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JUNE 17, 2013
Volume 4, Issue 8
DEPARTMENTS 6 Travis Furbee
Tales from the road: A look back at Prowl and Growl ’13
SOMETHING IN THESE HILLS 8 Pawsitive Press
Ricketts Celebrates Retirement in Style
10 Coaches Corner
12 Where Are They Now?
14 IPTAY Donor Spotlight
16 IPTAY Representative Spotlight
18 IPTAY New Donor Spotlight
20 2013 Prowl and Growl Coaches Tour Wraps Up
30 Meet the New Boss Born and raised in the Carolinas, Davis Babb brings track record of success to new CEO position at IPTAY.
38 Coming Through in the Clutch Making big kicks part of Chandler Catanzaro’s DNA.
42 Fitting Tribute ‘Visionary’ Bill McLellan honored for making Memorial Stadium what it is today.
44 Back For More Former Tiger Keith Adams returns to school after completing a professional career.
46 Youth Movement Baseball’s freshman class not content to simply contribute.
4th and 16 to Chick-fil-A Bowl Champions: Clemson Athletics Year in Review
50 Determination, Dedication, Domination Women’s track & field completes greatest four-year run in program history.
52 Tiger Cubs
62 IPTAY Donor Photos 64 The Last Word
Remembering John Antonio
Editor: Philip Sikes Assistant Editors Tim Bourret Steven Bradley Lindsey Leonard Graphics Coordinator: Melissa Bradley
Precocious women’s tennis team lives up to coach’s fitting nickname.
Contributing Writers Schuyler Easterling William Qualkinbush
54 Q & A with Steve Duzan
Chief Photographer Rex Brown
Exclusive interview with the associate athletic director for athletic academic services.
Cover photos provided by Dawson Powers and Kirby Lee
56 The IPTAY Brick Program 58 NCAA Compliance
IN THE NEXT ISSUE ...
59 Account Draft for IPTAY 2014
A look ahead to the prospects for Clemson’s 2013 football season.
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Tales from the road: A look back at Prowl and Growl ’13 Travis Furbee
assistant athletic director/director of iptay annual fund
e at IPTAY are constantly looking for new ideas and different ways to improve our Prowl and Growl Coaches Tour, which this year spanned 14 cities across four states from mid-April until the end of May. One way we tried to do that was by involving some of our studentathletes here at Clemson. I invited two of the players on our football team, quarterback Tajh Boyd and defensive back Travis Blanks, to each come to one of the tour stops and participate in the program. When I broached the subject with Travis Blanks, I said, “How would you like to go to Raleigh and speak in front of a crowd of Tiger fans?” He quickly and emphatically said, ‘That would be great. I would love to go with you.” Tajh was the same way. He said, “Sure, Travis, anything I can do to help IPTAY, just let me know.” It’s a real testament to the quality of the student-athletes we have here at Clemson — not only in football, but also in all sports — that they were willing to help out in any way they could. The student-athletes were a huge addition to our meetings. If you didn’t get a chance to hear them speak, both Travis and Tajh did a phenomenal job. Travis Blanks is a communication studies major, and I was unbelievably impressed by how calm, confident and comfortable he was addressing a large crowd. I remember one question Travis took about being named a freshman All-American last year, and he was asked how many stars he had from the various recruiting services out of high school. “I was vastly underrated,” he deadpanned, and the crowd got a big kick out of that. As for Tajh, when we got to Columbia, I don’t know if you’d say it was like having a rock star with us, but his following was incredible. He found it difficult to get back to the autograph table and had almost 100 people following him everywhere he went. As always, Tajh was very relaxed and confident being around and interacting with the Tiger fans. It was a unique addition to those events, and it really seemed like the crowd enjoyed seeing the student-athletes. Both did a great job in their respective locations, and we’d like to continue bringing studentathletes to even more meetings in the future. In addition to the student-athletes, we always had Coach Dabo Swinney, Coach Brad Brownell or both at every tour stop. We also brought many of our assistant football and basketball coaches, as well as Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. Dan made it to the majority of the meetings, and the only ones
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he missed were when he had ACC and BCS meetings. He has really made a commitment to come and talk to the crowds about what is going on within the ACC and from a nationwide standpoint, and about what the pressing needs are right now at Clemson. He also discussed what Clemson Athletics is working toward, whether it be construction of facilities or the outlook of various sports. Along with Brownell and Swinney, a special thanks goes out to Coach Chad Morris, Coach Robbie Caldwell, Coach Jeff Scott, Coach Danny Pearman, Coach Earl Grant and Coach Mike Winiecki for making time to go out and speak to these various groups of Clemson fans and IPTAY donors. A special thanks goes to the Clemson Alumni office and the Clemson Fund, as well. These on-campus groups go to every Prowl and Growl, and have a table set up to provide more information about the things going on at our university. Within our IPTAY staff, four people go to all of the Prowl and Growl stops. It averages out to about two or three Prowl and Growls a week over the month-and-a-half timespan, so they log a ton of miles traveling back and forth. Our staff members work closely with the respective Clemson clubs to make these events happen, and are obviously devoted to helping IPTAY provide a first-class event at each of these venues. We hope that we can build on this year’s success and put together an even better series of Prowl and Growl stops next spring. We certainly encourage people to come out and support IPTAY and Clemson University. It is a great time to fellowship, get autographs and be able to glean some insights into Clemson Athletics from a coach or athletic director that you might not read in a newspaper or on the Internet. After finishing out the Prowl and Growl Tour, we have begun to close the books on the IPTAY ’13 year and turn our attention to the IPTAY ’14 year, which officially begins July 1. Our organization has grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years, and we look forward to continuing to grow into one of the strongest programs in the country. I’d also like to welcome our newest staff member, Davis Babb, who will be the new IPTAY chief executive officer and will have already begun work here by the time this magazine reaches you. We look forward to working with Davis and continuing to help IPTAY grow. When this magazine is mailed on June 17, we will be exactly 75 days away from the start of the 2013 football season, which of course kicks off for the Tigers on Aug. 31 with our home opener in Death Valley against Georgia. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to that day as much as we are. Go Tigers!
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SOMETHING IN THESE HILLS PAWSITIVE PRESS Highlighting Clemson’s top performers in athletics Jameel Abdul-Mateen Men’s Track & Field • Covington, GA Abdul-Mateen advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time, finishing fifth at the East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, NC in the long jump. He went on to finish 10th and earn second-team All-America honors at the outdoor national meet.
Shane Kennedy Baseball • Orlando, FL Kennedy earned second-team All-ACC recognition in his first season with the Tiger baseball program. He hit a team-high .317 and led the Tigers in runs and stolen bases as well. He was named to the Columbia Regional AllTournament Team.
Billy Kennerly Men’s Golf • Alpharetta, GA Kennerly established a significant school record by ending the season with five straight rounds in the 60s, the first Tiger golfer in history to accomplish the feat. Kennerly shot 68-68-69 at the NCAA Regional in Tempe, AZ and finished in a tie for 10th.
Giulia Longatti Rowing • Como, Italy Longatti was one of three Tigers named to the All-ACC team after helping Clemson to a runner-up finish at the ACC Championships on Lake Hartwell in May. Longatti rowed the stroke position for the Tigers’ First Varsity 8+.
Dominique Maden Men’s Tennis • Stuttgart, Germany The Tiger junior teamed with older brother Yannick to take down the nation’s top-ranked doubles team from the University of Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 8-3. The Madens had a 23-7 overall doubles record this season, and were ITA All-Americans.
Lauren Terstappen Women’s Track & Field • Phoenixville, PA Terstappen competed at the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years in the pole vault. She was also All-ACC both seasons in 2013, just one year after dislocating an elbow during a vault attempt.
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Longtime Clemson employee Robert Ricketts was honored on Friday, May 3 for 38 years of service to the university and its athletic department. Friends and colleagues first gathered at the McFadden Building to meet and greet with Ricketts before moving on to the WestZone later in the evening for a full-blown “roast.” It was a night full of memories for Ricketts, one of Clemson Athletics’ most loyal employees. After an affiliation that included a role in the startup of the university’s internal audit division, he shifted to the athletic department in 1985 as business operations manager. In 2003, he was named associate athletic director for facilities and grounds, a role that he would fill until his retirement at the end of May. A native of Anderson, Ricketts was able to raise his family in the shadows of Clemson University. His wife, Kathey, worked at the university for years. His daughter Lindsey earned two degrees from Clemson and now works as an academic advisor at Vickery Hall. “Clemson is such a wonderful place to raise a family,” he said. “Clemson Athletics allowed me to do things I never dreamed I would be able to do.” With so much involvement in capital projects, Ricketts was able to find a sense of pride when stepping foot into so many facilities he impacted in one way or another over the years. “It is so fulfilling,” Ricketts said. “The most fulfilling part is that you’re doing something to help the student-athletes and coaches, by giving them the resources they need to continue to improve. “It’s been a blessing and an absolute joy for me. But I’m looking forward to the next phase in life.” — by Philip Sikes
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Q&A with Men’s Tennis Head Coach Chuck McCuen
In our latest installment of Coaches Corner, “Orange: The Experience” Editor Philip Sikes sat down with Head Coach Chuck McCuen, who just completed his fifth season in charge of the Tiger men’s tennis program. In the question and answer session, McCuen discussed what he learned from a college coaching legend, Clemson’s steady build as a program, the successes of the 2013 season, and the effect a pair of brothers have had on the present and future of Tiger tennis. Q: Taking over the reins of a program from a college coaching legend is never easy. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced? McCuen: “I was very fortunate to have 19+ years of head coaching experience at Georgia State. I was able to build a program from scratch, and that helped me with the transition. I tell people this all the time…those six years I was able to spend as an assistant to Coach (Chuck) Kriese were priceless. They were worth all my years as head coach. I learned so much, including different concepts and how to think outside the box a little bit. He was a very creative coach, not traditional with a lot of his coaching methods. I was able to take what I thought was good from my experiences, and blend them with his.” Q: Did anything surprise you about the head coaching position at Clemson? McCuen: “It was a wonderful period of time under Coach Kriese. Six years is a long period of time in coaching. I knew the people, I knew the administration. I knew the expectations of the job. We have a saying at the tennis center, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ We were given all of the resources that we needed to be successful. In turn, we just had to go out and work hard.” Q: The program has taken incremental steps each season under your watch, a method that has proven to be successful. What do you credit for that? McCuen: “When I took over the position, I have to credit all the great folks around me. We came out with a one-year, three-year and a five-year plan. We used a business model. I’m sort of a teacher at heart, maybe even more than a coach. We looked at the situation logically. We wanted to be at a certain point after year one, in a position with our scholarships where we were starting to identify our personality and what 10
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kind of student-athletes we wanted to fit into this program. We built to where we ended up this year.” Q: Let’s talk a little bit about this season. The team returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and came within a hair of a berth in the Sweet 16. What is the most positive memory you will take from the 2013 season? McCuen: “This was our original team, starting with all of our own signees. I’ll remember how they bonded as a family. It sounds cliché, but that’s really the atmosphere we try to create at the tennis center. If you’re that close with a band of brothers, it’s harder to give in to some of the pressures of college life and some of what we demand of them as student-athletes. They really came together, and it was really fun to be a part of.” Q: Can you put into words what the Maden brothers, Yannick and Dominique, have meant to your program? McCuen: “They’re the rock that we built our foundation on. Coach (John) Boetsch did a wonderful job recruiting Yannick. We knew that would be the catalyst of our program. He was that good. We also knew that his personality and intelligence, plus all of his intangibles, were going to help us build a successful program. And he did it. We always joke with him that he’s our businessman. He brings his briefcase to work every single day. You’ll always get the same product every day.” Q: Did you see his leadership and talent level trickle down to your other players? McCuen: “Absolutely. You must have one or two people at that level, and that just pulls everyone else up. That’s exactly what he did. When you’re playing the best doubles team in the country (as was the case on May 11 when the Maden brothers knocked off Tennessee’s No. 1 ranked tandem), you’re going to get better just by practicing against that talent. They are wonderful mentors to their teammates.” Q: The future certainly looks bright for Clemson men’s tennis. What are your expectations for the program? McCuen: “I believe it’s in an upward swing. It’s going to be consistent year in and year out. You’re always going to know what you are going to get with the men’s tennis team: great students, great citizens and great tennis players. Winning does help tremendously. It’s a great parallel with success in recruiting. It’s never easy, but it has been much more rewarding with the talent level we’ve been able to attract and sign for next year. We’re excited about the upcoming class.”
