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What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:11 PM

and what are a few things you would bring back today?

Personally, I would bring back the traditional uniforms (orange/white at home, white/white away, and all orange for big games.)

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National championships.***

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:18 PM



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only 1, sadly. not plural.


Jul 7, 2012, 3:31 PM

we should have had a couple, at least.

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I wouldn't have minded seeing a little of this during

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:21 PM

GT, NCSU, Coot, and Orange Bowl fiascos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wl9au4knak

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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:22 PM

Swarming, everyone to the ball DEFENSE!!

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Dabo has brought back traditional uniforms pretty much.


Jul 5, 2012, 6:26 PM

We wore all white in every away game last year except at GT because they wore white and we wore all orange.

We only wore orange pants twice at home, against Auburn and FSU.

We also wore all orange in the Orange Bowl.

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Respect we received regarding our toughness.***

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:31 PM



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You can say that again


Jul 8, 2012, 10:04 AM

NO ONE liked to see us coming in the early and mid 80's.

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We do Chicken right...it's not just for frying anymore!


The offensive line play

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:32 PM

Coach Ford could coach up the big uglies and we could use that so badly now.

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Re: The offensive line play

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Jul 5, 2012, 8:33 PM

Dont see how a clemson fan could have any answer but this. Man i hated watching yalls big boys just drive us back repeatedly. If yall had a ford line now you would contend for the mnc.

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get used to it again.


Jul 7, 2012, 3:34 PM

caldwell and pearman have only had 1 yr. working them. they will be back to that mean,hard-nosed, knock you back, put you where THEY want you to go play.good times,they are a-coming.

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Re: The offensive line play


Jul 5, 2012, 9:34 PM

You are so right!!! That and the way our Defenses played are the biggest differences in then and now. Also, we were 3 deep with NFL caliber talent at most positions in those days. That depth is demoralizing to an opponent. We are getting there, and it is going to be very special when we do, but it starts with the lines.

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Re: 80s Clemson football***


Jul 5, 2012, 6:33 PM



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Danny say youngsters and berry berry glad***


Jul 5, 2012, 6:34 PM



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not worrying on every single special teams play***


Jul 5, 2012, 6:34 PM



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Still being young at age 30 in 1985***

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:36 PM



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Miss being young, too.***

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Jul 5, 2012, 8:47 PM



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Jim Phillips and the old Tiger Tailgate Show***

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Jul 6, 2012, 7:44 AM

Amen AMEN the tailgate show was great

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Yep, with Russ Cassell. And the post game scoreboard show.***


Jul 7, 2012, 9:41 AM



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The Fifth Quarter show. It was wonderful. " And now we go to


Jul 8, 2012, 7:02 AM

Willie Johnson with a late score from Jordan-Hare( Jerr Dan Hare)....Willie says," We're here at Toomer's Corner in Auburn where an insane Bama fan has just been arrested for defamation of some 100 year old oak trees after Auburn won the game to secure its national title hopes.But what is amazing Jim, is that Alabama was over in Fayetteville, Arkansas getting thrashed by the Razorbacks...."

Getting live post game commentary like that while you enjoyed a cold drink or the drive home was awesome.

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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football


Jul 5, 2012, 6:44 PM

#44

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We use to knock people out..


Jul 5, 2012, 6:44 PM

And make field goals. And it was loud without being piped in..

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I miss the stffling O/D lines; power running / blocking game***


Jul 8, 2012, 2:27 AM



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for me our smothering defense.


Jul 5, 2012, 6:53 PM

love orange pants and purple color top....that is our colors after all

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we wore purple jerseys exactly zero times in the 80's***

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:57 PM



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Re: for me our smothering defense.


Jul 5, 2012, 9:36 PM

Go to YouTube and look at "Ford's Last Stand". It is the epitome of what you said. It doesn't get any better than that.

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the best defensive performance by a Tiger D

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Jul 5, 2012, 9:45 PM

i ever saw and i saw it live......smothering, stifling, hitting with a swagger we've not seen since. I feel bad for the younger fans who have no idea what type of defense we used to watch week in, week out, even when our O was shut down....they were the best athletes on the team.

