Clemson fans rush for team gear at Florence store
FLORENCE, S.C. – Fans were blitzing the championship gear Tuesday morning at Academy Sports + Outdoors.
On Monday night, No. 2 Clemson defeated No. 1 Alabama 44-16 in the national championship game, sending Tiger fans scrambling to get their hands on merchandise to commemorate a second national championship in three years.
Stacy Legg, a lifelong Clemson fan, purchased shirts Tuesday morning. She said watching her team win its second national championship in three years was amazing.
“In my opinion, I think that we saw the two top teams in the nation were playing for the national championship,” Legg said. “It’s a great thing to watch.”
Tommy Cook, a Clemson resident, was traveling Tuesday to Wilmington, North Carolina. He stopped by Academy Sports + Outdoors to see if the store had any national championship merchandise.
He said he was a fan of both teams competing in the championship game. His uncle, he said, was a recruiting coach for the Crimson Tide under Paul W. “Bear” Bryant. Cook grew up in Greenwood, where sports fans must choose between the Tigers or the South Carolina Gamecocks, he said.
Ashley Sorrow had just moved from Greenwood to Florence. She was looking for shirts for some members of her family who still live in the Greenwood area.
“I want some for myself, too, but I’ve got to get some for family members,” she said.
She added that she was a fan of both the Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. When the two teams play, she said, she roots for the team from Ohio.
Officially licensed national championship merchandise is also available at shop.clemsontigers.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods and several retailers in the Clemson area.
Clemson’s athletic department recommends fans purchase authentic merchandise to celebrate the Tigers’ victory. Royalties from the sale of officially licensed merchandise goes back to support Clemson athletics. Royalties generated from the sale of college football playoff merchandise help fund the organization’s philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers.
There are five ways to tell if the merchandise is authentic: a hologram displaying either officially licensed product or Extra Yard for Teachers, the logos of the playoff and the Tigers should be tasteful, an intact tag, the name of the manufacturer should be somewhere on the product and all merchandise should have the appropriate trademark designations on it.