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an assistant athletic director and a supervisor for some of our For many, Clemson is a place that is considered a home away Olympic sports programs. In 2010, I became an associate athletic from home, but for Kyle Young, the university is home, literally. director coordinating the sports supervision efforts, and we are Growing up right around the corner near Daniel High School, where we are today.” Young always knew he would follow his family’s tradition and Young went from growing up in Clemson, to playing at become a Tiger. Clemson and finally working at Clemson. Being so close to the “I grew up with it,” he said. “I grew up where my blood runneth area as a child sparked a passion inside of him to want to pursue orange. Both of my parents went to Clemson, and I have a a career in athletics. brother, Will, who played football here. It goes all the way back “I can now help identify people that I would love to be to my grandfather, who went here. It was just an expectation.” involved at Clemson,” he said. “Most of my friends growing up Although Clemson was the expected decision, in 1997 Young were coaches’ kids, and it was always tough because they would made a few official visits to other schools before fulfilling it. move away. I always hoped one day I would be able to determine “I didn’t even visit Clemson on an official visit,” he said. “I took who stays.” an official visit to Florida, North Carolina and Georgia; regardless, Clemson hasn’t been all I was going to go to work and no play. Being a Clemson.” Tiger helped him meet his Clemson was not only closest friends and even the town he grew up in, but his wife, Jamie, whom he also the place that opened has three children with and up the door to play football another on the way. and receive a degree, “The biggest thing is — which shaped most of his the teammates that you experiences at the school. meet, the girl I ended up With football a huge part marrying, those are the of Young’s life, his fondest things that really mean memory is one of the most more than anything in famous games for Clemson terms of experience,” he fans — the Tigers’ dramatic said. “Some of my best win over South Carolina in friends that I ever could 2000. imagine were here at “We were down 14-13 Clemson University. For and got the ball back with me, it was on the football less than a minute to go,” team, but you develop he recalled. “We were on those lifelong bonds that the 30- or 35-yard line Photos courtesy of (L) Sports Information Department, (R) Bob Waldrop define those experiences with about 10 seconds to for you.” go, and Woody (Dantzler) Many Clemson alumni completed a 50-yard pass and fans would agree with to Rod Gardner. It set up the the saying that there is “Something in these hills,” and this may game-winning field goal, and it was a tremendous experience.” describe it all for Young. Young’s success on and off the field is a unique accomplishment “When you spend most of your life in a place, it becomes a part for a student-athlete at Clemson. Young was not only a two-time of you, your family and all of your experiences,” he said. “I have All American (in 2000 and 2001), but he also raised the bar when had a great life thus far, and Clemson has been right in the center he received the honor of first-team Academic All-American three of that life. I look at Clemson as being a very, very special place.” times. What Clemson has done for Young is a story that would be The accomplishments and relationships Young made for hard for anyone not to love. Clemson was not just a school or a himself led directly into the career path he had always been job to him, but the reason for many important things in his life. passionate about. From 1997-2001, Young was on the playing “The significance Clemson has played in not only my life, but field, and he knew after those days were done he wanted to also my family’s life is huge,” he said. “I would have never met my pursue athletic administration. wife, my parents would have never met, and her parents would After working hard with other athletic programs, Young finally have never met. I literally wouldn’t be here without Clemson got his break. University.” “In 2005, I was given the opportunity to serve as Clemson’s administrative assistant,” he said. “A couple of years later I became — by Victoria Reid
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When did you become a Clemson fan? “When I was recruited to play football for the Tigers in 1961. I was most favorably impressed by the school spirit as opposed to some of the other schools I visited.” Why did you get involved with IPTAY? “Since IPTAY paid for my scholarship, it was only natural for me to give something in return.” What is your favorite gameday tradition? “The Tigers coming down the Hill prior to kickoff. It was a thrill for me as a player standing on the Hill listening to the roar of the Clemson fans.”
Who is your favorite all-time student-athlete? “Quarterback Jimmy ‘The Needle’ Addison (he could stand under a clothesline and be out of the rain) and linebacker Joe ‘Computer’ Waldrep. Both were outstanding football players and students in the 1960s. They went on to the University of Virginia and Duke University law schools, respectively. They typified what Coach (Frank) Howard wanted when he asked coaches Fred Cone and Whitey Jordan to bring in players with character, and not bring in characters.” Who is your favorite Clemson coach? “Frank Howard was the person who put us on the football map. He was a very wise man in many ways. Not infrequently, he talked to us about life after football and how important it was to prepare for the future. His lectures on being friendly to the students and having good manners were quite entertaining, too.” What is one thing you always do when you come to Clemson? “I like to walk on the campus and enjoy the ambience, as well as think about some of the interesting teachers whom I had, including ‘Psycho’ Waite, ‘Frosty’ Bauknight, ‘Farmer’ Brown, ‘Frog’ Ware and C.A. ‘Foggy’ Reid.” Why should someone who is not an IPTAY member join? “It is a great opportunity to be a part of Team Clemson and Family Clemson.” What are your fondest memories from your playing days at Clemson? “Enjoying the camaraderie of my teammates and coaches. A good example … I was waking up from anesthesia after an appendectomy in Seneca, and my freshman coach, Covington ‘Goat’ McMillan, was standing over me telling the nurses and the doctor, ‘Hey, hey, what the heck, he is one of my boys. Take good care of him.’” How has your time at Clemson affected the path your life has taken since? “My work ethic and attention to detail, as well as managing my time, were enhanced playing football and studying pre-med.” You were honored with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award, the university’s highest alumni honor, and by the Clemson Board of Trustees awarding you an Honorary Doctorate in1997 for your work in the medical field. Could you tell us a little about your work with patients in less-developed countries? “I have been a volunteer surgeon in developing countries since 1982.They include The People’s Republic of China, Nigeria, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Poland, Venezuela, South Korea, and Palestine (West Bank). I usually go once or twice a year — 34 or 35 trips in all. I have made many friends in those countries and hopefully have had a positive impact on many lives (with well over 1,400 surgical procedures). Lately, most of the cases involve burned children, who have certainly made a positive impact on my life because I learned a long time ago that the ‘Getting is in the giving.’ When I leave one of those countries, as I did in March (Palestine), I regret that I couldn’t do more. I usually see over 100 children per trip, mostly burned from home accidents or war injuries, and operate on 35 to 45. Many a time, a parent has asked me, ‘What about my child?’ and I say, ‘Next time.’ My next trip will be to Lebanon, where the injured Syrian refugee children are streaming across the border. You can Google search Palestine Children’s Relief Fund for information about our work in the Middle East. My daughter, Rebecca (’07), who has a master’s degree in nursing, is one of my main helpers.”
Randy (‘66) with his wif e, Becky, son Michael (‘11) and daughter Rebecca (‘07) tailgatin g at Clemson.
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— compiled by Victoria Reid
Randy Smith played tackle for Clemson football team.
Randy with Frank Howard in September 1989 in Death Valley.
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Randy with family at his son’s graduation from Clemson in 2011. (L-R) Randy Jr., Becky, Michael (‘11), Randy (‘66) and Rebecca (‘07).
(L to R) Randy Jr., Daniel, Randolph, Clemson Football Head Coach Dabo Swinney, Michael and Randy at the Football Alumni Luncheon at Death Valley in 2011.
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When did you become a Clemson fan? “In 1959, when I was 10 and attended my first football game with my brother, Charles D. Grant (’64 School of Architecture). I got a ticket for 50 cents and sat with him in the student section. I have been a Tiger ever since!” Why did you get involved with IPTAY? “After graduation from Clemson in 1975, it was a way to stay involved with the school I love so much. Clemson has done so much for me on so many levels. It has always been a way to say thank you!”
What is your favorite gameday tradition? “Tailgating, seeing the Tigers run down the Hill, and winning football games! Going on the field after the game. It is about enjoying Clemson with family and friends.” Who is your favorite all-time student athlete? “All of them! They work so hard for us. Thanks!” Who is your favorite Clemson coach? “Head Coaches Jack Leggett and Dabo Swinney, for building programs and student-athletes with integrity and character.” What is one thing you always do when you come to Clemson? “Visit the Scroll of Honor.” Why should someone who is not an IPTAY member join? “Clemson is a special place. There is a bond that only people who have their lives and the lives of their friends and family touched by Clemson understand. I spent 20 years in the Army and lived many different places, and when I try to explain Clemson University to people I get looks of disbelief. Clemson truly brings people together and forms a special camaraderie. Our Clemson family should be excited to give back to Clemson, and IPTAY is a great way to preserve our true Tiger spirit. Go Tigers.” — compiled by Victoria Reid
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Peter with Coach Sw inney at the 2013 Prowl and Gr owl in Nashville, TN.
Huntsville, AL Years of Membership:
Clemson has done so much for me on so many levels. It has always been a way to say thank you!”
Peter and grandson Nico in Seattle this year.
Peter as a member of the 1974 cheerleading squad with his partner, Kathy Dayhood Collins, in front of the left rear tire.
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Peter, Charmion, and her daughter, Caroline, prior to a Clemson home game.
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When did you become a Clemson fan? “About 10 years ago, after moving here from Seattle.” Why did you get involved with IPTAY? “My wife, Ann, and I want to become closely knit to a major college program in order to feel a part of the excitement of college sports.”
What is your favorite gameday tradition? “Definitely tailgating, as well as other pre-game activities. We like to walk around and talk to other tailgaters, go shopping, watch the band enter the stadium and, of course, watch the team run down The Hill — ‘The most exciting 25 seconds in college football.’” Who is your all-time favorite student-athlete? “It is hard to say since there are so many, but there’s nothing like seeing C.J. Spiller or Sammy Watkins score on a long run.” Who is your favorite Clemson coach? “Dabo Swinney. He’s got class, drive and determination, not to mention enthusiasm, and he relates well with the players.”
What is one thing you always do when you come to Clemson? “I try to get into the Esso Club for a beverage. It reminds me of The Coug in Pullman, WA.” Why should someone who is not an IPTAY member join? “For us, it’s a way we can contribute to the athletic program. We are believers in the fact that college athletics provide a structured environment for kids that they will carry with them for a long time.”
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‘A GOOD TIME IS HAD BY ALL’ 2013 Prowl and Growl Coaches Tour wraps up after 14 stops across four states Brad Brownell admits sometimes the questions posed at Prowl and Growl Coaches Tour events rival those from the media after a tough night on the basketball court. “The fans are very knowledgeable, and you can tell which fans follow exactly what’s going on and have some good questions for what you’re thinking about personnel, recruiting, scheduling or anything,” the Clemson head coach told IPTAY Media. The man Brownell shared the stage with that particular night in Greenville, SC, Dabo Swinney, got a taste of just such a direct line of questioning when a young Tiger fan took the microphone and matter-of-factly asked, “When are we going to beat Carolina?” The crowd burst into laughter, but quickly quieted down for the response. “We already did,” Brownell interjected, reminding the fans of his team’s 64-55 win over the Gamecocks last season. “It wasn’t hard at all. We went right to Columbia and smashed them.” After the laughter subsided again, Swinney gave his own response to the question. “My wife asks me the same question every morning,” he joked. “We’ve obviously got another chance this year, and we’ve got to get it done. It’s just that simple. Trust me — we all live with it every day.” That was just one of many topics Brownell and Swinney addressed during the event, one of 14 Prowl and Growl stops across four states in the months of April and May. The most local of those stops, the Greenville meeting, was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church and hosted
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by the Greenville Clemson Club. Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich and the coaches addressed a crowd of more than 400 that turned out. “It’s always a great event every year,” said Nate Manning, a past president of the club who coordinated the event. “We’ve obviously got a big Clemson community here in Greenville, and we’re always happy to see the coaches come and interact with everybody. We kind of max this place out.” Indeed a full house was in attendance, and Radakovich took the stage with emcee Don Munson to give updates on a number of topics pertinent to Clemson sports. Radakovich said he hopes to have a decision this summer on whether to renovate Littlejohn Coliseum or to build an entirely new facility for Clemson basketball. He also said the first of a two-part renovation process is set to begin at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. A new playing surface will be in place next spring, and then shortly after the 2014 season, work will begin on a player development area and Lobby of Legacy around the stadium. Radakovich also commented on the additions of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame to the Atlantic
Coast Conference, and believes the expansion puts the league in position to compete for conference supremacy with the nation’s very best. “For many months and years, we’ve heard a lot about the Southeastern Conference, and as a business enterprise, they’ve done tremendously well. But when you take a step back and look at what the Atlantic Coast Conference can offer ESPN, our television partner, in terms of a
network, the demographics are about double what the SEC has,” he said. Asked about the speculation that ESPN would bring its College GameDay program to Clemson for the Aug. 31 season opener against Georgia, Radakovich paused to nod deliberately before responding coyly. “It’s going to be one of those days that you just don’t want to miss being on campus,” he said. Prior to the program, those in attendance at the Prowl and Growl took the chance to meet and get autographs from Brownell and Swinney, and dinner was then served. “It’s good to interact with our fans,” Brownell said. “You don’t get a lot of time one-on-one, but you do get to shake some hands, sign some autographs, take some pictures and just thank your fans for supporting you all year and for all the things they do for the university.” In addition to Radakovich, Brownell and Swinney, assistant coaches Chad Morris, Robbie Caldwell, Jeff Scott, Danny Pearman, Earl Grant and Mike Winiecki made appearances during this year’s Prowl and Growl Coaches Tour, along with studentathletes Tajh Boyd and Travis Blanks, who each spoke at one of the 14 meetings. “People love it,” said Travis Furbee, director of the IPTAY Annual Fund. “Everybody has a good time, whether they are getting autographs or meeting Coach Swinney or Coach Brownell or some of the assistant coaches. On the other side of it, the coaches really enjoy meeting all the people and getting up there and telling them what’s going on with their respective programs. So, a good time is had by all.” — by Steven Bradley, IPTAY Media Photos by Rex Brown, IPTAY Media
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2012-13 YEAR IN REVIEW PROGRAM OVERVIEW • Clemson won a pair of ACC Championships in the 2012-13 academic year, both in women’s track & field. • The Tiger football team won 11 games, most since the 1981 National Championship season, and finished with its first top-10 final ranking since 1990. • The women’s track & field program swept the ACC indoor and outdoor championships for the fourth straight year, meaning the Tiger seniors never lost a conference title during their time at Clemson. • Seven sports finished the season with a top-25 national ranking. The highest ranked team to end the season was women’s track & field, which finished sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The other sports that finished their respective season in the top 25 were football (9th), women’s tennis (13th), women’s outdoor track & field (9th), rowing (18th), men’s tennis (21st) and men’s indoor track & field (25th). • Seventy-two student-athletes graduated in the December and May ceremonies during the academic year. BASEBALL • Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time in the last 27 seasons, with a berth in the Columbia Regional. The Tigers finished the season with 40 wins for the 16th time in 20 seasons under Head Coach Jack Leggett. • Clemson was ranked as high as No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball on April 22.