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another example of this is the all out blasting of OU


Jul 5, 2012, 9:56 PM

in the Citrus Bowl.....we hit them in the face all day and sent them packing wondering what the #### just happened.

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Re: another example of this is the all out blasting of OU


Jul 5, 2012, 11:07 PM

Yep, and I remember whipping the Oklahoma team soundly, after Barry Switzer disrespected us on National TV. That was a good, old fashioned, #### whipping.

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Re: the best defensive performance by a Tiger D


Jul 5, 2012, 11:04 PM

Yep, but I don't remember our offense getting shut out too often, either.

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Re: for me our smothering defense.


Jul 6, 2012, 7:46 AM

Purple? we never wore purple the stands use to chant orange, white. Now we chant Clemson, Tigers

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:54 PM

My youth & health
Now about the Tigers, everything changes we know about the 80's and I really think Dabo & coaches are going to put the Tigers on the same road

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punishing defense***

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Jul 5, 2012, 6:56 PM



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jim phillips and no ,***


Jul 5, 2012, 6:58 PM



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no scalpers***


Jul 5, 2012, 6:58 PM



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the woo hoo was deeper...


Jul 5, 2012, 6:58 PM

and involved cussing

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There was no woohoo in the 80's.


Jul 8, 2012, 9:46 AM

Danny banned it.

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Smash mouth football on offense and defense !! *****

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Jul 5, 2012, 7:00 PM



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Opponents's fear of Death Valley ****


Jul 5, 2012, 7:04 PM



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Consistency... and confidence.


Jul 5, 2012, 7:12 PM

Neither of which we've had since Hatfield took us down the Athens and got our arses whipped in '91. That was the beginning of the end of the Clemson football program.

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Re: Consistency... and confidence.


Jul 5, 2012, 7:29 PM

Well when Hatfield broke out the then "special" orange pants when we went to UVA and lost to them for the first time ever didn't help anything !!

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Re: Consistency... and confidence.


Jul 5, 2012, 9:42 PM

You are so right! It has taken us all this time to begin to get what he (Hatfield) inherited. When he came to Clemson we were 3 deep at pretty much every position with NFL caliber talent, and when he left the cupboard was bare. He added, not one thing, and it has taken 30 years, so far, to get back on the right track, but I see Dabo getting us there, and I give TB some major credit for starting the process.

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Nasty defense and playing UGA every year***


Jul 5, 2012, 7:12 PM



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The power option.***


Jul 5, 2012, 7:13 PM



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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football


Jul 5, 2012, 7:17 PM

That feeling of no worries we got this.

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THE OPTION!!!!!!!!***


Jul 5, 2012, 7:25 PM



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D E F E N S E !***


Jul 5, 2012, 7:26 PM



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Jul 5, 2012, 9:57 PM

Yep! I do remember us having the #1 Defense in the Nation a couple of those years when Coach Ford was at Clemson. And Rightly so!!! We were the best!!!

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the guy yelling get the ball, get the ball, get the ### ball***

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Jul 5, 2012, 7:29 PM



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the silent treatment***


Jul 5, 2012, 7:52 PM



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Jul 6, 2012, 7:47 AM

that was basketball

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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football


Jul 5, 2012, 7:59 PM

In a word .....TOUGHNESS. Those teams played with a chip on their shoulder and were convinced before kickoff that noone was going to whip their ###!

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Defense


Jul 5, 2012, 8:02 PM

REAL DEFENSE!

We are probably better on offense, equal in punting with Pinion, and close in placekicking - some of the 80s had the tee advantage.

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I miss the security of knowing that if we had a crucial


Jul 5, 2012, 8:05 PM

3rd or 4th and short, that we could give it to Tracy Johnson or Chris Lancaster and get that #### yard.

Oh, and Danny. I wish Dabo would hire him as our OL and Special Teams coach.

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Jul 5, 2012, 8:08 PM

Rodney Williams, Coach Ford, the best linebackers in the country, and bowl wins. Go Tigers!

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My youth!***

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Jul 5, 2012, 8:10 PM



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Defense. Beating the coots. Dominating the ACC.

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Jul 5, 2012, 8:14 PM

Winning bowl games.

Being the toughest team on the field in any given game, win or lose.

Great, clutch FG kickers and punters.

