1896 Clemson Tigers football team
|1896 Clemson Tigers football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1896 record||2–1 ( )|
|Head coach||Walter Riggs (1st year)|
|Captain||R. G. Hamilton|
|1896 SIAA football standings|
The 1896 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson Agricultural College in the 1896 college football season. Professor Walter Riggs brought the game to Clemson from his alma mater, Auburn, where he was a member of Auburn's first football team. The Tigers completed their first season with a record of 2–1, with wins over upstate neighboring colleges Furman and Wofford, and a loss in the first installment of the rivalry with South Carolina. All games were played in the opposing school's home city. The rivalry matchup with South Carolina was held on Thursday morning at the South Carolina state fair, a tradition that would endure until 1960. Riggs served as the team's coach while R. G. Hamilton was the first captain.
|October 31||at Furman*||Greenville, SC||W 14–6|
|November 12||at South Carolina*||Columbia, SC (Big Thursday)||L 6–12|
|November 21||at Wofford*||Spartanburg, SC||W 16–0|
Clemson states these were the starting players.
|J.H. Blain||left end||Sr.|
|Charlie Gentry||right end||So.|
|Jock Hanvey||right tackle||Fr.|
|L.L. Hendricks||left guard||So.|
|Shack Shealy||right guard||Fr.|
|J.D. White||left tackle||Fr.|
|R.G. Hamilton||right halfback||Sr.|
|F.G. Thompkins||left halfback||Sr.|
- "2016 FOOTBALL MEDIA GUIDE" (PDF). ClemsonTigers.com. Clemson Athletics. 2016. pp. 200–208. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- Bourret, Tim. "2010 Clemson Football Media Guide" (PDF). Clemson University. p. 202. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- "Clemson Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
- 2010 Media Guide, p. 198