• The Tigers had two winning streaks of at least nine games. Clemson won 11 straight games from April 1 through April 19, and then nine in a row from May 6 to May 16. • Clemson defeated eight ranked teams during the regular season, including No. 1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill 5-4 in extra innings on April 1. The Tigers won ACC series over ranked teams NC State and Georgia Tech. • Clemson had five walkoff wins, including four on hits by freshmen. • The Tigers’ 3.21 earned run average was the program’s best mark since 1996, and the second-best mark under Leggett. • Clemson’s freshman pitchers combined to win the most games (16) by a rookie staff since the 1997 team. • The Tigers led the ACC with 1.8 stolen bases per game. • Three players were named second-team All-ACC at the conclusion of the regular season: Daniel Gossett, Shane Kennedy and Steve Wilkerson. • Garrett Boulware, who led the Tigers in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage, was an All-ACC Tournament selection after batting over .300 in three games. • Two players, Matthew Crownover and Steven Duggar, were named freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. MEN’S BASKETBALL • Clemson finished the season with a 13-18 overall record, 5-13 in the ACC. • The Tigers were second among ACC schools and 34th nationally in scoring defense, allowing only 60.1 points per game. That was the lowest figure since 1950 by a Tiger basketball team. • Clemson committed just 11.45 turnovers per game, fewest on record in school history. • Devin Booker was named third-team AllACC, giving the program at least one all-conference selection for the fifth time in the last six seasons. • Jordan Roper led the Tigers in both three-point goals (41) and steals (35) as a freshman, the first rookie Daniel Gossett was a second-team All-ACC pitcher in 2013 for the Tiger baseball team. Photo by Dawson Powers
in history to lead Clemson in both categories. • Booker and classmate Milton Jennings earned undergraduate degrees in sociology at the May graduation ceremony. • Jennings was an all-tournament selection at the Old Spice Classic in November. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL • Clemson announced the hiring of its sixth coach in history, Audra Smith of UAB, on April 8. • The Lady Tigers finished the season with a 9-21 overall record, 5-13 in the ACC. • Clemson was third in the ACC with an average of 4.8 blocked shots per game. • Junior forward Quinyotta Pettaway produced eight double-doubles for the season, six in conference play alone. • Pettaway was third in the ACC with 8.9 rebounds per game. • Nikki Dixon averaged 12.7 points per game as a sophomore and was 16th among ACC players in scoring average. The sophomore reached 500 career points against North Carolina on Dec. 30, becoming the fastest to reach that mark for the Lady Tigers since Chrissy Floyd in 2001. • Dixon was fourth in the ACC in steals per game (2.2), while Pettaway was fifth in blocks per game (1.3). CROSS COUNTRY • The Clemson women finished seventh as a team at both the ACC Championships and at the NCAA Southeast Regionals. • The Tiger men, who competed without leader Ty McCormack while he was studying abroad, was 10th at ACCs and 16th at Regionals. • For the third consecutive year, Clemson’s women had two all-region runners. Kate Borowicz led the Tigers with a 21st-place finish, while Erin Barker took 24th in her only season at Clemson. • Aaron Ramirez earned his first all-region honor for the Tiger men’s team after finishing 21st in the November meet at Charlotte, NC. WOMEN’S DIVING • In its first full season as the nation’s only standalone program, Clemson sent five divers to the NCAA Zone B Championships in Knoxville, TN. • Megan Helwagen was Clemson’s top performer at the NCAA Zones, finishing 18th overall in the platform diving with a season-best score of 205.25. She also led the Tigers in the one-meter dive, placing 28th overall. • Elizabeth Tatum led four point-scorers for the team at the ACC Championships by JUNE 2013
2012-13 YEAR IN REVIEW placing 10th in the three-meter dive. • Emily Howard, Jessica Ressler and Chelsea Uranaka were the others to contribute to Clemson’s team score at the ACC meet. • Howard received the team’s Most Valuable Diver Award at season’s end, while Helwagen was named Rookie of the Year. FOOTBALL (Final National Rank: 9th) • The Tigers finished the 2012 season with 11 wins, the most in a single season since the 1981 National Championship team went 12-0. • Clemson overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a 25-24 win over No. 7 LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. Chandler Catanzaro’s 37-yard field goal as time expired sealed the comeback. • The Tigers finished the season with a 7-1 ACC record and won seven straight games at one point by at least a 14-point margin. • Clemson was ranked in every poll during the season, a first since 2000. Clemson is one of only six schools that has been ranked in the nation’s top 25 each of the last 29 polls. • The Tigers set the ACC record for consecutive games scoring at least 37 points (10). • Clemson had four All-Americans, all on offense: Tajh Boyd, Dalton Freeman, DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. • The Tigers had six of the 11 first-team AllACC players on offense, the most in a singleseason in school history and most by any school since Florida State in 1995.
• Clemson was sixth in the nation in scoring (41.0) and ninth in total offense (512.7). The Tigers set ACC records for total offense, total plays and touchdown passes in a single season. • Clemson was third in the ACC in both sacks and scoring defense, and senior safety Rashard Hall was second-team all-conference as voted by the league media. • Boyd was named the ACC Player of the Year after breaking the conference record for touchdown responsibility (46) and touchdown passes (36).
Above: Billy Kennerly established a Clemson record by shooting five straight rounds in the 60s to finish his sophomore season. At left: Dalton Freeman, Clemson’s career leader in snaps, was in on every single one during the Tigers’ dramatic win over No. 7 LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Photos by Rex Brown
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Baseball Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country Football Golf Women’s Rowing Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Men’s Indoor Track & Field Women’s Indoor Track & Field Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Volleyball
26-9 12-8 2-5 18-12 40-22 .645 3rd (Atl.) 0-3 - 3 - 8-7 4-8 1-2 5-13 13-18 .419 T-10th L, 1st Rd - 1 - 5-10 3-8 1-3 5-13 9-21 .300 T-9th L, 1st Rd - - - - - - - - - - 10th - - - - - - - - - - 7th - - - 6-1 3-1 2-0 7-1 11-2 .846 T-1st (Atl.) - 9th 8 4 - - - - - - - 5th - - - - - - - - - - 2nd 18th 3 - 4-3-2 2-4-3 0-2 3-2-4 6-9-5 .425 T-4th L, Semi. - 1 - 5-4 1-6-2 0-0 1-9 6-10-2 .389 11th - - - - 7-3 8-4 4-1 6-4 19-8 .704 5th L, Semi. 21st 2 2 10-2 5-4 1-2 9-2 16-8 .667 2nd L, Quar. 13th 3 1 - - - - - - - 3rd T-25th 9 5 - - - - - - - 1st 6th 17 8 - - - - - - - 3rd T-35th 8 5 - - - - - - - 1st 9th 20 9 12-5 6-5 3-0 12-8 21-10 .677 T-4th - - 1 1
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All-Amer. Top 25 Wins 8 2 5 -
2012-13 YEAR IN REVIEW • Hopkins established an ACC record with 18 touchdown receptions and finished his three-year career first in Clemson history in both touchdown catches and receiving yards. • Hopkins was a first-round NFL Draft selection, taken with the No. 27 overall pick by the Houston Texans. • Running back Andre Ellington became the fourth player in school history with at least two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. • All 13 seniors on the 2012 Tiger football
team left Clemson with an undergraduate degree in hand. MEN’S GOLF • Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd consecutive year. The Tigers played in the Tempe Regional and finished 12th. • The Tigers finished fifth at the ACC Tournament, but were 13-under par over the final two rounds, third best in the field. • Billy Kennerly led Clemson individually by shooting five straight rounds in the 60s to conclude the season. He was the first Tiger in history to achieve the feat for five consecutive rounds. • Kennerly shot 68-68-69 and tied for 10th place at the NCAA Regional in Tempe. He was the first Clemson golfClemson’s All-ACC rowers (L to R): Caroline Hackler, Milena Heuer and Giulia Longatti. Photo by Dawson Powers
er since D.J. Trahan in 2002 to shoot three rounds under par at the same regional. • Red-shirt freshman Stephen Behr led the Tigers in stroke average, the first freshman to lead Clemson in that statistic since Kyle Stanley in 2006-07. Behr was named to the Ping All-Region team. ROWING (Final National Rank: 18th) • The Tigers finished second at the ACC Championships on Lake Hartwell. Clemson’s best individual finish was runner-up by the Second Varsity 8+ boat. • Clemson produced three All-ACC rowers: Caroline Hackler, Milena Heuer and Giulia Longatti. It was the first such honor for all three rowers. • Two boats earned ACC Crew of the Week honors, including the Second Varsity 8+ for just the second time in school history. • Clemson’s Second Varsity 8+ defeated 10th-ranked Yale on April 13, its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2011. • The novice 8+ defeated three nationallyranked foes in the spring, including No. 4 Ohio State on April 20. • Clemson was ranked in the top 20 by the
2012-13 YEAR IN REVIEW Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and US Rowing each week of the 2013 spring season, with a high of No. 14 for three straight weeks in April. • Laura Basadonna was named to the firstteam All-South Region team by the CRCA, while Heather Cummings was a second-team selection. It was Cummings’ third career honor. MEN’S SOCCER • Clemson finished the season with an 6-9-5 overall record. • The Tigers tied for fourth in the ACC standings with Boston College with a 3-2-3 conference record. Clemson took No. 1 seed Maryland to double overtime in the tournament semifinals before losing 2-1. • Defensively, the Tigers were third in the ACC in both saves per game (3.65) and shutouts (8). • Austin Savage was named second-team AllACC after finishing the season sixth in goals per game. Savage had a single-season high among ACC players with seven points versus Gardner-Webb. • Manolo Sanchez was named to the AllACC Tournament Team after assisting on Clemson’s lone goal in the semifinals against Maryland. • Clemson’s two goalkeepers – Cody Mizell and Chris Glodack – combined for eight shutouts. The two helped combine to shut out Boston College in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal win, with Glodack saving two of the Eagles’ attempts in the penalty kick round.
Austin Savage was a second-team AllACC performer for the men’s soccer team in 2012. Photo by Rex Brown
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WOMEN’S SOCCER • Clemson finished the season with a 6-10-2 overall record. • The Tigers won their first ACC match in thrilling fashion when they defeated NC State by a score of 1-0 to conclude the regular season. Freshman midfielder Jenna Polonsky scored the game-winner for Clemson at the 72:26 mark. • Clemson defeated rival South Carolina, 1-0, in double overtime on the road in September. Liska Dobberstein scored the game-
winning goal with just 28 seconds to play in the second overtime period. • Dobberstein, a sophomore forward, led the Tigers in both goals and points. • Dobberstein and senior Maddy Elder were both named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
Yannick (left) and Dominique Maden took down the nation’s No. 1 ranked doubles team from Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Photo by Rex Brown
MEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETE HONORS SPORT ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL: FOOTBALL: Tajh Boyd, Jr. (QB, 1st) Dalton Freeman, Sr. (C, 1st) Sammy Watkins, So. (WR, 1st) DeAndre Hopkins, Jr. (WR, 2nd) INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Spencer Adams, Sr. (60 Hurdles, 1st) Tevin Hester, Fr. (60 Dash, 1st) Marcus Maxey, Sr. (60 Hurdles, 2nd) Brunson Miller, Sr. (400 Dash, 2nd) OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Spencer Adams, Sr. (110 Hurdles, 1st) Reggie Lewis, So. (100 Dash, 1st) Tevin Hester, Fr. (100 Dash, 2nd) Marcus Maxey, Sr. (110 Hurdles, 2nd) Jameel Abdul-Mateen, So. (Long Jump, 2nd) SOCCER: TENNIS: Dominique Maden, Jr. (Doubles) Yannick Maden, Sr. (Doubles) Note: * - ACC Champion
ALL-ACC Daniel Gossett, So. (P, 2nd) Shane Kennedy, Jr. (UTIL, 2nd) Steve Wilkerson, Jr. (INF, 2nd) Tajh Boyd, Jr. (QB, 1st) Andre Ellington, Sr. (RB, 1st) Brandon Ford, Sr. (TE, 1st) Dalton Freeman, Sr. (C, 1st) DeAndre Hopkins, Jr. (WR, 1st) Brandon Thomas, Jr. (OL, 1st) Chandler Catanzaro, Jr. (PK, 2nd) Rashard Hall, Sr. (S, 2nd) *Brunson Miller, Sr. (400 Dash) *Spencer Adams, Sr. (60 Hurdles) *Spencer Adams, Sr. (4x400 Relay) *La’Mont Jackson, Jr. (4x400 Relay) *Ryan Mangone, Sr. (4x400 Relay) *Brunson Miller, Sr. (4x400 Relay) Tevin Hester, Fr. (60 Dash) Marcus Maxey, Sr. (60 Hurdles) Marcus Brown, Sr. (Shot Put) *Spencer Adams, Sr. (110 Hurdles Tevin Hester, Fr. (100 Dash) Tevin Hester, Fr. (200 Dash) Brunson Miller, Jr. (400 Dash) Ty McCormack, Jr. (Steeplechase) Marcus Maxey, Sr. (110 Hurdles) Marcus Maxey, Sr. (400 Hurdles) Jameel Abdul-Mateen, So. (Long Jump) Austin Savage, Sr. (F, 2nd) Hunter Harrington, So. (1st) Yannick Maden, Sr. (1st)
2012-13 YEAR IN REVIEW MEN’S TENNIS (Final National Rank: 21st) • Clemson returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Tigers won their opening round match, 4-3, over Boise State in the Knoxville Regional. • Clemson won the doubles point against sixth-ranked Tennessee in a second-round NCAA match that went down to the final set, but the Volunteers prevailing at No. 3 singles to claim a 4-3 win. • The Tigers concluded the season with a 19-8 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. • Clemson was ranked 21st in the final ITA team poll, its first final top-25 ranking since the 2007 season. • The Tigers’ doubles team of Yannick and Dominique Maden defeated the nation’s topranked tandem from Tennessee, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. • The Maden brothers went on to earn a bid to the NCAA Doubles Championships, while Yannick Maden advanced to the second round in singles. • The Maden brothers were named ITA AllAmericans after finishing with a No. 8 national ranking. • Yannick Maden and Hunter Harrington were both named to the All-ACC team at the conclusion of the regular season, making it the first time since 2007 that Clemson had multiple all-conference selections in the same year. WOMEN’S TENNIS (Final National Rank: 13th) • Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive season, and made it to the Round of 16 for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.
