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Events occuring in 2019
2019 in Clemson History
Events occurring in 2019
- January 7: Clemson, ranked number 2, meets undefeated Alabama, ranked number 1, in the National Championship Game, played in Santa Clara, California. The Tigers dominate the Crimson Tide, 44-16, for a third national title, the second in three years.
- Tentative football opponents projected previously included Virginia and at Miami (Florida). These matches were not scheduled.
- February 1: The Y Barn at the former YMCA beach burns down, probably due to an electrical issue.
- August: The Roadrunner convenience store and former ABC package store on the corner of U.S. 123 and Davis Creek Road is razed. Reportedly a Bojangles will be built on the parcel.
- August 19: Convocation held.
- August 21: Classes begin.
- August 22: The ACC Network (ACCN), an American subscription-television channel that is owned and operated by ESPN Inc., announced on July 21, 2016, is dedicated to coverage of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and launched on August 22, 2019. The channel operates from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, though some programming and staff will be based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- August 30: Opening the football season, ranked number 1 for the first time by both the Associated Press and the Coaches polls, Clemson demolishes Georgia Tech in Memorial Stadium on the newly started ACC Network in a Thursday night game, 52-14. ESPN’s GameDay program is on hand to cover the defending National Champions.
- September 6: The First Friday Parade is held. Grand Marshall is Nancy O’Dell.
- September 7: Number 1 ranked Clemson hosts number 12 ranked Texas A&M in Death Valley at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC. IPTAY Day. Clemson wins, 24-10, tying a school record for seventeen consecutive wins.
- September 10: Twisted Pine opens for The Earls of Leicester in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bill Dowler. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for students. The Earls, a Nashville-based sextet, was formed in 2013 to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. The group has won a Grammy and earned six International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
- September 14: Number 1 ranked Clemson travels to play unranked Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. It had appeared that Syracuse would host ESPN’s GameDay show for the first time until they were defeated by Maryland, 63-20, on September 7. The Tigers dominate, 41-6, in front of Syracuse’s Homecoming crowd, the third largest in Carrier Dome history. Clemson (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 18 straight games, a school record and the longest streak in the nation. It's the second-longest winning streak by an ACC member in conference history, trailing a 29-game run by Florida State from 2012-14. Clemson also won its eighth straight true road game and won a 13th consecutive ACC regular-season game for the third time in school history (20 from 1981-84, 14 from 2015-16). The win is also the 100th for the Tigers since the start of the 2011 season, the year that began Clemson's active eight-year streak of consecutive 10-win seasons. Clemson is 99-15 since 2011.
- September 14-September 23: Filming of the Disney production of “Safety” the story of Ray Ray McElrathbey, takes place on the Clemson University campus and in the City of Clemson during this period. Scenes were shot in the Carillon Garden area, September 14-18; at Clemson Memorial Stadium, September 14, 16, and 21-23; the R. M. Cooper Library's third floor, September 16-18; and at the Clemson Athletics Facility, September 19-21.
- September 21: Clemson hosts the Charlotte 49ers in Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. for Family Weekend. Odds makers give Charlotte a five percent chance of winning. Two C-130 Hercules transports do a flyover as the National Anthem is played. The Tigers win, 52-10. A record 110 players see action, breaking the previous tally of 95. Five quarterbacks go 17-25, throwing to 14 receivers. This is Dabo Swinney’s 150th game. Football game action for the Disney production, “Safety,” is filmed during halftime during the game. Fans obliged the producers by remaining in their seats for the gridiron sequences and cheer the "plays" as if they were real. In post-game commentary, sports announcers state that the level of crowd noise for the second "running down the hill," the Clemson Tigers' signature entrance to Death Valley, described by sportscaster Brent Musberger as "the 25 most exciting seconds in college football," recreated at the start of halftime, was actually louder than for the real team at the start of the game.
- September 27: The South Carolina Botanical Garden hosts LGBTQ Night with June Templeton at the Fall Concert Series, 7 - 8 p.m.
- September 28: Clemson travels to Chapel Hill to play North Carolina for the first time since 2010. Game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Clemson survives a close call, winning 21-20.
