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Our OL seems fairly solid-at the starting spots anyways except for LG and RT. Timothy seems to be a decent fit at RT, but I'm just not convinced that Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS So. Offensive Line
#67 6-5, 335
Chester, SC

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is the guy at LG. Do you think that our coaching staff, in order to get the best five OL on the field, will consider moving Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 265
Mauldin, SC

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over to LG? I know that the staff has raved about him at times. Also, do you think that Tony StewardTony Steward
So. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 245
Hastings, FL

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or Lateek TownsendLateek Townsend
So. Linebacker
#20 6-2, 215
Bennettsville, SC

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have any chance at putting serious pressure on the starting WLB and SLB? It seems that Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
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#34 6-2, 220
Lake View, SC

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, for all of the praise in the past, is not being a difference maker. Your thoughts?



Robbie Caldwell did say this week that he wants to get Norton some snaps there. I do think you want to get your best five on the field at the same time so that is a possibility. They do like Norton's toughness. You feel better about the right tackle than I do.

I think both Steward and Townsend have a chance to beat out the incumbents. First, Steward is a talent. He is a physical beast. The only questions are his knees and his lack of experience. Townsend is a playmaker. If he can handle the assignment and disciplined aspects then I expect to see a bunch of Townsend. They need to find someone who can cover in the passing game so the other option will be Blanks as a nickel back. The other factor is that there is a new linebacker coach which means the old pecking order is out the window.


Sure would be good to hear a positive report on Ray Ray and his young brother.  Can you look in to and give us some kind of findings?  They got a lot of attention while at Clemson and I hope things have worked out.



I may be wrong but I think Fahmar is a high school senior in Atlanta this coming year. Ray Ray played his final season of college ball last year and survived a car crash last year. I think he is OK. I am not sure what he is doing now. Hopefully some of our Atlanta readers can provide more.



Enjoy reading your insight on Clemson. In future football schedules… I’ve seen the following major non-conference opponents added:


2013- Georgia

2014- Georgia

2015- Ole Miss

2016- Ole Miss

2019- OK State

2020- OK State


Any thoughts on who we can add for 2017 & 2018?




The Ole Miss and Oklahoma State series were casualties due to the nine game ACC schedule. I think you will see Clemson add teams that will not require a return game in the future. Sorry to report this.


I remember someone giving Clemson a tiger in the 70's but admin decided it was too stressful for the tiger to be at the games. Clemson either declined the tiger or placed it in a zoo. perhaps some of your old fart contacts with a better memory might have more details.



This is news to me. I have never heard that story. Hopefully a reader can add more. Thanks.

Hey Mickey,

Please help me understand how the nine conference games prevents home/home series with 'major' programs (UGA, etc.). While it seems obvious that it makes scheduling these more difficult, couldn't the home/home be scheduled with the CU home game in the years we have only four ACC home games? It WOULD cut out one 'gimme' game (Ball Stae, Furman, etc.) - which fans don't care much for anyway - and would seem to offer MORE revenue for the seven home games by providing a higher profile team for this 'extra' home game. Certainly would help SOS.

Thoughts? What am I missing (or misunderstanding) about this?



They would have to coordinate the future opponents and sync the home games with the years where there is only four home conference games. Also they would have to consider the USC site as well. The problem is that they don't know what years the will have four games and which ones they have five because the ACC hasn't announced the schedules yet and won't do so until next January. In the meantime the out of conference games are scheduled years in advance. Future scheduling is difficult because expansion is still an issue. Who knows how many teams the ACC will have in the future?

Hi Mickey, I always enjoy the blog.  Thanks for doing it!


Quick question on the 9 game ACC schedule.  I assume Clemson administration will campaign for us to have 5 ACC home games in 2013 so that we get on a cycle where we know of 5 confirmed home games each year - either 5 ACC home games and the Chickens away (2013) or 4 ACC home games and the Chickens at home (2014).  Can you confirm if we are campaigning for that and do you think the ACC will work with us?  (And GA Tech and FSU for that matter.)






I would think that would be the plan. Now, whether the ACC helps us out is another story. When was the last time the helped us?

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