Koroleva defeated the nation’s No. 6 ranked player from Georgia, and the No. 5 from California. • Koroleva was the fourth Tiger in history to advance to at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, joining Gigi Fernandez, Sophie Woorons and Julie Coin. • Gumulya and Koroleva pulled off the upset of the NCAA Tournament by defeating the nation’s No. 1 ranked doubles team from Georgia, 8-3, in the Round of 16.
Beatrice Gumulya (middle) won the clinching match in the 4-2 victory over Vanderbilt to win the Clemson Regional. Photo by Rex Brown
• The Tigers played host to an NCAA Regional, and defeated Vanderbilt in the championship match to advance to the Round of 16. Clemson finished 16-8 overall, with seven of the eight losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. • The Tigers finished the ACC regular season with a 9-2 record and earned the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament. • Nancy Harris was named the ITA Carolina Region Coach of the Year after taking guiding a team with no juniors and seniors to a No. 13 final national ranking. • Three players earned bids to the NCAA Singles Championships, tying the 1986 club for a program-high. The same three players – Beatrice Gumulya, Liz Jeukeng and Yana Koroleva – were also named to the All-ACC team. • Koroleva earned All-America status after making it to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Championships. In one week,
TRACK & FIELD (Final Women’s Indoor Rank: 6th; Final Women’s Outdoor Rank: 9th; Final Men’s Indoor Rank: T-25th) • Clemson’s women earned a fourth straight top-15 finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, with a sixth-place team showing. The Tiger men also earned a top-25 finish indoors. • The Tiger women scored a third straight top-10 finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing ninth as a team. • The Tiger women won the ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships a fourth consecutive season, making the 2013 seniors the first group to earn a four-year sweep in the conference since North Carolina’s seniors of 1998. • Clemson’s men were third at the ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, both high finishes for the program since the 2008 season. • Rollins broke the NCAA record for the 60 hurdles and 100 hurdles, winning National Championships in both events. Her record is 7.78 in the 60 hurdles, achieved at home in January, and 12.39, set in the NCAA final of the 100 hurdles in Eugene, OR. • Rollins can claim three NCAA National Championships, one of only two females in Clemson track & field history to earn that distinction. Tina Krebs, a member of Clemson’s Ring of Honor, is the other. • Clemson won a total of 17 individual events and relays at the ACC At left: Spencer Adams won a pair of ACC titles and and was NCAA bronze medalist indoor and outdoor in the high hurdles. At right: Dezerea Bryant was the ACC’s Indoor Most Valuable Track Performer, and contributed to four of Clemson’s 17 conference event championships. Photos by Rex Brown JUNE 2013
2012-13 YEAR IN REVIEW Indoor and Outdoor Championships, 13 by the women’s program alone. • Ten Tigers earned indoor All-America distinction, including Dezerea Bryant with firstteam honors in two separate events. • Nine student-athletes were outdoor AllAmericans. Keni Harrison earned three honors, including two in both hurdles and one with the 4x100 relay. The women’s 4x1 won the bronze medal a second straight year at the NCAA Championships. • Spencer Adams and Brittney Waller both earned bronze medals at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Adams in the 60 hurdles and Waller in the 20-pound weight throw. Adams followed with another bronze outdoors in the 110 hurdles. • Rollins was named ACC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, while Waller was ACC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. • Bryant (indoor) and Harrison (outdoor) claimed ACC Most Valuable Track Performer honors. • Clemson swept ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year honors, with Tevin Hester winning on the men’s side and Mimi Land from the women’s team. VOLLEYBALL • Clemson finished the season 21-10 overall, 12-8 in the ACC. The Tigers finished in a tie for fourth in the ACC regular season standings and concluded the year strong by winning their final three conference matches. • The Tigers were strong defensively, lead-
Tiger senior Sandra Adeleye was a member of the All-ACC team each of her four years. Photo by Rex Brown
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ing the ACC in digs per set (17.2) and finishing third in blocks per set (2.6). • Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover won her 400th career match in August, and her 200th career ACC match this past season as well. She is No. 2 all-time in ACC wins behind North Carolina’s Joe Sagula. • Sandra Adeleye received All-ACC honors for a fourth straight season, the only player in Clemson history to achieve that distinction. • Adeleye was an honorable mention AllAmerican and AVCA All-Region selection as
a senior after leading the Tigers in kills per set and tying for the team lead with 119 total blocks. • Alexa Rand concluded her career with 614 career blocks, second-most in Clemson history. • Natalie Patzin concluded her career with 1,460 career digs, third-most in Clemson history. • Junior outside hitter Mo Simmons was named MVP at the Clemson Classic and also named all-tournament in each of Clemson’s other three tournaments played in 2012.
WOMEN’S STUDENT-ATHLETE HONORS SPORT ALL-AMERICAN ROWING: INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: #Brianna Rollins, Sr. (60 Hurdles, 1st) Dezerea Bryant, So. (60 Dash, 1st) Dezerea Bryant, So. (200 Dash, 1st) Stormy Kendrick, Sr. (60 Dash, 1st) Brittney Waller, Sr. (Weight Throw, 1st) Jasmine Brunson, Sr. (Triple Jump, 2nd) Keni Harrison, So. (60 Hurdles, 2nd) OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: #Brianna Rollins, Jr. (100 Hurdles, 1st) Dezerea Bryant, So. (200 Dash, 1st) Keni Harrison, So. (100 Hurdles, 1st) Keni Harrison, So. (400 Hurdles, 1st) Dezerea Bryant, So. (4x100 Relay, 1st) Keni Harrison, So. (4x100 Relay, 1st) Stormy Kendrick, Sr. (4x100 Relay, 1st) Brianna Rollins, Jr. (4x100 Relay, 1st) Dezerea Bryant, So. (100 Dash, 2nd) TENNIS: Yana Koroleva, So. (Singles) VOLLEYBALL: Sandra Adeleye, Sr. (HM) Note: # - NCAA Champion; * - ACC Champion
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Davis Babb was hired as IPTAY’s first chief executive officer in April.
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Davis Babb brings A track record of success to new CEO position at IPTAY
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avis Babb didn’t graduate from Clemson, but he already feels right at home. Babb, who officially began work as IPTAY’s first chief executive officer June 3, came by way of Texas Christian University, but he grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Appalachian State and coached women’s tennis at Furman. He spent plenty of time in his formative years in Upstate South Carolina, where his grandfather, D.M. Nixon, was a superintendent of schools in Spartanburg County and the namesake of Nixon Field at
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James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan. “For me, I’m all about people and relationships, and I will genuinely want to get to know people, find out what’s on their minds,” Babb said in an exclusive interview with IPTAY Media. “I’m a guy that grew up in the Carolinas and who is one of them, if you will. I didn’t graduate from Clemson, but I feel like this part of the country and the people are really special and passionate, so I hope to be able to just fit in. There will be a learning curve obviously to get to know people, but I hope people will say, ‘He was honest. He tried to build relationships. He was dedicated to
what he was trying to do — help Clemson and IPTAY be the best they can be.’” IPTAY officially announced Babb’s hire April 24, the culmination of a national search to fill the new position that was created after going through corporate restructuring this year that strengthened the organization’s ability to raise funds for Clemson Athletics. At TCU, Babb served as associate athletics director for development and associate vice chancellor for university advancement. CONTINUED ON PAGE 35
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Under his leadership, TCU raised more than $250 million in gifts and commitments for 25 new and renovated athletics facilities, endowed annual scholarships and special projects. Along with Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte and Head Coach Gary Patterson, he led the department’s campaign to secure more than $143 million to renovate the university’s football stadium — the largest fund-raising project in TCU history. That sort of résumé certainly seems to lend itself to taking over a new position with no prior blueprint for exactly how it will function at the helm of one of the nation’s most successful athletic fundraising organizations. “It’s really a great opportunity for me,” Babb said. “In listening to President (Jim) Barker and (IPTAY Board President) Charles Dalton on the search committee, and of course, (Director of Athletics) Dan Radakovich, it’s a neat opportunity to work with everybody and learn the culture, meet a lot of people. I’ll have a lot of questions that I’ll want to ask of people. But having grown up in the Carolinas, I have such respect for Clemson, not only the athletic and academic success. But IPTAY, in our business, has been a name synonymous with success. I’m happy to be a part of that, and will do everything I can to help make it grow.”
And Babb is certainly a man with a proven track record in that department. When he arrived at TCU in 1998, the Horned Frogs football program was coming off a 1-10 season, and the school’s athletic programs were in need of significant facility improvements to allow them to compete on the national level. The university Babb leaves behind scarcely resembles the one he took over, though. TCU is now a member of the Big 12 Conference, and in four of the last five years, the Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games on the gridiron and won 11 games in three of the last four.
Babb chats with a member of the IPTAY Board of Directors at a meeting in May.
They also made back-to-back Bowl Championship Series appearances to close out the 2009 and 2010 seasons, beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day 2011 to cap off only the second undefeated and untied season in school history. In between those BCS bowls, the TCU baseball team made its first trip to the College World Series in program history in 2010 and has made the NCAA Tournament every year since 2004.
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“We had a long-range master plan for facilities, and we did not deviate from it,” Babb said of his time at TCU. “And then, it was not just football or basketball, but we were able to touch essentially every sport in one way or another, so I was able to meet so many people that had interest in so many different sports. It was kind of a building process, but it started with some people in 1998 who bought in, and it’s just grown.” Babb previously served at TCU as associate athletic director for external affairs and interim athletics director. Prior to his time at TCU, he
non-revenue sports success, as well as football, basketball and baseball. “Football is going to get the majority of the attention. However, it just shines more light on all the success of the Olympic sports,” Babb said. “At Clemson, the women’s tennis team made the Sweet 16, I know baseball’s been to the College World Series, golf has been nationally competitive, track & field, and on and on. I believe that Clemson is committed to the total program and providing opportunities for student-athletes. And that doesn’t matter what sport. You want to provide the best scholarships, facilities and coaching in order
as someone with an extensive background in fundraising and athletics, he knows that Clemson will have its own unique challenges and obstacles to overcome in order to meet its goals. “For me, part of what I’m going to be doing is hit the ground listening,” Babb said. “I’m going to ask a lot of questions, and really, I’m interested in what people would say that have been there in the trenches. As with any school, I’m sure there are going to be areas that people would say, ‘We can improve here and there,’ or, ‘We have to overcome this and that.’ That comes at every school, and early on especially, I’m going to lean on the people who have been
Babb has been successful as a fundraiser, an administrator and a coach, but before he became any of those things, he was a successful athlete himself — he lettered four seasons in tennis at Appalachian State, capturing both Southern Conference singles and doubles titles.
Babb helped raise more than $250 million since 1999 at Texas Christian University before being named to his current position at IPTAY.
was athletics director at the Virginia Military Institute and previously coached the Furman University women’s tennis team for two years. “I am excited about Davis bringing his fundraising experience to IPTAY,” Radakovich said. “A strong partnership between IPTAY and Clemson Athletics is vital for our long-term success. I look forward to working with Davis in any way possible to achieve all of our goals for Clemson.” Babb has been successful as a fundraiser, an administrator and a coach, but before he became any of those things, he was a successful athlete himself — he lettered four seasons in tennis at Appalachian State, capturing both Southern Conference singles and doubles titles. Because of his broad experience in virtually every facet of athletics, along with his background as a tennis player and coach, Babb agreed he has a keen sense of the importance of
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to be nationally competitive. That’s so important, and I believe that says a lot about the university when you see total commitment throughout the program.” Babb helped the TCU football program grow from one that had gone 24-42-1 in the five seasons prior to his arrival to one that played in back-to-back BCS games. Of course, the Horned Frogs also notched a win at Death Valley during his tenure, beating Clemson 1410 during a downpour in 2009, when two Tiger drives stalled inside the TCU 20-yard-line in the fourth quarter. Babb was among those in attendance at Memorial Stadium for that game. “Watching from an opponent’s perspective, the atmosphere and the passion was noticeable, the people were so nice, both before and after the game, so genuine,” he said. “I remember sitting in the end zone opposite from where the Clemson team came down The Hill, and it was just incredible.” And while Babb said he already feels right at home at Clemson, he admits that does not necessarily mean he has all the answers. Even
there and done it, to get their feedback. As with anything, you’ve got to look at those type of things as opportunities and challenges to try to flip those and make them positives.” And with that, having helped an athletics program that was largely stagnant at TCU rise to national prominence, he is eager to see what he can do when it comes to working with a program at Clemson that is already a perennial powerhouse on the national scene in many sports. The Tigers, of course, are coming off their first 11-win campaign on the gridiron in more than three decades and just a year removed from winning the ACC title and playing in the BCS, while six different Clemson athletic teams were ranked in the top 25 of their respective sports at one point this spring, a first on record. “Clemson, the people, the history and the championships, it’s all right there,” Babb said. “And coming off a great year last year on the football field with a great bowl win and across the board with a number of other sports, I believe Clemson is a great place. There’s a winning culture, and I’m glad to be a part of that.”
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atching his son Chandler kick the winning field goal on the last play of the game against LSU in the 2012 Chick-filA Bowl brought back memories for Joe Catanzaro. While the Georgia Dome stage was much bigger, it was another example of Chandler Catanzaro providing the winning play in a championship setting. Over his high school career at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, Joe watched his son score the winning goal in a state championship soccer match, and slam home the winning point for his doubles team in a state championship clinching tennis match.
