Clemson, SC--Wofford will replace Tulane on Clemson's 2001 football schedule, Athletic Director Bobby Robinson announced today. The contest will be played September 8 and will kickoff at 1:00 PM.
Tulane informed Clemson in January that it would not honor
its contract to play at Memorial Stadium on October 6, 2001. "We
wish to thank Wofford for making changes in their schedule and
helping us with a difficult situation," said Robinson. "They have a
winning program that is making great strides under Coach Mike Ayers."
The Terriers had a 7-4 record last year and were ranked 23rd
in the final Division I-AA poll. Among the victories was a 24-6
triumph over Louisiana-Monroe, a Division I-A team. Clemson will
return 11 starters and 54 lettermen from its 9-3 squad of 2000.
This will be the 13th meeting between Clemson and Wofford,
the first since 1981. A similar circumstance led to that contest 20
years. In April of 1981, Villanova decided to drop football. When
Clemson needed an 11th game, Wofford, then an NAIA school, was added
to the schedule.
Clemson won that contest 45-10, but trailed 3-0 at the end of
the first quarter. Clemson went on to win the National Championship.
Prior to 1981 the two teams had not met since 1940, a 26-0 victory at
Clemson under first-year head coach Frank Howard. The first meeting
dates to 1896, the first year of Clemson football. Clemson won that
contest 16-0. Wofford victories took place in 1925, 1926 and 1933.
The change in the schedule means Clemson will play four
home games to start the season, the first time that has happened
since 1979. It also means Clemson will play just two home games
after September 23, the October 20th Homecoming game with North
Carolina and Bowden Bowl III against Florida State on November 3.
Clemson will now have 12 days to prepare for the NC State game in
Raleigh slated for October 11th.
Robinson said the first two games would kickoff at 1:00 PM.
The only other kickoff available at this time is the October 11th
game at NC State. That contest, which will be televised by ESPN,
will kickoff at 8:00 PM. Times for the Sept. 15 Duke contest and
the September 22 Virginia game will be announced in July. The other
game times will be known 12 days prior to kickoff.
Clemson will open the season September 1 against Central
Florida, the first meeting between the two schools. Clemson's
Spring Game will be April 7 at 3:00 PM at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
Fan Appreciation Day is slated for August 12th.
Clemson 2001 Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time
Sept. 1 Central Florida Clemson Memorial Stadium 1:00 PM
Sept. 8 Wofford Clemson Memorial Stadium 1:00 PM
Sept. 15 Duke Clemson Memorial Stadium TBA (Hall of Fame Day)
Sept. 22 Virginia Clemson Memorial Stadium TBA
Sept. 29 at Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium TBA
Oct. 6 Open Date
Oct. 11 at NC State Carter-Finley Stadium 8:00 PM
Oct. 20 North Carolina Clemson Memorial Stadium TBA (Homecoming)
Oct. 27 at Wake Forest Groves Stadium TBA
Nov. 3 Florida State Clemson Memorial Stadium TBA
Nov. 10 at Maryland Byrd Stadium TBA
Nov. 17 at SC Williams-Brice Stadium TBA