Former Tiger Mobley to Make Ceremonial First Toss
Clemson, SC--Craig Mobley, Clemson's first African-American
scholarship student-athlete, will make the ceremonial center-jump
toss to open the Clemson vs. Morris Brown game on Saturday. Tipoff
is schedule for 4:00 PM. Mobley was invited to campus in
conjunction with the Martin Luther King holiday, which will be
celebrated on Monday.
Mobley came to Clemson in the fall of 1969 when he was
recruited by the late Bobby Roberts. He was a member of the Clemson
basketball program as a freshman and sophomore. He decided to give
up the game at the varsity level to concentrate on his studies after
his sophomore year.
Currently, Mobley owns Magna Enterprises Construction Company
in Los Angeles, CA. He is also the chairman of the LA Watts Summer
Games, the largest high school competition in the nation. Mobley
directs an event that features over 7,000 high school students, 200
schools and 400 teams from throughout Southern California.
Raised in Chester, South Carolina, Craig graduated as an
honor student from Chester High School in Chester, South Carolina. He
graduated from Clemson with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and
minor in Physics. He then worked as a research Chemist for Minnesota,
Mining, and Manufacturing Company (better known as 3M).
Mobley received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S.
Air Force and was promoted to Major. He served as a space radar
operator for several years
before earning two masters degrees, one in Business Administration
and the other in System Management. His military experience provided
an opportunity to
coach military basketball teams, and this experience transferred over
to Middlesex Community College, in Massachusetts where he coached
both men's and
women's Junior College Basketball.