CLEMSON - As Clemson continues preparation for Saturday's game with North Carolina at Death Valley, it does so not counting on help from starting cornerback Brian Mance.
Mance has been with his family since last weekend, grieving over the death of his older brother, Kenny. Kenny Mance, a former player at Charleston Southern University, died last Saturday evening in an automobile accident. He was 24 years old.
Mance attended his brother's funeral Wednesday, and Bowden said it would be the family's decision when he would rejoin the team.
"We're preparing as if he will not be here," Bowden said following Wednesday's practice. "If he's not here (today), he'll probably play in a backup role. He and his brother were real close."
Mance's absence means more work for youngsters Toure Francis and Ryan Hemby during practice this week, and also has a trickle-down effect to the special teams.
The lead punt returner and one of the two deep men on kickoff returns, Mance likely will be replaced on both teams Saturday, Bowden said. Joe Don Reames will move to the primary punt return spot, backed up by Derrick Hamilton, with Hamilton joining Reames on kickoff returns. Wide out Airese Currie has also been working out as a returner this week.
In other Wednesday news, Bowden said he's optimistic wide receivers Roscoe Crosby (sprained knee) and Jackie Robinson (broken jaw) to play this weekend. How much will depend on how sharp they look the rest of the week.
"It gives you more depth," Bowden said. "But they'll have to gradually work back into it. You worry about the sharpness, but at least they'll get work."
Defensive tackle Nick Eason, still nursing a sprained ankle, also is probable for Saturday.
Tigerama Brings 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Clemson
With amazing animals, daring skydivers, colorful costumes and fabulous
fireworks, the 45th annual Tigerama is sure to be a spectacular show for
Clemson fans of all ages.
This student-run pep rally -- one of the largest in the country -- will
bring a circus theme to Memorial Stadium Friday, Oct. 19. A menagerie and
petting zoo, featuring animals from Hollywild Animal Park in Inman, S.C.,
will welcome early visitors at 4 p.m. The pep rally begins at 7 p.m.,
followed by the Tigerama show at 7:30 p.m. The festivities will conclude
about 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display choreographed by Pyrotecnico of
New Castle, Pa.
A carnival, sponsored by Blue Key and the Union Programs and Activities
Committee and featuring clowns, balloons and live animals, will be located
outside the stadium, across Williamson Road from gates 1 and 3. No Clemson
menagerie would be complete without a tiger, which will be accompanied by a
lion, an elephant and a flock of macaws. Visitors to the petting zoo can
see a llama, camel, miniature donkey, potbellied pigs and goats.
Since no circus is complete without jugglers, there will be some of those,
too, as well as balloons, facepainting and cotton candy. People can also
enjoy an inflatable obstacle course, and younger children can have fun with
an inflatable ship with a slide and bouncy bin. Donations for the animal
food and the inflatables will benefit the Tigerama scholarship fund.
Walton Norris, a senior from Murrells Inlet, S.C., is Blue Key's Tigerama
Director. He said this year's festivities have more of a family focus, with
activities that people of all ages will enjoy.
"This year's Tigerama represents the idea of continuing on with normal
life, in light of all that has happened. It is important for people right
now to enjoy themselves and to do things that are fun and make them laugh,"
The evening also will include performances by the Tiger Band, the
cheerleaders, Rally Cats and Tigeroar. Other features will be the crowning
of Miss Homecoming 2001 and appearances by the Pershing Rifles, Army ROTC
and the Flying Tigers Skydiving Team.
Emcees for the evening will be Jane Robelot, former co-anchor of the CBS
Morning News, men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt, and Big Mo, host of Big
Mo's Morning Sports Show on WCCP-FM Super Sports Radio station.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $3 at the stadium athletic ticket
office, the Alumni Center and local businesses. Tickets at the gate will be
As a security measure, no backpacks, tote bags or other large carryalls
will be allowed into the stadium. Items allowed into the stadium but
subject to search are purses, diaper bags, seat cushions, binoculars,
cameras, video cameras, cell phones, radios, Walkman-type radio/recorders
and hand-held TVs. Security personnel will check umbrellas and strollers at
the gates for pick-up afterwards.
The "no pass-outs" rule will be in effect. Children should remain with an
adult at all times, and adults should carry IDs.
In the event of rain, Tigerama will be moved indoors to Littlejohn Coliseum.