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“I feel like I have always been in position to win a game no matter what the sport,” Catanzaro said. “God has blessed me so much to have these opportunities.” And he has made the most of his opportunities at Clemson, especially over the last two years. In 2011, he kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play of the game against Wake Forest to give the Tigers a 31-28 win at Death Valley. The victory sent Clemson to the ACC Championship game. It is the only walk-off game-winning field goal by a Tiger in Memorial Stadium. Then, last year his 37-yard field goal on the last play of the game gave the Tigers are 25-24 victory over the seventh-ranked LSU Tigers. That victory allowed Clemson to finish in the
Catanzaro is second in Clemson history in kick scoring and extra points, third in overall scoring and fifth in field goals made. Photo by Rex Brown
top 10 of the final USA Today poll (ninth), the first top-10 final ranking for the Tiger program since 1990. If he had missed the kick, Clemson probably would have finished anywhere from 15th to 17th in the final polls. The kick completed a record-breaking season for Catanzaro. He finished 18-for19 on field goal attempts, and ironically the only miss came against Wake Forest. He set a school record for field goal percentage and made 57-of-59 extra points, also a record in both areas.
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IN THE CLUTCH He made his first 11 field goals of the season, giving him 20 in a row over two seasons, smashing the previous record of 14 in a row by Obed Ariri in 1980. For his career, he is now 54-for-68 on field goals, including 20-of-27 on attempts from 40 yards or more. He needs just four more to break all-time great Chris Gardocki’s school record for field goals of 40 yards or more in a career. His 305 career points put him just 25 short of becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer. An examination of what he has accomplished and the records he still has a chance to eclipse speaks to a storybook career. Catanzaro was not highly recruited out of high school. He had a scholarship offer to Furman, but no FBS school offered him a full ride. An outstanding student, Catanzaro was looking for a great school academically, especially in the sciences. “I grew up a Notre Dame fan because that is where my dad went to school,” said ‘Catman.’ “I thought that I would follow his path.” Joe Catanzaro did not compete in athletics at Notre Dame, but earned a pre-med degree and now is a dermatologist in Greenville. “I went to a couple of games at Notre Dame with my dad when I was young,” he said. “We went to a Purdue game and a Michigan game. I think Notre Dame lost both games. But, my senior year of high school I went to a lot of Clemson games with my friends from high school. I fell in love with Clemson at those games. “I talked with Notre Dame and Clemson
coaches and had a chance to be a walk-on at both. In the end Notre Dame just seemed too far away.” After talking with Dabo Swinney and then special teams coordinator Andre Powell, Catanzaro walked on at Clemson in the fall of 2009 and began his course studies in biological sciences. He spent the year practicing on the field behind Richard Jackson, also a native of Greenville who had played at Riverside High School for Don Frost, the same man who later coached Catanzaro at Christ Church. Jackson had a solid year in 2009, but in preseason of 2010 he struggled and Catanzaro seized the opportunity. By opening day, Catanzaro was the starter. After scoring 14 points on field goals and extra
points without a miss in the first two games of the 2010 season, Catanzaro was introduced to what kicking under pressure was all about. At Auburn, in front of over 87,000 fans, he
Catanzaro has connected on a school-record 74 percent of field goals of 40 yards or longer (20-for-27). Photo by Tyler Smith JUNE 2013
missed a 32-yard field goal in overtime that allowed Auburn to win 27-24. He had actually made a 27-yarder to extend the game, but an illegal procedure penalty on a teammate forced him to make another attempt. “Quite frankly, my faith and my family helped me a lot that next week,” Catanzaro said. “My parents came over to Clemson that Sunday and we went out to lunch. My dad told me, ‘Make this a stepping stone, not a stumbling block. When one door closes, God opens another.’ “I remembered those words and still do today.” It was a rocky year for the red-shirt freshman. He actually lost the starting job for the NC State game on November 6, but regained it for the Florida State game in Tallahassee. With a shot at the Atlantic Division on the line, Catanzaro made a 29-yarder with 53 seconds left to tie the game. Unfortunately, Florida State All-American Dustin Hopkins kicked a 55-yarder on the last play of the game, giving the Seminoles a 16-13 victory. While it was a heart-breaking loss for the Tigers, it was a key moment for Catanzaro’s personal confidence and for the future success for the Tigers. “While we lost at Florida State, the field goal I made at the end of regulation to tie the game was a confidence boost, a turning point in my career.” A look to Catanzaro’s record shows that since that field goal at Florida State, he has made 46 of 53 field goals for an incredible 87 percent. He is 16for-21 on attempts from 40 yards or more during that time and has scored 250 points in 30 games, 8.3 per game. That confidence was so important for the final seconds of the LSU game. Prior to his attempt at the game-winner, he walked to midfield and did his normal Catanzaro was one of eight active Tiger football players to earn an undergraduate degree at the May commencement ceremony. Photo by Rex Brown
aration every day and repeat the process.” It is that mental preparation that has given Head Coach Dabo Swinney a lot of confidence in Catanzaro. “We didn’t try to throw the ball in the endzone or take a lot of chances on that Single Game last drive once we got inside the 20,” • (Tied) Field goals of 40 yards or more: 3 vs. Troy (2011) Swinney said. “I know we have a great kicker who can make kicks in the clutch. Season We do that every day in practice, and he • Extra points made: 57 (2012) is on target most of the time. • Extra points attempted: 59 (2012) “Catman is an outstanding young man • Field goal percentage: .947 (18-for-19, 2012) who has a great work ethic in everything • Kick scoring points: 118 (2011) he does. He is a leader. To overcome what happened at Auburn in 2010 was Career tough to do, but his faith has had a lot to • Consecutive field goals made: 20 (2011-12) do with it.” • Field goal percentage, 40 yards or more: .741 (2010-12) Catanzaro is now preparing for his final year on the field and for the MCATs off Records in Range of it. He already walked across the stage • Needs 25 points to become school’s all-time leading scorer at Littlejohn Coliseum and accepted his • Needs 19 field goals to become career leader in field goals undergraduate degree in biology this past • Needs 22 extra points to become career leader in PATs May. • Needs four field goals of at least 40 yards to become career While he did not follow in his father’s footsteps to Notre Dame, he does hope leader in field goals of 40 yards or more to follow them some day as a doctor. He is spending the first session of summer pre-kick concentration. school in Greenville studying for the exams “When preparing for a big kick I try to (what fun) and comes to Clemson each day get in a zone,” he said. “I can’t even hear the for a workout with the team. crowd. I am just concentrating on the target. One of the things he is working on this That is what I was doing when I walked to summer is improving his strength and flexmidfield before the LSU kick. ibility. “I am motivated by the other (Clemson) “One of the new things I am doing this off players. I see how hard they work and fight season is Yoga,” he said. “You want to become during the game. It motivates me to step up. as flexible as possible, and I have been doing I need to produce and do my part. The key Yoga workouts since school ended. I am tryfor me is trusting my technique. Do the prep- ing to become more and more flexible so I can have a longer back swing with my leg and get more height and distance.” These sessions are all a part of the preparation that Catanzaro, now a scholarship athlete, goes through to come through in the clutch for the Clemson Tigers. He and David Treadwell are the only kickers in Clemson history with a pair of walk-off game-winning field goals. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he adds another to his résumé in 2013. After all, it is a part of this biology graduate’s DNA.
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ill McLellan was many things to many people during what he rightly calls a “lifetime” at Clemson University — a student, athlete, coach, administrator and athletic director, to name a few. But the more that people talked about his contributions to his beloved school’s past, present and future on May 4, the more one word kept coming up in virtually every single account. Visionary. On that date, Clemson held a ceremony naming the North Upper Deck of Memorial Stadium in McLellan’s honor, and a crowd of people whose lives he touched throughout his three and a half decades at the university and in the years since he retired in 1985 gathered for the unveiling of lettering on the north façade of Death Valley that reads: H.C. “Bill” McLellan North Upper Deck. “It’s been a long time coming,” McLellan said of the honor. The tribute was a particularly fitting one, as it is through McLellan’s endeavors that the upper decks, which now bear his name, actually exist in the first place. “Under Bill’s leadership this became not only one of the best places to play football in America, but also one of the best experiences you can have anywhere on a Saturday afternoon in the fall…unless you’re a Gamecock,” joked Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill D’Andrea at the ceremony. McLellan oversaw the revitalization of Memorial Stadium from 18,000 seats to more than 80,000, making the facility the first oncampus stadium to construct skyboxes and one
Bill McLellan, pictured with wife Ann, saw his name embroidered permanently on the façade of the north upper deck at Memorial Stadium at an unveiling ceremony on Saturday, May 4. Photo by Dawson Powers
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that is among the top 15 campus stadiums in the nation in terms of capacity, by adding the south stands in 1978 and then the north stands in 1983. “Bill was a visionary, a real visionary,” said Joe Turner, former executive secretary of IPTAY during McLellan’s tenure. “He could see things that other people couldn’t see. He came up with the executive suites — that’s what we called them 35 years ago — on campus when nobody else in the college world could even spell executive suites.” One of the things McLellan saw that others couldn’t is something that would be hard to imagine Clemson’s campus without these days — virtually the entire section of the athletic district beyond Littlejohn Coliseum, where the Jervey and McFadden buildings, Doug Kingsmore Stadium, track and golf facilities, and football practice fields are now. At the luncheon inside Littlejohn that fol-
lowed the unveiling ceremony, Les Jones, a close friend of McLellan who served as director of facilities and grounds during his tenure as athletic director, recalled how McLellan saw an opportunity to make those facilities a reality. “When the Corps of Engineers built Lake Hartwell and put the dams in to protect the campus, the rest of us saw a Seneca River bed that had been abandoned and a swamp and a jungle,” Jones said. “Bill saw football practice fields, soccer practice fields, an outdoor track, a baseball stadium, so he set about to get all that accomplished.” The fact all those facilities now stand on that location is proof positive that McLellan was more than just a visionary, however. He was also a man with the wherewithal to turn his visions into reality. A 1954 graduate of Clemson who was a two-time letterwinner in football for Frank Howard, McLellan served as business manager
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(1956-66), assistant athletic director (196671) and athletic director (1971-85) during his career as an administrator. He also served as an assistant coach under Howard during the years before he became athletic director. At that time, Clemson’s athletic operations were still in the Fike building, where the football team’s locker rooms were also located — the whole reason the tradition of running down The Hill began, since that was simply the most convenient way to enter Memorial Stadium after dressing in Fike. McLellan’s son, Cliff, himself a former Tiger football player who was a member of the 1981 National Championship team, recalls going to visit his father in his office in Fike, which was just two doors down from Howard’s. “The Rock was actually holding Coach Howard’s office door open at the time,” Cliff recalled with a smile. When it was time for practice, the players and coaches only had to walk across the street from Fike to what are now the intramural fields — and what becomes Lot 2 on game days — and it was there they held their practices in those days. Fittingly, that was also the vantage point from which the unveiling ceremony was held to honor McLellan. “He really appreciates this,” Cliff said. “He loves Clemson more than anything, so it’s just a big honor for him. When I bring him back here, he’s happy because he’s home. It means
an awful lot to him, and it means a lot to the family.” During his tenure as athletic director, Clemson’s football program rose to national prominence with five top-25 finishes, three ACC titles and the 1981 National Championship. The men’s soccer team also won its first national championship in 1984, the men’s basketball program reached the Elite Eight in 1980, and the baseball team made three trips to the College World Series.
McLellan, third from the right, was part of the 2013 class inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame last month. Photo by Travis Bell
And McLellan wasn’t just a visionary in terms of facilities, as he oversaw an annual budget that grew from $3 million to more than $15 million, and IPTAY saw an increase in donations from $400,000 in 1971 to more than $5 million in 1985. Also under his watch, women’s athletics were added. “Such a visionary,” said current Director
At left: Bill D’Andrea led the May 4 ceremony to unveil the naming of the north upper deck in McLellan’s honor. At right: McLellan served as Clemson’s athletic director from 1971-85. Photos by Dawson Powers
of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “People talk about visionaries, but what Bill did here in Death Valley, at Memorial Stadium, was so far ahead of the curve. It was a trendsetter, and now you see where it’s morphed throughout every stadium in the country. So, it all started right here, and that’s a tremendous legacy.” Including McLellan and Radakovich, the last four Clemson athletic directors were all present for the ceremony, as Bobby Robinson and Terry Don Phillips were also on hand, as was former head football coach Danny Ford, who led the Tigers to the 1981 national title under McLellan’s watch. “The foundation of college athletics was laid by men like Bill McLellan,” Radakovich said. “He touched so many different areas of Clemson, and created a great legacy — not only for himself, but for the coaches and student-athletes that he interacted with here at Clemson. Clemson wouldn’t be what it is today without Bill McLellan.” One only needs to walk around on campus to realize just how true that statement is. JUNE 2013
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eith Adams enrolled at Clemson in August of 1998 in pursuit of a degree and a dream. It was not long before the dream — playing professional football in the NFL — became a reality. Fifteen years later, the second half of the equation is drawing to a close for Adams. The former Tiger standout is just a handful of credits away from obtaining his parks, recreation and tourism bachelor’s degree in August.
