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Friday Email Bag

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Mickey, read your blog on the B-ball team’s identity and the more I read about this team and watch them, what seems to be missing is leadership.  Not sure if Rod HallRod Hall
Sr. Guard
#12 6-1, 205
Augusta, GA

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is the right person, but this team needs a spark.  Coaching only goes so far, so which player is going to be the man and get in the face of those around him.  I want to see someone get mad on a timeout when things are not going well.  I want that person never to be satisfied.  I assure you Danny FordDanny Ford
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had those players, as does Dabo.  Brownell needs to foster that. 






I totally agree. Great point. The players need to take ownership in this basketball team. It happens to the best teams. Hopefully that will happen soon. I was encouraged with the effort at Louisville. Hopefully we will see more like this in the future.


During Coach Brownell's first year when he was coaching Purnell's players a Southern Conference coach told me that Clemson would not be very good when Brownell had his own players at Clemson.  He basically said that he was recruiting Southern Conference type of talent.  Unfortunately, it turns out that he was right.  Coach Brownell may be a very good coach, but on the college level you have to recruit too.  One of the reasons we can't recruit well is because our facilities aren't very good, but I bet that our facilities are as good as Winthrop's and Gardner Webb's.  It looks like we are in for a painful future in men's basketball, especially after last year's contract extension and high buy out.  I never understood that move.  Why would we give someone such a high buyout clause if we fired him when he really hasn't accomplished anything impressive at Clemson? 



The one thing I agree with you about is the recruiting. The staff has its work cut out for them but recruiting has to improve. There is obviously a talent gap with Clemson and most of the ACC. The uphill battle they face on the court is a reflection of what they face in recruiting.


Sadly I think you hit the nail squarely on the head in your blog,"Long Winter" today. I am concerned our struggles will have a domino effect as fewer and fewer fans attend basketball games they believe we will lose. It is hard to win when you have no scorers and can't create points off turnovers.

Nonetheless, I wish you and Ryan a Happy New Year! Perhaps the baseball team will do well in 2015.

Kindest Regards,



Thanks for the kind words. I too worry about attendance. They have to find a way to get the fans back invested in the program again. They had a lot of momentum at the end of last season and they need that kind of bond again. This programs needs to find a way to get the fan base back engaged in the program again. I think the effort in Louisville will help.


After a week's reflection, I still think my initial thought was that Clemson would prosper with the "new" play calling in the post Chad MorrisChad Morris
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era and I am more convinced than before the bowl that this will be the case.   Maybe the Sooners had all been to Mickey and Minnie World too many times as kids and were not excited about being in Orlando but count me in the group that did not miss Chad Morris calling plays.    Chad Morris brought imagination but in terms of being able to design game plans and making in game adjustments, I do not think he was all that special.   Hopefully, Clemson will not miss a beat with Coaches Elliott and Scott running the offense and hiring a QB coach in Brandon Streeter will be a great move.   Time will tell.

As far as basketball goes, I wonder about the business decision of starting over with Littlejohn.   This is a broken program and will spending untold millions of dollars on a gym for a bad team, change that fact.   In The Field of Dreams, the field was built with the idea that people will come but does anyone honestly believe that will be the case with another fortune sunk into Littlejohn.   Again, time will tell.    



I think Tony ElliottTony Elliott
Assistant Coach / Running Backs
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will be very successful as the play caller at Clemson. He has really impressed a lot of people so far. I understand the halftime message was very effective and his game plan was excellent.

I have no idea how to fix the basketball program. Maybe the new building will be the spark for new success.


I am very thankful that Clemson has coaches and staff that are trying to lead and guide young men in the right way of life and prepare them for life and it is not a “win at all cost” attitude. Also that the coaches can and will discipline a player when he needs it without using a filthy mouth and regardless of what team we are playing next.



There is little doubt that Coach Swinney is building a program the fans can be proud of. This program is successful in so many aspects. I think this momentum will continue in the near future.

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Those who need our prayers include: Jo Ann Bachman, Kenneth Bryant, Pruitt Martin, Got Igers and his family, David Rowland, Leonard, Gillespie and his family, Jim S., Daniel Rosborough, the Huffman family, Nancy Winkler, John Reeve, Vinnie Brock, Kaitlyn L., Susan Miller, Joyce Harley, Steve Proveaux, Jeffrey Greene, the Hutto family, Sherl Drawdy, Caleb Kennedy, Teresa O'Connor, Matt Jacobs, Perrin Seigler, Candee Massee, Lindsey Jordan, Sam Catoe, Tyler Felch, the Nicolopulos family, "the Jacksonville, FL guys," Kim Sims, the Coyle family, Ryleigh Tedder, Steve Lee, Kelly Trakas, Jimmy Moore, the Thomas V. family, Emary Claire Young, Kitty Bowers, Julie Locke, the Scheider family, Lauren Kittles' family, Frank Gentry, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Millie Heatley, Lynn Martin and family, Michael Pinson, Jake David family, Angie Crowley, Ira, Mike Tolson, Poly Wells, Dr. Muriel Bishop, Jack Cunningham, Emily Jefford Meister, Zachary Stoller, Aaron Clackum, Pat James, Cortney Moore, William Moore, Angelia and Savannah Anderson, William Ross, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon Thompson, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders,  Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Danny Hammond, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Jonathan and Jacki Sullins, Peter Laboy, Kat and Carlisle Jones, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Edward Easterling, Dawson Bourne, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack  Cunningham,  Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon Kirkland and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, David Vaughn, Keith Dalton, B.T., Bill Hilbig, Rita Elrod Hammond and family, Jim McKeller, Tony Alewine, Sharon Storck, Dick Baird, Richard Bagnal, Dustin and Brittany Peurifoy, Jan Allan, Josh Cox, Gregg and Sylvia Lewis, Travis Hamrick, Kaki Harmon, Brandy Stephens, Jammie McKellar and babies, Karen Edwards, Jackson Lindsey, Cathy Hutson Gregg, Kristin Heckman, Jennifer Johnson, Jay Johnson, Lyndsie Johnson, Emily Davis, Hayes Davis, Judy Towe, Johnny Towe, Ken Brown, Elaine Brown, Rhonda Thompson, Tim Davis, Jacob Greinke, Jack Finley, Richard and Clara Crawford, Zach and Griffin Johnson, Israel, Frankie Allen, Bobby Allen, the Wessinger family, the Parsons family, Todd Price and family, Rosemary A Flynn, Dr. Mickey Shealy family, Sarah Mcmanus, Mr. Gillespie, Al Evans, Craig Rush, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Tim Assemany, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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