on the Clemson University campus. The #12 ranked Tigers (6-1, 3-1 ACC) play host to #13 Georgia Tech (5-1, 3-0 ACC) on Saturday at 7:45 PM on ESPN. Fans are invited to Bowman Field, where Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and Desmond Howard host the two-hour show from a stage at the north end of the field (closest to Mell Hall). GameDay is in its 20th year of existence, its 13th year as a traveling program to campus sites, but this is the first time the program originates from Clemson.
  • October 17 - Free concert in the Utsey Chamber Series Endowment schedule, at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Founded in 1991 and led by Mischa Rachlevsky, it is one of Russia's leading ensembles, seventeen members strong.
  • October 20 - Ray Ray McElrathby is interviewed in a short segment on the afternoon broadcast of the Oprah Winfrey Show. The 50th Tigerama held in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m. The masters of ceremony are Jane Robelot and Brian O'Rourke. Dedicated to founder Joe Sherman, the theme is "There Is Something in These Hills". Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Hilarious "Rally Girls", sketch featuring men in drag, features excellently choreographed renditions of many pop music videos! Huzzah! Fireworks follow, shot from the low-lands near East Bank Beach.
  • October 21 - The twelfth-ranked Tigers host the thirteenth-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for Homecoming in Death Valley. Clemson wins, 31-7. Twenty-fourth annual Alumni Band performs at halftime. ESPN's GameDay show broadcasts from Clemson for the first time, from Bowman Field near Mell Hall. The size of the crowd, the decibel levels of the crowd, aided by the full attendence of Tiger Band, in concert formation, all set records for GameDay. The Clemson University chapter of Habitat for Humanity completes their 13th annual house on Bowman Field after eleven days of construction in which students contributed almost 1,500 hours of time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xx0Xk4fxUo&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oh1HklJIIo&feature=related
  • October 22: Clemson rises to tenth in the Associated Press poll, eleventh in the USA Today/CNN poll, and holds at twelfth in the Harris Interactive poll.
  • October 23: "Clemson - There's Something in These Hills" by Trent Allen and Alan Bray, is published by Fort Hill Press, LLC (www.forthillpress.com), ISBN 0-9788583-0-1 - first printing, September 2006 by Electric City Printing Company, Anderson, South Carolina.
  • October 24-October 31: The Anderson Sunshine House Help the Homeless Drive is held - collection locations at the Library Bridge, Hendrix Center, the Union, Tillman Place Apartments, and selected local stores. Hosted by Dr. Vander Mey's Sociology 311 Class, Department of Sociology, with Tigers Who Care, Gamma Phi Beta, and Bethel United Methodist Church (Pendleton).
  • October 24 - Another in the Boni Belle Brooks Series, The Parsons Dance Company plays the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. Founded in 1987 by choreographer David Parsons, the troupe consists of ten full-time dancers noted for sexy, athletic and exhuberant movement. Admission is $22 for adults and $17 for students.
  • October 25: First annual Solid Green Day held to clean up the campus after Homecoming, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants receive a Solid Green tee-shirt. CLEMSONLiVE presents hypnotist [Michael Anthony] in Tillman Auditorium at 8 p.m. - free admission.
  • October 26 - Clemson travels to Blacksburg to meet Virginia Tech in a Thursday night game, televised on ESPN. Kick-off at 7:45 p.m.
  • October 29 - Clemson falls to 19th in all major polls after the 24-7 loss to Virginia Tech on October 26.
  • October 30 - The final October presentation in the Boni Belle Brooks Series, The Man of La Mancha is performed in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Admission is $30 for all seats.
  • October 31: CLEMSONLiVE presents Death in the Valley Halloween activities on the President's Lawn, 6:30 p.m., with free ice cream samples, costume contest, photo booth, music by Impulse - oh! the scary fun!! Film Beetlejuice shown at 7:30 p.m. Free admission to the Men's basketball exhibition game versus Lithuania Academy in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. for Tiger fans of all ages that arrive in costume. Prizes awarded for a variety of categories. Tigers win, 99-50.

