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Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?


  by - Staff Writer - Monday, March 3, 2014 11:53 AM
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Littlejohn's student section with just under 2 minutes before the game on Sunday.

It wasn’t that long ago that Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum was revered as not only one of the toughest places to play in the ACC, but as one of the toughest in the country.

It was just five years ago that EA Sports named Littlejohn as the toughest place to play in America, and it was just four years ago that College GameDay made its first and only appearance for a Clemson basketball game.

Now what was once a proud student section is filled with fans who bought upper level tickets and are moved down by event staff because the students won’t show up to support the basketball team, a team that was picked to finish 14th in the conference but is fighting for fifth place and an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

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told TigerNet Monday that a less than stellar turnout at basketball games isn’t unique to Clemson, and that other schools around the country have had the same problem

“We don’t have bad crowds, but we’re not 10,000 strong every night either,” Brownell said during his weekly ACC conference call. “Student attendance has kind of come and gone. There have been nights where we’ve had really good student attendance and then there have been others like yesterday where it was just okay. It’s not just unique to our situation. I see games on TV and I go to other arenas in the league and we all struggle from time to time to garner student interest.”

However, Clemson should be the exception, not the rule.

When I chose to attend Clemson University in 2004, it wasn’t because it was like every other university around, it was because there is something special about Clemson – the way we rally around every cause, around every team, around each other.

Clemson is a small community and it’s not uncommon to have a class with a Rod HallRod Hall
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or a K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
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, and if you do, then you probably see how hard each one of those guys are working on and off the court. So why not show up and support your classmates and those that are representing the university that you are so lucky to attend?

Brownell laid out all of the excuses for the low student turnout, but he was quick to point out that the regular fans, the paying fans have been fantastic with their support this season.

“There are a lot of things going on. Yesterday, it was a gorgeous day down here. It was 70 some odd degrees and people were outside,” Brownell said. “There was a baseball game against South Carolina just after the basketball game so I’m sure some people were doing that. There’s a lot of stuff for people to do right now. I think our traditional fans have been very good this year, our season ticket holders, our fans that come and support us that aren’t students – that fan base has been great all year. I think our students have been kind of come and go. We have to continue to do our best to motivate them and market them and make them understand what we have with basketball sometimes that we have so many games going on.

“It’s not like with football where everybody comes on a Saturday and there’s only one a week. This week we have three games in a row. We didn’t play at home for a month – we had one home game in 20-some odd days. I think that can lose interest too when all of a sudden your basketball team isn’t home for so long and you forget about it a little bit. It’s a bunch of different things and I don’t think it’s unique to Clemson.”

In the end though, those are all just excuses.

I was a student not long ago and I remember the long nights of studying and the exams and the social activities, but it’s two hours.

Two hours is all it takes to show the basketball team that their hard work isn’t for naught, and that basketball can be as important as football and baseball. I help with TigerNet's Twitter account during the games, and one convenient excuse I hear is that Clemson basketball isn't fun to watch.

Since when is winning not fun? Would they rather be entertained by up-and-down the court basketball and two ACC wins? Since when does a win not count as entertainment?

As a Clemson student and a general fan, you have two more opportunities – Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon to see one of the most exciting players to ever play basketball at Clemson University, and to support a team that is scratching, clawing and fighting for every win heading into the post season.

“I think this is a team that plays really hard and has been fun to watch,” Brownell said. “I certainly think we have one of the most exciting players in all of college basketball in K.J. McDaniels. I said that earlier in the season that if our fans aren’t careful, they are going to miss one of the most athletic and special players to play at this school.

“There isn’t a game that goes by that he doesn’t do something that makes you shake your head in amazement. To watch him is special. Our team competes hard. We’ve kind of got an over-achieving group that the collective parts have really blended well together. If you appreciate guys who compete hard and play well together, then you will really appreciate this team.”