- September 29: Clemson drops to number 2 in both polls following the tight win over North Carolina.
- October 5: Open football date.
- October 6: Clemson remains ranked number 2 in the Amway Coaches poll, but drops from number 2 to number 3 in the Associated Press poll.
- October 9: Duke Energy conducts a full volume emergency siren test at noon.
- October 11: ESPN’s First Take show broadcasts from Bowman Field, 10 a.m. - noon.
- October 12: Clemson hosts Florida State in Death Valley. Solid Orange Day. Game kicks off at 3:30 p.m., broadcast on ABC. Clemson wins, 45-14.
- October 13 Clemson remains ranked number 2 in the Coaches poll, but drops from number 2 to number 3 in the Associated Press poll.
- October 14-October 15: Fall break takes place.
- October 19: Clemson travels to play at Louisville. Game starts at noon, carried on ABC. Clemson wins, 45-10.
- October 20: Clemson drops from number 3 to number 4 in the Associated Press poll.
- October 25: The lightning warning sirens are tested at 9:40 a.m.
- Clemson confirms case of mumps on campus
- Clemson University confirmed a case of mumps on campus on Friday.
- Here is the email that was sent out to all students and faculty:
- Clemson University officials, in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), have identified an individual on its main campus with a confirmed case of mumps. University officials have been in communication with DHEC to identify persons who may have been in close contact with the individual. DHEC has provided an exposure letter to those persons so that they can monitor for symptoms.
- Clemson and DHEC remain committed to ensuring any risk of mumps transmission is quickly identified and addressed. Mumps is a contagious viral infection with no specific treatment, but symptoms typically disappear over the course of a few weeks. However, it is preventable through vaccination. If you have never received the MMR vaccine, the recommendation is to receive the full two-dose series. The vaccine will not prevent infection if you have already been exposed, but will protect you from future exposure.
- Tigerama is held.
- October 26: Clemson hosts Boston College in Memorial Stadium. Homecoming and Football Reunion Day. Played at 7:30 p.m., aired by the ACC Network, carried on ESPN+. Clemson wins, 59-7.
- October 27: Clemson drops one position in the USA Today Coaches poll to number 3. Clemson remains at number 4 in the Associated Press poll.
- November 2: Clemson hosts Wofford in Memorial Stadium. Military Appreciation Day and Purple Out. Game starts at 4 p.m., broadcast on the ACC Network. Four F-16 Fighting Falcons fly over the stadium before the game. The Tigers win, 59-14.
- November 3: Clemson is ranked number 3 in the Coaches Poll and number 4 in the Associated Press poll.
- November 5: The initial College Football Playoff rankings are released, with Clemson posted at number 5. The top ranked teams are the Ohio State University, Louisiana State University, Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, and Georgia in the top six spots.
- November 5: The former Fort Hill Federal Savings and Loan building on College Avenue is razed to make way for a hotel.
- November 9: Clemson plays N.C. State at Raleigh, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Tigers win, 55-10, and clinch the ACC Atlantic Division to play for the ACC Championship in Charlotte.
- November 10: Following losses by both Alabama and Penn State (to LSU and Minnesota, respectively) Clemson is ranked at number 3 in both the Associated Press and the Coaches polls.
- November 12: The second week of the College Football rankings are released. The top six teams are Louisiana State University, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, and Oregon.
- November 16: Clemson hosts Wake Forest in Memorial Stadium at 3:30 p.m., broadcast on ABC. Senior Day and Hall of Fame Day. The Tigers crush the Demon Deacons, 52-3.
- November 23: Open football date.
- November 30: Clemson travels to Columbia to play South Carolina, game kicking off at noon, broadcast on ESPN. Tiger’s win, 35-17. Gamecocks are not bowl eligible. Later, Auburn defeats Alabama, 48-45, in the Iron Bowl, played at Auburn, eliminating the Crimson Tide, now with two season losses, from College Football Playoff consideration.
- December 7: The Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game is played in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 7:30 p.m. Clemson takes on the Virginia Cavaliers.