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December 11 in Clemson History
- 1835: J. S. Newman, future professor of agriculture at Clemson Agricultural College, is born this date.
- 1939: Clemson football team ranked twelfth in the final Associated Press poll, the Tigers' first ever appearance in a post-regular season AP ranking.
- 1956: The Clemson basketball team beats its first ranked team, a 96-94 overtime win against eighth-ranked North Carolina State, played at home. This was Coach Press Maravich's first year at Clemson.
- 1978: Exams begin.
- 1984: After being suspended by Clemson President Bill Atchley for their involvement in illegal drug distribution to athletes, track coach Stanley Narewski, strength coach Samuel Colson and assistant strength coach Jack Harkness, resign this date. (Wunder, John R., "A Good Sport: Walter Thompson Cox, 1985-1986", McKale, Donald M., editor, "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 254, citing articles in The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, 5 March 1985, and The Tiger, 11 January 1985.) Public reaction is swift, with The Tiger taking the same editorial stance as after the firing of football coach Red Parker and the Tates Locke basketball scandal in 1976, that a more complete house-cleaning in the athletic department is warranted. The Greenville News begins extensive coverage of the drug scandal and observes, "The extent of the problem at Clemson isn't clear, but it certainly isn't limited to the resigned coaches and members of the men's track team who first brought it to light." (Wunder, John R., "A Good Sport: Walter Thompson Cox, 1985-1986", McKale, Donald M., editor, "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 254, citing the Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, 10 February 1985.)
- 2006: The Clemson Mens Basketball team is ranked 25th in the ESPN/USA Today poll after a 10-0 start. It is the first top 25 ranking since January 11, 1999. Also on December 11 and December 12, the Clemson Police Department hosts a 2-day self defense and safety session for Women at the Clemson Police Department. The sessions run 6-8 p.m. and are free of charge. The sessions consist of: 1) risk reduction strategies, 2) hands on demonstrations, and 3) questions and answers. The classes are taught by Sgt. Nate Heard. The Nutcracker presented by the Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts in the Brooks Center. Performance at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Admission is $12. The Monday performance is sold out.
- December 8, 2008-December 12, 2008: Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition - Outside the Lines, Jonathon Bryson, Trina Krieger, Charlie Humphries, Jessica Reynolds, Devin Rubinstein, Catherine Whitten, Erin Whitten and Kristen Williams, Lee Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunchtime gallery talk, Friday, December 12, 12:15 p.m. with Krieger, Reynolds and Rubinstein, with Closing artist reception on Friday, December 12, 6-8 p.m. Call 864-656-3883 or check www.clemson.edu/caah/leegallery for more information.
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