Expecting to win every game.

I could go all night...

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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football


Jul 5, 2012, 8:25 PM

Finally getting off of the NCAA probation.

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Jul 5, 2012, 10:06 PM

I didn't remember the coots being on probation then. They weren't good enough to get any scrutiny from the NCAA, and that must be the reason, along with not accomplishing much with their rule bending. They were, as they still are, non-factors.

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well...


Jul 5, 2012, 8:41 PM

Being 30 years younger is a big one. The persistent dominance was another one. The uni's are great now - leave them alone. TB mods almost all gone but still don't look old.

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Jul 5, 2012, 8:46 PM

The. Fluted cups, don't miss a dang thing else.

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oline play***


Jul 5, 2012, 8:47 PM



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UGA every year!***


Jul 5, 2012, 9:08 PM



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O line play that looked like a bunch of savages


Jul 5, 2012, 9:10 PM

trying to hurt someone and a Defense that looked like we had 15 players on the field....gang tackling, celebrating with teammates and LB play that looked like rabid dogs.......and Paws on the shoulder pads. Last but not least, screaming "Fight Tigers, Fight ######, Fight, Fight FIGHT!" at the end of the "C L E M S O N T I G E R S" chant.....and screaming "#### a doodle doo, #### a doodle doo, Carolina Gamecocks to #### with YOU!"......and the JD bottles being passed around on the Hill.....

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this quote sums it up:

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Jul 5, 2012, 10:05 PM

my CO back at Camp Lejeune was a Capt at the time and he played TE at Maryland from '84 to '88....some good Terp teams back then who played us hard. I asked him about playing against Clemson and this is what he said, "Man, we hated playing Clemson because you KNEW you'd be sore for a week, they wouldn't say anything after they drilled you, their LB's and DL were so physical it was crazy and they'd rotate in and out every other play so you had a fresh lunatic knocking the #### out of you every other play it seemed. They were the most fundamentally sound team we played year after year and that crowd in Death Valley seemed like they were on the #### field"......pretty much sums up what i miss about the '80's.

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Jul 5, 2012, 11:40 PM



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It's all about attitude, which starts with the head coach.***

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Jul 5, 2012, 11:46 PM



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Jul 7, 2012, 9:32 AM

Very accurate! Great post!!! TU

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A gentle reminder........

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Jul 5, 2012, 11:43 PM

the OFFICIAL cheer is:

"Fight, Tigers, Fight ######, Fight, Fight!!

There are on TWO Fights at the end.

Go, and sin no more.

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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football


Jul 5, 2012, 9:15 PM

Since i started following clemson in 89 with ken hatfield, not much.

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You know you've raised a real tiger fan when you ask your son what he wants his cub scout pinewood derby car to be and he says a Tiger!


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Jul 5, 2012, 9:45 PM

I miss Coach Ford being on the sideline, and our attitude of, "here we are. We are coming for you! Try to stop us." It was "in your face" football. I think we are getting there again.

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The pure, unadulterated expectation of winning.***

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Jul 5, 2012, 9:56 PM



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the ou game


Jul 5, 2012, 10:06 PM

That was a sweet sweet win....the sooner fans talked #### all week long in Orlando.....much like the wvu fans did in the gator bowl the next season....both got the #### smacked outta them.

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seems ridiculous to say this


Jul 5, 2012, 10:11 PM

but for those who witnessed it, we had more speed on defense than the mighty Sooners did on offense....our LB's and DB's ran down their RB's and WR's all day, not to mention pounding Holieway's ### into the ground.....our D was the best athletes on the field by a mile....WVU got the treatment the next year.

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Jul 7, 2012, 9:45 AM

That was a disappointing year.

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Jul 5, 2012, 10:19 PM

This was a great post!!! It caused every serious reader to think of the positive things we were doing when we were at, probably, ou best, and interject them into the present. We have much to be proud of, and we have a very, very bright future, and that future has already begun. TU to you!!!

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Re: What do you miss most about '80s Clemson football

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Jul 5, 2012, 10:31 PM

No woo hoo.

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My Grandfather taking me to my first game***


Jul 5, 2012, 11:21 PM



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Winning and great defense, great LBs, dominant OL***


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