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I just read a review of the UNC game that gave the special teams a “B” grade. Are you kidding me? What game did they watch? We made the field goals we were supposed to (average) but our punt and return games are nonexistent! I feel that the coaches must just be thankful when the kick returner CATCHES the ball! What ever happened to special teams being SPECIAL???






I did not see the article but I think the special teams played well. First, making every extra point and field goal is no longer a given. That is big deal in this season. Clemson did not have a chance to return any kickoffs because the Tar Heel kicker kicked it through the endzone. That can't be helped. They did have one decent punt return too. And UNC is very good in their return game and Clemson shut that down pretty good. In fact Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
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was the ACC Specialist of the week. Give me that special teams effort every week.


I have a question and a comment. 

My question is, is there any realistic chance that Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS Fr. Running Back
#23 5-11, 214
Elberton, GA

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can play this year, and if not, will he receive a medical redshirt?

My comment is this, our football radio broadcasts are HORRIBLE!!!  Don Munson makes the losing more bitter and the winning less sweet.  For those out there who don't know, our new AD, Dan Radavich fired Pete Yanity, the longtime voice of our Tigers, and replaced him with Don Munson.  Our broadcasts are far inferior to other team's broadcasts, and that includes the other team in our state sadly.  Now that is a SHAME!  A lot of people that live in other areas of the country and folks in SC that work on Saturdays or that are out and about depend on the radio broadcasts.  There is absolutely no excuse for this.  Dan Radavich went out and hired a proffessional experienced broadcaster for basketball games, and has given the leftovers to the football broadcast booth!  This is a football school!!! If Mr. Ravavich does not have a better feel for the culture of Clemson then he needs to take a tobacco road school job.  I am disgusted.  I am calling on all our fans to join me in complaining to the AD and our President, Mr. Clements and asking for changes to be made.  Even if some of you don't listen to the games, you may have to at times, and you don't want to have to listen to this unprofessional broadcast!  So, everyone, PLEASE get involved!  Mr. Radavich's email is  President Clements' email is

Thanks for Friday email bags, Mickey.  Love reading them!



I have not heard the broadcast, so I can't comment but personally I like Don, Rodney and Patrick, therefore I am biased.

Dye is back on the practice field but I am skeptical. If they get anything out of Dye this season I would count that as a bonus. He had a medical hardship last season and it is rare but there is a chance he could get a sixth year and be a freshman again next season.


I think all of us were amazed at the performance of Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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in the game on Saturday versus UNC. However, I was really disappointed in our poor running game. I understand UNC was determined to stop the run, but that is a poor excuse for our complete inability to run the ball except when Watson took off out of the pocket. I feel quite certain teams will make major changes to their defensive strategy after watching Watson's performance. I just hope Morris is up for the task.

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The offensive line has not played well and the tight ends haven't blocked anyone yet. On top of that the backs have limitations. I doubt the running game will be a strength at any point this season. You are right about defenses too. They will change the way they play Clemson and the running game will have to improve as early as this week.


I absolutely hope that Deshaun Watson will continue his over the moon play but before he is anointed, let's remember how bad a defense North Carolina was and the fact that the powerhouse East Carolina hung 70 on the Heels the week before.   There is no question that Watson is a super talent and has the tools to break every passing record at Clemson but there will be better defenses down the road and I fear a lack of a running game will come back to haunt the offense.    Hears hoping that by the end of November I will mail a check for anointing oil.



You are correct in pointing out UNC's defensive limitations. However, it was more of how Watson did it too. He just looks so advanced in his throws and moves around so well. Watson just makes every throw look so easy. Defenses will get better and they will play Clemson differently but I think it is OK to get excited about the best freshman in school history.

Dear Mickey,

I am very concern about what the AD has done to the West End Zone. The upgrade program TDP had us on is more in keeping with what I see other major colleges doing in order to be among the best in the nation. Recruits visiting football games would have immediate access to view the facilities. The project would have had a tremendous impact on the recruits, and it would have been a state of the art facility keeping Clemson among the best in the country.

The new Football Operations Center will make it where the visiting recruits will have to travel in order to see the football facilities. The team is going to have to travel to get to the locker rooms. This concept is ill conceived, and it does not give Clemson the recruiting impact that it needs in competing for the top prospects. The previous project would have been so impressive that the coaches would easily have a top five recruiting class on a regular basis.

Clemson is going from something really special to something that everybody else has, or something even less than that when it is compared with other major football programs. 

If this is the direction in which Clemson needs to go, then why is it being kept from the Clemson nation. Anytime the West End Zone is brought up we get evasive comments. Very little has been said, and no pictorial concept of the Football Operations Center have been displayed for people to see. It is obvious somebody is afraid of the backlash that is going to come form the Clemson followers.

I hope I am missing something here, and I am wrong. If I am, please show me. 




I think it is actually quite the opposite. Currently the players and coaches have to shuttle across the street to practice about 30 weeks a year. They make over 130 trips a year across the street. Also the everyday locker rooms are the same as the game day locker rooms. Part of the new deal will be that game day is different and exciting to get in the game day locker rooms. I have seen the new drawings and they are ultra-impressive. In fact, I have never seen anything like it. The reason they have not made them public is that they are still working on the final details. Believe me, you will be impressed.

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Thomasville, GA

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and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
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Jacksonville, FL

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