As he opened the door, the Clemson alum heard Also sprach Zarathustra off in the distance. The song, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey , is also the theme for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
If that wasn't bad enough for a former Clemson Tiger, Merriweather also had to endure South Carolina's win over No. 1 Alabama earlier this month.
"After that game, it was unbearable," he said. "But South Carolina played a heckuva game."
For Merriweather, who spoke Tuesday night at the Augusta Clemson Club banquet at Enterprise Mill, it hasn't all been that bad this year. The 27-year-old former running back has gotten back in the fold with his alma mater and has received opportunities to attend games as well as job offers. A former Tiger helped Merriweather receive an opportunity working at Savannah River Site, an offer he hopes to finalize next week.
"I'm hoping to give that two weeks notice and get out of Columbia," said Merriweather, who's worked the past four months as an assistant manager at a labor company.
In 2001, Merriweather rushed for almost 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season at North Augusta. He then went to Clemson, where he received a degree in human resources.
With the Tigers, Merriweather posted three touchdown runs in a memorable 2004 win over South Carolina. Two years later, he was expecting to have a big senior year when an ankle injury interrupted his campaign. When he returned to the field, James Davis and C.J. Spiller had taken his job.
Merriweather said he's mended all his bad feelings with Clemson and former coach Tommy Bowden. Now, he's looking ahead at a potential new job and would like to do some part-time football coaching.
"I just want to give back," he said.