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New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
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Neither is BTF.***
LinebackerU
Re: Neither is BTF.- I disagree
74TIGER
Re: Neither is BTF.***
fatboy
Re: Neither is BTF.***
allorangeallthetime52®
CUAD even tried giving away
GWPTiger®
Who?***
LinebackerU
The only coach who has beaten the coots this year
GWPTiger®
Re: The only coach who has beaten the coots this year
clemtiger117®
Re: The only coach who has beaten the coots this year
fatboy
Tennis?***
LinebackerU
Do I look like T_I_P?***
GWPTiger®
Not sure. What's that chick look like?***
LinebackerU
I don't get it...
uproar84®
Yes, I agree
GWPTiger®
this wednesday vs SC at home
T_I_P
Student section was packed for baseball
PenthouseTiger
Re: Student section was packed for baseball
dirtysteve864®
It was pretty full for EMU and Maine on the warm days***
PenthouseTiger
Re: Student section was packed for baseball
armsb
the students say they have to study during the games, but...
Nobody's Fool
ITS ACC BASKETBALL ARE YOU EF ING KIDDING ME!!!!!??
1portroyalty
The Duke students seem to be able to find a couple hours to
cutigerbob®
No no no bob
CUtiger2012®
Re: ITS ACC BASKETBALL ARE YOU EF ING KIDDING ME!!!!!??
allorangeallthetime52®
It's actually pretty easy to be studying and also be on
FootballFan36
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
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Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
clemtiger117®
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
armsb
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
allorangeallthetime52®
Did you ever go to college?
Tha_TigerFan
I'm not sure why no one doesnt understand
xtiger
Syracuse plays low scoring games
NutCutterU®
Re: Syracuse plays low scoring games
OldGreenTom
Re: I'm not sure why no one doesnt understand
hazer
Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. If I wanted to see
Tiger5
So it is because of hte fast paced game they play and not
clemsongt
So the Depaul students come to their games? Maybe we can
CM Shack
ok genius, tell me why no one is coming to games?
xtiger
We have ###### basketball fans...DUh...Do you ever come to
CM Shack
uh dumb ###
xtiger
Then how do you know what it's like? Why should I
CM Shack
ya, cause you cant see anything on tv.***
xtiger
As far as the crowd goes, no , no you can't***
CM Shack
Why would you watch on TV if Clemson BB is boring
Tiger5
also I can remember great fan seasons at Clemson
xtiger
First of all, Brad's style is similar to Barnes' style and
CM Shack
if you dont understand the difference b/w Barnes style
xtiger
No, you're right, Rick ran an exciting slow down plodder
CM Shack
if people...
cutiger250®
Care to defend your statement? We were winning and the style
CM Shack
pace of play is a lame excuse IMO. there are other issues
Smack Daddy
Re: ok genius, tell me why no one is coming to games?
clemtiger117®
Attendance struggled EVEN while OP was winning, people that
CM Shack
"But we'll never be great in BB, just good." -xtiger
Judge Keller
I want to watch CLEMSON. Could care less if Duke and
Tiger5
Re: I'm not sure why no one doesnt understand
lhaselden
first of all most games are not like yesterdays
xtiger
Maybe if you understood the game better, you wouldn't get so
CM Shack
The Cuse and UVa say hello, only the top 2 teams in the
striperfan
Well, we played "boring" football in the 80s and 90s
Judge Keller
Re: I'm not sure why no one doesnt understand
armsb
As a freshman student
Tmatthk®
REALLY?
Country Gentleman®
Agree - every excuse he points out is total
bisraeljr
Should've just said "I don't really want to go to the games"***
camcgee®
I used to pregame for almost all the basketball games with
CUtiger2012®
You are obviously not a basketball fan
BobRoss
Re: You are obviously not a basketball fan
Tmatthk®
As a student at Clemson you really ought to know the
FootballFan36
Re: As a freshman student
lhaselden
