CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – The Clemson Tigers fans believe this football team is like their family so what better way to send them off to another championship game then showing up in full force rain or shine. No matter where you looked Friday morning, rain was falling on Clemson University’s campus.
“Clemson fans are used to the weather, they will travel for anything no matter the circumstance. We’ve sat through the Notre Dame game in the pouring rain three years ago in a hurricane,” said Anna Louise Carter who is a 2011 Clemson graduate.
As water droplets fell from umbrellas, crowds still gathered outside the Reeve’s practice football complex.
“The Tigers are leaving,we are so proud of them like amazingly proud and we think they can do it they are going to take it I know it, said Shelley St. Onge who lives in Seneca.
As the football team and coaches prepared for California, so did some dedicated fans.
“Very excited I’ve never been to California so it’s fun to go across the country for such a big game,” Carter said.
While one Rock Hill mother and her two sons aren’t traveling cross country, they did make the two hour trip to Clemson.
“I’m going to shout Go Tigers and hope you win against Alabama because they win all the time,” said Garrison Chastain who’s from Rock Hill.
While the rain picks up and the crowds thicken, there is one family trio who knows they are leaving with a special memory after meeting quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
“I waved at him, but wasn’t expecting at all that he would come speak to us but he was so nice and so giving. He was so nice and it was 30 seconds, but we wished him luck,” said Martha Chastain who brought her two sons to Clemson from Rock Hill.
So just before 1 p.m. on Friday, the time has come for the buses to pull out as this team heads off for their 3rd national championship game in four years.
“Play like you always do. Play with heart, play with gut, do your thing and you got it,” St. Onge said.
While all the fans have a different plan for watching the game on Monday, they are hoping for a win so they can be back on campus welcoming the team home with a trophy.
The group of buses did arrive at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport just after 2 p.m. on Friday carrying both the Clemson players and coaches. Shortly after one bus left at 2:15 p.m. and the other right behind at 2:45 p.m. heading for Santa Clara, California.