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I was pleased to see Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
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get his second big opportunity this past game against Georgia Tech.  Battle was thrown into action against LSU last year in the win in the Chick-fil-a Bowl but was not able to win a starting position until last week.  Apparently he played well enough to earn the start again this week versus The Citadel.  This is a big start to see if Battle is ready for a bigger role in the immediate future.

Orange Bowl

Clemson should get its 10th win of the season Saturday against The Citadel.  Some in the media also feel the win will wrap up an Orange Bowl bid while others still think the Tigers have work to do.  Also don't forget Florida State cannot lose to Idaho, Florida or in the ACC title game if the Tigers want to play in South Florida.  If the Noles don't play in the BCS title game then Clemson would need to beat South Carolina to be considered for an at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl.

Wounded Warrior Project

One of my favorite charities is the Wounded Warrior Project.  A few months ago Clemson assistant golf coach Jordan Byrd reached out to me and presented a terrific opportunity for WCCP-FM to help this charity.  Clemson golfer Cody Proveaux played last season in The Patriot Golf Tournament that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.  Byrd has helped us set up a great auction where the winning bid gets Proveaux's golf bag from the event, a dozen Clemson golf balls and a purple Clemson golf shirt like the one the team wears.  You can go to WCCP's Facebook page to bid.  The auction will end Friday at 8:30 a.m. and we will announce the winner on my radio show Friday.  Thanks to those that go to the Facebook page and express interest in helping out a terrific cause.

Purple Heart...And There's Purple in the End Zone

Hopefully Clemson play-by-play announcer Pete Yannity will change his catch phrase to "And there's purple in the end zone" often Saturday.  It was brought to my attention this morning by my producer, Thomas Black, that the perfect day Saturday would include Purple Heart recipient Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez
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scoring his first college touchdown.  I can't imagine anything more appropriate and have my fingers crossed for this to happen Saturday.

Military Appreciation Day

I try not to post too much straight from SID releases on the blog, but I was sent this yesterday and thought it would be helpful to many.  Below is a list of the activities going on Saturday surrounding Military Appreciation Day and information for veterans and current military personnel on how they can participate:

Clemson University celebrates Military Appreciation Day on Saturday as the Clemson football team plays host to The Citadel at noon, and the university has a full slate of activities planned throughout the day in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the event. The game features the school’s first ever Purple Out as fans are encouraged to wear purple in support of the military.

Bowman Field will open officially at 8 a.m., and will have the largest display of military vehicles in the 20-year history of Military Appreciation Day. The displays will include current military vehicles, vintage vehicles and several interactive displays.

The Pershing Rifles (PR) will have a 24-hour guard at the Scroll of Honor beginning at 12 noon Friday until 12 noon Saturday. There will also be a special flag change out ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Scroll of Honor by the PR. There will be a tailgate with light refreshments for former Clemson graduates who are in or were in the military on the Fike deck beginning at 9:30. Our distinguished visitors are: LTG John Mulholland, USA, Furman grad and now Deputy Commander of US Special Operations Command, MajGen Jay Raymond, USAF, Clemson grad and now Director of Strategic Plans and Policy at US Strategic Command, and BG Eddie Jackson, Clemson grad and now Commander South Atlantic Division, US Corps of Engineers.

Following a half-hour Tiger Band performance in the amphitheater beginning at 10:30 a.m., the military parade rolls from the Holmes and McCabe dormitories. All veterans and current military personnel from both Clemson and The Citadel are invited to participate in the parade.

Celebrations continue at the game, with a scheduled flyover of six post-World War II vintage Warbirds at the conclusion of the National Anthem. Throughout the game, there will be numerous recognitions and ceremonies to honor Military Dignitaries, Wounded Warriors, Honor Flight and many more.

Halftime plans include the Summerall Guard from The Citadel, and a special ceremony as Clemson pays tribute to fallen soldiers from the state of South Carolina and recognizes their family members. The Clemson marching band will also pay tribute to all five branches of the military during its halftime show.

All veterans and current military personnel are invited to stand in the West end zone during the halftime ceremony. To participate, go to Portal X in the WestZone with five minutes remaining in the second quarter.

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Prayer List

We have started a prayer list on the blog.  Here are the guidelines:

If you are offended by prayer or prayer lists then I apologize in advance.  The blog is free and the prayer list will be on the bottom of the page so you don’t have to read it.

If you would like to add someone to the list please email me at

*Please let me know when it is appropriate to take the person off of the prayer list.

Those who need our prayers include: Finn Brookover, Jo Ann Bachman, Kenneth Bryant, Pruitt Martin, Got Igers and his family, David Rowland, Leonard, Gillespie and his family, Jim S., Daniel Rosborough, the Huffman family, Nancy Winkler, John Reeve, Vinnie Brock, Kaitlyn L., Susan Miller, Joyce Harley, Steve Proveaux, Jeffrey Greene, the Hutto family, Sherl Drawdy, Caleb Kennedy, Teresa O'Connor, Matt Jacobs, Perrin Seigler, Candee Massee, Lindsey Jordan, Sam Catoe, Tyler Felch, the Nicolopulos family, "the Jacksonville, FL guys," Kim Sims, the Coyle family, Ryleigh Tedder, Steve Lee, Kelly Trakas, Jimmy Moore, the Thomas V. family, Emary Claire Young, Kitty Bowers, Julie Locke, the Scheider family, Lauren Kittles' family, Frank Gentry, Joyce Bussey, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, Chad Berry, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Shervin Messer, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Christopher Tuten, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Dot Cartee, Ayden Mills, Millie Heatley, Lynn Martin and family, Michael Pinson, Jake David family, Angie Crowley, Ira, Mike Tolson, Poly Wells, Dr. Muriel Bishop, Jack Cunningham, Emily Jefford Meister, Zachary Stoller, Aaron Clackum, Pat James, Cortney Moore, William Moore, Angelia and Savannah Anderson, William Ross, Meredith Legg, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
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, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders,  Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Danny Hammond, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Doug Bailey and family, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Harlan Sullins, Peter Laboy, Kat and Carlisle Jones, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Edward Easterling, Dawson Bourne, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack  Cunningham,  Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Jim Lanier, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon KirklandLevon Kirkland
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and family, Catherine Sewell, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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