Good lawd that was silly...
camcgee®
Sad, really sad, but then again the people on this board
clemsongt
Re: Sad, really sad, but then again the people on this board
Tiger9113
Re: Sad, really sad, but then again the people on this board
Tmatthk®
You are the problem.
ClemsonTiger06
Re: You are the problem.
Tmatthk®
I'm embarrassed.....for you, that is***
Nobody's Fool
Would love to give this kid a squirley
drewtigeralum03®
Re: Would love to give this kid a squirley
Tmatthk®
Tell you what...I was able to get my friends to go to games
drewtigeralum03®
15 minutes early. LOL I camped out for SIX DAYS for Clemson/
tigerdrummer®
Re: 15 minutes early. LOL I camped out for SIX DAYS for Clemson/
joeyblack
OMG...did you really just say that??..
cutiger250®
Wow, that might just about be the whiniest post I've seen.
TigerHawk76®
Re: As a freshman student
tigergirl
Pics?***
LinebackerU
Re: As a freshman student
tigersnake1954®
Re: As a freshman student
Tmatthk®
pardon my French.
tigerdrummer®
Re: As a freshman student
BKendall36
The Clemson freshman
Tmatthk®
Keep digging kid
soccerkrzy®
OH DEER LOWERED, not the mixer excuse again
drewtigeralum03®
Re: The Clemson freshman
clemtiger117®
You are no diehard.***
tigerdrummer®
Re: As a freshman student
clemtiger117®
Re: As a freshman student
Tmatthk®
Close games are "annoying" — I have now heard it all***
rockthejohn
Student Seating
clemsonboy6754®
Re: Student Seating
manewto
Lol! If I made up a student response that was intended
Wookie
Any way to kick this one out of school
RainyDayHillSitter
Well, here is the answer. We need to seriously revise our
tpaw79
Re: As a freshman student
manewto
Daddy can't get you a front row seat?***
RC Tiger®
Re: As a freshman student
armsb
It's not JUST the students...I have been to several games
CM Shack
Old News But..We Need Some Lights Out Shooters/Scorers --
Xander5000
2 Problems
ClemsonTiger06
Let's be honest, the school hasn't changed that much.
soccerkrzy®
I doubt the SAT scores have gone up that much from 2003
camcgee®
You just don't understand Pokeman cards
drewtigeralum03®
Re: You just don't understand Pokeman cards
armsb
The "changed student body" argument
CTiger423®
From a students point of view
LennMcCartJr®
Re: From a students point of view
oldguy999
LOL....oh for the days of waiting outside for the Fike FH
CUTIGR69®
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
TigerFan46
Re:It seems to me that we play better when only a few are
peanut
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
BKendall36
I WAS THERE...from Charleston
TigerGreenWave
Re: I WAS THERE...from Charleston
tigerz2
Student Section is just plain sad.***
thetigerdaddy®
2 Clemson basketball players just posted this picture on
Bryanttiger®
THANK YOU FOR THIS STORY. GET INVOLVED FANS!
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Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
scjaw54
Was LJ ever really feared?
IPTAY FAMILY
it had a fierce reputation
tarheeledtiger
Ok, how about LJ has the POTENTIAL to be fierce
IPTAY FAMILY
this pic is not fare the baseball team was playing south
fatboy
Are you fat...you sound fat
drewtigeralum03®
I went to both
IPTAY FAMILY
What about next year
Tmatthk®
If they do what GT did, Party Buses!
IPTAY FAMILY
Maryland game
cutiger16
Re: Maryland game
Tmatthk®
You are really full of it
drewtigeralum03®
welcome newbie
potatoes and gravy®
Do notice : this pic is during warmups***
Seegs®
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
Melclem
Students are only part of it. Season ticket holders are not
3rdGenTiger
Folks, try moving away a few years
Tiger TC®
I think Clemson's record at home this year, coupled with
tigerpaws
First Sign
Ocracoke13
Then why did boring football sell tickets for decades?
Judge Keller
Re: New Story: Steele: Littlejohn feared no more?
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Current Clemson Student
sosjr88®
Brah hears ya and thinks that we could use more comments
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