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It looks as though the 2014 recruiting class is shaping up nicely. The one position that sticks out to me as usual is the offensive line. Why is that Clemson can regularly recruit 4 and 5 star players at almost every position with the exception of the offensive line? I have heard one theory that there are not as many elite offensive line prospects available as there are at other positions. While that may be true, is Clemson even going after this type of talent, or are they content with fielding 2 and 3 star offensive linemen year in and year out? As a longtime fan, it just seems far fetched to believe that Clemson can take the next step without recruiting better along the offensive line. Do you agree? The main reason Clemson has been inferior to the gamecocks over the last few seasons is the fact that their defensive front dominates our offensive front and until that changes I don’t see the rivalry shifting back in Clemson’s favor. What do you think?

Thanks for your time, and keep up the good work.



There are several things that come to mind with your email. First, it is terribly difficult to project offensive linemen. There are not many five star offensive linemen to begin with and many don't turn out. This is the hardest position to project. One college assistant once told me, "You either sign power forwards or sumo wrestlers. You have to build the body and add weight to the basketball bodies and reshape and take off weight with the wrestlers." The state of South Carolina has not produced a lot of great offensive linemen compared to defensive linemen in recent years. South Carolina has not signed a bunch of four and five star guys. They have developed their three stars. They have signed some great defensive linemen. Offensive line recruiting is more about development rather than talent acquisition.


Agree with me here on something. Does it aggravate you that our secondary is not more physical at the line on receivers? An if things as in playing the ball, getting there heads around an avoiding these late hits get resolved this secondary might not be so bad. An I see it as if the front 7 can give opposing lines an qb havoc do u think that this secondary could look better just by the play of the front line if they do what needs to be done at the line?

Meaning that if they can get qbs rushed up an get them scrambling but gotta have our linebackers not give up on a qb scramble to lead for a 20 yrd gain could this line lead to a better secondary?

Last ?. I saw where Dan Rad something on the lines of wanting to do something with seating or something in that nature to the valley. Could this mean more seats? An from viewing the pic is the tiger statues be our front of the west end this yr or is that all part of phase 3 to where it's kinda getting put at the bottom of the list from what I understood?

Thanks Mickey. It's always a pleasure an hope the foundation event is a great turn out.



I agree with the point about being more physical. I think I want to see bigger DBs in the future or at least ones that play with an edge. Former FSU defensive coordinator told me one time that its takes 11 to play defense. Your best pass defense is a good pass rush and the best run defense is when the secondary provides great run support.

In terms of the stadium, I have not heard plans for more seating but they are not moving forward with phase three of the West Endzone at this point.

Thanks for the kind words on the foundation. It should be a great day!


I hope you and Ryan are doing well. Is the Oculus still in the works. I for one would love to see it built. Thanks in advance for any info.  




Radakovich said this week that phase three has been put on hold and they are moving resources into other projects like the basketball. Hope this helps. Thanks for the kind words on Ryan.


A couple of ideas regarding Howard's Rock: 1) if we ever get the missing piece back, then keep it separate and take it to away games......a piece of 'The Rock' wherever the Tigers are playing and 2) a new tradition of the Pershing Rifles 'guarding' the Rock ( what's left of it) 24/7 the entire week of home games ( think Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). If these ideas have been brought up before , I apologize. I would really like to see the Pershing Rifles/ ROTC involved somehow in "protecting The Rock". Any thoughts?



I like the traveling rock idea. That makes sense to me. It turns a negative into a positive.

I am not sure of the future plans on security but I feel it will be increased 365 not just game weeks. BTW-I love the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier!

Hey Mick,

           I have a few questions for you, 1st do you think that Brain Dawkins will be the guest picker when game day come to Clemson for the matchup on the 31st?  Do you know the status of Kyrin PriesterKyrin Priester
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?   Do you think the team will break out the all purple uniforms for one game this season?  ( Com'on Dabo)  it is one of the schools colors... I don’t understand why a lot of people don’t like them.  I think they look good (specially for one game a year) I mean out of all the sports teams at Clemson football is the only one that doesn’t wear purple for a least one game a season..   Lastly do you think Clemson is going to final get a softball team? Why don’t all of the teams in the ACC have softball teams??  


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I would love to see Brian DawkinsBrian Dawkins
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is the perfect pick for the job. Dawkins loves Clemson and is a great spokesperson.

I was told that they are confident Priester will be ready by August.

I keep hearing that the players like the purple and are trying to break them out this season. I love the purple!

Softball would be popular at Clemson. Fans understand the game and it would be a natural draw. The problem with softball is the cost of building a stadium. I am not sure that they will add that kind of costs at this point.

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