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Thursday Thoughts

Game Day

Something just doesn't feel right about this Thursday night stuff.  I will get out and try to keep the same routine but today just doesn't feel right.

In Clemson's game notes there is a typo that says “Memorial Stadium, Frank Howard Field (61,500).”  That's 61,500 instead of 81,500.  Unfortunately, I think we will see much closer to the typo number than the capacity number.

Clemson fans love making a day or even a weekend out of a home game.  It is a tailgating experience and something we value because we only get seven each year.  So this Thursday night stuff will seem like it robs many fans of one of those valued experiences.

The Citadel Sellout

If there is one good thing about today's game, it’s the idea that I think this helps the ticket sales for next week's game against the Citadel, which is now a sellout.  For many fans that can't be here tonight, next week will be the only time they have had a chance to see the Tigers at home since October 19.  Also, this appears to be a special senior day where fans send out an incredible group of Tigers.


I have been sent the following release and been asked to remind fans once again about the parking for today:

For the first time in over a decade, the Clemson campus hosts an ESPN Thursday night football game. To prepare for the unusual circumstances of hosting such a large event on a class day, the athletic department has worked in conjunction with the university to put together a plan to minimize the challenges faced by academic and university operations.

University offices close at noon Thursday, and classes after 12:15 pm will be rescheduled or deferred. Game day parking lots open at 2 p.m., and fans are encouraged not to enter campus until parking is available.

Classes will resume as scheduled Friday morning.


When I was a kid growing up and watching Clemson football games I never got the sense that Georgia Tech was a rival.  Heck, the Tigers and Yellow Jackets didn't even pay each other from 1978 to 1982.

However, Tech has had Clemson's number since they joined the league in 1983.  The Jackets are 16-15 against the Tigers since 1983.  Clemson has won just three of the last 10 games against Tech.

In fact, Tech has beaten Clemson 50 times, which is more than any other school.

New Signees

This week marked the opening of the fall signing period.  The Clemson basketball staff and baseball staff are extremely excited about their new signees.

Men's basketball signed two players, including Donte Grantham, who is the highest rated prospect to ink with the Tigers under Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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.  The 6’8” forward is ranked 66th in the country on  The staff also signed combo guard Gabe DeVoe from Shelby, NC.

In baseball, the Tigers were expected to sign:

Charlie Barnes, LHP, Sumter HS, Sumter, SC

K.J. Bryant, OF, Wade Hampton HS, Taylors, SC

Paul Campbell, RHP, Salisbury School, Malden, MA

Michael Chavis, INF, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, GA

Austin DeCarr, RHP, Salisbury School, Foxboro, MA

Chase Pinder, INF/OF, Poquoson HS, Poquoson, VA

Adam Renwick, INF, Dorman HS, Spartanburg, SC

Alex Schnell, LHP, Milton HS, Alpharetta, GA

Drew Wharton, OF, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, GA


I got a look at the Clemson basketball team for the first time last night.  Due to high school football I missed Friday night's opener, so I was anxious to get a peek at the Tigers.

I believe this team will have some issues, like inexperience in the post and scoring against zone defenses, but there are some positive signs.

Player development is what this staff is known for and it was pretty obvious to me several players had improved from a season ago.  Landry Nnoko had added size and strength, which gives him a chance to be a big contributor.

Damarcus Harrison has improved on both ends of the floor.  His shot looks much better.

I was impressed with Jaron Blossomgame's athletic ability and quick leaping ability.  He did not look lost on either end of the floor.

K.J. McDaniels has improved in a lot of areas and is now the primary scoring threat.

Ibrahim Djambo is an intriguing athlete.  He is a highly skilled player with a good looking shot.  I also liked his quickness for his height.

Austin Ajukwa and Devin Coleman did not play enough minutes to get a good read.

Josh Smith is still very limited, but he has improved and looks to be in better shape.

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Prayer List

We have started a prayer list on the blog.  Here are the guidelines:

If you are offended by prayer or prayer lists then I apologize in advance.  The blog is free and the prayer list will be on the bottom of the page so you don’t have to read it.

If you would like to add someone to the list please email me at

*Please let me know when it is appropriate to take the person off of the prayer list.

Those who need our prayers include: Finn Brookover, 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, Joyce Bussey, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, Chad Berry, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Shervin Messer, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Christopher Tuten, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Dot Cartee, Ayden Mills, 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, Meredith Legg, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
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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, Doug Bailey and family, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Harlan 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, Jim Lanier, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon KirklandLevon Kirkland
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and family, 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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