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Friday Email Bag

Each Friday I publish your comments and answer your questions. To submit a comment or questions, please email me at


I have not seen a "Mickey Plyler" column since late February. Are you still contributing?



It has been a while. I have had a bunch of things going on, but mainly I have been sick as a dog. I went to New York for the ACC tournament and had a food allergy that was a big health scare. It knocked me down for over a week. The plan is to write at least three blogs a week this spring and summer. Thanks for asking.


Our athletic director made a huge mistake when he put such a huge buyout clause in Coach Brownell's contract. Only put such a clause in there if other programs wanted him as their coach. This was a very poor move on his part.-David


Buyouts are tricky. They are like insurance policies. If we knew the future, we could plan accordingly with insurance policies. I don't think they envisioned the program stagnating when they originally drafted the new contract. Hindsight tells us it looks like a bad investment.

Hi Mickey,

I will be taking my 5-year-old son to the spring game on April 8, this will be the first time I've ever attended the spring game. I've been told tickets are free. Do you just show up and walk into the stadium or do you reserve specific seats for example? I would obviously love to get the best seats possible. I assume this means to get there early. And other than the game, is there anything else going on at Clemson that I should know about? I am already aware of the baseball game at 5:30 against VT, so I am mostly referring to "fan-friendly" events for the football team. Thanks for any info you can provide.




In the past, there have been no tickets. They just open the gates, and you can sit where you want. Obviously the earlier you get there, the better seat you can get. In the past, they have had the "Sons of Clemson" Bowl. It is flag football for former Clemson lettermen and is pretty entertaining. I would check out the week of the spring game to see who will play and what other events will be surrounding the spring game. Hope you guys have a great weekend.


Clearly the men's basketball team at Clemson has been a disappointment for several years and there are fundamental questions that no doubt will or need to be answered. Some of these questions are should basketball at Clemson be held to a lower standard than other sports? Why is it possible to have championship caliber teams in football, baseball, soccer, golf, track and field but not basketball? Why is it harder to recruit talented basketball players than it is in other sports? Is the supposed difficulty in recruiting a cop out? Why would Clemson spend $60 plus million on it's basketball arena if there were no expectation of winning and playing for championships that matter?

If BEST is the standard at Clemson, that should apply to all things Clemson.



I think the last thing we need to do is lower expectations. If anything I think we need to raise expectations. The problem is we always make excuses about how hard it is to win here. I say we demand better and expect to win at the highest level.

There are several factors to Clemson's past failures in basketball. Mainly they did not hand out a full allotment of scholarships in the first decade they were in the ACC. Basketball was not a priority when Coach Howard was the AD, and they have been playing catch-up since.

The rural setting hurts a little in basketball. Many top prospects come from more urban environments, but mainly it is the lack of tradition. Clemson is not considered a basketball school and recruits sense this.

Yes, these are cop-outs and excuses. It is time to stop the excuses.

I have had conversations with Dan Radakovich, and he has convinced me that he wants to win in basketball. Littlejohn was the first step to giving the program full support.

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