November[edit]

  • November 1: The African Film Festival presents Quand les Etoiles Rencontrent la Mer by Raymond Rajaonarivelo, in Kinard GO1, 5-7 p.m.
  • November 2: The African Film Festival presents La Noire de... by Ousmane Sembene in the Daniel Communications Room at 6:30 p.m.
  • November 4: Clemson takes on the Maryland Terrapins in Death Valley at noon. Game aired on ESPN 2. Tigers are favored by between 16 and 19 points. When the Terrapins unfairly have a safety nullified, instant karma is exacted when the Tigers' only penalty of the game wipes out a winning touchdown. Maryland kicks field goal with three seconds left to overtake the Tigers, 12-13.
  • November 5: After last-second loss to underdog Maryland Terrapins, 12-13, the Tigers fall to 26th in the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll and 27th in the Associated Press poll. The Bangkok Royal Thai Cuisine restaurant on College Avenue suffers a major fire. A electrical fire in the kitchen of Sole was first reported at 11:42 a.m. by a passer-by. The fire spread through the attic of the Victoria Square shopping center and both restaurants, as well as the Bangkok Asian Foodland market are considered total losses with damages estimated at $200,000. The gutted wing of shops had been razed to the concrete slab by March 2007.
  • November 6 - November 7: Fall break.
  • November 6 - The Clemson Men's Soccer team receives a bid to the NCAA Tournament Monday afternoon and receives a first round bye in the 48-team field. Clemson will play the winner of the Gardner-Webb/Alabama-Birmingham match on Wednesday, November 15,at 6:00 p.m. at Historic Riggs Field. The Tigers are seeded ninth in the 48-team tournament. The Clemson City Council considers a ban on smoking in public areas at their 7:30 p.m. meeting in City Hall.
  • November 7: Election day. Lady Tigers Basketball hosts exhibition game against Anderson in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m., winning 85-61.
  • November 10: Clemson Baseball hosts a reunion for former players, coaches, managers, and trainers, with the Clemson Tiger Baseball Alumni Game. Activities include a golf tournament at Boscobel Golf Club on Friday, November 10 at 9 a.m. (players, managers, trainers and coaches only); an autograph session following the golf match, at Doug Kingsmore Stadium, followed by the Baseball Alumni Game. After the game, a dinner is held for all baseball alumni and their families.
  • November 10: The men's basketball team opens the season against Arkansas State at 9 p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia in the Cox Communications Classic, winning 83-44. The Womens basketball team hosts Arkansas in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m., but loses 69-75.
  • November 11: A tailgate picnic is held at Doug Kingsmore Stadium for attendees of the Clemson Tiger Alumni Baseball Game reunion weekend before the football game with N.C. State, beginning 2 1/2 hours before kick-off at noon. Match versus the Wolfpack aired by the Lincoln Financial Network, formerly Jefferson-Pilot. Clemson defeats N.C. State, 20-14. The Men's Basketball Team takes on Monmouth at 6:30 p.m in Norfolk, Virginia, winning 77-65. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPEy0wB4Ltc&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_ozP0LskZs
  • November 12: After the 20-14 win over N.C. State, Clemson creeps back into the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches polls at number 25. The Men's Basketball Team takes on Old Dominion University in what is virtually a homegame for ODU, at 4:30 p.m. in Norfolk, Virginia. The Tigers win, 74-70.
  • November 13: Lady Tigers Basketball hosts the College of Charleston in Littlejohn at 7 p.m., winning, 64-42.
  • November 13 - November 15: The Clemson Players tackle Will Shakespeare when they present Henry V at 8 p.m. in the Bellamy Theatre at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, the work with perhaps the greatest soliloquy ever in the English language! Sir Lawrence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh have both given their stamp of approval. $10 for adults, $5 for students.
