Oct. 10, 2006
I recently attended the National Division IA Athletic Directors’ convention in Dallas, TX with more than 120 athletic directors from throughout the nation. Clemson University’s Solid Orange: It’s About Pride sportsmanship initiative received a “exemplary Sportsmanship Recognition award.
It is an honor for Clemson to be so honored. I believe all Clemson supporters can take a great deal of pride in the award.
I would like to thank all of you for your part in Clemson’s Sportsmanship Initiative. Receiving this award is a result of the efforts of the entire Clemson University family and, especially, the Clemson Sportsmanship Task Force which was established by President Jim Barker.
With members from the university staff, faculty, student body and the community, this task force has worked diligently and is to be commended.
As I have often said, Solid Orange is more than just wearing orange. It is also about pride in our school, teams and hospitality. That pride — evident in the stands on game day — now has been nationally recognized.
It is important for us to display our Solid Orange Pride as Clemson plays a football game this Thursday night at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC against Temple. Playing in Charlotte presents a special opportunity for Clemson supporters, particularly for our recruiting efforts.
This is not the first time for a Clemson football team to play in Charlotte. Interestingly, we have played 18 games there over the years and been quite successful with a 13-4-1 record. You could say Charlotte has been a good home away from home for Clemson.
With the realignment of the ACC, Clemson will play in the state of North Carolina half as much as in past years. Limited exposure could adversely affect recruiting in a state that has been instrumental throughout history for Clemson. A good Tiger turnout will help enhance awareness of Clemson in recruiting.
A strong showing in Charlotte — especially by Clemson fans in the area — would reflect on the level of commitment to the program. It would also leave a favorable impression on those who watch the game on television.
Let’s make Charlotte a home-game atmosphere for Clemson University and show the city that Clemson people are Solid Orange. Our thanks to you for making Solid Orange a reality.
In Solid Orange, Terry Don Phillips Athletic Director
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