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Five Things you don’t need to know about Clemson

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Buicks, poor fitting suits, and a crapload of pushups

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There’s a big football game on Saturday, and should the Pack win, we might be starting a fund to buy Dave Doeren a Buick. This will make sense in a minute.

  • In early 1929, Clemson coach Josh Cody was believed to be seeking a higher level job such as Vanderbilt (There was apparently a time in football history where Vanderbilt was better than Clemson. Who knew?). Wanting to hang on to Mr. Cody, the students and staff banded together some cash and purchased a Buick for the head coach in hopes that he would have a change of heart. I realize this is the 1920s, but if your offering to try and keep me at a job was no better than a Buick, I would be out the door.
  • Frank Howard received head coaching duties in 1940 after famously seconding his own nomination. He was given a one year contract to sign, but instead he lost the paper and coached for the next 30 years without ever signing another one. In addition to coaching football, Howard was also the athletic director, equipment manager, baseball coach, and grass cutter. The annoyingly famous Howard’s rock is named after him, which he actually kind of resembles.
  • Dabo Swinney’s name anagrams to Soybean Wind. That is all.
  • Clemson’s first mascot was called The Country Gentleman. It was a student dressed in a purple suit with a top hat and a cane. From the looks of this guy (top right), it’s safe to assume that tailors were not a thing in Clemson, South Carolina in the 1900s.
  • The Clemson mascot (the tiger, not the doofy guy in the oversized suit) once did 465 pushups in one game, which was an 82-24 win over Wake Forest. That is roughly 10x the amount of pushups that I have done in 22 years of being on earth.