Archive for May, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2009 by admin

CLEMSON – Absence has made coach Jack Leggett grow fonder of Clemson’s opportunity to play host to an NCAA regional.

As expected, the Tigers were awarded Sunday one of 16 sites for next weekend’s NCAA regionals, which feature four teams in a double-elimination format.

The other three teams participating in Clemson’s regional will become known when the NCAA reveals the 64-team field during today’s 12:30 p.m. tournament selection show on ESPN.649160



Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2009 by admin

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Chris Culliver getting his @$$ handed to him

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2009 by admin

ewrfgr4-1in 2008 game..especially for the COOTS on the Bad Apple.. here you go.. I will find the 2007 game where he is flipped on his @$$ every friggin time..

here you go COOTS.. Proof your boy had a BAD DAY..bilde-2bilde-1bilde648-6653.standalone.prod_affiliate.74

CDS… “walk-on” mentality!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2009 by admin




Clemson coach Swinney displays, embraces walk-on coach mentality

Posted: Wednesday May 20, 2009 12:42PM; Updated: Wednesday May 20, 2009 12:42PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney makes less money than his ACC peers, but embraces his incentive-laden contract.
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Dabo Swinney would make a lousy Drew Rosenhaus or Scott Boras client. Those superagents would scoff at the five-year deal Swinney signed after Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips removed Swinney’s interim tag and put him in charge of the football program.

Swinney’s deal guarantees him $800,000 in this first year, about $200,000 more than the Tigers will pay in a buyout installment to Tommy Bowden, the coach whose departure last October thrust Swinney, then the team’s receivers coach, onto the bridge of the U.S.S. Howard’s Rock. Miami coach Randy Shannon’s and Boston College coach Frank Spaziani’s contracts aren’t public record, so it’s impossible to be sure, but Swinney probably clocks in at No. 12 among ACC coaches in salary. His guarantee is $1 million less than Bowden’s was and less than half what hated rival South Carolina will pay coach Steve Spurrier.

But if Swinney, a former Alabama walk-on receiver, wins the ACC Atlantic Division, his pay will rise to equal the median salary of the other 11 ACC coaches. If he wins the ACC title, his pay will rise to match the average of the league’s seven highest paid coaches. The discrepancy in guaranteed dollars doesn’t seem to bother Swinney, though. “I was a walk-on football player,” he said. “I’m kind of a walk-on coach. If I do a good job, I’ll get rewarded.”

What a novel concept. Offer a coach a (relatively) reasonable salary and give him an incentive to excel. Even better, Phillips didn’t have to ram the contract down Swinney’s throat, because Swinney probably would have coached for free as long as Clemson gave him the money to hire a quality staff.

That’s why Swinney, 39, probably will remain a head coach for a long time. He has a plan. On the day Clemson forced Bowden out and Phillips tapped a stunned Swinney to serve as interim coach, Swinney laid out several changes he’d like to make, from instilling a new offensive philosophy to adding a “Tiger Walk” through the parking lot to the hill at Tiger Stadium on game day. Swinney, who had never even served as a coordinator, clearly had drawn a blueprint for how he would run his own program.

Hiring a staff that would allow Swinney to succeed was paramount in that plan. “I think he’s done a nice job of putting it together,” Phillips said. “It’s one of those things where you can take more guaranteed up front, but if you don’t have the staff and support around you, that’s going to be a short life.”

And so Swinney started with the support. Not long after Phillips removed the interim tag, Swinney hired former Mississippi State offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey as Clemson’s director of football operations. McCorvey, Swinney’s position coach at Alabama, also had served at Clemson under Danny Ford and at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer. McCorvey had agreed to become South Carolina’s receivers coach, but he backed out of the deal when his former pupil called.

Under Swinney, McCorvey will fill a role similar to the one Gerald Jack served for former Alabama coach Gene Stallings. Swinney calls it “Associate AD-Football.” While the 58-year-old McCorvey won’t coach on the field, he’ll make sure Swinney has everything he needs to succeed. He’ll also serve as a sounding board, a coach for the coach. “He’s somebody I know and trust,” Swinney said. “He’s not just somebody that was there that I’m working with. This is a person I would trust with my children. I know he’s got my back.”

Swinney also raided the staff at his alma mater, brining in Dillon, S.C., native Kevin Steele as his defensive coordinator. Last year, Steele’s Alabama unit finished third in the nation in total defense (263.5 yards) and seventh in scoring defense (14.3 points). Steele won’t have nose tackle Terrence Cody or linebacker Rolando McClain at his disposal, but he will have sophomore defensive end DaQuan Bowers, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2008. Playing in Vic Koenning’s read-and-react scheme as a freshman, Bowers managed only one sack, but that likely will change thanks to Steele’s attacking style.

