I’ve enjoyed hosting ‘Tiger Talk’ on the Home of Clemson Athletics in the Midlands of South Carolina, Z93 ‘The Lake’. The weekly show aired Monday evenings, 7-8pm, and each week we talked Tiger Football with callers, special guests, and former Clemson players on 93.1 FM and online at lakemurrayradio.com.
December 6, 2014 – Our show is done for the season, but as we look forward to the future of Clemson Football, it was exciting to run into a Clemson commit following the SC HS State Championships. During a stop by Zesto in West Columbia, my son AJ and I had our picture taken with Wren HS QB Kelly Bryant after he asked about my Palmetto Boys State hat. Bryant was a 2014 Boys Stater from the City of Savannah (PBS Cities are named for rivers in our state) and soon will trade in his Wren Blue and Gold for the Tigers’ Orange and Purple! He is also one of five finalists for SC’s Mr. Football and plans to begin his time at Clemson in January of 2015. It was great to spend a few minutes with you Kelly and we’re excited about your future at Clemson University! (Hear more about Kelly Bryant and his fellow Boys Staters in this June 2014 interview with Mark Sturgis of ESPN Upstate: MikeV on Straight Up with Sturg)
November 25, 2014 – I really enjoyed our show tonight as it is not very often that you have the opportunity to spend time with Legends! I was thankful and honored to have Coach Danny Ford on Tiger Talk tonight by phone for about 10 minutes to open our broadcast. Coach Ford commented on the Rivalry Week, facing the Carolina coaches of his day, some of the difficulties of leading college athletes today (including his disappointment in some changes the NCAA has made), and his thoughts on this Saturday’s clash between the Tigers and Gamecocks.
Later in the show I shared comments about my trip to Death Valley this past Saturday, the Tigers win over Georgia State 28-0, and the very moving tribute through Military Appreciation Day that Clemson paid to our military personnel, veterans, and to the soldiers who have paid the ultimate price. In our final segment, Will Merritt, our favorite guest this year, joined us to help set the stage for the big battle this Saturday as the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Tiger Town. He talked about how the Tigers need this win much more than the Gamecocks and that if they can overcome the turnover disaster from last year’s game, the Tigers have a great opportunity to end the 5 year streak.
November 17, 2014 – Will Merritt dialed into Tiger Talk to help try to bring understanding on the difficult loss against Georgia Tech, the LCL injury to Deshaun Watson, and the need for drastic improvement to Clemson’s offensive effort. Will also shared about his appearance and contribution to the ACC Blitz Saturday Show with his former Head Coach Tommy Bowden.
November 10, 2014 – We were excited to have Mark Vaughan on the show! Mark is a former Tiger football player and currently works with the SC Football Hall of Fame. He shared some stories from his time at Clemson and also gave us some interesting information about the Hall of Fame and how listeners can get involved with voting in the next SC Football HOF Class of 2015. As always, we took some time to review Clemson’s preparation for the next opponent – this week the Tigers travel to face Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
November 3, 2014 – Will Merritt, former Tiger Offensive Lineman and Broadcaster, and our most frequent guest was on the program to talk about the upcoming game against Wake Forest. Will also shared about being back in the booth with Pete Yanity calling games for ESPN and announced for the first time his being invited to join former Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden on his weekly Raycom Sports show! We also had the privilege of welcoming in Coach Richard Moncrief, former Tiger Quarterback. Richard now trains student athletes in Atlanta and Alabama through his Richard Moncrief Quarterback Institute.
October 27, 2014 – We welcomed back former Clemson Kicker Nelson Welch to the program. Nelson played for the Tigers from 1991-1994, holds the record for most career field goals at 72, and was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2007. We talked about Ammon Lakip’s big game against Syracuse with the Tigers winning 16-6.
October 20, 2014 – We visited with former Clemson Wide Receiver Xavier Dye who was with the Tigers from 2007-2010. His best year came in 2009, highlighted by a big game in a win against Florida State. We discussed his time in high school with Greenwood and Byrnes, his career at Clemson, and his current position as Receivers Coach at Greenville High School. We also talked about the Tigers’ gritty 17-13 win on the road against Boston College and the upcoming Homecoming match up against Syracuse.
