Archive for January, 2011

Region set to Announce on “Signing Day”

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Clemson recruit Spencer Region who participated recently in the Under Armour All American game. And at one time , was Committed to Auburn University before deciding to open his recruitment up in the past hew months .

After his recent official visit to the Clemson campus, he now  has the Tigers in his top two.  Region is seen by many as a top 25 OL in this class of 2011.

Will now announce his College choice from his hometown high school  in Cullman, Ala.

His announcement is at 9:30 am on Wed .  He will be choosing between Clemson and Auburn.

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LB Brandon Maye to Leave Clemson FB program

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Brandon Maye is expected to leave the Clemson FB program. Reports are out today listing “Family” as the reason for his departure from Clemson.  But many have cited his unhappiness with a position change last year as a reason for his departure.  Maye is scheduled to graduate this April.

Maye who is from Mobile, Al . Arrived at   Clemson as a 2 star recruit and over achieved on the filed and off.   Being named Freshman All American his RS Freshman year.

He is expected to be granted a release by coach Dabo Swinney and is expected to use his remaining year of eligibility somewhere else.

Clemson National recruiting Ranking

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5 Star Blue Chip WR Sammy Watkins

Currently Clemson’s 2011 recruiting class is holding strong around the top 10 of the latest rankings.

As its stands today Clemson could land anywhere from Top 5 to Top 15 in the end .  Stay tuned, signing day and two 5 star LB’s are out there along with a top OL.

Its going to be a great class regardless. How good?  Check back Wed afternoon for all the news!  We will have it all here for you.

Clemson’s Recruiting Class Rankings

  • Rivals.com – 10th
  • Scout.com – 18th
  • ESPN.com – 12th

Commitment List :

  1. Shaq Anthony (3-Star OL) Piedmont, SC – 6’4, 260
  2. Isaiah Battle (3-Star OL) St. George, VA – 6’7, 260
  3. Mike Bellamy (5-Star RB) Punta Gorda, FL – 5’10, 185
  4. Martavis Bryant (4-Star WR) Chatham, VA – 6’4, 195
  5. Corey Crawford* (4-Star DE) Chatham, VA – 6’5, 275
  6. Cortez Davis (4-Star DB) Daytona Beach, FL – 6’3, 200
  7. Kevin Dodd (3-Star DT) Greer, SC – 6’5, 277
  8. BJ Goodson (3-Star LB) Lamar, SC – 6’1, 225
  9. Joe Gore* (3-Star DE) Lake Waccamaw, NC – 6’6, 262
  10. Adam Humphries (2-Star DB) Roebuck, SC – 5’11, 176
  11. Grady Jarett (3-Star DT) Conyers, GA – 6’0, 282
  12. Ammon Lakip (2-Star K) Alpharetta, GA – 5’11, 175
  13. Eric MacLain (4-Star TE) Fayetteville, NC – 6’5, 245
  14. Jerome Maybank (2-Star DT) Pawley’s Island, SC – 6’4, 335
  15. Tony McNeal* (3-Star QB) Chester, SC – 6’1, 190
  16. Ryan Norton (3-Star OL) Mauldin, SC – 6’3, 274
  17. Charone Peake (4-Star WR) Roebuck, SC – 6’3, 200
  18. Stanton Seckinger (3-Star WR) Charleston, SC – 6’5, 200
  19. Robert Smith (3-Star ATH) Dorchester, SC – 5’10, 200
  20. Cole Stroudt* (3-Star QB) Dublin, OH – 6’4, 200
  21. Lateek Townsend (4-Star LB) Bennettsville, SC – 6’2, 197
  22. Colton Walls (2-Star LB) Charlotte, NC – 6’1, 215
  23. Sammy Watkins (5-Star WR) Fort Myers, FL – 6’1, 180
  24. DeShaun Williams (3-Star DT) Central, SC – 6’1, 302

*already enrolled

Corey Crawford, Cole Stoudt, Tony McNeal and Joe Gore

“YOU’RE FIRED”

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You’re fired

Written by: Corey Fravel

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An oil change wasn’t what was needed two years ago at Clemson. When business moguls take over or buy failed business they understand that most if not all of the employees have to be replaced and a better plan needs to be in place to make the business profitable again. When Clemson dismissed Tommy Bowden that sent the message it was a failing business.

Fall of 08- Tommy Bowden quits/fired and the Clemson nation has hope. Enter Dabo Swinney, his charismatic nature and salesmanship rallied the Clemson nation and “All In” was the catch phrase we all thought we needed. Gutting out some close wins and Dabo Swinney turned from “interim” coach to full time head coach. Hiring Dabo Swinney at the time was a huge risk and the house was divided on his hire.