Later, Swinney hired Dan Brooks to coach the defensive line. Brooks, who molded Leonard Little, Shaun Ellis, John Henderson and Albert Haynesworth at Tennessee, should mesh well with Steele. “When you hire an assistant coach, they’ve got to align with you and fit your personality,” Swinney said. “They also have to fit your school, your fan base, recruiting territories, all those things. Otherwise, you’re trying to push a square peg in a round hole. If Clemson is a round hole, Dan Brooks is a round peg. He’s a perfect fit.” Plus, when the coaching staff swaps recruiting fish stories, Brooks can brag about landing the biggest lunker. Swinney, an ace recruiter himself, could spin the tale about how he swiped tailback C.J. Spiller of Lake Butler, Fla., from under Florida and Florida State’s noses, but Brooks still has him beat. While serving on Galen Hall’s staff at Florida, Brooks led the charge to sign a tailback from Escambia High in Pensacola, Fla., named Emmitt Smith.

The defensive staff Swinney has carefully assembled will face the ultimate test early this season. Five days after the Tigers open against Middle Tennessee State, they’ll travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech and coach Paul Johnson’s option offense in a Thursday night game on ESPN. Preparing for the option in a typical game week is tough enough; this time, the Tigers will have only about two practices to install a plan to beat it. Thing will be interesting on the offensive side, too, as Swinney said it may take a few games before he can choose between redshirt freshman Kyle Parker and sophomore Willy Korn at quarterback.

But if Swinney, who went 4-3 as Clemson’s interim coach, and his staff can harness the talent in the program, they can compete for Clemson’s first conference title since 1991. In terms of resources, fan support and facilities, Clemson is an SEC program trapped in the ACC. The Tigers have recruited well enough to be an elite team in either conference, but, for whatever reason, that hasn’t translated on the field. Swinney will have to change that.

If he does, he won’t be the lowest paid coach in the ACC for long. “As he becomes successful,” Phillips said, “the other part takes care of itself.194-Georgia_Tech_Clemson_Footba_02.standalone.prod_affiliate.138

Coot Baseball getting ready for SEC tourney

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2009 by admin

South Carolina junior second baseman Casey Rihn was being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center late Sunday afternoon on charges of having an open container of alcohol in public, public disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  just another of many already this year!  Just about a month ago the Top signee to the Girls BB program was busted for NUMEROUS  charges.. the comedy continues in Columbia!


Baseball Wrap Up.. Tigers #3 Seed In ACC Tourney

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2009 by admin

701-19389-9134.standalone.prod_affiliate.6May 17, 2009



Clemson University
Overall Season Record: 39-17
ACC Regular-Season Record: 19-11

Last Week: 5-0
Mon. W, Neutral* vs. Furman, 8-5
Tue. W, Home vs. College of Charleston, 5-2
Thu. W, Away vs. N.C. State, 13-8
Fri. W, Away vs. N.C. State, 11-5
Sat. W, Away vs. N.C. State, 5-4
* – Greenville, SC (Fluor Field)

Next Week
Wed. – Sun. ACC Tournament at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park

Clemson, ranked as high as #14 in the nation, went 5-0 in five games this past week. The Tigers won midweek games against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC and College of Charleston at home on Tuesday before sweeping N.C. State on the road over the weekend.

Wilson Boyd and Ben Paulsen both tallied four hits to lead Clemson to an 8-5 victory over Furman at Fluor Field on May 11. The Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to Boyd’s three-run double in the first inning and Paulsen’s two-run homer in the third. The Paladins scored four runs in the eighth but got no closer. Boyd went 4-for-5 with a double, triple, three RBIs, and two runs. Jason Stolz also went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two walks. Starter David Haselden pitched 5.0 strong innings, allowing five hits, one run, and one walk with six strikeouts to earn his first career win. Justin Sarrattretired all four batters he faced to record his first career save.

Four Tiger pitchers limited College of Charleston to two unearned runs on six hits in Clemson’s 5-2 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on May 12. Clemson held the Cougars in check after they entered the game hitting .358 and on a 10-game winning streak, the nation’s longest streak at the time. The Tigers also improved to 21-0 all-time against the Cougars. Starter Scott Weismann pitched 5.0 scoreless innings to earn the victory, while Matt Vaughn pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save. John Nester went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and three runs, while Stolz went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Jeff Schaus added a home run and two RBIs as well.

Clemson swept N.C. State in a three-game series at Doak Field from May 14-16. It was Clemson’s first sweep at N.C. State since 1995. The Tigers outscored N.C. State 29-17 and outhit the Wolfpack .342 to .283. Clemson also totaled 15 runs in the first inning, totaled eight stolen bases, and committed just two errors in the series. Boyd went 6-for-12 (.500) with three doubles, five RBIs, and three walks. Stolz went 5-for-10 (.500), whileChris Epps went 5-for-11 (.455) with a homer, three RBIs, and three walks.

In game-one on May 14, Clemson totaled 15 hits and nine walks en route to a 13-8 victory over N.C. State. The Tigers scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back. Clemson later built a 13-2 lead with four runs in the seventh inning before the Wolfpack scored five runs in the ninth inning. Epps, Mike Freeman, and Brad Miller all totaled three hits and at least two RBIs apiece to lead Clemson. Epps went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Freeman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs, and Miller went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs, and two runs. Starter Trey Delk pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five hits and two runs to earn the win.

