December 1

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December 1 in Clemson History

  • 1945: The Tigers are defeated in Memorial Stadium by the sixteenth-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 6-13, for a season record of 6-3-1, 2-1-1 in league play, for fourth place in the Southern Conference.
  • 1976: Board of Trustees axes football coach Red Parker after stinker of a season but handles the firing badly. Many fans disapprove of the matter and even call for an ouster in the administration, but the complaints will come to nothing. Coach Charlie Pell takes over helm of the Tiger football program.
  • 1980: A combination siren-tone alert radio system will be implemented around the Oconee Nuclear Station to warn residents of a nuclear accident, Duke Power spokespersons announce this date. As local, state and federal officials work to compare an effective evacuation plan for the area surrounding the three-reactor plant, Duke now realizes that the early warning system will not be as expensive as expected, although final costs are pending a court case into the issue. Although details - such as exact cost and the number of warning devices needed - are still pending, the utility has settled on a two-fold system, according to Duke spokesman Ira Kaplan. Duke has "generally approved" a proposed plan submitted by Federal Signal Corp., of Atlanta, and the utility is making "modifications," he said from headquarters in Charlotte. Although Duke is laboring under a July 1, 1981 deadline imposed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), no apparent time schedule has been fixed for installing the sirens and tone-alert radios, Kaplan said. (Shealey, Tom, Journal Editor, "Court action pending - Early warning system selected", The Seneca Journal and Tugaloo Tribune, Wednesday 3 December 1980, Volume 77, Number 73, page 1-A.)
  • 1989: Littlejohn Coliseum reopens for basketball after repairs are made to some welds in the steel roof support structure, but rock group sound equipment will not be permitted to be hung from the overheads until the major renovations of the 2000s. (Clemson World, "Stadium, si! Littlejohn, no!", Winter 1990, Volume 42, Number 4, page 19.)
  • 1991: Clemson defeats the Duke Blue Devils in the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan, 33-21, to clinch the ACC title. Tiger Band wears specially provided gold-fabric uniforms during their performance. Biiru o mo ippon kudasai ! The Mirage Bowl will be discontinued after 1993.
  • 2001: The Tigers defeat winless Duke Blue Devils in Death Valley in final regular season game, 59-31.
  • 2007: The Tiger basketball team downs the Gamecocks, 85-74, in Littlejohn Coliseum. K.C. Rivers scored 24 points and had eight rebounds to lead the No. 18-ranked Tigers. Rivers stopped a couple of runs by South Carolina (4-4) in the second half with key shots, helping Clemson win their seventh consecutive game to start a season for the third straight time.
  • 2008: Having salvaged the football season after the resignation of Tommy Bowden, Interim Coach Dabo Swinney is named the new head coach and given a five year contract.
  • December 1, 2008-December 5, 2008: Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition - Mother Load, sculpture by Jeanine Garrett, and Mouthful Idol, prints by Claudia Dishon, Lee Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunchtime gallery talk, Wednesday, December 3, 12:15 p.m., with Closing artist reception on Friday, December 5, 6-8 p.m. Call 864-656-3883 or check www.clemson.edu/caah/leegallery for more information.


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