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January 9 in Clemson History
Events on January 9 in Clemson's History
- 1980: Clemson gains its only basketball victory in history over the number one-ranked team, an 87-82 win over Duke, played in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers were ranked 18th.
- 1990: Clemson reveals that it is under NCAA investigation: "The Clemson University football program is being accused by the National Collegiate Athletic Association of more than a dozen illegal recruiting contacts and of giving players up to $150 in cash from 1984 to 1988, an NCAA report released today said. / In the most damaging recruiting allegation, the NCAA says that from November 1984 to September 1987, six coaches made 11 illegal recruiting contacts, which included meeting with four high school juniors and one sophomore. The NCAA does not allow college coaches to recruit players in person until after the players are no longer juniors."
- 2007: Mens basketball team plays at North Carolina State at 7 p.m., televised on RSN. Sold-out game. The Tigers win, 87-76, and tie the all-time best season record of 17-0, set by the 1986-1987 team.
- 2008: Junior running back James Davis said he is giving up his final season of eligibility at Clemson and entering the NFL draft, but changes his mind a few days later. Former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards visits Clemson University at noon on Wednesday at the Military Heritage Plaza, the day after he comes in third in the Democratic New Hampshire primary. In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the Almeda Rogers Jacks Ballroom in the Hendrix Center. Clemson has invited all presidential candidates to the university during the 2008 presidential election cycle. Edwards� visit to his native Palmetto State comes ahead of the Jan. 26 South Carolina Democratic primary. Edwards was a non-scholarship football player at Clemson his freshman year, but he couldn't afford to stay in the university and transferred to another school.
- 2017: Meeting number 1 ranked Alabama for the second consecutive year to play in the CFP Championship Game, held in Tampa, Florida, number 3 ranked Clemson mounts an epic drive late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Crimson Tide, 35-31, and secure the Tigers’ second National Championship, and the first in the play-off era. Deshaun Watson, playing in his final game as a Tiger, completes 36-56 passes for 420 yards and three scores, and adds 43 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead Clemson to victory. With 14 seconds left, the Tigers were trailing. Clemson had the ball on the Alabama nine yard line. A pass interference penalty on a pass to Mike Williams in the endzone brought the ball to the two. On the next play Watson completed a two yard scoring pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second left to give Clemson the game. The Tigers end the season with a 14-1 record overall.
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