‘A little bit of Clemson in Aiken’: Prowl and Growl Tour makes stop in the CSRA
GRANITEVILLE — Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney wasn’t featured at the Prowl and Growl Tour stop in Aiken County this year. That didn’t stop fans from filling up the Student Center at the Aiken Technical College on Tuesday night to visit with Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell, and football defensive coordinator Brent Venables and co-offensive coordinators Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm from our Clemson folks, not only our IPTAY regulars but fans in the area,” said Tripp Bryan, president of the Aiken County Clemson Club. “It allows people that may not be able to go to Clemson for a game or visit up there to experience a little bit of Clemson in Aiken.”
The annual tour visits various communities in the region to give fans a chance to here updates on Clemson Athletics. This year there was a little more buzz about the event because of the Clemson football team’s national title. The Tigers won the national championship in January with a 35-31 victory against Alabama.
Bryan said fans started inquiring about tickets to the event months in advance this year. The Aiken stop is a little different from other cities. Bryan said the organizers only sell 500 tickets in order to provide attendees with more contact with the coaches and guests from the Clemson athletic department.
“The atmosphere at the two previous Prowl and Growls has been spectacular,” Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said. “It’s wonderful to see all of the Clemson fans here and being enthusiastic.”
Venables, Elliott and Scott are featured more in the stops this year. It was Scott’s first time at the Aiken event. Venables admitted that it’s a little more fun this year being able to celebrate the national title, as well.
“Every year would be great under the circumstances to be able to see the people of Aiken and surrounding counties,” Venables said. “It’s a great honor to be here representing our staff and our coaches and player and be able to celebrate with all the proud Tigers that are out there.”