40 Years

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40 Years

In Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born in the USA,” he sings: "You end up like a dog that's been beat too much, so you spend half your life just covering up."

That's what we do as Clemson basketball fans.  We have been beaten up so much we cover up.

Most of our losses have come to better teams.  Most of our losses have been to Atlantic Coast Conference programs who consider themselves basketball schools while Clemson is still a football school.  Most of our losses have come to schools who have invested more into basketball.  They support basketball better.  They have had better facilities and more history and tradition in the sport.

Sometimes we play well and beat a basketball school.  Sometimes we play well and still lose.  Too many Clemson basketball fans we think we get the short end of the stick with officiating often times.  We even get screwed with the clock operator more than most schools.

I have been watching Clemson basketball for more than 40 years, so I am conditioned to it.  I am used to it, so Friday night's ending to the Duke quarterfinal game at the ACC tournament was nothing new.  If you had asked me before the game about a scenario where Clemson would have a one point lead in the final seconds and a Duke player would drive to create contact or a Clemson player would drive to create contact, and then asked where I think fouls would have been called, I would have guessed that Clemson would have been whistled for a foul and Duke would not.

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was fouled.  What I do know is my expectations would have been for a Clemson foul and a no call on Duke before the scenario presented itself.  Why?  Because more times than not, that is what I have witnessed as a Clemson fan for over 40 years.

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this.  I told Oliver Purnell the same thing.  Both men probably knew it, but you never want to admit it while you are in the head coaching seat.  But when you leave, you leave a weathered man.  In fact, Brad Brownell told Larry Williams of TigerIllustrated.com that former Clemson coach Rick Barnes told Brownell of these challenges when he took the job.

I don't know when it started.  It used to be Lenny Wirtz, Dick Paparo and Larry Rose making those crucial calls against Clemson.  Now it's Jamie Luckie, Karl Hess and Les Jones.

I don't know when it will end, if ever in my lifetime.

I am hopeful that it will end.  Maybe it ends when we finish our new building.  Maybe that new mojo will usher in a new era of Clemson basketball.

I don't care what it takes but like many of you, I am tired of it.  I want it to end.  I wanted it to end yesterday.

I hate a defeatist attitude but when it comes to this issue, I am that dog that has been beat too much.  Now I'm covering up.

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