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Remembering the “Baron of Barlow Bend, AL” on this day.
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Remembering the “Baron of Barlow Bend, AL” on this day.

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Jan 26, 2022, 11:44 AM

That would be Clemson’s “Dean & Legend” of Tiger Football, Frank Howard, who died on this date in 1996 and was born in that small hollow called Barlow Bend.

Before arriving at Clemson SC he was a skinny 185 lb runt of a lineman who played for Alabama in the Rose Bowl on their famous Red Elephant squad.

At age 31 and an assistant coach at Clemson he seconded his nomination to become head coach and started a run of Clemson Football being known for having tough line play & teams that would be tough to beat while his teams in the late 40’s to late 50’s were putting lil ole Clemson College on the college football map with solid victories and more invites to prestigious bowls..

like in that famous Sugar Bowl with the Tigers only losing to the vaulted #1 ranked “Chinese Bandit” LSU Tiger squad 7-0 while being ranked #10, on a fumble at the goal line & later a trick half-back passing play from Billy Cannon).

Before his career as HC started off with a 32-13 victory over lowly Presbyterian College in front of 5,000 fans in Sept 1942, he had envisioned he could become as famous, successful & storied as Clemson’s 2nd Head Coach John Heisman..and in ways he was and maybe more.

Note: Memorial Stadium wasn’t named such until Sept 1942 when Clemson Students in WW2 were killed in combat and thus honored.

On that 1st game in Sept 1942 vs PC the gates were finally hung at 1pm, with the help of students and other non-football scholarship athletes, and the teams kicked off at 2pm.

It’s great history to know that Coach Howard personally helped clear the trees around the playing field in 1940.

When the concrete stands were being poured it’s fact that Frank placed a piece of his tobacco chew in each corner so he’d have a part of him in the stadium he helped build.

In describing Coach Howard’s frugalness but good business sense, after the football field sod installers took 3 weeks to lay 1/2 of the field, he offered the installers 50 gallons of ice cream upon completion and they responded by finishing the 2nd half of laying the sod in only 3 days.

Could any modern college football fan or current head coach fathom this work ethic, devotion & personal hands-on attitude? It probably had a lot to do with him growing up in the Great Depression and understanding the value of a dollar and hard work.

Speaking of dollars, he was an original member & supporter of the highly successful Sports Bolster Club called IPTAY (I Pay $10 A Year) and in the off-Summer season he would drive through-out rural & humid SC in his old car and ask farmers & business people to help Clemson football beat the big boys by donating.

Most couldn’t afford to gave $10 up front so Frank would accept a verbal I.O.U. and a Buck, and maybe even accept a chicken or basket of veggies for his efforts. Later, IPTAY became the 1st college sports bolster organization in America to reach $1,000,000 in donations (and not to include ticket sales in that figure) and the 1st to reach high membership levels in the thousands..and over the years it was 1st in reaching higher levels in the multi-millions & membership much so that many college athletic departments came to Clemson to find out how it worked.

Today he surely must be looking down from his burial site on top of the hill located less than a football field length away, at that plot of land he sculpted into a place for great athletic feats, loud cheering crowds & winning football in Tigertown USA.

So, thanks Coach Howard for all you personally did for Clemson Football & Clemson College too..not only to personally help build what later became the famous Death Valley & Howard’s well as your saving & installing the ROCK at the top of The HiLL whereby the team’s entry is described as being the most exciting 33 seconds in college football..

but also we grateful fans tip our cap & send out many sincere thanks & much love to You COACH & Your BOYS today for putting us solidly on the map in college football.


PS: Dabo says hello FH & Thanks a million(s)!

Oh, It’s thought that Coach Howard’s biggest payday in his last years was between $35,000-$50,000 a year, if that.

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Jan 26, 2022, 12:06 PM

Unfortunately I was born in 94' and do not remember Mr. Howard very well. I wish I could have been alive in his later years when he was still influential within the athletic department.

My grandfather was recruited by him in the 50s and talks about how influential of a man he was. My grandfather chose getting married over college, and did not play at Clemson, but the reason my family are Clemson fans today is because of Mr. Howard's influence, and for that I am grateful.

I love anything that honors him, and honestly wish the university would do more sometimes for him, because he made this program into what it is. I think is appearances in the pre-game hype videos are pretty awesome though.

Thanks for remembering him today. Go Tigers!

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Jan 26, 2022, 1:24 PM

Well I was born in '54 ( I have socks old than you LOL) but I was a freshman (or should I say know freshperson (LOL again) in 1972.

