Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament

In honor of the Gildan Charleston Classic being played this weekend, we wanted to do a little recap of the history and origins of Charleston's very own basketball tournament. ESPN started the Charleston Classic in 2008, and it was played at the Carolina First Arena on Meeting Street. Eight teams participate in the tournament, with 12 games total played over the course of 3 days. Miami won the tournament in 2014, defeating UNC Charlotte 77-58 in the championship round.

The first game of the first Charleston Classic, TCU vs. Western Michigan, was also the first game ever played at the newly-constructed Carolina First Arena, which was built to replace the John Kresse Arena as CofC's home basketball court. In order to continue honoring the legendary basketball coach John Kresse, the court itself is named John Kresse Court. The arena was re-named in 2010 when TD Bank purchased the South Financial Group, and today the stadium is called the TD Arena.

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Unfortunately the College of Charleston basketball team is not good enough to be invited to the tournament this year. In fact, in the 8 years of the tournament's existence, CofC has only played in it twice: in 2008 and 2012.  This weekend the team is out of town, playing Davidson in North Carolina, but there will still be plenty of basketball action at the TD Arena. Probably the most action it will get all year, as CofC is notorious for low attendance at their home games. So get out there and watch some basketball!

View the 2015 tournament bracket here. Get your tickets here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Clemson's 1981 National Championship Team

With the Tigers currently undefeated and in first place at 9-0, it's fair to say they have a good shot at the National Championship this year. Since we're all about throwbacks here at The Vault, we're going to take a step back in time to the year 1981, which was the last and only time Clemson won the title. And what a year it was.

The 1981 Clemson Tigers were headed by Coach Danny Ford.  They went undefeated on the season, finishing at 12-0 with a 22-15 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska on January 1st, 1982 that secured them their first national title. Coach Ford was awarded the 1981 Coach of the Year award, and QB Homer Jordan was named Offensive MVP, and in 1993 he was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame. WR Perry Tuttle made the cover of Sports Illustrated for his final college touchdown pass and was voted First Team All-American. He went on to play 3 years in the NFL.

And then there was LB Jeff Davis, the team captain and the 1981 MVP of the ACC, also named the defensive MVP of the 1982 Orange Bowl. He was a consensus All-American and in 1989 he was inducted to the Clemson Hall of Fame, then in 1995 the Clemson Ring of Honor, in 2001 the South Carolina Hall of Fame, and finally in 2007 the College Football Hall of Fame. He went on to play 5 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Davis holds the all-time Clemson records for both causing and recovering fumbles.

Last, but certainly not least was Clemson DB Terry Kinard, the only player on the Tigers to receive a unanimous All-American vote. Kinard is Clemson's all-time leader in both interceptions, with 17, and tackles by a defensive back, with 294. In 1983 Kinard was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants. He was the 10th overall draft pick and played with the Giants from 1983-1989. He was on the Giants when they won the Superbowl in 1986. Kinard is ranked as the third best Clemson football player of all-time, and in 2001 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also in the Clemson Hall of Fame as of 1992 and the Clemson Ring of Honor as of 2001.

Basically, the 1981 Clemson Tigers were a bunch of bosses. 

Watch the full 1981 Orange Bowl game vs Nebraska on Youtube:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WCCP 105.5 The Roar: Live Broadcast from The Vault Greenville

This Thursday, November 5th, Walt Deptula and 105.5 The Roar will be broadcasting live from The Vault in Greenville, SC. For those of you who are not familiar with Mr. Deptula, he is the host of Roadrage, an awesome sports radio show that airs on 105.5 FM every weekday from 3-7pm. This week we couldn't be more excited to announce that he has decided to host his show at our store.

We will be throwing an FSU vs. Clemson Pregame Tailgate Party in honor of the radio show and the big game this weekend. That means of course free pizza from Papa Johns, a free hat drawing every 15 minutes, and a free shirt drawing every hour, on the hour.

Clemson is undefeated so far and looking forward to a shot at the National Championship. This game against Florida State will be a huge factor in the rest of their season. Stop by 213 N Main Street in Greenville, SC, or tune in to 105.5 THE ROAR between 3 and 7pm Thursday to see what radio host Walt Deptula has to say about the upcoming game! We can't wait to see you there.

Don't forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event so we know how much pizza to get!