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Friday Email Bag

Each Friday I publish your comments and answer your questions.  To submit a comment or questions please email me at


I recently read your blog article, "Rebuild or Renovate."  You raise an interesting point.  I simply do not believe anyone can justify spending $80 million or more on a new basketball arena.  We cannot fill up the one we have which we also renovated several years ago. 



The interesting thing that I don't know is the amount of revenue that can be produced by luxury boxes and signage in a modern arena. Maybe those things can offset much of that cost. I think it is a good investment if we could be assured of a great program but that is not a given. I wish I knew the best route.


Caught the beginning of your show yesterday when you posed the question “why do you follow recruiting?”. I wanted to call in but couldn’t and didn’t get to listen either. But my reason for following recruiting is because they keep score(in recruiting)  and Clemson plays (the recruiting game), therefore, I want Clemson to do well in recruiting and be highly rated.

Take Care,



Great point. Recruiting has changed into a spectator sport. It will be covered by ESPN next Wednesday as a spectator sport.


How can a school use its former players in the recruiting process?  I was reading about Brian Dawkins and it seems he would be the perfect ambassador to have a conversation with a recruit.  The same with CJ.  How and when can a former player get involved in the recruiting process or is it just the coaching staff?








Back in the eighties it was unlimited but the NCAA started to put a limit on that contact. I think the new rules in the NCAA will allow more contact with former players. I also have seen twitter conversations between former players and prospects. Also I know that Dawkins will be back in town to work Dabo's camp this summer. This should be a big hit. It will be interesting to see what the new rules will say about this.


We're all reading about a number of potential recruits being offered (and accepting) the opportunity to join Clemson's football team as a "preferred walk-on."

Please explain what advantages/benefits exist for a potential recruit to consider being a "preferred walk-on." 

Why would a recruit walk on if he has a scholarship offered and available at another school of the same or a different conference?

Thank you for your time.

Go Tigers!



The NCAA limits the number of football players to 115. If a program has 85 scholarship players then the walk-ons are limited to 30. A preferred walk-on has a guaranteed spot unlike other walk-ons. Also when a scholarship becomes available often times the preferred walk-on is first in line.

It is rare that a prospects would chose to walk-on at a school despite having a scholarship offer at a similar level program.


The "front door" to our program is really sad! I am speaking of the unfinished entrance to the West Endzone. The entrance is off of a street, it has no sense of arrival, its no different than an entry into a discount auto parts store and is off center with the parking lot access across the street (notice how the Tiger Walk has to make a jog to the right on the way into the stadium! I have seen the rendering of the final design. It looks amazing! lot's of wow factor. When will Phase III of the West Endzone start construction? Every season the entry stays as it is we certainly lose out on future talent and delay our move to elite status.

Thanks and keep up the good work.



When Dan Radakovich took over as the athletic director he said he was going to take a look at all of the current plans for athletic facilities. I hear he has different ideas for the planned museum. As far as I know, he has not made a final decision.



If the ACC truly has a newfound regard for Clemson as hinted when Swofford visited the school in July, 2012, then Clemson’s 2013 football game at Syracuse should be scheduled to coincide with a home Buffalo Bills game.  Clemson fans could be in Syracuse on a Saturday to provide the atmosphere of a mid-season bowl game.  Then continue on to Buffalo the following Sunday afternoon to honor favorite son, C.J. Spiller.


The ACC would receive some special attention in New York to confirm their brilliance in expanding to include Syracuse.  By doubling-down to include this unique NFL related opportunity, the ACC and Clemson would achieve innovative national level attention.  Clemson brings the charm of the South to share with their new friends across the great state of New York.  And Syracuse and Buffalo are afforded the opportunity to show some tailgating hospitality Northern style.


Sounds like a win-win-win to me.  But I do fear there will be insufficient time to swing by The Met.  A perfect way to commence such a grand weekend would be to attend a performance there especially if one of my favorites were being performed at the time such as Giuseppe Verdi’s  La Traviata.   My plans had been to next witness the opera at the La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy where the first performance took place in 1853.  But now I digress.


Although we Clemson folks are quite busy with places to go and people to see, I’ll juggle my schedule around whatever the ACC works out from a schedule standpoint.  Suffice to say the ball is in their court, assuming they still have a court or a field or even any balls.  But now I digress again.





I doubt the ACC would ever look at the NFL schedule before they made the football schedule. I love the idea of seeing C.J. Spiller but I doubt this would ever cross the ACC's mind. If it happened it would be a coincidence.

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We have started a prayer list on the blog. Here are the guidelines:

If you are offended by prayer or prayer lists then I apologize in advance. The blog is free and the prayer list will be on the bottom of the page so you don’t have to read it.

If you would like to add someone to the list please email me at

*Please let me know when it is appropriate to take the person off of the prayer list.

Those who need our prayers include:Finn Brookover, Jo Ann Bachman, Kenneth Bryant, Pruitt Martin, Got igers and his family, David Rowland, Leonard, Gillespie and his family, Jim S, Daniel Rosborough, The Huffman family, Nancy Winkler, John Reeve, Ethel Southard, Vinnie Brock, Kaitlyn L, Susan Miller, Joyce Harley, Steve Proveaux, Jeffrey Greene, the Hutto family, Sherl Drawdy, Caleb Kennedy, Teresa O'Connor, Matt Jacobs,Perrin Seigler, Candee Massee, Lindsey Jordan, Sam Catoe, Tyler Felch, the Nicolopulos family, "the Jacksonville, FL guys", Kim Sims, the Coyle family, Ryleigh Tedder, Steve Lee, Kelly Trakas, Jimmy Moore, the Thomas. V Family, Emary Claire Young, Kitty Bowers,Julie Locke, the Scheider family, Lauren Kittles' family, Frank Gentry, Joyce Bussey, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr, Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, Chad Berry, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Shervin Messer, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Christopher Tuten, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Dot Cartee, Ayden Mills, Millie Heatley, Lynn Martin and family, Michael Pinson, Jake David family, Angie Crowley, Ira, Mike Tolson, Poly Wells, Dr. Muriel Bishop, Jack Cunningham, Emily Jefford Meister, Zachary Stoller, Aaron Clackum, Pat James, Cortney Moore, William Moore, Angelia and Savannah Anderson, William Ross, Meredith Legg, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon Thompson, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G, William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders, Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Travis Patterson, Amanda Peake, Danny Hammond, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, The Sturkey Family, Lance family, Marcus Lattimore, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, Jennifer McManus, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Patrick Heher, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Bill Early, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Mary Ann Bailey, our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day plus their families.

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