The Clemson Tigers football team is ready to play Alabama in the college football Playoff championship at 8 p.m. Monday, January 7, at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California. It will be the fourth consecutive meeting between Alabama and Clemson in the PPC, and the third in the last four years in the championship game.
Where is Clemson University located?
Clemson University is located in the city of Clemson, in the northern region of the state of South Carolina. The university, with an enrollment of more than 19,000 college students, is actually larger than the city, which has an estimated population of 16,649, according to the US Census Bureau. UU Greenville, South Carolina, with a population of approximately 70,000, is 30 miles away.
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Who is Clemson's head coach?
Clemson is coached by Dabo Swinney, who has led the Tigers for 10 full seasons as in he was the head trainer and seven games as an interim coach in 2008. Prior to that, he served as receiver trainer and CU recruiting coordinator as of 2003.
Swinney also trained in various functions in Alabama from 1993 to 2000. In 2001 and 2002, he worked in real estate development.
In Clemson, Swinney has a record of 115-30 with a national title and five ACC conference crowns. He is the second most successful coach of all time at UC, behind only the legendary Frank Howard.
What is Clemson's pet?
Clemson's athletic teams are nicknamed the Tigers and have been since 1896. The school mascot is simply called The Tiger, with a student who wears a pet suit since 1954, according to the university.
In 1970, the sports department presented the "Tiger Paw" logo that is still used today.
What are Clemson's colors?
Officially, Clemson colors are known as Clemson orange, Regalia purple and White Fort Hill.
How many national championships has Clemson won?
In his athletic history, Clemson has won five national championships in three sports, and all those titles come from male teams in the last 40 years.
More recently, the Tigers football team defeated Alabama, 35-31, in the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship game to be crowned national champion in the 2016 season. That game, which took place in Tampa, Florida, marked the second of four consecutive CFP meetings between Alabama and Clemson, including the 2019 title game.
The 2016 championship marked the second title in the history of the soccer program, with the first in 1981. In that season, the Tigers defeated Nebraska, 22-15, in the Orange Bowl to finish a perfect 12-0 and secure the No. 1 ranking under head coach Danny Ford.
Clemson's men's soccer team produced two national championships over a four-year period. In 1984, the Tigers defeated Indiana, 2-1, at the Kingdome in Seattle. In 1987, CU outscored the state of San Diego, 3-1, and became one of 11 programs in the nation with multiple national titles in men's soccer. That championship also marked the first and only time that Clemson won a title in his territory: from 1987 to 1989, the NCAA played the Final Four of men's soccer on the campus of one of the participants.
Clemson's first spring sports title came in 2003, when the men's golf team defeated a group of 29 other teams in the field of residence of the state of Oklahoma in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Tigers defeated the Cowboys runners-up with just two strokes.
1981: Football against Nebraska, 22-15, Miami, Florida
1984: Men's Soccer vs. Indiana, 2-1, Seattle, Wash
1987: Men's Soccer against San Diego Street, 3-1, Clemson, S.C.
2003: Golf vs. Men 29 teams, 2 shots, Stillwater, Okla.
2016: Football against Alabama, 35-31, Tampa, Florida