Clemson vs. NC State Football Game Moved
Clemson, SC-Clemson's football game with NC State at Clemson Memorial
Stadium has been moved from Saturday, October 26th to Thursday,
October 24th. The Thursday evening game will be televised nationally
by ESPN and will kickoff at 7:45 PM. ESPN's Thursday night prime
time crew of Mike Tirico, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will
broadcast the game.
This will be just the second home Thursday night game at
Clemson. In 1998 the Tigers played Georgia Tech in a Thursday night
ESPN game. The announcement also means Clemson will have at least
four of its first eight games televised nationally on ESPN.
The network previously announced that the Clemson at Georgia game on
August 31 and the Clemson at Florida State game set for Thursday,
October 3, also would be on the network. The Clemson vs. Georgia
Tech game on September 14th has also been chosen by ESPN.
Both Clemson and NC State will have the same amount of time
to prepare for the October 24th game. Clemson will play host to
Wake Forest the previous Saturday, October 19th, while NC State will
play Duke at Carter-Finley Stadium.
In making the schedule change, Clemson was guaranteed by the
ACC that its game with Georgia Tech on September 14th would start at
12:00 Noon and that its homecoming game with Wake Forest on October
19th would be an afternoon game, either 12:00 Noon, or 3:30 PM. This
will allow Clemson fans to plan for an afternoon game on homecoming
"The exposure for Clemson University and the football program
on the Thursday night ESPN package is second to none," said Clemson
Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "This will give us four ESPN games
within the first eight games of the season. That will be a big
boost to recruiting.
"We know our administration, players, coaches and fan base
prefer an early afternoon game. This agreement guarantees that
our first four home games will be in the afternoon, allowing everyone
to make their plans earlier than normal."
Clemson 2002 Schedule
Date Opponent Time TV Special Day
Aug. 31 at Georgia 7:45 PM ESPN
Sept. 7 LOUISIANA TECH 1:00 PM IPTAY/Tiger Cub
Sept. 14 GEORGIA TECH 12:00 Noon ESPN Hall of Fame
Sept. 21 BALL STATE 1:00 PM ACC 50-Year Celebration
Oct. 3 at Florida State 7:45 PM ESPN
Oct. 12 at Virginia TBA
Oct. 19 WAKE FOREST Afternoon Homecoming/Parents
Oct. 24 NC STATE 7:45 PM ESPN
Nov. 2 at Duke TBA
Nov. 9 at North Carolina TBA
Nov. 16 MARYLAND TBA Military Appreciation
Nov. 23 SOUTH CAROLINA TBA 100th Game Celebration