The home radio booth at Clemson Memorial Stadium will be named in honor of Jim Phillips at a home football game this fall. Phillips was the “Voice of the Tigers” for 35 years between 1968 and 2003. He died suddenly the Monday after broadcasting the Clemson vs. Furman game in Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2003.
Phillips voice was synonymous with many of the great moments of Clemson sports history. His career behind the microphone spanned eight Clemson football coaches and six Clemson basketball coaches. He broadcast 401 Clemson football games and over 1000 men’s basketball games. He missed just one game in Littlejohn Coliseum over his 35 seasons behind the microphone. Combined with his work with baseball and women’s basketball, he broadcast over 2000 Clemson sporting events.
During the 1998-99 academic year he handled broadcasts for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball, the only ACC broadcaster to cover four sports at the same time.
The Youngstown, OH native was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a five-time recipient of the South Carolina Broadcaster of the Year Award. In 1992 he was presented the Master Broadcaster Award by the South Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the highest honor presented by that organization.
In 1998 he received the Skeeter Francis Award from the Atlantic Coast Conference for his contributions to ACC athletics. He was the first broadcaster to win that award. This past May he was inducted into the State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
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