  • November 14: The CU Jazz Ensemble performs big band and small group arrangements of jazz standards from the 1930s to present, at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center, free admission.
  • November 15: Men's Soccer hosts NCAA Tournament on Riggs Field at 6 p.m - postponed due to heavy weather. It is 1980s Night at the Men's basketball game with Furman in Littlejohn Coliseum. Fans are encouraged to wear their best '80s duds - prizes are awarded! Tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Tigers win, 67-58. CLEMSONLiVE sponsors a comedy cabaret in Tillman Auditorium at 8 p.m., free admission.
  • November 16: Men's Soccer meets Gardner-Webb at noon on Riggs Field in NCAA match postponed by heavy weather on November 15. Tigers win, 3-1. The 17th annual Clemson University Tiger Band Pass-in-Review, in the Brooks Center at 8 p.m., $3 donation at the door in support of the Tiger Band scholarship fund, general admission, no advance sales. Lady Tigers Basketball hosts UT-Chattanooga in Littlejohn at 7 p.m., but fall, 64-73. The Student Alumni Association and Tiger Platoon present the Big Thursday pep rally, featuring the "Death of Cocky" in the Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Performances by the Cheerleaders, the Rally Cats, and Tigeroar.
  • November 17 - November 19: The Clemson Players perform Shakespeare's fabulous Henry V in the Bellamy Theatre at the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and at 3 p.m. on the 18th and 19th. $10 adults, $5 students, general seating.
  • November 17: Men's Basketball hosts Appalachian State in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., winning 79-49. Womens Soccer plays Stanford to a nil-nil tie in NCAA play in Stanford, but advances to the Final 8 with a 4-2 shoot-out win during penalty kicks.
  • November 18: Seattle-based Death Cab For Cutie (whose name comes from a Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band song), with opening act, the Washington, D.C. indie band, Ted Leo + Pharmacists, in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $28, with a $5 discount for students.
  • November 19: Despite being idle this week, the Tiger football team rises one slot, to 24th, in the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches polls. The first-ever [Clemson Round-Up] is held before the concert at Littlejohn, sponsored by CLEMSONLiVE, WESC 92.5 FM, WSSL 100.5 FM, and Tiger Paw Productions, and features country western activities from 5 p.m. onward. Fans are encouraged wear their Western gear to the concert. Sugarland, now a duo after the departure of songwriter Kristen Hall, performs with guests, the Lost Trailers, in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $29, with a $5 discount for students.
  • November 20: The Lady Tigers Basketball team takes on South Carolina in Columbia at 7 p.m., but falls, 48-80.
  • November 21: Mens basketball hosts Mississippi State in Littlejohn at 7 p.m. - remains unbeaten, winning 69-66. The University of Virginia football team captains collect over $2K from their teammates on Monday evening, November 20, and donate $2,565 to the McElrathbey fund. Huzzah! The City of Clemson's angel tree ornaments are available for selection. You may come by Clemson City Hall, select an ornament and purchase a gift or make a contribution and we will make the purchase for you. The children who attend the Clemson Child Development Center, the Littlejohn Community Center Homework Center, and the HeadStart program have decorated these ornaments. The age, gender of the child, and items they want for Christmas will be listed on the ornament. Please come by and pick up an ornament and be sure to place the ornament on the wrapped item(s) you purchase, for the ornament identifies the child, and place under tree at City Hall no later than December 11, 2006. Thanking you in advance for making Christmas special for these children!
  • November 22: The Volleyball team defeats Virginia Tech, 3-2. Clemson sophomore Danielle Hepburn totaled 18 kills and 10 blocks, including a personal-best five solos, in leading the Tigers to a 3-2 (30-16, 30-19, 28-30, 23-30, 15-11) victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night. The Tigers went up 2-0 in the match and then prevailed in the decisive fifth game.
  • November 23: Clemson freshman Kyle Stanley wins his first college tournament with a sudden death win over Drew Weaver of Virginia Tech on Thanksgiving Day at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate. Stanley finishes with rounds of 71-67-69 for a three under-par 207 score.