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“It’s something that I wanted to do,” he said. “With me leaving school early, it was always a desire of mine to have a college degree, especially from a great university like Clemson. I knew that once I left school, I was eventually going to come back and finish my degree.” The path toward graduation for a studentathlete at a major university can take a roundabout course. In some cases, in an effort to maximize the potential to earn a living playing a certain sport, academic pursuits are put on
hold. Sometimes this is a temporary measure. Other times it isn’t. But Adams made a promise to himself that he would walk across the stage, even as the allure of professional football was too strong to pass up. Keith Adams spent the 2012 season in a student coaching position while working to obtain his undergraduate degree from Clemson. Photo by Rex Brown
The two-time All-American and singleseason school record-holder for tackles, tackles for loss and sacks was drafted in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, despite being a bit undersized for a linebacker at 5-foot-11. Adams played for six teams during his seven-year career. This included a three-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles (2003-05) in which Adams made 18 starts. Six years after playing his final game as a professional, Adams finds himself back at Clemson. He is around the football program once again, this time as a spiritual guide and student coach who helps out with the Tigers’ linebackers and special teams players on occasion. For Adams, the timing has been perfect. “God will give you the desires of your heart,” he said. “He led me back at the right point in time. Now I’m here, able to finish up my degree and be a part of a great football program with what (Head) Coach (Dabo) Swinney has going on right now.” Adams benefits Swinney’s program for several reasons. He has a lofty pedigree due to his accomplishments as one of the top defensive players in school history. He brings NFL experience that can be used to motivate and help develop players who also wish to be pro players one day. He has a firm foundation that helps him lend perspective when a student-athlete comes to him for advice. “The players have really bought into me being around,” Adams said. “They ask questions and try to pick my brain for knowledge. I’ve been able to give to them from all of the experiences that I’ve had and pour into them just like it was poured into me.” Perhaps most importantly, Adams provides the ultimate example of a high-profile athlete who was able to pursue a career playing a sport at the highest level while still maintaining an unwavering focus that led him back to Clemson years after he initially left to finish what he started. “It set me on the track that I had in life,” Adams said of his alma mater. “It’s been a blessing all the way — not just when I was here in school, not just when I was in the pros, but it’s still a blessing right now in my life.” Adams is one of several former Tiger athletes to return to school in pursuit of a degree after completing a professional career. Over the past few seasons, key contributors from past squads have found their respective paths converging at Clemson. Some — like receiver Derrick Hamilton, safety Jamaal Fudge (both May 2010 graduates), defensive back Justin Miller (May 2012), and receiver Airese Currie (December 2012) — return to find the program looks very different
than it did years earlier when they ran down the Hill and rubbed Howard’s Rock as players. Others — like Jamie Harper (May 2013) — have found a more familiar place when they return to take classes and inch toward their academic goals. Adams is thankful for the chance he had to play at Clemson years ago because of the support he received as he attempted to accomplish his dreams. Now, he is happy to find the structure is just as supportive as his academic coursework draws to a close. Adams recognizes that many of his peers do not have the luxury of returning to such a warm environment
when they get to the point in their respective careers when football gives way to the next stage of life. “Just because it’s going on here at Clemson, it doesn’t mean that it’s going on everywhere around the country,” Adams said. “Some schools are not as apt to try to encourage people to come back and finish. From the coaches to the president to the AD, you get that feeling that they’re excited about you being back and finishing what you started.” When Adams counsels current football players about making life decisions such as the ones he has had to make concerning his pursuit of a dream and a degree, his message can be summarized in one word: finish. “If you leave early, come back and finish,”
Adams said. “If you’re still here and you’re playing and you’re a senior, just finish what you started. I think these players are able to see that with me being a living example.” Adams says his impending graduation in August will be a major milestone in his life. Other than his religious conversion experience, he says it will be the most important one he has experienced so far. Part of the significance of that day stems from the dedication and the focus required to complete a 15-year journey. A diploma is a symbol for graduates, but for Adams, it signifies several things. It represents a prolific career playing football at the highest
At left: Adams left Clemson after his junior season to pursue a professional career that saw him play 85 games over seven seasons for four different NFL teams. Photo by Rex Brown Above: Adams set single-season Clemson records for tackles (186), tackles for loss (35) and sacks (16) as a sophomore in 1999. Photo by Bob Waldrop
level. It represents the fulfillment of a goal and a promise. The diploma also represents Clemson, the place where he realized a dream and received a degree. JUNE 2013
YOUTH MOVEMENT by Steven Bradley , IPTAY Media
Baseball’s Freshman Class not Content to Simply Contribute
ust days after Clemson’s baseball team opened preseason practice in January, Jack Leggett had already gotten a glimpse of the precocious nature of his freshman class. “They’ve been good examples for the older guys,” the head coach said Jan. 28. For freshmen to come in and contribute from day one is one thing, but being leaders and setting an example for the veterans at such an early stage is quite another. There had already been plenty of buzz about the talent of the incoming players, but Leggett’s simple statement pointed out an important difference — this group didn’t just have ability, it
also had the wherewithal to put that ability to good use. By the end of the season, it was clear what Leggett meant. At one point during the postseason, freshman hitters had driven in eight consecutive runs for the Tigers across a three-game span, and freshman hurlers started two of the three games the team played in the NCAA regional round before its season came to a close June 2 with a 3-1 loss to Liberty. “Our young guys have been very mature from the day they showed up on campus, very motivated and hungry,” Leggett said. “They didn’t take anything for granted and didn’t expect anything. They have worked hard for everything they’ve gotten. They are good players now, but they are really going to be a good nucleus for this program in the future.” Perhaps no player was a bigger contributor as a freshman than right fielder Steven Duggar. The product of nearby Moore, SC, took over the three-hole in the Clemson lineup midway through the season and was a team-leading 6-for-13 in the regional, getting a hit in his final at-bat to raise his batting average to an even .300 (75-for-250) for the season. In the opening game of regional play, Duggar went 3-for-4 in his NCAA tournament debut, driving in the team’s first two runs, Matthew Crownover showed little effects of Tommy John surgery by compiling a 2.19 ERA, best among Clemson starters. Photo by Dawson Powers
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and then doubling and scoring its third and final run of the day, albeit in a losing cause. “He’s a good player,” Leggett said that day. “We’ve seen that out of him all year long. He’s got good poise. We just needed to have nine guys playing like him today.” In all, Duggar closed his freshman season on a nine-game hitting streak and hit .366 (15-for41) over that span. Not that it made him feel any better about the way his first campaign in a Clemson uniform ended. “We’re going to get back to Clemson, and we’re going to regroup,” he said after the team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament. “We’re going to do everything in the fall, and there will be some new guys in next year that can help us out some. But we’ll just continue to get better and just work on what we need to work on, and maybe this time next year we’ll be celebrating.” One of Duggar’s closest friends is shortstop Tyler Krieger, and soon after arriving on campus, they made a pact to make a major impact on the diamond this season. “We decided in the fall we were going to be the two guys to step up and make plays,” Duggar said. By the end of the season, they were two of only three Tigers who had started every game — junior Shane Kennedy was the other. On April 14, Duggar blasted a two-out, two-run homer in extra innings to beat Wake Forest. It came just four days after Krieger had his own walk-off hit, a single in the ninth inning against Presbyterian College. On April 26, Krieger had his second walk-off hit of the season against No. 19 Georgia Tech, when he lined a 2-2 pitch down the left-field line to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 win against his homestate team — he hails from Johns Creek, GA — as part of a stellar series in which he went 7-for-12 (.583) with four RBIs. “Nothing like getting tackled after a win,” Krieger said after that game. “It doesn’t get much better than that.” While Krieger cooled at the
plate toward the end of the season and finished at .257, he was a stalwart at the most important defensive position on the field, shortstop, leading the team in assists (192) and finishing with a solid .958 fielding percentage. “He’s been in the middle of the action,” Leggett said of Krieger. “Shortstops usually are. He’s been pretty poised under pressure. He’s a little unique for a freshman, for sure.” Along with Duggar and Krieger, three other freshman hitters were in the starting lineup for the Tigers when the NCAA tourney opened, with Maleeke Gibson in the designated hitter spot, Mike Triller in left field and Kevin Bradley filling in for an injured Jon McGibbon at first base. All three of them contributed for the Tigers at one point or another this season, with Bradley hitting a walk-off home run to beat USC Upstate for a crucial victory in the last week of the regular season, and Gibson and Triller starting 26 and six games, respectively, during the season. “The first game we played (in the NCAA tournament), we had seven guys on the field that were brand new, had never been in a regional,” Leggett said. “Six of them were freshmen that started for us. So, I’ve got to feel good about that. Once I get past this (the disappointment of being eliminated), I’m going to choose to look at this as a really positive year and a positive future. And those really positive Clemson people that we have, I hope are feeling really good about what we’ve got ahead of us.” Perhaps nowhere should there be more positive vibes about the Tigers’ future than on the mound. One of the keys to their 40-win season was the performance of their freshman pitchers, who combined for 16 wins — the fourthAt top: Steven Duggar tallied a team-high nine outfield assists from his position in right field. Photo by Dawson Powers At left: Tyler Krieger had two of Clemson’s walk-off hits as a first-year freshman in 2013. Photo by Rex Brown JUNE 2013
“Our young guys have been very mature from the day they showed up on campus, very motivated and hungry. They didn’t take anything for granted and didn’t expect anything. They have worked hard for everything they’ve gotten. They are good players now, but they are really going to be a good nucleus for this program in the future.”
— Jack Leggett
best total for a freshman class in school history. This year’s crop of freshman hurlers was led by Matthew Crownover, whose seven wins tied for the fourth-best total in school history by a freshman. The southpaw from Ringgold, GA, led all Clemson starters with a 2.19 ERA on the season, and he did something few freshmen in ACC history have ever done — led the league in ERA in conference play. In 36.1 innings pitched over seven starts in ACC play, he had a 1.73 ERA, allowing only seven earned runs. “He changes speeds. He competes. He holds runners on base,” Leggett said. “Those are all important qualities to managing a game. He’s a great competitor.” Making his feats all the more impressive, Crownover made an immediate impact for the Tigers just over a year after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery. He was Clemson’s top midweek starter during the first half of the season and made his first weekend start at No. 1 North Carolina on April 1, a game Clemson won 5-4 in 11 innings. “As an individual, when you’re going through a rehab process like that, that’s your goal,” Crownover said. “I wanted to come back and have a chance to start. I worked my butt off for three hours a day for four months doing rehab stuff. So, I visualized this happening. I didn’t visualize this much success, but just having a chance to compete my first year here was one of my goals.” Across Crownover’s last six starts in ACC regular season games, he allowed only four earned runs, and was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on May 13 after tossing 13 scoreless
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innings in two starts that week. “This is, if not the best, one of the best conferences in the country, and (pitching coach Dan Pepicelli) really talks about, ‘One pitch at a time, and win that pitch,’” Crownover said. “You look at guys like Tom Glavine, who pitched in the Major Leagues for 20 years. He
didn’t throw the ball over 87 miles an hour, but he had some downward movement and threw it where he wanted to. (It’s about) being able to change speeds and locate your fastball and get people out. As long as you focus on one pitch at a time and not let the moment get too big, that’s the best thing about all three of us.” By “all three of us,” Crownover was referring to the Tigers’ freshman trio of himself, Zack Erwin and Clate Schmidt, who combined to start 31 games and win 15 of them as collegiate rookies. Erwin started the opening game of NCAA Tournament play for the Tigers, while Schmidt notched several big wins through the year, including one over rival South Carolina at Fluor Field on March 2. Two more freshman hurlers, Brody Koerner
and Jackson Campana, also saw plenty of action for Clemson this season, combining for 19 appearances. “(Our freshmen) are a bunch of good players, and they know how to win, they know how to practice to win, they know how to compete and all of them have a great future,”
Top left: Maleeke Gibson emerged as the team’s leadoff batter for much of May, splitting time between left field and designated hitter. Photo by Rex Brown Above: Zack Erwin was Clemson’s primary long reliever before settling in as the Tigers’ third weekend starter in May. Photo by Dawson Powers
Leggett said. “I’m excited about the development they’ve had so far. They’ve gotten a lot better. We were a good baseball team, but we just fell short at the very end.” With a freshman class like this one, the Tigers have good reason to be optimistic that they won’t be saying that too often over the next few years.
