Clemson fans spend paw-printed $2 bills before Orange Bowl | College football
A Clemson supporters' tradition of using $2 bills with orange paw prints stamped on them during trips began in 1977.
MIAMI — Like so many of the Clemson faithful in Florida for Wednesday's Orange Bowl game, truck driver Roy "J.Roy" Pennell had a special request for his South Carolina bank teller before he began his 700-mile journey to the game. He asked for $200 in $2 bills.
Pennell took his stack of bills home and stamped them with orange paw prints "to leave our mark" on Florida and demonstrate the Tiger fans' buying power.
The Clemson tradition of using paw-printed $2 bills on trips began in 1977. Georgia Tech wanted to end the annual matchup against Clemson in Atlanta, and George Bennett, then head of Clemson's booster club, came up with the idea of painting the city orange, literally, to show how much money the city would lose if the series ended.
Georgia Tech dropped Clemson from the schedule anyway, but the tradition continues. Thus Tigers players, staff and fans are walking around South Florida with fistfuls of twos. About 10,000 fans from the Clemson area are expected for the game against West Virginia, so cashiers will become quite familiar with Thomas Jefferson's face.
The $2 bill was discontinued in 1966, but reintroduced 10 years later as part of the national bicentennial celebration.
"There was a TV show on recently where a guy from the Treasury was being asked why they didn't consider discontinuing the $2 bill if they were talking about discontinuing the penny, and he said, 'Because they are very popular at gentlemen's clubs and in Clemson, South Carolina,' " said Pennell, smiling, before spending some of the bills at a sports bar Sunday.
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Burfict issued a one-paragraph statement. He thanked his coaches and professors and added he plans to return to school in the future to get his degree.
Burfict was expected to be one of the Pac-12's most dominant defensive players this season but coach Dennis Erickson described the intense linebacker's season as "average."
Erickson won't be back with the Sun Devils in 2012, either. The former Seahawks and Washington State coach was fired in November; Arizona State hired ex-Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham last month.
Sanu had 115 receptions for 1,206 yards this season for Rutgers (9-4), which beat Iowa State 27-13 last week in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York.
Asked by a reporter if there was anything left for him to accomplish at Rutgers, Sanu replied, "Not that I can think of, no."
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