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When the Clemson football schedule came out earlier this year, probably only a few people looked at the Wofford and App State games as crucial but with the losses to graduation, pro careers, injury, stupidity and desire, I believe the first two games are crucial.

You have to go no further than Columbia to see what personnel losses and negative, or in their case, no momentum can do to a team.

I appreciate that Dabo is not a coach that wants to run up a score but with all the new players in place at Clemson, I hope the first couple of games will see starters playing well into the second half and kinks worked out because we all know how tough it will be to win at Louisville in the dreaded Thursday night game.



I agree. It is a luxury to have a couple games to work out the kinks. The Tigers have not had that opportunity in recent years. There are a lot of young players who will be playing for the first time Saturday. Certainly this is much easier than a trip to Athens.

Mickey, a few questions for you to help pass the time until kickoff.

1. I think it was obvious that Chad MorrisChad Morris
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was anxious to become a head coach and would be gone soon. I can't read Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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regarding you have any feel for how he is viewed in the industry? (i.e. is he viewed as an up and coming head coach?)

2. And do you know if he's leaving when the first good opportunity presents itself? Does he want to become a head coach? Or will he be Clemson's version of Bud Foster?

3 Clemson had current staff take over for Chad we have candidates on staff that could take over if Brent Venables leaves?

I know fans will be holding their breath every time DW hits the turf, hoping that he pops back up like nothing happened......that will add extra intensity to each game he plays....Clemson will be very fortunate if he plays every game.



Thanks for the e-mail. Here are my thoughts:

I think Venables wants to be a head coach, but he will only take the right job. Of course it helps when you make the kind of money these guys do now.

2. I don't think he is another Bud Foster. I think he wants to be a head coach but will be patient and wait for a good job where he can win.

3. Dan BrooksDan Brooks
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and Marion HobbyMarion Hobby
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are very experienced. Hobby has been a coordinator in the past.

Finally, I think Watson will stay healthy. He did throughout high school, and lets hope he put those injuries behind him.


A proud Mountaineer Alum (1991) living in the upstate. Just curious if you know what ASU's ticket allotment was and how many they returned, if any? Haven't heard news on this from either camp and was just hoping we bring a several thousand at least. Thanks and keep up the good work.



I just saw where the Wofford game was a sellout but haven't seen anything on App State yet. I will check with Clemson for next week.

Mickey, what will be this team’s identity? Take away the hype, the projections, the analysis, etc. and what will this team be? I understand we won’t really know until we see them play, but how would you fill in the blank? The Clemson football team is _______!


Talented. Deep at certain spots, but thin at others. Quick. Fast. Maybe elite. Explosive playmakers at several positions.


I'm with you on the Louisville game being key to the season. It's on the road on a Thursday night, and the Cards always show up in those games. Most of the people I talk to say Clemson wins no problem and big. However, I disagree. I think it's a dog fight. We've got a lot of youngsters who will be seeing their first road action in a hostile environment. Plus, I'm not sure we have a FG kicker for what I feel will be a close one. I can see this one going either way. What's your gut telling you?



Louisville is a solid football team, and it appears to be a tough place to play. We will find out a lot about Louisville Saturday when it faces Auburn. If they win that one, it could be tougher on the Tigers on that Thursday night.

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