November 27

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November 27 in Clemson History

  • 1888: James Corcoran Littlejohn, future Clemson business manager, is born in Jonesville, South Carolina. (
  • 1889: After waiting for the resolution of the court challenge to the Thomas Green Clemson will by the father of Floride Isabella Lee, Clemson's granddaughter, to be resolved, South Carolina Governor John P. Richardson signs the Clemson acceptance bill, thus making 1889 the official date of the institution's founding. (Bryan, Wright, "Clemson: An Informal History of the University 1889-1979", The R.L. Bryan Company, Columbia, South Carolina, 1979, ISBN 0-934870-01-2, page 28.)
  • 1893: Future Life Trustee Frank Johnstone Jervey is born in Summerville, South Carolina.
  • 1902: Clemson plays football in the snow for the first time in a game with Tennessee in Knoxville. The Tigers win, 11-0, and claim the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association crown with a 6-1 season record. Series against Tennessee stands at 1-0-1.
  • 1919: In a road game to Athens, the Tigers tie Georgia, 0-0. Clemson has a 6-2-2 season.
  • 1920: A Rose O' Plymouth Town, a romantic comedy in four acts by Bealah [sic] Marie Dix and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland, is given by the Senior Class in celebration of the Pilgrim Tercentenary, 1620-1920, directed by Ida Robbins Buist, in the College Chapel (Tillman Auditorium). A program from this event is preserved in a scrapbook by Cadet Louis Hope Lachicotte, class of 1921, in Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • 1930: The Clemson Tigers defeat the Furman Hurricanes, 12-7, in a game played in Greenville. "The Tiger" reports on page 6 of the November 19, 1930 issue (Volume XXVI, Number 10), that "all the movable bleachers in the Field House have been sent to Greenville to seat the overflow of fans for the Clemson-Furman game." The Tigers end season with an 8-2 record. Furman has a 6-3-1 season. Coach Josh Cody surprises Tiger fans by announcing that he will leave Clemson in 1931, effective June 30.
  • 1937: Dr. Richard Newman Brackett, associate professor of chemistry, the last surviving member of Clemson's original faculty (from 1891), passes away. He is interred at the Old Stone Church, for which he compiled and edited a history in 1905.
  • 1948: The eleventh-ranked Tigers play Auburn in Mobile, Alabama, winning, 7-6. "An inspired Auburn team that was a three touchdown underdog completely dominated the game for three and one-half quarters. The Howardmen came to life in the last quarter as [Ray] Mathews sparked a drive. A Mathews to [Oscar] Thompson pass set up the touchdown and Mathews scored a few plays later. Jack Miller kicked the extra point that spelled the difference. The game was played in a sea of mud that slowed down both teams' attack." (TAPS, Volume XXXIX, 1949, page 408.) Clemson accepts a bid to play in the 1949 Gator Bowl.
  • 1954: To round out a 5-5 season, Clemson wallops The Citadel, 59-0, in Memorial Stadium. Tigers are 1-2 in conference, for fifth place in the ACC.
  • 1978: Three former and one current Physical Plant employee indicted for embezzling over $30,000 in materials from the university by a Pickens County grand jury.
  • 1982 (November 28, Tokyo time): The tenth-ranked Tigers defeat Wake Forest, 21-17, in the Mirage Bowl, played in Japan. Clemson finishes with 9-1-1 season record, 6-0 in the ACC for the conference title. The probationary Tigers are ineligible for post-season play but are ranked eighth by the Associated Press final poll.
  • 2006: The bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad line on Old Central Road closes this date for demolition and reconstruction. It will reopen on July 31, 2007. Following the loss to South Carolina, Clemson receives no points in the Associated Press poll, and ranks 32nd in the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll.
  • 2008: Happy Thanksgiving from the Clemson Wiki!

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