Every ACC program has its own character and the rest of the schools and fan bases have mixed reactions to them.
Duke historically has conceded football superiority to Clemson and Clemson understands Duke will almost always be better in basketball.
Clemson basketball fans don’t much care for (any) shade of blue; Duke fans find orange Tiger paws just aesthetically overwhelming.
Rivalry stuff aside however, there is a really nice sense of community in Clemson which we appreciate and admire. Clemson has a long and mostly good athletic tradition and the fans and university, generally speaking have their hearts in the right place and we see evidence for this from time to time.
Most recently, we see how Clemson has honored Demontez Stitt.
Stitt was, and remains, the only Clemson Tiger to play in four consecutive NCAA tournaments.
After his college career, Stitt played overseas but was just five hours short of his degree.
Tragically, he died in 2016 at just 27 before he could finish his degree, something he had promised his grandmother he would do.
His Clemson teammate and good friend Terrence Oglesby lobbied the university to grant Stitt a posthumous degree which they did this past Wednesday.
It was a very decent thing to do and obviously it meant a great deal to his family and perhaps even more later to the now two-year-old daughter he never got to meet.
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