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Clemson linebacker James Skalski was ejected from the College Football Playoff semifinals after attacking Alabama wide receiver DeVante Parker, one of the game's best receivers. Some people rail against the fact that Alabama is back in the college football playoffs after a year's absence, but throw in a few words of praise for the team. Clemson LB James Harden and his ejection from a CFP game, and you know people like it.
Clemson's Travis Etienne has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season, setting an NCAA record. Uiagalelei led Clemson to its first national championship game since 2008 and its second national title in three years. Heisman stayed with Clemson for only four years, where he recorded a 19-3-2 record, but he stayed on as the Tigers' quarterback for 11 years.
Clemson finished the regular season with a 13-1 record, the second-best in school history. Clemson is seeking its third national championship since the four-team playoff debut in the 2014 season. LSU won the national championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012, while Clemson extended its streak of consecutive appearances to five years.
Clemson and Ohio State last won the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2014, with the Tigers winning 29-23. It was a bittersweet day for Ohio State players, coaches and fans who had been waiting for last season to end without a ceremony at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.
The Tigers beat rival University of Virginia 40-35 for the first time on September 24, 1966. The Tigers retaliated for that loss with a 10-1 victory over the Irish in the ACC Championship Game and advanced to the national semifinals by 10-1. Clemson defeated Nebraska and won the 1981 NCAA Football National Championship, beating Clemson in the Home Bowl. Those two teams also met in the Fiesta Bowl and the 2016 playoff, and Clemson beat both.
Clemson finished the year 12-0 and ranked first in Associated Press and Coaches polls and second in the College Football Playoff rankings.
The Tigers have won 21 conference championships and 32 ACC regular-season championships and tournament wins. The Tigers' baseball team recorded a record 12-2-1 in 2018, the Tigers 10-6-3 in the ACC, including two national championships, and had three consecutive seasons with at least one national championship, the most recent being 2018 and the College Football Playoff championship game in 2015. Clemson has had four consecutive years with four or more conference titles and three straight NCAA tournament berths, most recently in 2016.
Clemson has won seven regional titles since the NCAA introduced the regional tournament format in 1989. Golf was played in Clemson by more than 1,000 men and women from all 50 US states and the District of Columbia (required).
In 1896, football coach Walter Riggs came from Auburn University and worked at Clemson before coming to Clemson. The man who founded Clemson's first football team in 1896 worked at Auburn University. Before joining Clemson, the man who founded the Clemson First Football Team in 1897, Walter "Walter" Riggings, had worked for the University of Auburn for four years.
The Tigers are led by head coach Dabo Swinney, who is in his first full season as head coach. He took the job at halftime of the 2008 season and led the Tigers to an 8-4 record and an ACC Championship Game victory in each of the last three seasons. Since he took over mid-season in 2009, the Tigers have been led every season. They have led the past four seasons to a 9-2 record and a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
He took the job midway through the 2008 season and led the Tigers to an 8-4 record and an ACC Championship Game victory in each of the last three seasons. He took over midway through the 2009 season and led them to a 9-2 record and a spot in the College Football Playoffs the last four seasons.
Clemson's full schedule for the 2020 season is in place, with the Tigers making the College Football Playoffs for the first time since 2009. Clemson must hope to have a rematch with Notre Dame and Ohio State on December 17, 2020 if they are to secure a spot in the 2019 college football playoffs.
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The most prominent Clemson facility is the WestZone, home to the Clemson Tigers football team and the University of South Carolina. The West Zone is located on the second floor of the Clemson College Park campus in Clemson, S.C., south of the campus.