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Future Tiger and Former Tiger Have High Expectations


ESPN.com's Jason Sobel covers the PGA Tour for the website. This week he had his PGA Tour draft for those who would have the biggest impact on the game in the next 20 years. Two with Clemson ties made the list. Here are the Clemson excerpts from the website:


8. Lucas Glover -
Just 26 and with one PGA Tour victory already under his belt, Glover is seemingly in contention every other week, compiling nine top-25 finishes in
13 starts this season. The Clemson product has all the tools; namely, he hits the ball a long way and rolls it pretty well. But the best part of Glover's game? He's clutch, having once hit an approach shot to within three feet on the final hole at Q School and holing out a bunker shot to win last year's Funai Classic.


14. Sam Saunders -
Talk about a pedigree. Saunders' maternal grandfather knows a thing or two about playing professional golf -- guy named Arnold Palmer, you may have heard of him. Saunders won't come close to granddad's professional record -- and let's hope he feels no pressure to equal those 62 PGA Tour wins and seven major titles -- but the high school senior could be a force down the road. One thing's for sure: Like Arnie, he'll garner his own legion of fans once he makes it to the big leagues (perhaps they'll be called Sam's Army, to borrow a name from U.S. soccer fans?).


To see the complete list go to ESPN.com.


The Do

My wife is a big Panther fan and wanted to see whom they drafted for the first round pick. As she watched Mel Kipper, Jr. analyze the picks, she asked who he was. After I told her, she came up with her analysis of him by adding, "There has to be something else he could have done with that hair."


Youth Movement


Tommy Bowden hired David Blackwell and Dabo Swinney three years ago, and injected youth and enthusiasm into the coaching staff at Clemson. At the time Blackwell was 31 and Swinney was 33. This past year he hired Billy Nappier (26) and Chris Rumph (34). The youth movement in college football is mainly to help recruiting. It is little secret that recruiting is a young man's game and look no farther than the nation's top program to see the difference. At Southern Cal, the second oldest coach is 43 years old.
Seven of their nine assistants are 40 or younger and five are 32 or younger.


Southern Cal's staff

Pat Ruel Offensive line 55

Nick Holt Defensive coordinator 43

Todd McNair Running backs 40

Ken Norton, Jr. linebackers 39

Steve Sarkisian Assistant Head Coach, QB 32

Lane Kiffen Offensive coordinator 31

Rocky Seto Defensive backs 30

David Watson defensive line 29

Brendon Carroll 27



Oklahoma's staff

Kevin Wilson Offensive coordinator 44

Jackie Shipp defensive line 44

Kevin Sumlin wide receivers 41

Chris Wilson defensive ends 37

Brent Venanles Associate Head Coach, Defensive coordinator and LB coach 35

James Patton Offensive line 35

Bobby Jack Wright defensive backs 35

Cale Gundy running backs 34

Josh Huepel quarterbacks 28



Clemson's staff

Burton Burns running backs 53

Brad Scott offensive line 51

Ron West OLB 49

Rob Spence offensive coordinator 47

Vic Koenning defensive coordinator 46

David Blackwell 35 on May 4

Dabo Swinney wide receivers 36

Chris Rumph defensive line 34

Billy Nappier tight ends 26



Why Is He So Popular?


I have never understood the popularity of PGA Tour player John Daly. How many athletes can have drinking problems, marital problems and gambling problems and be this popular? Yesterday it was reported Daly says he has lost between $50 million and $60 million during 12 years of heavy gambling.



He added that it has become a problem that could "flat-out ruin me" if he doesn't bring it under control. Why then is he so popular with golf fans?



A New Tiger


Speaking of Youth, David and Melissa Blackwell are expecting the birth of their first child any day now. The Blackwell's are having a son and interestingly enough the due date was May 4, the same day as the baby's father.


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