Friday Email Bag
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Friday Email Bag
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Can you comment on the increase in the # & quality of ACC games being played on Friday Nights (I’ve listed them below). We've seen teams like Syracuse play Non conference games vs weaker opponents, but I can’t recall pivotal ACC vs ACC matchups like this ever before, especially with some of the conference’s best programs. Why is this happening to teams like FSU and VT, do the schools have any say whatsoever, and can you see Clemson ever having to host a Friday game in Death Valley? Because it seems to me that Boston College will play Florida State, by far their best home game of the year, without a single prep prospect on the sideline. Those recruits and half of the would-be fans will be attending local High School games to watch their sons play and daughters cheer....a sacrifice or choice that i hope Tiger Nation is not soon faced with.
Florida State at Boston College (Sep. 18)
Boise State at Virginia (Sep. 25)
N.C. State at Virginia Tech (Oct. 9)
Louisville at Wake Forest (Oct. 30)
Miami at Pittsburgh (Nov. 27)
Never say never, but I doubt Clemson will ever host a Friday night game. Road games may be a different story. Syracuse and Boston College seem to like Thursday and Friday games. I think Clemson would have a big objection to playing on Friday. I am a little surprised FSU is made to play on Friday.
I read your article today on the some of the changes to the baseball program , that you hope the new coach initiates. I agree with your list, especially on the uniform part. I was so glad to see the team use Nike unis this season, like the rest of the CU athletic teams. I would love to see us have a home white uniform with either orange or purple pinstrips, with a shell for the top and the players wear the opposite colored tee shirt underneath. I think a gray away uniform with orange pinstrips would look good as well. I think our uniforms and "Omaha" cap had gotten stale.
Do you have an update on pitcher Drew Moyer ,on why he did not pitch much the latter part of the year ?
I was a little surprised some disagreed as much as they did Wednesday. I think white unis with orange pinstripes or purple pinstripes would look great. Road gray unis like the Detriot Tigers would look awesome. I think our current uniforms remind me of 1970s softball unis. I have not heard anything on Moyer but will ask.
Wow, I cannot believe you do not get the excitement and hype leading up to the Clemson-Notre Dame this fall. I was at Clemson games back in my youth days in the early 60's and loved Clemson even though there was never a championship or rarely a bowl game until we went to the Gator bowls in the late 70's and to Miami for the greatest achievement in Clemson history. As much as I love my Tigers, our history does not compare to that of Notre Dame's. As Presbyterian as I, how many Catholics are there in this country compared to other denominations? A check of Notre Dame's roster shows that there are players from 27 states and DC so is there a more national team than the Irish?
Whether Notre Dame of the 21st century deserves all the money they earn from television contracts is a valid question but there is no doubt they are Notre Dame and those gold helmets are recognized by every football fan in the world. Count me in the opposite group of those who do not get the allure and with the blessing of the good Lord, I will fight the traffic and be in my seat with butterflies as big as birds in my stomach when Tiger Rag plays and the Tigers run down the hill to play the Notre Dame Irish. My guess is there will 85 players in orange that will feel the same way because this is a huge deal.
Maybe I wasn't clear enough. I get the hype with the Clemson-Notre Dame game. What I don't get is the hype each year around Notre Dame's program. Hope this clears up any misconceptions.
I was blown away by the story in today's Greenville News about the projected revenue in the Athletic Department at the University of South Carolina and the $106 million would rank in the bottom half of the SEC. A successful brand is what any business strives for and that is obvious in college sports today. Do you have access to any revenue numbers for Clemson and other ACC schools? My guess is a ticket for this year's Clemson-Notre Dame will be the toughest one to find since Bowden Bowl One and with the revenue numbers in the SEC and Big 10 it would appear that the ACC needs to do whatever it can to convince The Irish to become a full time member.
It is very clear that the SEC Network has made a difference. The SEC was a little surprised by the revenue in year one. I have not seen the ACC figures yet. And yes, Notre Dame would really help the bottom line in the ACC, but I doubt that will happen any time soon.
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