Clemson Football hosts seven teams in Death Valley this season. With high-profile guests like Florida State and Notre Dame, there is hope that Clemson will have the opportunity to host ESPN’s College GameDay at least once this year.
There are many fun aspects of GameDay, most of which are centered on the spectators themselves. One of the traditions has become the Guest Picker. The Picker is usually someone who has some sort of connection to the home school.
The Guest Pickers that have been chosen for Clemson Football GameDays haven’t been all that popular with the fanbase
Here are the people ESPN has brought in as Guest Picker at Clemson so far:
August 31, 2013 vs Georgia: Eric Stonestreet – If you had to look up who Stonestreet is, don’t worry. So did I.
October 13, 2013 vs Florida State: Bill Murray – I love Murray, and I thought his appearance was fun, especially when he bodyslammed Lee Corso. That said, the only real connection to Clemson was that Murray lived in Charleston.
October 3, 2015 vs Notre Dame: Jim Cantore – They chose Cantore because there was a hurricane coming through the state the weekend of the Notre Dame game. The connection was with the weather, not the school.
October 1, 2016 vs Louisville: Eric Church – I guess they chose Church because he is a country star and they figured people in the South like country music. Whatever.
October 10, 2020 vs Miami: Alex Rodriguez – GameDay just flat-out sucked with their next pick and invited someone much more connected to Miami than with Clemson. I guess they just wanted the notoriety of Rodriguez on their broadcast.
October 1, 2022 vs NC State: Christian Wilkins – They finally nailed it when they brought in Wilkins last year.
Here is hoping ESPN does Tiger Nation right if they host GameDay this season. There is one name that will be universally applauded as the Guest Picker should ESPN bring their show to Bowman Field this season.