CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – Nearly 24 hours after securing the National Title and Clemson fans still line the downtown streets. While Debra Roland isn’t as loud as the downtown group, she may top them in passion.
“I started working here about six years ago and started noticing the buses coming through and about 2015 I started jumping on the side of the road every game,” Roland said.
It’s right off Highway 76 in Pendleton where you will find Roland each game day Friday rain or shine.
“This past week it was a monsoon out there, but we didn’t care we were going to be out there we were going to send them off and that’s what we did.”
Roland tells 7News that she sets up her camera and just starts jumping. It’s not just a casual thing, but a calculated tradition.
“They leave Clemson at 4:40 p.m. and that gives me a window between 14-17 minutes depending on traffic on when to go out to cheer. For away games I have a friend who gives me a heads up so if I’m off I come up here and if it’s a holiday I come up here.”
But there was one game out of 15 this season where Roland couldn’t make it.
“I have a friend Shelley who stood in for me and the crazy lady was still out there on the side of the road.”
While she’s not sure the team notices her, she doesn’t want to take the chance.
“Very superstitious, I played sports all my life and you do things before each game and this is what I do before each Clemson game.”
Since Clemson’s won the national title, this fan’s jumping shoes are only being hung up temporarily.
“Well I’m exhausted this season so I’ll be looking forward to September and I’ll be right back out there.”