|by Mickey Plyler - Radio Host - Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:10 AM||
I hurt for a lot of reasons Saturday night. It didn't feel good to watch the quarterback that I admire struggle. I hurt for the staff that I know put a lot into the game. I hurt for the fans that were looking forward to such a big game to continue the march in a magical season. It hurt to watch the other team celebrate and take over our stadium in the fourth quarter.
But the biggest hurt is the lost opportunity. My teams have lost before and will lose again. Losing always hurts and is never acceptable, but I am not afraid to lose. What I am afraid of is missing a great chance.
Life presents so few great opportunities, so when you get one you better take advantage of it. We are never really promised another opportunity.
Now in this case, I do think that Clemson will have another opportunity to shine and in my mind that will come again this season. However, the first loss every year hurts pretty badly because the special season is usually lost with it.
In late October of 2014 I cannot sit here and tell you that I know the future. Who knows if the future playoffs in college football will benefit Clemson or have a negative effect on the program. I also don't know what the future holds because there is always turnover within a football program.
I think Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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Who will win the quarterback spot in January, Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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Question marks surround every program in the country. Even the big boys face that every year. Who would have thought Southern Cal and Texas could struggle like this? In August, would you have thought that the loser in the Georgia-Florida game next week would be 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference? Would you have thought that Missouri would have a two game lead in the SEC East? This past off-season would you have guessed that even though FSU lost all of that NFL talent and more than half of its coaching staff they came out even better?
The issue is the uncertainty of it all. That’s why Saturday night really hurts. Clemson was in prime position to win the ACC's Atlantic Division. The Tigers would have been favorites to win the league as well, and at least for another week Clemson would have been in the top five in the country.
Missed opportunities are what hurt more than anything else. It would have been nice to avoid that miss, if only for one more week.
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