Hidden History of Clemson Football

Hidden History of Clemson Football

by Will Vandervort

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Overview

From its auspicious start in 1896 to being on top of the college football world under Dabo Swinney, Clemson Football is one of the more colorful programs in all of college football. Learn how the program got its start in 1896 with a donation of land. Discover the beginning of the IPTAY program. Find out the origin of the Tiger paw and the tradition of the Clemson two-dollar bill. And, of course, get the backstage look at the "good ol' fashioned hate" that makes the Clemson-Carolina rivalry such a passionate one. Author Will Vandervort provides a behind-the-scenes look at Clemson Football's small beginnings to its current elite status as a three-time national champion and college football power under Swinney.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439670798
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/10/2020
Series: Sports
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Will Vandervort has covered Clemson University Athletics for nearly two decades as a sportswriter and editor. He is currently the senior writer for the Clemson Insider, an independent website that covers Clemson Athletics and the Atlantic Coast Conference on a daily basis. Vandervort is an award-winning sportswriter and editor who, before joining TCI in September 2012, worked as the editor for IPTAY Media, which ran the Clemson Athletic Department's outgoing publications to its donors. He covered Clemson University Athletics and wrote for the athletic department's website and newsletter. Vandervort was also an editor for the athletic department's magazine, Orange: The Experience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 11

1 The Meeting in the Barracks 15

2 The Friendship between Riggs and Heisman 21

3 The Birth of IPTAY 26

4 Memorial Stadium: College Football's Real Death Valley 33

5 Frank Howard: Glemson's Best-Known Ambassador 38

6 Howard's Rock: "The Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football" 47

7 The Story of the Clemson Tiger Paw 54

8 The Tradition of Glemson's Two-Dollar Bill 57

9 The Clem son-Carolina Rivalry 61

It's Just Good, Old-Fashioned Hate 61

The End of Big Thursday 62

Victory Cigars and "The Catch" 64

The Birth of the Orange Pants 67

The Ugliest Moment in the History of the Rivalry 72

Watson Brought the Rivalry Back to Clemson 74

10 It All Started with Fuller 77

11 A Crazy Start to Ford's Career 89

12 The Year No One Could "Hold That Tiger" 96

13 It Ended Where It Started 102

14 Spiller Always Knew Dabo Was the Right Man for the Job 110

15 Divine Intervention? 117

16 B.Y.O.G. 125

17 2015 Was Clemson's Season of Harvest 129

18 Watson, Tigers Complete Their Mission 131

19 The Best Ever! 139

20 Under Swinney Clemson Is Premier Program in College Football 147

Bibliography 151

Index 153

About the Author 157

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