I met Coarch Howard at a Clemson soccer gane. He was real comical. I had to explain to him what we had to do to get points. He didn't understand soccer. He only understood Clemson.

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Jan 26, 2022, 1:45 PM

I almost forgot, I played Club Rugby with Jimmy Howard at Clemson. I didn't know he was that old. In his 80's now. I'm only 67.

I guess Jimmy was old then.

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And his son Jimmy is 80 now and

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Jan 26, 2022, 12:08 PM

I’m no youngster myself

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Re: And his son Jimmy is 80 now and

Jan 26, 2022, 12:53 PM

I see you are also a fan of The Hoss.

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Jan 26, 2022, 12:28 PM

Being a Clemson student 62-66, I can appreciate Coach Howard and your history presentation.

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Jan 26, 2022, 1:00 PM

You left out The The Bashful", Bill LOL

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Jan 26, 2022, 1:14 PM

Bashful Baron of Barlow Bend, as he said.

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Memorial Stadium opened in 1942

Jan 26, 2022, 1:58 PM

"They chose to build in the valley in the western part of campus. On April 3, 1941, the South Carolina General Assembly ratified an act authorizing a $150,000 bond issue for the new stadium, and the bill went to Governor Burnet R. Maybank for signature.[1] The original 20,500-seat stadium—the lower half of the current facility's south grandstand—was constructed for $125,000 or $6.25 a seat.[1] The stadium was designed by Carl Lee of Charlotte, North Carolina (Clemson '08) and Professor H. E. Glenn of the engineering faculty.[1] On September 19, 1942, Memorial Stadium was opened with a 32–13 victory over Presbyterian College.[6] Much of the early construction of the stadium was done by scholarship athletes. In fact, the first stak"

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Jan 26, 2022, 2:24 PM

I remember meeting him first when I would go to the Clemson games with my grandfather and my future Football Coach who played for him in the early 50’s. We would stop by his office before the games and my coach would bring him chewing tobacco. He always remembered my name. Then when I was at Clemson in the 70’s I would see him on campus and would stop to talk to him.

He was a great story teller and I just loved to listen to him. I remember one story about how he said Coach Bear Bryant recruited. He said Coach Bryant would ride through farm land throughout the south and when he would see some young guy plowing the fields he would slow down, blow the horn and wave at the young guy. And if the “young man would wave back at him with the plow stock in his hand, he would stop and offer him a scholarship.” Said that was how Coach Bryant had such good teams. As he told those stories, tobacco juice would sometimes run down the side of his mouth. My coach told me for goodness sake, don’t tell him that. ??

My coach told me that during one game he fumbled the football (He was a Tight End) and when the game was over Coach Howard came over and handed him a football and told him that he had to carry that football everywhere he went, to bed, to class, everywhere. Coach Howard said he better not see him without that football in his hands and if he did, he didn’t want to see what would happen. Coach said he woke up one night and there was Coach Howard standing beside his bed and Coach didn’t have that football. Well he got him up and called one of his coaches to meet them at the stadium. It was 2:00 am then and he proceeded to run the stands until 5:00 am, when he had drill. Coach said he NEVER fumbled after that day.

Imagine what would happen to a Coach if he did that today. That was just one story I heard about Coach Howard. The Man he was is the reason Clemson is what it is today.

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Jan 26, 2022, 2:32 PM

He was definitely one of a kind. He would not fit in today's politically correct and woke culture. He was the antithesis of that.

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Jan 26, 2022, 2:51 PM

I was working at Clemson when Coach Howard died. He still had an office with "Legend" on the door.

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Jan 26, 2022, 10:01 PM

Thanks, Bill for remembering Coach Howard. I grew up in Clemson and started going to ballgames when I was 10 years old. I lived and died every Saturday during the 1950s and 1960s watching home games and listening to the away games on the radio. Our family went to the Clemson Methodist Church with his family. I was at Daniel High School in the ninth grade when Jimmy Howard was a star running back as a Senior. There are many good memories of little ole' Clemson College playing on the big stage in Football and in so many bowl games. He was the builder of Clemson sports for many years as the Athletic Director. There are so many good memories of growing up in Clemson.

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^ Thx 45Tiger (and great CU classmate & dear friend)..

Jan 26, 2022, 11:16 PM

for your comment, for your 65+ years of loyalty to Clemson sports particularly football..and bet Frank Howard surely heard you jeering at the referees many times when they made a stupid call against his Boys. LOL

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