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t was the final event of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in April, and Tiger senior Brittany Pringley had only one thought circulating in her head as she headed onto NC State’s Paul Derr Track in Raleigh. “I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t drop the stick,’” she said, referring to the baton that she was set to receive from teammate Keisha Richburg for the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay. In the stands directly above the finish line stood all of her Clemson teammates, men and women, cheering the relay endlessly as it battled to break a tie with Florida State going into the event. There was much more than one ACC Champion-
ship on the line. Pringley and the other relay legs were bidding to deliver Clemson an eighth consecutive conference title, which would in turn give her senior classmates a four-year sweep (indoor and outdoor), a feat that cannot be topped within the team aspect of collegiate track & field. “We were nervous,” admitted sprinter Jasmine Edgerson. Fellow senior Brianna Rollins, also watching from the stands, called the experience “nervewracking.” “I think we were all thinking, ‘How are we going to end up in second place?’” said senior thrower Brittney Waller. Fortunately for Waller and five classmates who
Six members of Clemson’s 2013 senior women’s track & field class were part of the school’s fouryear sweep of the ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. (L to R): Jasmine Edgerson, Brittany Pringley, Brittney Waller, Jasmine Brunson, Brianna Rollins, Stormy Kendrick. Photo by Dawson Powers
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were part of the seven previous ACC Championships, the 4x4 eliminated any thought of second place as the Tigers dominated the event to lead Clemson to its fourth straight outdoor title. Clemson’s senior class finished off the run to perfection, going 8-for-8 in terms of winning ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The feat had not been accomplished in ACC women’s track & field since the University of North Carolina seniors earned a four-year sweep in 1998. For the six members that had been there every step of the way — Edgerson, Pringley, Rollins, Waller, Jasmine Brunson and Stormy Kendrick — it was a sigh of relief and icing on the cake of the greatest four-year run in program history. “It has been an honor to be here with these ladies and win every ACC Championship four straight years,” Kendrick said. The class that enrolled together at Clemson in the summer of 2009 immediately heightened expectations for the women’s track & field program, a group that had underachieved and was in sore need of an identity. The cupboard was far from bare when this particular group arrived in Tigertown. Clemson possessed talent across multiple events, with standout athletes such as Michaylin Golladay, Patricia Mamona, Kristine Scott, April Sinkler and Liane Weber already in the fold. With the perfect blend of those talented upperclassmen and Clemson’s sensational freshman class, the stage was set for the 2010 ACC Indoor Championships in Blacksburg, VA. The Tigers shocked the other members of the conference on their way to the program’s first ACC crown in over a decade, winning by a convincing 52.5 margin of victory. The allfreshman 4x400 relay routed the championship section on its way to securing the trophy in style. “It meant so much to the seniors that were already here and wanted to be champions,” Brunson said, as she and her classmates unanimously acknowledged the first championship to be the most memorable. From that point forward, the winning never stopped for this group of seniors. In its run of eight consecutive ACC Indoor or Outdoor Championships, the Tigers recorded an average margin of victory of 54.6 points. The largest came at the 2012 ACC Outdoor Championships, when the Tiger women compiled 185 points and its closest competition had only 100. All of the six seniors that remain standing from the 2009-10 rookie class have played an integral part in keeping the shelves in the track & field office stocked with hardware. Five of the six have won individual ACC
At top: Kendrick concluded her decorated career with 17 all-conference accolades, third-most in Clemson women’s track & field history. Photo by Rex Brown Above: Pringley was part of Clemson’s 4x400 relay that staged a dramatic win to clinch the school’s eighth straight ACC crown. Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Coast Conference
titles, while four of the six have contributed to multiple relay championships. During the four-year stretch, this group has combined for 49 podium honors, reserved for the top three finishers in an event. “I would like to think we came in here with the ‘Take the ACC by storm’ kind of mindset,” Rollins said. “We wanted to win every ACC Championship, and of course win a National Championship as well.” While the Tigers did not win it all, they came close a few times. Last season, the seniors helped Clemson to a fourth-place tie at the NCAA Outdoor Championships – the program’s best finish at the outdoor national meet. Waller credits the group’s team-first approach as a key cog in Clemson’s unparalleled success in the ACC these last four years. “As a team, we were always approaching each other and asking, ‘How’s it looking? How are we doing?’” she said. “The ACC Championships are always one of the times as a group that we were ready to come together to win.” The most recent win showed the group’s collective strength as much as any prior championship. The sprints and hurdles did their part, as always. But it was the complementary points scored along the way that helped pave the road for the 4x4 in the end, from Waller’s All-ACC double to Natalie Anthony roaring from behind to score crucial points in the 5000 meters. “It felt like the first time everyone on the team had an integral part in what it took to win the championship,” Waller said. “That’s what made it sweet. It was our last one and we all contributed in a vast array of ways. At the same time, our underclassmen really stepped up for us.” The foundation for next year’s team and beyond has been laid. Clemson’s core group of six seniors that stuck together, through good times and bad, will pass the torch to another aspiring group of leaders in the fall. If the seniors had one message they would pass down to younger student-athletes on the team, what would it be? “Don’t get complacent. Don’t be satisfied,” Kendrick said. “It comes down to commitment and being dedicated to the sport,” Rollins added. There was no questioning Clemson’s dedication or determination that fateful April afternoon when Pringley and the 4x4 struck gold and sealed this group’s legacy. It was a monumental accomplishment for the six members of the 2013 senior class, one that was achieved in a fashion that can only be described using one word. Dominant. JUNE 2013
TIGER CUBS Precocious Women’s Tennis Team Lives up to Coach’s Fitting Nickname
by Steven Bradley, IPTAY Media | photos by Rex Brown, IPTAY Media
very varsity team on Clemson’s campus uses Tigers as its mascot, but Nancy Harris takes the moniker to another level with her women’s tennis team. That’s because Tigers is not just the team’s nickname, Harris uses it to refer directly to her players. “Off you go, Tigers,” she would say to disperse her players to their respective courts for practice at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, IL, after Clemson had advanced to the Round of 16 of this year’s NCAA Team Championships, and Harris also uses it to address individual players, saying, “Be aggressive, Tiger,” to remind a specific one of them to do just that. The nickname is one Harris’ father used for her, and she found it appropriate once she became the coach at Clemson to use as a pet name for her players, presumably both because it is the school’s actual mascot — a reminder of what they represent — as well as the tenacious
nature of the animal itself. This year’s Tigers certainly lived up to the name, advancing to the Sweet 16, finishing with a 16-8 overall record, including seven wins over top-25 teams, and ranked 13th nationally by the ITA, despite not having a single junior or senior on their roster, making them more like Tiger cubs. “It’s the youngest team I’ve coached in my 20-some years of coaching,” Harris said in an exclusive interview with IPTAY Media on the campus of the University of Illinois. If the 2013 Clemson team was the youngest Harris has ever coached, it was also the youngest to make the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Championships. That’s because it was the youngest in the tournament to begin with. The only squad without an upperclassman on its roster in the entire 64-team field, the Tigers advanced through the regional rounds and quickly seized a 2-0 lead on No. 4 national seed Georgia by virtue of winning the doubles
point and then Yana Koroleva’s 6-2, 6-0 demolition of sixth-ranked Lauren Herring at No. 1 singles. Ultimately, the Bulldogs rallied to stave off the upset, 4-2. “When you’re young and things get really tight, you will tend to overplay, and I think we did that,” Harris said afterward. “We’d have the lead, and then we thought we had to do something special, instead of just continuing to break them down. Those are things that we’ve got to get better, and there’s just a ton of room to grow — and I’m excited about that.” That the young team made the Sweet 16 to begin with proves how far it has already come. After making quick work of Eastern Kentucky, 4-0, on May 10 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive season, things looked awfully bleak, both literally and figuratively, at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center the following day against Vanderbilt. A sudden rain drenched the courts and halted the match with the host Tigers having dropped the doubles point and already down a set in two singles matches. Once the rain stopped, a slew of Clemson workers — from gameday operations and sports information department employees to an associate athletic director — went to work with squeegees and leaf blowers to dry the courts. When play resumed after a delay of nearly two hours, Clemson rallied past the 19thranked Commodores for a 4-2 win that sent the Tigers into the Round of 16 for the eighth time in the last 10 years under Harris. Perhaps no moment all season displayed the team’s tenacity more than the victory by Beatrice Gumulya at No. 3 singles in that match. The Tigers had surged to a 3-2 lead and needed only one more win to clinch, but with Clemson defeated Vanderbilt by a score of 4-2 to advance to the NCAA Round of 16.
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Beatrice Gumulya and teammates celebrate the clinching point in Clemson’s victory over the Commodores.
Gumulya ahead 5-2 in the third set and serving for the match, she suffered a cramp that started in her lower left leg, moved to her upper right and quickly cast doubt on what had looked like an inevitable Clemson victory moments earlier. Gumulya was concerned she would be unable to finish, but she fought through the cramps — with the aid of a healthy dose of Pedialyte. After having her serve broken by Georgina Sellyn to make the score 5-3, rallied to break Sellyn at love for a 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win that clinched the Tigers’ trip to Illinois. “I was worried I couldn’t finish the match,
but I’m so glad that I did,” Gumulya said after celebrating with her teammates and being carried off the court by volunteer assistant coach Victor Sanakai Papi. “If anybody was going to be in that situation, Beatrice is the one you want out there,” Harris said. “She never gives up. That was the key to the win. We were in trouble after the doubles, the singles just weren’t going fabulous, and we just didn’t go away as a team. We’ve talked about that all year, and (against Vanderbilt) they came through. They didn’t go away. They just kept fighting back and fighting back.” Clemson continued to show its precocious nature in the early going against No. 4 national
seed Georgia. The Tigers quickly took a 2-0 lead by winning the doubles point, including Koroleva and Gumulya’s 8-3 drubbing of the nation’s top-ranked doubles team, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia, and then Koroleva’s rout of sixthranked Herring, before the Bulldogs rallied. While the loss ended the team’s run in the tournament, three individuals – Koroleva, Gumulya and Liz Jeukeng – stuck around for the NCAA Singles Championships the following week. The Clemson contingent of three players marked the most the Tigers have ever sent in a singles season, tying the 1986 squad. Koroleva said after Clemson was eliminated from the Round of 16 her performance was a confidence-booster heading into the singles tournament. “Usually (Herring) is the kind of player that I would lose to, the kind that always gets the ball back and everything,” she said. “But I beat her with a score that shows me that I can Yana Koroleva was play with different types an All-American in of players.” singles, recording The 6-foot-tall Ruswins over two of the nation’s top-10 sian proved that to the ranked players in rest of the nation in the the same week. singles tourney. Koroleva, who hails from Moscow, became just the fourth player in Clemson history to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, joining Gigi Fernandez (1983), Sophie Woorons (1996) and Julie Coin (2004, 2005). Koroleva was ultimately eliminated in the NCAA Quarterfinals by Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs, the reigning national champ in both singles and doubles, who led the Cardinal to the team championship this season and then also defended her own singles title. Prior to that match, Koroleva had defeated No. 5 national seed Zsofi Susanyi of Cal in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6(6) — the highest-ranked victory of her career — to advance beyond the
Round of 16. “I had to put a lot of balls in play,” Koroleva said after the match. “I just kept patient. I knew (Susanyi) wouldn’t go away, so I had to finish in straight sets.” Before falling to Gibbs, Koroleva won 12 straight matches overall, with 10 of those coming against top-100 players, four against top-25 players and two over top-10 players. “It was a magnificent run for Yana,” Harris said. “She was without a doubt one of the best in the nation, and we are proud of that and the way she represents us with class and beautiful tennis.” By virtue of reaching the Round of 16 of the singles tourney, Koroleva had already secured her first All-America honor, only adding to the slew of accomplishments the team achieved this season. Clemson finished with seven of its eight losses coming to top-10 squads, and it played eight of the Sweet 16 teams throughout the season. Sophomore Romy Koelzer said team chemistry played a major role in being able to overcome such a difficult schedule and flourish in spite of the squad’s youth. “Everyone loves everyone on this team,” Koelzer said. “We’ve never had a fight.” All seven players who played on this year’s team — sophomores Koroleva, Gumulya and Koelzer and freshmen Jeukeng, Ani Miao, Tristen Dewar and Carola Pederzani — are set to return next year, along with sophomore Jessy Rompies, who sat out the 2013 season due to transfer rules. “A big part of why we got here is due to our Clemson family,” Harris said. “I really believe that all of the Clemson folks back home really stepped up for us in the first and the second round. We had a real nail-biter against Vandy, and that crew got out there and got those courts dry in 30 minutes, which is just phenomenal, and that allowed us to regroup and get back outside. “To our administrators and to our director of athletics, they all are doing everything they can to help us be successful. So, we owe a lot of thanks to Clemson.” And the team did Clemson plenty proud as well, as there’s little doubt they lived up to their coach’s nickname for them — Tigers. JUNE 2013
Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Academic Services Steve Duzan
teve Duzan was hired in April as Clemson’s associate athletic director for athletic academic services to replace Becky Bowman, who retired after eight years in the position. To introduce him to IPTAY members, “Orange: The Experience” Editor Philip Sikes sat down with Duzan in an exclusive one-on-one interview. Duzan discussed his background, previous work experience, selling points of Clemson, and the challenges of maintaining academic success within a highlevel collegiate athletic department. Q: Take me through your background and the road you took to end up at Clemson? Duzan: “It was not the path I actually planned. I started out in high school education, teaching public school for 10 years. I also coached football and track & field, taught physical education, health, science and driver’s education. Eventually, I became a principal and athletic director at the high school level. I earned my master’s degree during that time. A job came open at Indiana State University doing this same thing, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was exposed to and became interested in the idea of merging athletics and academics at a high level. I took that position and was at Indiana State four and a half years. I went to Florida State and did the same thing for two years. Then, I chose to come to Clemson University. I’m very excited and happy to be here. There is a great foundation of athletics and education here. Plus, I’m a little closer to family, so that was attractive.” Q: What was the major selling point for joining Clemson Athletics? Duzan: “It has history and tradition. Clemson University has a reputation as an elite public research institution. Vickery Hall provides elite level academic support, with the facility that has been created here down to the staff of advisors and learning specialists. It’s known throughout the conference, if not the country, as one of the best at what they do. It’s done in an appropriate manner. In this day and age, you’re seeing more issues arise with regard to ethics and academic integrity. When I came to Florida State, it previously had an academic violation. Many other schools have faced accusations as well. To know the pride that is
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held here with academics, and to know there is a fine line of knowing what to do, I see what people have been talking about. I’m thrilled to be a part of Clemson.” Q: How do you cope with those types of challenges, because there are an awful lot of parties invested and pressure that inherently is part of college athletics? Duzan: “It helps that we have great leadership, starting from the president, to the director of athletics who I report to. In the two months I’ve been here, Clemson is always evolving in terms of making sure things are done the right way. We’re continually seeing mistakes made by other institutions. First and foremost, you have to have the leadership to address that. But it’s also my job as the director to filter that down through my department. As long as we do what’s in the best interest of the institution and the student-athlete, and communicate that effectively, there should be no pressure placed upon you. It is expected that we advise appropriately and support students. You hope a student never becomes ineligible, but from time to time it does happen. As long as you have done your job appropriately, you want employees to feel some sort of insulation from the pressure that comes with today’s big business of college sports.”
things I noticed when coming to Clemson is how genuine students are with their academics. They don’t think of Vickery as punishment or a negative; they see this as a place that is home base where they are provided resources in an isolated setting to make sure they can be successful. They take pride in their grades, they take pride in competing at a high level. That’s what I notice when I see a Clemson athlete. They want to be the best in all areas. They want to be part of campus, and help it grow and develop.”
Q: What are your impressions of the job that has been done before you? Duzan: “The job that has been done before me is fantastic. Becky and her staff have done a great job of setting the foundation, and even back to Bill D’Andrea when they started the Vickery Hall program. When it began, it was one of the first self-standing facilities in the country to provide academic support, and that tradition has carried on. The reason it has been successful is the people that are here, from past directors, to advisors and learning specialists. Not only that, but the students are second to none. Athletically and academically, they are hard-working and dedicated. One of the first
Q: Has anything surprised you about Clemson and your perception of the program? Duzan: “This hasn’t been surprising, but rather refreshing, but the attitude toward academics. Whether it is a member of IPTAY, or the coaches, or administrators within the athletic department, everyone has a genuine care and appreciation for Vickery Hall and what is done here. Everyone truly wants to see what we can do to best support our student-athletes and help them get a degree. From top to bottom, that’s what everyone is about – seeing these student-athletes compete at the highest level, and become a graduate of Clemson University.”
