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2011 in Clemson History

  • Freshmen who entered Clemson in the fall of 2008 will graduate.
  • January 2: Following the loss to the University of South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte on December 31, Coach Dabo Swinney fires offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs coach Andre Powell.
  • January 3: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 114,000.
  • January 9-January 10: Two day snow storm drops ~six inches of snow and ice on Clemson, closing the university for three days.
  • January 11: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 115,000.
  • January 23: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 116,000.
  • February 2: Toro Y Moi appears on WSBF Live Sessions. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 117,000.
  • February 8: WSBF-FM will host an intern drop-in at the station on the third level of the Hendrix Center.
  • February 9: A predicted inch of overnight snow fall fails to show up.
  • February 11: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 118,000.
  • February 22: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 119,000.
  • March: Crazy Tiger Games & Gifts closed by this date.
  • March 9: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 120,000.
  • March 14: Delhaize Group LLC of Belgium, which operates Food Lion and Bloom grocery stores, announces that 15 Bloom stores in the Charlotte and Greenville markets will be converted to Food Lion stores, and one at 901 Holland Road, Mauldin, South Carolina, will close. The Seneca Bloom location, Store No. 2702, is subsequently rebranded by fall.
  • March 23: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 121,000.
  • April 2: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 122,000.
  • April 4: RadioFlag is launched at the University of California, Irvine, at KUCI-FM.
  • April 22: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 123,000.
  • May 3: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 124,000.
  • May 19: Possibly the greatest Clemson video - ever. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/051811aab.html
  • May 23: Grand Esso Club reunion is planned.
  • Last week of May: The oak trees at the east end of Memorial Stadium are removed due to damage by squirrels and replaced later in the summer by new saplings.
  • Summer: The downtown streetscape undergoes a drastic overhaul as turn lanes are added at the intersection of College Avenue and Tiger Boulevard, new traffic lights are installed at that crossroads, Earle Street and Sloan Street receive new sidewalks and curbs, and are repaved, and work begun in the winter on a new railroad bridge over SC 133 continues.
  • July 26: The late Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. is inducted into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Distinguished Alumni, in a ceremony held at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. (Ceremony program, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Distinguished Alumni Induction, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 26 July 2011, page 6.)
  • July 31: The Taco Bell, originally constructed and opened as Del Taco in the 1970s, closes, with the building being razed on August 10. A replacement building is slated to open on the site in November 2011.
  • August 13: Summer graduation is held.
  • August 25-August 27: Spittoono XXXI is held at the National Guard Armory ballfield on Pendleton Road. Free admission - no coolers permitted.
  • August 26: The Bengal Tiger / Daawat Indian Cuisine on Keith Street closes its doors following one day of a planned two-day music festival named AwesomeFest, which stupidly tried to go head-to-head against Spittoono XXXI. The business had racked up much debt and will now reopen as a sports bar under the management of the owners of Croc's Sports & Spirits in Greenville as Croc's Sports & Wings.
  • August 29: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 137,000.
  • Fall: Samurai Express opens in the former location of Finn's Grill on the Old Greenville Highway.
  • September 3: Clemson opens the football season against Troy University in Memorial Stadium, with neither team ranked. The Tigers win, 43-19.
  • September 10: Clemson hosts Wofford in Death Valley, both teams unranked. Clemson wins, 35-27.
  • September 17: Unranked Clemson plays number 17 ranked Auburn in Memorial Stadium, winning, 38-24. This snaps a twelve game losing streak to that team, with Clemson’s last win coming in 1951.
  • September 18: Big East Conference members Pittsburgh and Syracuse announce in a conference call plans to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  • September 24: Having entered the Associated Press poll at 21, Clemson hosts the Florida State Seminoles, ranked number 11, winning, 35-30.
  • October 1: Clemson, ranked number 13, travels to Blacksburg to play number 11 ranked Virginia Tech. Tigers win, 23-3.
  • October 8: Clemson, now ranked 8, hosts unranked Boston College, winning, 36-14.
  • October 15: Clemson, stilled ranked number 8, travels to College Park to play unranked Maryland, winning, 56-45.

October 17: Miami Subs Pizza & Grill closes, despite having just had their grand opening on September 10.

  • October 21: Six Chickens and a Beer plays free in the Amphitheatre of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, 7-10 p.m. The completely acoustic musical repertoire of Six Chickens and a Beer has been described as Traditional Good-Time, Old-Time American, Irish and French Canadian String Band Music, seasoned with a little Western Swing and Cheatin’ and Drinkin’ country music. An occasional Swing, Jazz, and Blues interpretation rounds out their performances.
  • October 22: Still ranked at number 8, Clemson hosts North Carolina, winning, 59-38.
  • October 29: Clemson, ranked number 6, plays at unranked Georgia Tech, losing 17-31.
  • November 5: Open date for football.
  • November 12: After falling to number 9 in the poll, Clemson hosts unranked Wake Forest in Death Valley. Tigers win, 31-28.
  • November 19: Ranked number 7, Clemson plays at unranked N.C. State, but loses, 13-37.
  • November 26: Clemson, having fallen to 18 in the A.P. poll, plays at number 14 ranked South Carolina, losing, 13-34
  • December 3: Clemson, now ranked number 21, plays Virginia Tech, ranked number 5, in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tigers win, 38-10.
  • Clemson accepts bid to play in the Orange Bowl on January 4.

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