October 13, 2014 – Will Merritt joined in on the show again as we recapped the Tigers’ home win 23-17 over the Louisville Cardinals in their first visit to Death Valley and we looked ahead to Clemson’s upcoming trip to Chesnut Hill, Mass, to visit the tough defense of the Boston College Eagles. I also appreciate the call from current Clemson Freshman and Lexington High School Alum Forrest Crocker who gave us a Death Valley report and his experience showing up on the ESPNU broadcast during the Louisville game.
October 6, 2014 – What a privilege it was to have Dalton Freeman as a part of our weekly broadcast! Dalton is currently the back-up Center for the NFL New York Jets following his college career as a Clemson Tiger and what Will Merritt calls “the best Offensive Lineman Clemson has ever seen!” Dalton played his high school ball right here in Lexington County with the Pelion Panthers where his father Ben serves as Head Football Coach (Coach Ben Freeman will also serve as Shrine Bowl Head Coach for 2014). Dalton gave us an update on his play with the NY Jets, we discussed the Tigers’ big win over NC State 41-0, and looked ahead to Clemson’s first ever meeting against the Louisville Cardinals. We also had a very special call from Jeff in Red Bank who commented not only on Dalton Freeman’s abilities as a player, but also his leadership and character on and off the field!
September 29, 2014 – Welcomed in my good friend Tom Merritt to share about the life of our friend Tucker Hipps. More here: Remembering Tucker Hipps
Later in the show, Will Merritt joined in the discussion about Clemson’s big win over the UNC Tarheels 50-35 and the upcoming ACC match up against NC State at Death Valley.
September 22, 2014 – It was a privilege to have former Tiger and current Sideline Reporter for the Clemson Sports Network, Patrick Sapp, on the show this week! Patrick played quarterback for Clemson from 1992-1994 and switched over to Linebacker for his final season. He was drafted in the NFL second round in 1996 by the San Diego Chargers, played there for two seasons before being traded to the Arizona Cardinals for the remainder of his NFL career. It was a tough evening on the program as the sting was still fresh from the Tigers’ loss to Florida State 23-17. Everyone that I talked to leading up to the show agreed that Clemson won the football game in most every area except on the scoreboard. Minus several key mistakes, the Tigers would have upset the defending National Champions and #1 ranked team in the nation. But to be the great team that they are capable of being, Clemson will have to avoid those mistakes in the future. The Tigers will host the North Carolina Tarheels in Death Valley this coming week for their 2nd ACC game of the season.
September 15, 2014 – We continued our discussion of the Tigers’ big victory over SC State and focused in on what Clemson would bring to the table in Tallahassee, FL, as the 22nd ranked team takes on the defending National Champions and current top ranked Florida State Seminoles. It was a pleasure to have former Tiger Wide Receiver Terrance Ashe join us in studio! Terrance was a walk-on phenom for Clemson, received the 2009 Hustle Award voted on by coaches, and still holds record for most catches in a game by a walk-on (5 catches against Va Tech in 2007). He is now known in the Lexington area as Coach Ashe, serving as the Receivers Coach for the River Bluff HS Gators.
September 8, 2014 – I welcomed Will Merritt back to the program (see August 25th below) and also Nelson Welch, former Clemson Kicker. Nelson played for the Tigers from 1991-1994, holds the record for most career field goals at 72, and was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 2007. We discussed the Tigers victory last Saturday over SC State 73-7 and the upcoming challenge against Florida State on September 20th.
September 1, 2014 – We discussed the 45-21 season opening loss to Georgia and the upcoming home opener against SC State with these special guest callers: Clemson grad and Head Baseball Coach at Summerville High School, Banks Faulkner; Former Clemson Baseball Player, Glenn Martin; Former SC State Bulldog Football Player and Assistant SC State Football Coach, Nygel Pearson.
August 25, 2014 – Our opening show featured former Clemson University Football player and Clemson Sports Network Football Analyst, Will Merritt. Will is known not only as the Tigers’ Football radio broadcast analyst for 13 years, but also as an outstanding Clemson Offensive Lineman during 1997-2000. Our first ever caller to the show was Jordan LeNeve, Lexington High School Graduate and broadcast assistant for Z93’s Lexington County High School Game of the Week. We discussed the Tigers’ preseason efforts and the upcoming season opener at Georgia.