September 24

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September 24

  • 1910: Clemson faces Gordon Institute for the fourth and last time in a game played on Bowman Field. Tigers win, 26-0, for a perfect 4-0 series record.
  • 1920: The Tigers open the season on Riggs Field, defeating Erskine, 26-0.
  • 1926: The Senior Dancing Club presents the first formal event of the year's social calendar with a "hop" held in the big gymnasium (ground floor of Agricultural Hall). "Freshman will be allowed to attend this dance, but will not be allowed to have girls. Everyone who intends to enjoy this dance should write his girl immediately, and come by room 927 to place names on the list." (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 September 1926, Volume XXII, Number 1, page 1.)
  • 1930: The Tiger lists ten new instructors on the faculty: C.M. Asbill, Jr., Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering - B.S., Clemson, 1925, two years with Westinghouse Company; O.M. Clark, specialist in farm management - B.S., Clemson, 1909, M.S., Cornell University, 1930; H.P. Cooper, Professor of Agronomy, Research Agronomist, Extension Agronomist - B.S., Clemson, 1911, M.S, University of Wisconsin, 1915, PhD., Cornell University, 1922; G.H. Edwards, Assistant Professor of Mathematics - M.A., University of South Carolina; Marvin Guin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics - B.S., Auburn, 1926, M.S., Iowa State College; Capt. P.T. Heffner, Assistant to the Commandant - Colorado College and the Infantry School; J.C. Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Physics - PhD., Indiana University; C.P. Philpot, Instructor in Engineering - B.S., Clemson College, 1928, Purdue University; Capt. W.B. Sharpe, Assistant Commandant - Clemson College and the Infantry School; and F.T. Tingley, Professor of Electrical Engineering - M.S., University of Illinois. (Volume XXVI, Number 2, Page 1).
  • 1947: The Clemson football team travels to the Boston College game in an Eastern Airlines Douglas DC-4, the first time a state team had flown to a match. The team departs from Greenville Municipal Airport at 9:55 a.m. The Tigers fall the Eagles, 22-32, however.
  • 1949: Rice University snaps Clemson's longest winning streak at fifteen games with a 33-7 victory over the Tigers in a night game played in Houston.
  • 1966: Clemson defeats Virginia at home, 40-35, to open football season. Second night of Rat Hop '66 held in the dining hall (Harcombe Commons) with the Marvelettes rendering their hits including "Don't Mess With Bill" and "Beachwood 4-5789." (TAPS 1967, "Bald Rats Don't Need Hair to Dance at Rat Hop", Volume 57, page 86.)
  • 1977: Clemson plays Georgia Tech "for the last time" as Tech continues to refuse to travel to Clemson. Of the seventeen games played between Tech and Clemson between 1953 and 1977, only once, in 1974, did the Yellow Jackets deign to come to Death Valley. To show the Atlanta business community how much money Clemson fans contribute to the local economy which WON'T be coming to town anymore, Tiger fans spend vast quantities of two dollar bills, many of them stamped with Tiger Paws. The local Federal Reserve branch sends out for two dollar denominations as all upstate banks are sucked dry by the demand. This is the start of Clemson's two dollar bill tradition. Ironically, when Georgia Tech joins the ACC on April 3, 1978, they HAVE to road trip to Clemson, starting in 1983.
  • 1983: Clemson defeats Georgia Tech in Memorial Stadium, 41-14.
  • 1993: The Deadly Crankdogs play at TD's. Football movie, "The Program" starring James Caan as the coach of a large university team, opens in theatres. Filmed largely at the University of South Carolina and utilizing Williams-Brice Stadium, it includes a scene where players play "road chicken", lying down on the enterline of a busy highway, which is cut from the film after several incidents around the country where people stupidly emulate it.
  • 2006: The Associated Press ranks Clemson 18th after their decisive 52-7 whuppin' of North Carolina the previous day. Florida State drops to 19th, and Boston College drops out of the top 25 after being edged by unranked North Carolina State, 17-15, with 8.5 seconds left in the game. Virginia Tech leads the ACC at 11th. In the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, the Tigers are 19th, Florida State is 17th, Boston College hangs on at 25th, while Virginia Tech is tied with LSU at tenth.
  • 2007: Clemson is ranked thirteenth by the Associated Press, the CNN/USA Today Coaches poll and by the first Harris poll of the season. Girl Scout Membership Recruitment for girls ages 5-17 and a parent/guardian at Clemson Elementary School, 6:15 p.m.


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