Longtime Clemson Football Communications Director Tim Bourret announced Friday the will retire from the position on July 1, 2018.
Bourret began his Clemson career as an assistant sports information director under Bob Bradley on September 1, 1978.
Here is what journalists, coaches and former Clemson players are saying about Bourret’s retirement from Clemson University.
People say it’s hard to fill the shoes of a big time player but in this case a big time person in the best SID in the nation @TimBourret. Thank you TB for you genuine love for our sports programs and making a major difference for our school. On behalf of all of clemson nation we
— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) January 26, 2018
— Vic Beasley (@VicBeasley3) January 26, 2018
— SHA-RON WRIGHT (@SIXTHPICK94) January 26, 2018
Tim Bourret has been the BEST SID in the country for a long time. We’ve been very blessed to have @TimBourret at Clemson for so many years. I will always be thankful for all of his help and wisdom. He will be missed!!! #ClemsonGoogle #ThankYouTimBourret https://t.co/fjtyQLHBXg
— Coach Jeff Scott (@coach_jeffscott) January 26, 2018
Congratulations to the amazing @TimBourret on his upcoming retirement. He is the best of the best. #ThankYouTim for everything you have done for @ClemsonTigers & @ClemsonUniv pic.twitter.com/OWgW2tjyyh
— Jim Clements (@ClemsonPrez) January 26, 2018
— Dan Radakovich (@ClemsonDRad) January 26, 2018
I’d be lost without the help and knowledge of @TimBourret throughout my time covering Clemson football….My equipment would also probably be lost too 🎥🎤😳 thanks for everything and congrats on retirement! 🎊
— Shannon Sommerville (@ShannonOnFox) January 26, 2018
I have been covering #Clemson sports for 14 years now and working with @TimBourret has always been the highlight for me. As I told Tim, he was my mentor when he did not even know he was. He played a big role in why I became a sportswriter.
— Will Vandervort (@steelerwill) January 26, 2018
— Will Vandervort (@steelerwill) January 27, 2018
@TimBourret is the best sports information guru ever in this business.
— Fred Cunningham (@fredontv) January 26, 2018
Congrats on your retirement @TimBourret. We all know about your exceptional writing, SID & broadcast abilities but what I will remember is how you treated people. You were always supportive & helpful. We will miss you greatly!
— Kelly Gramlich (@kellygramlich) January 26, 2018
Just saw that longtime #Clemson SID @TimBourret is retiring later this year. He’s the best I’ve ever seen, and has helped me tremendously since I started in the upstate 5 years ago. A big congrats to him, it simply won’t be the same without him.
— Aaron Cheslock (@AaronCheslock) January 26, 2018
I have only worked with @TimBourret for 32 of his years at Clemson. But over that time no member of the Clemson athletic department has been more widely respected. Next step: Death Valley Ring of Honor
— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) January 26, 2018
Seemingly a sports publicist's job is easier amid glory. But @TimBourret served Clemson – and S.C. citizens that pay his salary – best with high-level professionalism during times of crisis.
— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) January 26, 2018
— Scott Keepfer (@ScottKeepfer) January 26, 2018
— Manie Robinson (@maniebeingmanie) January 26, 2018
Congratulations to @TimBourret for a remarkable career at Clemson University. The best in the business…a true pro and an even better person.
— Mark Packer (@MarkPacker) January 26, 2018
Proud to say that I go back to the late 1980s working with @TimBourret, and in 30-plus years in this business, I haven't worked with a more consummate professional. He's as good as there is, both as an SID and a person. Mr. B would be proud, Tim. https://t.co/LsAFmvZf8y
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 26, 2018
I’m not sure how many schools have named a field after a sports information director, but Clemson should consider it. Can’t imagine anyone giving more to a program than @TimBourret. Congrats on a wonderful career, and thanks for all you’ve done for all us schlubs in the media.
— Crooked Halery (@DavidHaleESPN) January 26, 2018
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 26, 2018
Dabo Swinney on Tim Bourret's retirement from Clemson: pic.twitter.com/3r8aZxG4LK
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) January 26, 2018
Share your tweets and memories for Tim using #ThankYouTimBourret!
First up, Coach Swinney 👇 pic.twitter.com/Yt6vODqXfw
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) January 26, 2018
Someone much wiser than me could speak to the scope of @TimBourret's impact at Clemson over a 40-yr stretch but I'll just simply say I'm genuinely glad I get to work alongside him and will always appreciate his insight and kindness. #ThankYouTimBourret https://t.co/SMw6bfZGuO
— Jonathan Gantt (@Jonathan_Gantt) January 26, 2018