there are a few answers to that question. One says that the clemson professor who first started a football program came to clemson from Auburn and brought the tiger mantra with him. The other says it was because of the longer hair and fading uniforms the first tiger football teams had which made them look more like tigers.
Clemson Tigers football was created in 1896.
Clemson, South Carolina
The 2013 roster for the Clemson Tigers can be found at the official Clemson Tigers website, ESPN's college football site, and Orange and White, a Tigers fansite.
Clemson Tigers men's soccer was created in 1934.
The Clemson Tigers home is known as "Death Valley" which is in Clemson South Carolina.
Auburn was first and clemson followed
The Clemson Tigers football team was formed around 1986. This team was formed at Clemson University in South Carolina. This is a college football team.
The motif of Clemson bedding sets is a tiger paw print. The tiger paw print is orange colored and represents Clemson University's mascot or team name, which is the Tigers.