Oct. 17, 2009
GALLERY (Photos by Rex Brown)
Clemson held the second annual Rock the `John, the school’s version of Midnight Madness, on Friday, October 16. The event signified the official start to the 2009-10 basketball season for Clemson’s men’s and women’s teams. Head Coach Oliver Purnell shocked everyone in attendance by repelling down to the court from the rafters of Littlejohn for his introduction.
The event was the first chance of the year for fans to meet the 2009-10 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Head coaches Purnell and Cristy McKinney addressed the crowd and offered their expectations for the season and both teams held short scrimmages following the introductions.
Jeremiah Dew, who serves as the regular in-game host for the men’s basketball home games, was the Rock the ‘John emcee for the second straight year. The event featured performances from the Clemson cheerleaders, Rally Cats, Tiger Band and the Air Elite Dunkers from Atlanta, GA.
Coca-Cola, a proud sponsor of Rock The `John, provided free samples outside the event. Other sponsors included Academy Sports and Outdoor, Tom Winkopp, Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge and Clemson Army ROTC.
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