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Good Morning! I hope you are doing well!! I read your article every Friday and appreciate all your great comments about the Tigers. I know you wrote about parking a few weeks back with all the rain we’ve had. I’m just curious if anything has been brought up about this? I am looking forward to the season and know I will be parking in Lot 4 and I’m sure it’s probably a mess. I appreciate any feedback you may have. I hope you are well and GO TIGERS!!


Please tell Ryan HAPPY belated 22nd BIRTHDAY!!


Thanks Again…..



The athletic department met with the city this week to discuss contingency plans but I am not sure what came out of the meeting. I know they don't want to have any alternative parking plans but are preparing in case the rains continue. Keep a close eye on the weather this week and cross your fingers. My guess is that lot 4 is in pretty good shape. I think lot 13 is the biggest question mark. I will post something if they announce any changes. Thanks for the kind words about Ryan's birthday. He had a great birthday.


My kids have never been to fan appreciation day. Waited forever in line. No autographs. I understand crowd problems but wouldn't administration get upset with us if fans didn't show up. I know they are trying. I just want them to recognize the sacrifice of many fans today. I hope they don't just use some public relations ploy to sweep this away. We'll get over it quick and start focusing on the Dawgs.



I can't confirm but I would guess that the administration has met on this subject and I would not be surprised to see changes next year. There were too many upset fans for them to not make a few changes. Sorry for your disappointing afternoon.



I am curious, how do you tell the difference between a player being a "product of a system" vs. actual player development?  There was a point in time, not too long ago, where Boyd's would have been seen as a product of Morris's system and no one would give Boyd credit for developing as a player.  Now it seems that people give Boyd credit for developing his skill set as a player.  Is there anything specific you can point to that distinguishes the two?


Please keep up the good work.


Go Tigers!




There is nothing specific but I think every player is a product of their system. They can only be as good as their system allows them to be. I have never understood that phrase. The system at Alabama and Stanford allows their players to be a product of their systems just like the system at Oregon and Clemson. Player development comes down to the entire support staff giving the player a chance to develop into the best he can be but it is still up to the player to take advantage of the opportunities. I think Boyd should get most of the credit but so should Dabo, Chad MorrisChad Morris
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, the offensive staff, his offensive teammates, the strength and conditioning staff and the support staff at Clemson.



I was reading the article on TigerNet by David Hood about appreciating what you have and the potential for the 2013 season.  Two years ago when we were 8-0 I was talking with a coworker about the remarkable season.  I said I have earned the right because I lived through so many disappointing and heart breaking seasons.  I religiously attended games when we were simply not that good and always looked for the positives.  Some may remember the game where a banner flew over the stadium, Howard Built It, Danny Filled It and Hatfield Killed It.   Now that we are on the precipice of a huge season, I say to those who have never abandoned the wagon enjoy this season and all that comes with it because we have Earned It!!!!!!


Yabba Dabo DOO




It has been a long time since we had this kind of expectations. There was a time where I started to doubt if we could ever climb back into national contention but I am glad I stuck it out. It will make it sweeter when we do win it again. Good points.



I just read your blog and I was not one of those who was shut out but my 3  son and I stood in line for over 2 hours. He is 3 and could care less about autographs and neither could I. We just wanted to go in the stadium where the players were and walk around and see them. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t let people inside. Whether you wanted an autograph or not, you still had to stand in line. There were two older ladies in front of us who were not even allowed inside to use the bathroom. I have been the last few years and were allowed inside. That seemed to work out just fine. I am not sure why it changed this year. Large crowds or not, this past Sunday was a flop. We only got to see the defensive players. There was another huge line on the other side of the stadium for the offense.


The worst part of the day is my son saw me get frustrated and it set a bad example for him. That is not Clemson’s fault but my own. Indwelling sin, praise the Lord for the Cross of Jesus Christ!




I would think that we will see fan appreciation day changed next season. The demand should lead to a new system. I know they did not want to disappoint that many fans.


Great article on being a big, strong, physical football team, well written,informative and FIRES MY ASS UP!!!



Thanks. Sounds like you are like me and are about to jump out of your skin waiting on this thing to get here.


I hope all is well and that you and Ryan had a chance to take a vacation together this summer.

I read your blog today, "A Big, Physical Football Team." While many people flinch at references to Danny FordDanny Ford
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, I think this aspect of recruiting and player development are something that one might find Dabo and Danny have in common. Teams with a roster of talented "skill players" find it hard to play well when the other guy knocks you on your butt before you take two or three steps.




Thanks for the kind words about Ryan. He is doing well. The program is in great shape and I think we are set up for a nice run over the next three or four years. Coach Swinney's vision is vital and it reminds me of how Coach Ford ran his program.

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