An old chestnut from Fall Semester 2003.
Composed upon the shaded low wall of the reflecting pond, Clemson University, 3.9.2003.
Tillman’s bells barely audible
Over the cool spray of the reflecting-pond;
Alone, I sit, with first day thoughts
and know I that experience shall have won.
This is the week that most residents of South Carolina will spend their time talking trash about either Carolina or Clemson, depending on their allegiances.
Rather than say anything negative about USC, I’d like to draw attention to one of the greatest entrances in college football. Last year’s home opener against Georgia featured a pregame segment on ESPN that documented the bus ride the players and coaches take from one end of the stadium to the other. It’s a tradition that began when the team dressed in the old Fike Fieldhouse then walked to the stadium and ran down The Hill. The facilities are now on the other end of the stadium, under the West End Zone, but the tradition remains. It’s part of the pregame pageantry that makes Clemson’s entrance “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football,” to quote Brent Musberger. I have to say, as a Clemson alumnus and football fan, there is nothing like this. Being in the stadium while this is going down, after singing the Clemson Alma Mater with my dad and 80,000 others, is a memory I get to relive every year for all the home games.