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It's nice not having a knot in my stomach regarding the outcome of the bowl game and/or anticipation of next football season, seems like most years I do.  I have  a few comments/questions regarding the bowl game.


I think LSU beats us 8 out of 10 times, we just caught them at the right moment.  Agree?  Just like NC State caught us at just the right time in 2011 and beat us, even though we're better than them.


I feel like we played our A++ game and LSU played their B game.  Agree?


If we go undefeated, which I don't think we will, but IF we did, we might play for the NC, but there's no way Clemson beats Alabama or whoever the SEC champion is, we just don't have the depth on defense, they've been recruiting top ten classes for too long and are loaded.  Agree?


You've probably talked to LSU folks about there any truth to the idea that LSU didn't want to be at the Chick Fil A bowl?  Felt they were better than that?


I don't understand the Steve Spurrier hatred.  Yes he is our rival and we really, really need to beat them, but I enjoy having a Steve Spurrier type who likes to talk and is very candid, verses a buttoned down, bland coach who never has a good quote.  It makes the rivalry much more fun plus he fields an excellent team which makes the game crazy fun to watch.  Agree?  (and gives the talk shows something to talk about, which I'm guessing you love)



NJ Tiger,

On the first point, no, I don't think LSU beats Clemson eight out of ten times. LSU is better than Clemson but this was a good matchup for Clemson. Our Tigers were very motivated but I still think the scheme on offense gives LSU fits and the pace was the difference. Also, LSU is very basic in their offensive scheme and was not good enough to take advantage of Clemson's secondary. So, no I don't think LSU beats us eight out of ten times.

On the second point, Clemson did not play its A++ game. Clemson made plenty of mistakes including giving LSU its first touchdown. Clemson played well but not its A++ game.

It is too early to tell on your third point. Alabama should be loaded but lost at lot at a lot of key positions. How will injuries effect the national title contenders? I think it is too early to tell on this front.

LSU was disappointed in the selection but I was told that their staff respected Clemson and prepared well for the game. I don't think they overlooked Clemson. I simply think it was a bad matchup for LSU.

Spurrier is great when he is winning. He loves to push the other guys' button and try to get a reaction. I can see why some think he is childish but why others love him. He is easy to love when he is on your team but easy to despise when the tables are turned.



How can Florida Gulf Coast University make the Sweet 16 when we can't even make the tournament?  Are we that bad?  Can they recruit better than us?  Somebody better get their act together in the Athletic Department and start make Basketball a priority.



Florida Gulf Coast caught lightning in a bottle. They were good in the regular season but had some bad losses too.

Clemson really was bad this year. The Tigers were bad in almost every measurable way but year in and year out, Clemson is a better program than Florida Gulf Coast and will continue to be.

I agree about the priority issue. It is time to take the handcuffs off and see what Clemson basketball can do if it is given full support.


I loved the leadership blog this week. Where did you get the quote about battleships were not built to stay docked in a harbor? Loved that one and want to use it again. Thanks in advance.



I was at a meeting the other day and a friend used the quote. To be honest with you, I probably screwed it up a little but the point was that battleships were built to get out in tough times and fight tough battles. They were not built to sit around and do nothing. Thanks for the email.

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