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Events that occurred in 2016

2016 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 2016

  • Basketball Coach Oliver Purnell agrees to memorandum of understanding extending his contract at Clemson through 2016 on June 1, 2009. This is rendered moot by his resignation on April 6, 2010 to take the head coaching job at DePaul University in Chicago.
  • Tentative football opponents included Maryland, and at Mississippi, as projected several seasons before. These teams were not scheduled. Maryland left the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten Conference on July 1, 2014.
  • January 11: In its first shot at a national championship title since 1981, number 1 ranked Clemson meets number 2 Alabama in the CFP Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers fall short, 40-45. Clemson ends the season with a 14-1 record.
  • February: The closed House of Leung restaurant building on Tiger Boulevard is razed early in the month in preparation for the construction of an automated car wash.
  • September 3: Ranked number 2 by the Associated Press at the start of the football season, Clemson travels to unranked Auburn to open the season, winning, 19-13.
  • September 10: Number 2 ranked Clemson opens the home game season hosting unranked Troy University, winning, 30-24.
  • September 17: Clemson, ranked number 5, plays South Carolina State in Memorial Stadium, shutting them out, 59-0.
  • September 24: Still ranked number 5, Clemson plays unranked Georgia Tech in Atlanta, winning, 26-7.
  • October 1: Still with a number 5 ranking, Clemson hosts number 3 ranked Louisville, winning, 42-36.
  • October 7: Clemson, with a number 3 ranking, plays a Friday night game at unranked Boston College, carried by ESPN, in front of 44,500, winning, 56-10.
  • October 15: Number 3 ranked Clemson plays unranked North Carolina State in Death Valley, for Homecoming, with the Tigers winning, 24-17, in overtime. Marcus Edmond makes an interception in the end zone to seal the victory. Alumni Band spells out “All In” on the field at Halftime.
  • October 22: Football open date
  • October 29: Still ranked number 3, Clemson travels to Tallahassee to play number 12 ranked Florida State. The Tigers prevail, 37-34.
  • November 5: Clemson, still ranked number 3, hosts unranked Syracuse, and blanks them, 54-0. Game kicks off at 3:30 p.m., broadcast on ABC. Skydiver Peanutt Paige flies the flag into the stadium before the game.
  • November 12: Unranked Pittsburgh, playing the number 3 ranked Tigers in Memorial Stadium, upsets Clemson, 42-43.
  • November 19: Dropped to number 5 in the rankings following the loss to Pittsburgh, Clemson travels to unranked Wake Forest, wins, 35-13.
  • November 26: Number 4 ranked Clemson hosts unranked South Carolina, winning easily, 56-7.
  • December 2: Tiger Band flies out of Greenville-Spartanburg Airport to Orlando aboard National Airlines Boeing 757-223(WL), N567CA, m.s.n. 24608. First flown 16 July 1991, original customer was American Airlines, delivered 31 July 1991. To National Airlines, 23 May 2013.
  • December 3: Now ranked number 3, Clemson meets number 19 ranked Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game in Orlando, Florida, played at 7:45 p.m. The Tigers win, 42-35.
  • December 31: Number 3 ranked Clemson plays number 2 ranked Ohio State in the CFP Championship semi-final in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers keep their perfect record against the Buckeyes intact, 3-0, all in bowl games, defeating them, 37-17. It is the worst margin of defeat in a bowl game in Ohio State history. It marks the first time an Urban Meyer coached team has been shutout in 194 games and the first time Ohio State has been shutout since 1993. The victory is Clemson’s first against the No. 2 ranked team in the AP poll, the highest ranked win in Clemson history at the time. This third shutout is the most in a season for the Tigers since 1991. This sets Clemson up for its second consecutive chance at the National Title when they face Alabama again on January 9 in Tampa, Florida.

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