  • November 24: The Lady Tigers Basketball team takes on St. John's in the Orono, Maine Thanksgiving Tournament at 4:30 p.m., winning, 95-88.
  • November 25: Clemson hosts the South Carolina Gamecocks in Memorial Stadium at noon with national coverage on ESPN. When the Tigers miss a fieldgoal to tie the game with 17 seconds left, USC wins, 28-31, the Gamecocks first victory in Death Valley since 1996. The Lady Tigers Basketball team play Maine in the Orono, Maine Thanksgiving Tournament, but lose, 78-80, when Maine sinks last second shot.
  • November 26: The Womens soccer team faces Florida State in Tallahassee at 7 p.m. in the NCAA final 8 but is eliminated, 1-2. The Mens Soccer team faces UCLA in Los Angeles in the NCAA round of 16, but is eliminated, 0-3.
  • November 27: The bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad line on Old Central Road closes this date for demolition and reconstruction. It will reopen on July 31, 2007. Following the loss to South Carolina, Clemson falls to 32nd in the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, and receives no votes in the Associated Press poll.
  • November 28: The Clemson University Symphonic Band presents a concert of traditional and contemporary selections for the band medium at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center - free admission.
  • November 29: The 100th anniversary of the Clemson football team's first forward pass. In 1906, left end Powell Lykes fades back as if to kick, but throws a 30-yard pass to George Warren in a match against the John Heisman-led Georgia Tech team in Atlanta. The Tigers win, 10-0. The Clemson men's basketball team road trips to Minnesota for game in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge, televised on ESPN-2 at 9:30 p.m. Tigers win, 90-68. The Lady Tigers Basketball team host Furman in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m., winning 67-62.
  • November 30: The Clemson University Choral Ensembles present a varied program of traditional and seasonal selections. Featured ensembles include the Clemson University Singers, Men's Glee, and Women's Glee. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students, general seating.

December[edit]

  • Last week of classes: Clemson Rave makes its first appearance.
  • December 2: Men's Basketball team takes on South Carolina in Columbia at 1 p.m., FSN-S/NESN t.v. coverage. Tigers win, 74-53.
  • December 3: The Lady Tigers Basketball team plays at number 12-ranked Vanderbilt at 5 p.m.. but fall, 63-82. Televised on ESPN-2. Clemson accepts bid to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone Tires, versus Kentucky in Nashville on December 29 at 1 p.m.
  • December 4: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul present An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas, 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center, part of the Boni Belle Brooks Series. Seven-time Ireland fiddle champion, star of the original Riverdance, and a best-selling recording artist, Eileen Ivers is backed by her versatile band, Immigrant Soul, performing traditional Irish songs, original tunes, and holiday favorites. $22 for adults, $17 for students.
  • December 5: City of Clemson Christmas Parade, downtown at 6 p.m. Clemson Men's Basketball team hosts Wofford in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Toys for T-shirts night. Tigers win, 90-66.
  • December 6: Deadline for Music City Bowl game ticket requests, to be played on December 29. The Lady Tigers Basketball team plays at James Madison at 7 p.m., winning, 85-72.
  • December 7: The "Thursday Open" provides golf fans a chance to support the Clemson University Golf program with a meet at the Thornblade Club, Greer, South Carolina - registration at 10 a.m., shotgun start at 11 a.m. - followed by the "Golf Gathering" at the same club, 6:30 p.m.-onward. The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra in the Brooks Center at 8 p.m., admission $5 for adults, free for students, general seating. Beethoven composed his Triple Concerto for a one-of-a-kind ensemble of piano, violin, and cello, accompanied by orchestra. Hear it performed by the three Parrini siblings: pianist Fabio (North Greenville College), violinist Chiara (I Solisti Veneti), and cellist Alberto (American Chamber Players). Other familiar works balance the program.