Duzan joined Clemson Athletics after a two-year stint in the same position at Florida State. Photo by Dawson Powers
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Even if you can’t make every event, you can still show your support. Through the IPTAY Brick Program, you support Clemson Athletics and put your message just outside the gates of any one of four great Clemson sports venues. With a $250 donation, IPTAY members may choose a message, and we’ll engrave it on an 8-inch-by-4-inch brick and install it at one of four prime athletics locations. Your gift supports the Clemson University Athletic Department and adds to your IPTAY Priority Point total. If you’re not already an IPTAY member, your donation of $390 will give you an engraved message brick plus an IPTAY Purple level membership with all its benefits. Best of all, you’ll be an important part of supporting Clemson’s student-athletes as well as non-athletes through scholarships.
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The plaza outside the IPTAY office is a special place for Tiger Cubs, open to all fans age 18 and younger. Surrounding the Tiger Cub statue are bricks with the names of Sustaining Tiger Cub Club members. When you join as a Sustaining member, with a $500 onetime donation, we’ll automatically place a brick with the Tiger Cub’s name in that plaza. No additional order is necessary to ensure the placement of this brick.
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NO SUMMER BREAK FOR COMPLIANCE WITH NCAA RULES
he summer months in Tigertown are a great time to enjoy the beautiful campus and get ready for the upcoming season. Our student-athletes are working hard in the classroom and weight room. They are preparing for conference and national championships. But those championship dreams can go away with a representative of athletics interest violating NCAA rules! The NCAA requires each institution to educate those constitutes that are expected to follow the rules in order to maintain institutional control (which it is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association). Therefore, we asked that you review this section and understand your role as “representatives of athletics interest”. The NCAA has strictly limited the role a representative of athletics interest may take with regard to our recruits and student-athletes. Clemson University is held responsible for any actions taken by a representative of athletics interest relating to prospects or current student-athletes. The penalties for breaking these rules, whether by accident or intentional, is severe. Any violation may jeopardize a young person’s opportunity to attend and compete for Clemson University as a student-athlete, no matter how minor it may seem. In addition, Clemson University will be exposed to NCAA sanctions and the representative of athletics interest could be disassociated from our program. A representative of athletics interest is any individual who has ever: • Attended Clemson University; • Participated in or been a member of IPTAY; • Contributed to the athletics department or IPTAY; • Assisted or have been requested by the athletics staff to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes; • Assisted in providing extra benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families, or • Been otherwise involved in the Clemson University athletics program. Once an individual is identified as a representative of the institution’s athletics interest, that person remains a Clemson University booster forever. Offers and Inducements It is impermissible for a representative of athletics interest to directly or indirectly, make arrangements for giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athletes relatives or friends and current student-athletes or the current student-athlete’s relatives or friends.
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The following list expressly prohibits these types of financial aid, benefits and arrangements (not all inclusive): • Ticket(s) for any kind of entertainment including Clemson athletic events; • Free or reduced merchandise from a merchant (unless it is available to the general public); • Free or reduced meals at a restaurant; • An employment arrangement for a prospective student-athlete’s relatives; • Gift of clothing or equipment; • Any use of a car or other transportation; • Arrange financial assistance for a prospect, their family or friends; • Money, gift cards, loan(s), a guarantee of bond or signing/cosigning of a note to arrange a loan; • Any tangible items; • Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type; • Free or reduced-cost housing; • Use of an athletics equipment (e.g. for a high school all-star game); • Sponsorship of or arrangement for an awards banquet for high school, preparatory school or two-year-college athletes by an institution, representative of its athletics interests or its alumni groups or booster clubs; and • Expenses for academic services (e.g., tutoring, test preparation) to assist in the completion of initial-eligibility or transfer-eligibility requirements or improvement of the prospective studentathlete’s academic profile in conjunction with a waiver request. Contact with Prospective Student-Athletes Representatives of athletic interest are prohibited from making in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts, or written or telephonic communications with a prospective student-athlete or prospective student-athlete’s relatives or legal guardians. This prohibition also includes contacting high school coaches, guidance counselors to get information on prospects. Permissible Activities Representatives of athletic interest are permitted to: • Provide newspaper articles to coaches about a prospect; and • Help Compliance Services by reporting rules violations. Please understand if you provide extra benefits to prospective student-athletes or a current student-athlete, or violate NCAA rules, you may render him or her ineligible and the team may have to forfeit contests in which the student-athlete participated. If you have provided or have offered to provide any extra benefits; or are aware of extra benefits being provided, please contact Compliance Services immediately at email@example.com or at 864-656-1580. We thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
Draft Your Debit or Credit Account with Scheduled Monthly Payments for IPTAY 2014 Paying your IPTAY pledge has never been easier. Have a portion of your IPTAY pledge deducted monthly from your credit card or debit card and forget check writing and stamps. Now is the time to set up your credit/debit card draft for IPTAY 2014. The IPTAY fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. The draft will begin July 15, 2013 and will continue on the 15th of each month through June 15, 2014 to complete your pledge by the deadline. Please complete the form below and return it to the IPTAY office. If your draft does not begin with July draft, your donation will be split over the remaining months through June 2014.
IPTAY Number:_________ I/We _ _______________________________ hereby authorize IPTAY to DEBIT monthly my contribution as indicated below. I/We understand this authorization is to remain in full force and effect until IPTAY has received written notification of its termination in such time and manner as to afford IPTAY reasonable opportunity to act on it. Any debits initiated in error are refundable. Upon agreement between IPTAY and Donor, the debit of donor’s account is non-negotiable and non-transferable. Further, we reserve the right to cancel this service if your banking institution declines a draft for any reason. Please select your preferred giving level and complete the debit/credit card information below. IPTAY Level Purple Orange Champion Tiger Howard IPTAY Jervey McFadden Fike Heisman
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CARD NUMBER: _______-_______-_______-_______ EXPIRATION DATE: ___________/______________MONTH/YEAR NAME ON CARD: _______________________________ DAYTIME PHONE:___________________ SIGNATURE: ___________________________________________ REQUIRED *Matching Gifts*________________________________ If you qualify for corporate matching gifts through your employer, please return the corporate matching gift form with the information above to insure you are pledged at the proper level. If the matching gift program is processed electronically and does not require a form, please provide the name of your employer in the space provided. If you have any questions regarding your corporate matching gift program, please contact your Human Resources department. **It is important to update us of any change to your credit or debit card account so that your monthly donation can continue to be drafted without interruption. If issued a new card due to change in expiration date or any other reason, please contact our office immediately with the updated card information. Please return the completed form to: IPTAY, Attn: Business Office, PO Box 1529, Clemson, SC 29633 or fax it to 864-656-0415. JUNE 2013
Clemson and Georgia will kick off the 2013 regular season in a nationally-televised primetime matchup in Memorial Stadium. The Tigers last defeated the Bulldogs in 1990, by a score of 34-3. Freshman running back Ronald Williams rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Photo by Jim Moriarty
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IPTAY Mr. Walter Patrick, Jr. passed away April 17. He was an IPTAY Member 42 years.
Mr. William Cumalander passed away May 14. He was an IPTAY Member 40 years.
Mr. Nolan Pontiff, Jr. passed away April 18. He was an IPTAY Member 44 years.
Ms. Barbara Strickler passed away May 15. She was an IPTAY Member 27 years.
Mr. Ned Owings passed away April 23. He was an IPTAY Member 44 years.
Mr. William Campbell, Jr. passed away May 16. He was an IPTAY Member 53 years.
Mrs. Helen Crosland passed away May 8. She was an IPTAY Member 43 years.
Mr. Wilson Riggins passed away May 17. He was an IPTAY Member 36 years.
Mr. Frederick Noris, Jr. passed away May 11. He was an IPTAY Member 71 years.
Mr. Dean Varner passed away May 18. He was an IPTAY Member 35 years.
Mr. Millard Monnen, Jr. passed away May 13. He was an IPTAY Member 36 years.
Mr. Clinton Hamlin passed away May 19. He was an IPTAY Member 33 years.
Mr. Richard Grimstead passed away May 21. He was IPTAY Member 33 years. Mr. Cecil Jordan passed away May 22. He was an IPTAY Member 55 years. Mr. Elmon Estes, Jr. passed away May 23. He was an IPTAY Member 7 years. Mrs. Diane Kimbell passed away June 1. She was an IPTAY Member 29 years.
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Hallie and Al Saunders (‘72) in St. Lucia on a Southern Carribean cruise in March 2013.
Wilson James Dillard was born on Jan. 18, 2013 to Jamie (‘04) and Heath Dillard.
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Connelly Grace McAlister is the daug hter of Kevin and Blair McAlister (‘11) and Granddaughter of Bill Sanders (‘77) . She was born into the Clemson family on Feb. 1, 2013.
Ashleigh Chris Longpr e, daughter of Patrick (‘97 ) and Sarah Longpre, wa s born March 28, 2013.
Katelyn Kincaid, daught er of Aaron Kincaid & Kim Penninger Kincaid (‘99), The Tiger and Allie Grace Pruitt, daughter of Pat Pruitt (‘00) and Ashley Pruitt (‘00).
to e, Kayce (‘04) are excited Nic Lane (‘03) and his wif e. Lan re Cla ille Luc ily. the fam welcome a new Tiger into Spartanburg, SC. in 3 201 1, rch Ma n Lucy was bor
Chandler Herndon me eting Coach Swinney at the Florence Prowl and Growl.
Austin Graham and Tracy Toothman wed at the Loom in Simpsonville on March 9, 2013.
Jaycob (July 10, 2010) and Arley (April 29, 2013) Odom are the children of Laura (‘10) and Christopher Odom.
Dave (‘01) and Devon (‘01) Garber showing their Tiger Pride on vacation in Aruba with their children Ethan, Tiger Cub and Hannah, sustaining Tiger Cub.
(‘08), Welter (‘77), Josh Welter John Welter (‘51), Steven Lanham (‘80) lter We en Kar and ) (‘09 l Johnsie Lanham Stanci Picchu, Peru. on April, 2013 at Machu
Hannah Elizabeth was born on Dec. 20, 2012. She is the daughter of Dave and Devon Garber (both ‘01).
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Remembering John Antonio:
Man Responsible for Clemson’s Famous Logo Passes by Tim Bourret
hink about this question for a minute. Who has made the greatest contribution to Clemson Athletics with the least amount of fanfare? In my mind, it is John Antonio, the Greenville, SC designer who developed the concept of the Tiger Paw as Clemson’s logo in the summer of 1970. We think of John and his family this summer as he died after a long bout with cancer in late May at the age of 83. Frank Howard had just retired as head football coach and was replaced by Hootie Ingram, and Bobby Roberts had retired as the head basketball coach and was replaced by Tates Locke, so Clemson President Dr. R.C. Edwards thought it might be a good time to “upgrade the image of the University,” and that included athletics. “We’ve closed the book on one era and opened the book on another,” said Edwards at the time. “We have asked Henderson Advertising (of Greenville, SC) to help us with a positive approach on all communications matters university-wide. One of the basic ways to do that was to change the school’s athletic logo from the drawing of a Tiger to…well, something unique. University administrators contacted Jim Henderson in Greenville, a Clemson graduate, and commissioned his company to help with the image change. Henderson then delegated the design of a
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new logo for athletics to Antonio, who had spent most of his career with the company working with corporations. He was part of the team that came up with the “Fly the Friendly Skies of United (Airlines)” theme in the 1970s, and had done many campaigns for Betty Crocker. “I applied my same philosophy of design for corporations to the University,” said Antonio in an interview with the Greenville News years later. “I had to have a memorable graphic, evoke positive emotional response, and it had to be reproducible in various sizes.” The first thing Antonio did was contact all the schools nationally who had Tigers as a nickname to see what they used for a logo. Just about all the schools sent a picture or logo sheet of a Tiger head or full-length Tiger. Antonio then had the idea to Photo by Mark Crammer create a logo in the image of a tiger’s foot. He contacted the Museum of Natural History in Chicago and asked for a plaster of paris cast of the imprint of a tiger’s paw. A print was made of the object and tilted at 10 degrees to the right. In June of 1970, Henderson invited Clemson officials to a meeting in which they would unveil this unique logo. Antonio brought some tangible uses of the paw to the meeting. He affixed it to blazers, schedule cards, a mock up of Death Valley with a Tiger paw at midfield, and a similar picture of the floor of Littlejohn Coliseum.
Howard, who had just retired as head coach, but was still the athletic director, was not impressed until Antonio pulled out an orange Clemson helmet from under the desk. He had affixed a white paw to the helmet. It was unusual in those times to have any logo on a college helmet. “That helmet made a big impact on Coach Howard,” Sports Information Director Bob Bradley recalled years later. “He was so impressed, he wanted to bring that helmet back to Clemson and show everyone.” Clemson unveiled the Tiger Paw on July 21, 1970 with a blitz of press conferences around the state (Florence, Charleston, Columbia and Greenville), as well as trips to Charlotte and Atlanta. The caravan included Ingram, Locke, All-ACC running back Ray Yauger and Wright Bryan, then the Vice President for Development. The group left Greenville-Spartanburg at 7:15 AM and returned to Greenville for the final press conference of the day at 5:00 PM. Soon after its release, the Tiger Paw was everywhere. For me, I first noticed it in November of 1977 when I traveled with the Notre Dame football team to Memorial Stadium. The Friday before the game I still remember riding one of the team busses from the airport and when we left I-85 at exit 19, everyone on the bus noticed all the Tiger Paws on the highway. It showed everyone on that bus how serious Clemson fans followed their school. It made a big impression on me, and 10 months later I was working here. It did not take long for the Tiger Paw to grow in popularity, especially among other schools with a feline mascot. Clemson did not copyright the logo for many years because the theory was to get the “Paw” as much exposure as possible. It was not copyrighted until after the 1981 National Championship season when Clemson merchandising exploded. Then Promotions Director Allison Dalton took the Tiger Paw through the process. Today, the Tiger Paw is one of the most recognizable logos in college athletics. It is synonymous with Clemson University and is a great tangible source of pride for all Clemson fans. And, we owe the idea to John Antonio.
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