STRIKE UP THE CHANT …
Former Clemson University quarterback Rodney Williams is the Tigers’ newest radio personality, the school announced this week. Williams will provide color commentary on Clemson’s weekly radio broadcasts, joining play-by-play announcer Don Munson in the booth.
Williams posted a 32-10-2 record as Clemson’s starting quarterback from 1985-88 – leading the Tigers to four straight bowl games (and three consecutive bowl wins). In two of those games – the 1986 Gator Bowl and 1988 Citrus Bowl – Williams was named his team’s most valuable player.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Clemson football broadcast and be around the program again,” Williams said in a statement released by the school.
Williams’ name – especially his first name – is well-known to fans of the University of South Carolina, who mockingly chanted it ad nauseam during the No. 12 Gamecocks’ 20-7 upset victory over eighth-ranked Clemson in 1987. At the time, that was the highest-ranked showdown between the two rivals (since eclipsed by the 2013 meeting between No. 6 Clemson and No. 10 South Carolina).
Missed the 1987 game?
Here’s the money shot …
“ROD-Ney … ROD-Ney …”
Williams would have his revenge the next season, though, leading the Tigers to a 29-10 victory over the Gamecocks. Last spring he was inducted into the Palmetto State’s football Hall of Fame.