  • December 8: The Athletic Department announces this date that all 11,500 Clemson tickets for the Music City Bowl are sold. The Kentucky and bowl office allotments are also sold out. The "Tiger-Am" golf event held at the Thornblade Club, Greer, South Carolina - registration/warm-up at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. shotgun start. For information go to www.tigergolfgathering.com.
  • December 9: First day of exams.
  • December 9-December 11: The Nutcracker presented by the Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts in the Brooks Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday, and 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
  • December 9-December 10: The annual CU Trottin' Round the Tree horse show at the Garrison Livestock Arena, free admission. For information, call 864-646-3554.
  • December 10: The Lady Tigers host Kennesaw State in Littlejohn at 3 p.m. Toys for T-shirts night. The Lady Tigers win, 71-62.
  • December 11: Deadline for the City of Clemson angel tree ornaments program. The Mens Basketball team is ranked 25th in the CNN/USA Today Coaches poll after a 10-0 start, the team's first top 25 ranking since January 11, 1999.
  • December 13: The Clemson Wiki website Main Page tallies its 20,000th visit.
  • December 16: Last day for exams for the fall semester.
  • December 17: The Lady Tigers Basketball team plays at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee at 2:30 p.m., winning, 70-67.
  • December 18: Music City Bowl tickets distributed by UPS two-day air. The Mens basketball team, with a 10-0 record, rises to 22nd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. The team receives votes placing it 28th in the Associated Press poll.
  • December 19: The Lady Tigers Basketball team hosts Dayton at 5 p.m. The Lady Tigers win, 77-69. Men's Basketball team hosts Georgia Southern in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., winning 72-60 to extend season record to 11-0. The Sonic Drive-In opens on Tiger Boulevard.
  • December 21: Graduation is held.
  • December 22: The Lady Tigers Basketball team hosts Wofford in Littlejohn at 2 p.m., winning fourth straight game, 94-81, to improve to 7-6.
  • December 23: Men's Basketball team hosts Western Carolina in Littlejohn Coliseum at 12 noon., spanking them, 103-60, to improve to 12-0.
  • December 25: James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, the hardest working man in show business, dies in hospital in Atlanta of heart failure after being admitted with a case of pneumonia. He was 73. The Men's basketball team is ranked 21st by the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, and 25th by the Associated Press.
  • December 27: FCA Breakfast - The Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosts an event for the Bowl's student-athletes, college football fans and Nashville community. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, the FCA Breakfast features a unique speaker to share his/her faith and love for sports. This is a fundraiser for the local chapter of FCA. Call the FCA at 615-889-8808 for tickets.
  • December 28: Coaches Luncheon presented by The Tennessean - The official chalk talk event for players, coaches, administrators, and fans in town for bowl week. At the Gaylord Opryland Hotel at 11:30 a.m. Call the Bowl office at 615-743-3130 for ticket information. RSVPs required.
  • December 28: MusicFest/Battle of the Bands presented by CMT - Party downtown on 2nd Avenue with SEC and ACC cheerleaders and pep bands, beginning at 6 p.m. Men's Basketball hosts Georgia in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., winning 75-60, to extend season streak to 13-0.
  • December 29: Clemson plays Kentucky in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone Tires in Nashville, Tennessee at 1 p.m. This is only the second time the teams have met in a bowl game, with the Tigers defeating the Wildcats, 14-13, in the 1993 Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Despite an unlikely comeback attempt from a 6-28 deficit late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers fall short, 20-28, when the Wildcats secure an on-side kick in last 20 seconds of the game. Kentucky secures its first bowl win since 1984. The Lady Tigers Basketball team plays at Duquesne at 7 p.m., winning 77-74.
  • December 31: Men's Basketball team hosts the Georgia State Panthers in Littlejohn Coliseum at 2 p.m., winning 67-57, to improve to 14-0. This is the second-longest winning streak in Clemson basketball records. The 1987-1988 team went 17-0.



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