The Clemson University Tigers won the national collegiate football championship with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds of Monday’s game, and like most dramatic events in sports, it ended in spectacular fashion. The win came at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, just after midnight, when Clemson upset Alabama, 35-31, to win Clemson’s first national championship in 35 years. Yes, Clemson had waited a long time — over three decades — for this win.
Mike Namiranian had been waiting a long time, too. As the Assistant Store Manager of the Clemson University Bookstore since 1995, he’s watched the university’s football program rise to national prominence under the leadership of Coach Dabo Swinney. “I’ll be celebrating 30 years with Barnes & Noble College and 22 years here at Clemson,” he says proudly. “I can’t tell you how exciting this win has been for our campus.”
The excitement of Clemson’s win extended into the morning hours on campus — with the bookstore staying open until 1:30 am. “We stayed open late because we knew the entire campus was watching the game, and when we won, many came into the bookstore to buy Clemson merchandise,” Namiranian recalls. “And we were ready for them.”
Namiranian says Clemson will be planning a celebration on campus and that the bookstore will continue to fill orders in-store and online for Clemson fans and alumni. “We’re so proud of our football team and of Clemson,” he says. “We’ve waited a long time, but it was worth the wait.”