Conventional wisdom says to hire an experienced head coach and gut the staff. It was almost unfair to even ask Swinney to take on this challenge.

Part of the Clemson nation was furious that mean old ESPN would question hiring Billy Napier as OC, Andre Powell as RB coach, Brad Scott at OL and Jeff Scott at WR coach. The offensive staff was the whole reason Bowden was gone.

It was over looked that no one criticized the hiring of Kevin Steele, Dan Brooks and Charlie Harbison. You see the defensive changes were the oil change. They brought the experience the Tigers needed.

Year one Clemson rode CJ Spiller and Jacoby Ford ending the year getting romped in Columbia,  an ACC championship game loss to GT and a bowl win farewell to all world Tiger CJ Spiller.

Year two Tiger fans want to see Clemson take the next step and take another trip to the ACCCG. Again mean old ESPN says with the loss of CJ Spiller, Jacoby Ford and Michael Palmer will have Tigers finishing third or worse in their own division.

Sunshine abounds in Tigertown and the Orange Nation is ready for a 8,9 or 10 win season. Those of us who understand football un-emotionally had a lump in our throat after the loss at Auburn. Then the loss to Miami with six turnovers in Death Valley and we had that sick feeling in our stomach. Two wheels were in the ditch and it was a matter of time before the car crashed and burned.

Sickening losses to UNC and BC followed. A window opened for a destiny game at FSU only for Tiger fans to see more missed FG’s, poor play calling and an offense that has no identity and a QB who has officially packed it in. Dominating FSU like no one else did on the offensive and defensive lines, a Kyle Parker interception at the FSU 2 yard line and a 52 yard FG later ended the Tigers last grasp at the ACC Atlantic.

The year ends with South Carolina embarrassing Clemson in Death Valley and losing to the less talented USF Bulls. The highlight of the season was just how good the defense played and how they kept Clemson in almost every game.

Don’t blame Dabo Swinney he did what he thought would work after all he was learning on the fly. He tried to keep together the tight nit group from Bowden’s failed offensive staff in hopes that his enthusiasm and hard work would make the offense work. Clemson needed a major engine rebuild not an oil change. It was clear the Tigers needed outside guidance to fix the 87th ranked offense in the nation.

January 9th Clemson got the start of the rebuild on offense with a new OC Chad Morris, RB coach Tony Elliott and OL coach Robbie Caldwell. The Tigers got an oil change with the addition of Marion Hobby as defensive line coach.

Hope is in the air again. On the eve of the national signing day week the Tigers may have the best recruiting class Clemson has ever seen. Fans are again chomping at the bit to see the “HUNH” – hurry up no huddle offense and all the new toys for OC Chad Morris to play with.

These are all great hires and the staff of assistants coach Swinney has put together is as good as anyones. Just remember there will be growing pains this year. Clemson will likely not play for the ACCC.

The offense will make great strides, the defense will learn to play with a new secondary and the whole offensive side of the ball will have a huge learning curve going from having 65 plays a game to 75-80, learning to take fitness to another level and learn how to win.

Prepare yourself Tiger Nation, Clemson literally doesn’t know how to win and close teams yet. This year the Tigers will take their lumps on the road to improvement. 2-5 games in the new WR’s will “get it” and begin what should be a fun ride.

Now is the time to back your Tigers but with patience and realistic expectations  because even though Clemson is two years in to Swinney’s tenure it might as well be his first because Clemson did in January of 2011 what they should have done two years ago.

Did Clemson get it done with this Class?

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Clemson Commit  5 Star RB Mike Bellamy

 

With glaring needs at Linebacker, Wide Receiver, Tight End, and Kicker.   Did the staff meet the needs and address them without affecting future classes and the 85 scholarship limit.

We will see on Wed. as the final version of this talent and speed laden class is set in stone.  Until then here is a Poll for you guys to chime in and let us here know how you feel abou this class.

ACC Men’s Basketball Standings

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(As Of January 31)
School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 6-1 .857 19-2 .905
North Carolina 5-1 .833 15-5 .750
Florida State 5-2 .714 15-6 .714
Clemson 4-3 .571 15-6 .714
Virginia Tech 4-3 .571 14-6 .700
Boston College 4-3 .571 14-7 .667
Maryland 4-3 .571 14-7 .667
Georgia Tech 3-4 .429 10-10 .500
NC State 2-5 .286 12-9 .571
Virginia 2-5 .286 11-10 .524
Wake Forest 1-5 .167 8-13 .381
Miami 1-6 .143 12-9 .571

Coot Funny… “The Gift”

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