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Friday Email Bag

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When will we just say it's time to lets Brownell go? I mean I am not saying he is not a good coach but I am saying and always have he is not the right guy from Clemson. Until we can see that if we won't better results from are basketball program we are going to have to spend some Big Boy Money on a good overall coach.

Hope all is well with Ryan. Go Tigers!



I disagree. I like Brownell but more importantly, I think he is the right man for the job. It is way too early to project his success or failure here. This is a tough job and this job requires a little more time. We have not given him everything he needs to be successful and until we do, it is unfair to judge him. Give him great facilities and then judge him. This is one of the toughest jobs in the country and I think he is doing as well as can be expected. This job only gets tougher now with the new additions to the league, so lets give the man a fair shot.


The Tigers average 81 plays per game on Offense. If CCM get's this to 85 per game(still not his goal), this could result in another score per game with this offense.

It then only makes sense to extrapolate Passing and Rushing to gains this year.

Quite frankly, your " it will be tough to improve" is a year early in Tajh's SR year, Hot Rod's SR (and IMO he's a better back for this Offense) and Sammie's probable last year. Just saying! Keep it coming're one of the best.



Thanks John. I agree on the plays per game. I also like McDowell and think he can have a good year. But I do think Nuk Hopkins' presence will be missed and am not sure if the rest of the receivers can fill that void.


I would like to start off by saying that I hope that Ryan and yourself are doing good and what is to follow is more of a statement instead of a question.

I just finished reading your blog about this years team compared to the team in 2008. I'd have to say that I agree with you in that this years team is completely different. I believe that what Dabo has done, since 2008, is something Bowden never did and honestly think that he would've never been able to do. Bowden had a name because of his father and I feel like he never made his teams work for what they got because he didn't have to work to hard for what he got. Now I'm not saying that Bowden wasn't a good coach but I do feel that the victories he had at Clemson was because of the talent and talent alone. The teams players he coach carried a sense of entitlement because it seemed that positions wasn't earned by the players. The players today have been told that it doesn't matter what your ranking is out of high school or how good of a season you had the year before. They know that they have to show up each and every day to EARN time on that sacred ground we call "Death Valley!" They know that Dabo had to work for what he got as a Walk-On at Alabama and even after his playing career was over. The days of just coming to Clemson and playing because of how good you was in high school or having a starting position because that's what you did last year are over now and players know that have to earn the privilege to step on that field and the players have a desire to do so because they are learning from coaches who have, at some point in their careers, did the same exact thing. I played college basketball and I had to earn every second of playing time and I did so because of my work ethic. After my career was over I started coaching a variety of developmental leagues and some AAU teams and when I coached my players I instilled in them the same desire for greatness as I possessed. My players responded to this and it was because they knew that I wasn't asking them to do anything that I myself hadn't already done with success. I taught my players how to "Win" every game they play by leaving it all out on the court. They might not win on the scoreboard but as far as effort they can win every game and by playing with that mentality then if we lost then the opposing team was just the better team that day! I say this because I feel that the players at Clemson have adapted to this mentality for the first time in a long time. This type of coaching develops more competition between players and reduces the amount, if any, of animosity that comes when a coach hands players positions for whatever reason instead of making them earn it! When players are forced to earn playing time it provides the players with a mentality that the ones on the field deserve to be there and these players present the team with the best opportunity to be successful. All the players become closer on and off the field and a "TEAM" is formed and this is what I see with our football team now. This team works hard day in and day out to earn time on the field which better prepares them for Game Day. When guys feel that they have no chance to play because of the players that are playing had been given the spot on the field, then the intensity at practice goes down because they don't feel they have to work hard cause it will not make a difference. This causes lack luster performances on Game Days and we end up losing to a lesser opponent or just have an awful season. I think Clemson fans would agree that there doesn't seem to be any issues with the guys on the team and each and every player supports one another because they all have the same goals, which is to win. We could also agree that in years past, "The Bowden Era", you could easily notice the lack of desire to fight when games wasn't going our way and those teams had a quitting mentality about them. I'm not saying that all the players Bowden had played that way but in order to achieve, what Clemson has done the last 2 years, it takes the effort of every person associated with the program. I agree that this team is not even in the same area code as the 2008 team, and this is because the players have come to play with a completely different attitude and mentality since Dabo has taken the reigns. So the credit goes to Dabo and the entire coaching staff at Clemson for showing these young men that there is no shortcut to success! If you want to be successful then you have to work hard and "Take Success" because its not something that will be handed out at Clemson and if you want to be a Successful Team then it takes every one of us to work hard together! I have ALWAYS been proud to say I'm a Tiger Fan but it thrills me to no end seeing the direction that Clemson is heading under the leadership of Dabo and to see the accountability the players are taking. Go Tigers!



Thanks for the kind words about Ryan. He is doing well.

Like you, I admire what Coach Swinney has done in a short time. He has created a different culture and I enjoyed reading your take and learning more about your experience. Thanks again.

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