In game-two on May 15, Clemson scored five runs in the first inning and five runs in the third inning on its way to an 11-5 win over N.C. State. The Tigers tallied 14 hits and stole seven bases without committing an error on defense. Stolz went 3-for-3 with an RBI, two runs, and two stolen bases. Schaus, Boyd, and Nester added two hits apiece. Starter Casey Harman pitched 5.0 innings and struck out eight against no walks to earn the victory, while Sarratt, Ryan Hinson, and Vaughn combined to pitch 4.0 scoreless innings to close out the game. The four Tiger hurlers combined for 12 strikeouts against no walks as well.

In game-three on May 16, Clemson scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-4 win over N.C. State. Epps hit the first pitch of the game over the fence for a homer, then Boyd hit a two-out, two-run double later in the frame before Nester’s run-scoring single. The Wolfpack got within 4-3 and 5-4, but the Tigers worked out of several jams to maintain the lead. Six Tiger pitchers combined to allow just six hits. Clinton McKinneypitched 1.2 perfect innings in relief to earn the victory, while Tomas Cruz struck out the only batter he faced to record the save. Paulsen, Boyd, and Nester led Clemson’s nine-hit attack with two hits apiece, while Boyd added two doubles and two RBIs.

During the week, the Tigers outscored their opposition 42-24 and hit .333 with a .492 slugging percentage and .423 on-base percentage thanks to 27 walks against only 24 strikeouts while tallying 11 stolen bases. The pitching staff had a 4.00 ERA and .266 opponents’ batting average along with 40 strikeouts against 18 walks in 45.0 innings pitched. The Tigers also committed just three errors in five games, good for a .984 fielding percentage.

Boyd led the Tigers by going 11-for-20 (.550) with four doubles, one triple, eight RBIs, six runs, four walks, and a stolen base on the week. Stolz went 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, five RBIs, four runs, two walks, and three stolen bases. Nester also went 7-for-20 (.350) with three doubles, one homer, and three RBIs. On the mound, Weismann allowed just one run on five hits in 6.2 innings pitched over two appearances (one start).

The Tigers sport a 39-17 overall record and 19-11 ACC mark on the season. The Tigers finished the regular season second in the ACC Atlantic Division standings and third in the overall standings behind Florida State (19-9) and North Carolina (19-10). In fact, Clemson tied for the most ACC wins this year. Clemson also has a 27-8 home record, 10-9 road record, and 2-0 neutral-site mark.

Along with their current five-game winning streak, the Tigers have won seven of their last eight games, 11 of their last 13 games, and 14 of their last 17 games. Prior to Saturday’s win against the Wolfpack, the Tigers entered the day #6 in the nation in the unofficial RPI according to both and

On the season, Clemson is hitting .303 with a .457 slugging percentage and .393 on-base percentage in 56 games. Paulsen is hitting a team-best .369 with 15 doubles, four triples, 11 homers, and 54 RBIs, while Boyd is hitting .338 with 12 doubles, three triples, three homers, 36 RBIs, and 23 walks against only 11 strikeouts in 142 at-bats. In the last seven games, Boyd is 16-for-26 (.615) with five doubles, two triples, eight RBIs, and eight runs. Schaus is hitting .337 with 12 doubles, one triple, 11 homers, 43 RBIs, a .440 on-base percentage thanks to 37 walks against only 18 strikeouts, and nine stolen bases. Kyle Parker has added 11 homers and 49 RBIs as well.

But perhaps Clemson’s hottest hitter is Stolz. He is riding a 10-game hitting streak, tied for the longest streak by a Tiger in 2009. During his streak, he is 17-for-32 (.531) with three doubles, 10 RBIs, 10 runs, a .605 on-base percentage, and five stolen bases. On the season, the freshman third-baseman is hitting .341 with a .424 on-base percentage and six steals.

The pitching staff has a 3.58 ERA and .251 opponents’ batting average along with 466 strikeouts against 171 walks in 505.1 innings pitched this season. The Tigers are fielding at a .969 clip as well.

Graham Stoneburner is 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 63 strikeouts against only 17 walks in 56.1 innings pitched over 17 appearances (seven starts). Harman is 7-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 67 strikeouts against only 11 walks in 19 appearances (10 starts). Weismann is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 28.0 innings pitched over 15 appearances (two starts), while McKinney is 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 22.0 innings pitched over 12 relief appearances.

The Tigers will take at least three days off before they play their first game in the ACC Tournament at Durham (NC) Bulls Athletic Park on either Wednesday or Thursday. Clemson, the #3 seed, is in the same bracket as #2-seed North Carolina, #6-seed Virginia, and #7-seed Duke. Clemson will play each of those three teams in the tournament at dates and times to be announced by the ACC office on Sunday.

Tiger BEAT coots in ’04….literally!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2009 by admin