Jimmy Howard of Pendleton, South Carolina, is the son of Clemson coaching legend Frank Howard, and played fullback on his father's 1961-1963 teams. He served a tour in the United States Army in the 1960s and was based at Fort Irwin in Northern California for a time. He studied apiculture and became a certified bee-keeper.
On October 25- October 26, 1979, he opened the Sloan Street Tap-Room in downtown Clemson with partner Malcolm Smith. He was a long-time member of the Rugby Club and has occasionally performed with the Wild Hog Band in local appearances. He married Amanda Johnson, formerly of Horry County, on December 4, 1999, and they have a son, Frank James Howard III. Jimmy lives on Wild Hog Road in Pendleton. He sponsors university and community events such as horseshoe tournaments in conjunction with the spring football game.