Tentative Kickoff Times Announced

The Clemson athletic department has announced tentative kickoff times for its first three home football games of the 2003 season. Kickoff times won't be final until various television networks make their broadcast decision in June.

The Clemson vs. Georgia game has been tentatively set for a 12:00 noon kickoff. It is anticipated that one of the television networks will broadcast that game live. It will be the Bulldogs first trip to Clemson since 1995. The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 31-28 in a night game in Athens to open the 2002 season, the 11th time in the last 16 meetings that the outcome has been decided by a touchdown or less.

The Clemson vs. Furman game of September 6 and the Clemson vs. Middle Tennessee game of September 13 have been tentatively scheduled for a 5:00 PM kickoff. The Furman game will be Hall of Fame Day, while the Middle Tennessee game has been designated as Youth Day. Neither game is expected to be on live television.

"With an average mid-day temperature in the mid-80s in Clemson for the first two weeks of September, we thought it was necessary to move the kickoff time for non-televised games to late afternoon," said Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips. "We are sensitive to weather issues that time of the year for our fans. At the same time, this will give our fans who come from long distances time to return home the same day."

Clemson's home games with Virginia (Oct. 11, Homecoming), North Carolina (October 25, Parents Day), Florida State (November 8) and Duke (Nov. 15, Military Appreciation Day), will be announced 12 days prior to the game.

For ticket information, fans my call 1-800-CLEMSON or order through the Clemson website, clemsontigers.com.

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