Friday Football Notes: Swinney to have company running down the Hill

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•Clemson Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney will have some company when he runs down the hill with his team on Saturday prior to the Clemson vs. North Texas game at Memorial Stadium. Swinney has invited Clemson Baseball Coach Jack Leggett and Clemson Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Brownell to join him for the 100-foot run down the hill with the team. It will be a first time for both coaches. Leggett, who has been at Clemson since the 1994 season, coached the Clemson baseball team to the Final Four of the College World Series last year and Brownell is in his first year as Clemson basketball coach.

•Tiger Walk will start at 1:20 PM at the entrance to the Lot 5 parking area off Perimeter Road. The entrance is just across the street from the Jervey Gym. Tiger Walk will be held each home game two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

•At 3:05 PM on Saturday, Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker will be presented a plaque commemorating his 20-20 season of 2009-10. Parker became the first athlete in Division I sports history to throw 20 touchdown passes on the gridiron and hit 20 home runs on the baseball diamond in the same academic year. He will be joined at the presentation by Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson Baseball Coach Jack Leggett.

•Tickets are available for Saturday’s game with North Texas. Tickets will be available for a special $16 rate for adults and $10 for students 18 years of age and younger. The ticket office at Memorial Stadium will open at 11:30 AM.

•Eight new members of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored on Saturday at the Clemson vs. North Texas game. The list includes former Clemson golfer D.J. Trahan, who will not be present for the ceremony. Trahan is competing in the PGA Tour event in Boston this weekend and won’t be able to attend. He shot a 64 on Friday to place third at the event after he first round.

Also being honored on Saturday will be former track coach Bob Pollock, who passed away earlier this year, former men’s tennis player Pender Murphy, former track athlete Cindy Duarte, former swimmer Paulette Russell, former soccer All-American Henry Abadi, former National Champion in track, Shawn Crawford, and former All-ACC football player Harold Olson.

•Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips will not be in attendance at Saturday’s opener. Phillips will be in Fayetteville, AR where he will be inducted into the University of Arkansas’s Hall of Honor. Phillips played football for the Razorbacks from 1966-69 when the Razorbacks ranked among the top programs in the nation.

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