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It has been suggested that this section be split out into another article titled History of Clemson Tigers football.
The fact that Auburn and Clemson share the same mascot is no accident. Riggs allowed his players to pick the team mascot and, although he may have influenced their decision, the players chose Tigers because Princeton University had just won the national championship.
Riggs helped organize and coach the infant Tiger team in With little money to spend on uniforms, Riggs brought some of Auburn's old practice uniforms with him, which happened to have orange and navy jerseys. So Riggs made the school's predominant color orange and the faded condition of the navy became the purplish color, officially known today as Regalia.
The Clemson Tigers team. When the Tigers traveled to Greenville on Halloween to play Furman in their very first match, only Coach Riggs and backfield player Frank Thompkins had ever seen a football game played.
Riggs took the team to a 2—1 record in the inaugural year. William M. Williams coached the Tigers in , guiding them to a 2—2 record. The team beat South Carolina for the first time and was state champion.
In , when the Clemson Athletic Association could not afford a coaching salary, Riggs again took over the reins, one of only two Clemson football coaches to return to the position after stepping down.
The squad went 4—2. Riggs' overall record of 6—3 gives him a. After decade as a Mechanical Engineering professor, he was named acting president of Clemson Agricultural College in , being confirmed by the Board of Trustees as permanent president on March 7, He served until his untimely death on January 22, while on a trip to Washington, D.
John Heisman era — [ edit ] John W. Heisman on Bowman Field, Clemson's first gridiron. Riggs hired John Heisman to coach Clemson. Heisman stayed only four years at Clemson, where he compiled a record of 19—3—2, an. This was the first season with both Hope Sadler and Carl Sitton at ends.
One writer recalls, "Sitton and Hope Sadler were the finest ends that Clemson ever had perhaps. After the game on Thursday, the Clemson guys frankly told the Carolina students that if you bring this poster, which is insulting to us, to the big parade on Friday, you're going to be in trouble.
And naturally, of course, the Carolina students brought the poster to the parade.
If you give someone an ultimatum and they're your rival, they're going to do exactly what you told them not to do. The immediate aftermath resulted in the stoppage of the rivalry until Following a 73—0 defeat of Georgia Tech in , the Yellow Jackets hired Heisman as their first full-time football coach.
Fullback Jock Hanvey rushed for yards in the first half. Time and time again he was sent through the line for gains of 10, 15 and 20 yards, and his tackles were spectacular.
On the second half kickoff, Clemson quarterback John Maxwell raced yards for a touchdown. Clemson missed the try. Later, Cumberland fumbled a punt and Clemson recovered. Cumberland expected a trick play when Fritz Furtick simply ran up the middle and scored.
Bob Williams , who beat Heisman in , came to Clemson in , and also coached the and — teams. Clemson's first forward pass took place during the game with Tech in Atlanta. Clemson won, 10—0. Captain Mac McLaurin and R. Gaston starred at either tackle position.
Vanderbilt legend Stein Stone posted just a 1—6 record in Captain Sticker Coles was All-Southern. Frank Dobson posted 11—12—1 overall record from — Wayne Hart had a 3—6 record in Stumpy Banks scored five touchdowns against Furman in for a school record. Bud Saunders led the Tigers to a 10—22—1 record from — Josh Cody era — [ edit ] Josh Cody coached the Tigers from to , posting a 29—11—1 record.
The Tigers were undefeated at home 13—0—1 and against South Carolina 3—0 during Cody's tenure. In Cody gave Red Sanders his first coaching job as backfield coach. Pressley made third-team All-American in Raymond Johnson wrote upon Cody's death: "Josh Cody wanted to be Vanderbilt's coach so bad that he gave up the head man's job at Clemson College after four successful seasons.
During his tenure, Neely led the Tigers to a 43—35—7 record. His final season at Clemson was the turning point in the Tigers' program. His team went 9—1 during that season, finishing second to Duke in the Southern Conference.
The Tigers also received their first bowl invitation and bowl victory that year, defeating nationally ranked Boston College 6—3 in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
The Tigers finished with a 12 ranking in the final AP poll. An acronym for "I Pay Ten A Year," as that was what it asked boosters to donate when founded in , IPTAY has since grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive collegiate sporting funds in the nation and a model for other programs.
Frank Howard era — [ edit ] After Jess Neely left to become the head coach at Rice , Frank Howard an assistant coach under Neely was named head coach. Known for his colorful persona, and penchant for imaginative language with both probable, and improbable stories, in his 30 years at Clemson, Howard compiled a ——12 record, a 3—3 bowl record, won two Southern Conference championships, and six ACC championships.
Seven of Howard's teams finished the year ranked in at least one final poll. During his stay at Clemson, Howard also oversaw the athletic department, ticket sales, and was an assistant coach for the baseball team.
He also incorporated the Single Wing, T-formation, and I-formation offenses at different points during his coaching career at Clemson.