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Is there any way Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Safety (2012 - 2014)
#11 6-0, 210
Tallahassee, FL

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can get a medical redshirt this year if he isn't 100%? I mean he basically redshirted himself last year because he felt he just wasn't ready, so I'm just wondering, if he feels the same way this year can he try for a medical redshirt?



No. Travis used his medical hardship last season. He will be a red-shirt junior this season. He will have two years to play two. I talked to Travis last week, and he says he is 100%. For those that haven't heard me say it, Travis is one of the most impressive young people I have ever been around.


Let's stick with the optimistic point of view for the 2015 season. The pessimistic point of view brought tears to my eyes!

Kindest Regards,



I consider myself an optimist. Writing a pessimistic point of view is not easy, but I wanted to point out a few areas of concern. Thanks. Let's hope it is an optimistic season.


Please ban Anonymous08 from your blog. It's obvious he is obsessed with you and your blog. Has he ever had anything positive to say about anything you have ever written? Just kick his butt to the curb. I guess some people just want to be a pain and be negative.



I don't know the poster.  Maybe he is just a really good guy that loves to critique.  It takes all types of people to make this world go around. If it bothers you, my suggestion is just to ignore it.


UNC Coach Larry Fedora has gone on record as saying recruits will not make their decision on the stipend by saying, "I don't think it's going to be based on a couple thousand dollars". My guess is if Coach Fedora wants to take his program to a spot anywhere near where the UNC basketball program is then he will have to recruit against schools in the SEC. The SEC has 7 teams in the top 20 schools in stipend amounts and in the ACC, only Louisville who will pay $5202 is in the top 20.

Coach Fedora's naïve thought is disputed by Dabo who says "I think there will be some problems with it" and my guess is that is an understatement. Clemson is scheduled to pay the 3rd highest stipend in the ACC but it is a full $1594 less than Louisville and even less than many of the SEC schools that Clemson recruits against. My first question is are college football players usually so well off that an extra $133 per month would not come in very handy? My second question is whether the formula for computing the stipend is public knowledge and what that formula is? College students have expenses and football/basketball players on scholarship probably have it far better and eat far better than students in general. Honestly I have a hard time not seeing the stipend as anything other than an allowance and have a very hard time not believing that $100-$400 more allowance per month will not make any difference to kids that probably have very small allowances at home. For once, I hope a Tar Heel is right.



I think Fedora was trying to spin it, but I disagree with him. A few thousand dollars over four years is a big deal to 17-year old kids. I don't agree with giving players money, but if we do I have a hard time seeing how different schools can give different amounts.

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Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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, 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, 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 KirklandLevon Kirkland
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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, 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, Mr. Gillespie, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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, Robert Summerville, Wendell Harrington, Michelle Richey, Julie Moore, Ashley Fitch, Drew Moore, Allison Williams, Nicholas Wickiser, Lena Wright, Donna Springs, Elizabeth Bruner, Bobbi Simpson 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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