Just a few miles from Death Valley, along old Highway 76 in Clemson, there is a billboard. Pictured is spokesman Tommy Bowden standing by a lake in an orange life vest. In bright Clemson orange block letters it says, “”Wear your life jacket!” with the subtitle, “On the field or on the lake safety gear saves lives!”
Depending on whom you speak to, or what publication you read, Bowden may need a life vest if the Clemson Tigers football program does not improve significantly in 2007. After a 7-1 start in 2006, Bowden’s Tigers lost four of their last five games, leaving fans bitter.