I learned something new last week and I haven't stopped laughing since. I always heard a reference to Clemson copying Auburn but I didn't think much of it. Clemson never struck me as a real creative school. Their nickname is Tigers, their fight song is Tiger Rag and they play in Death Valley. Yawn.
It all began on twitter when a Clemson fan said the Gamecocks were not real original with the Fear the Thumb slogan. True, but the slogan is not meant to be original, it is meant to be used for any situation when you are about to drop five straight wins on your rival. It has been used by other teams in the past and will be used again in the future. It goes right up there with Three Peat etc.
That remark by the Clemson fan led to some research on the creation of the Clemson football program. Here is what I found out. Apparently Walter M. Riggs was a graduate of Auburn and came to Clemson to start the football program. Lacking money, he borrowed some of Auburn's old practice jerseys. These jerseys would be the game jerseys for Clemson. The jerseys were blue but because they were so old they had begun to fade to a purple color. Nice!
The name Tigers was not taken from Auburn however, the team voted on Tigers because they were inspired by the Princeton Tigers who had just won the national title. The bandwagon mentality is in their DNA.
Then you have the infamous "ALL IN" slogan. The Clemson fans want you to believe Dabo coined it when he took over the job when Tommy Bowden was fired. Not so fast my tater. A little research pulled up this t-shirt from 2005.
So it is officially Little Auburn week for the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks are coming off a 70-10 win over Coastal Carolina and Clemson knocked off The Citadel while wearing all purple. I guess Auburn must have received some new practice jerseys.
“Clemson is Auburn with a lake" - Lewis Grizzard
SEC envy and Clemson has been going on for quite some time I guess.