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Thursday  Thoughts

Here are a few thoughts I had for a January Thursday:


Venables Value

A lot of publicity went to Clemson's offense and Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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over the last four years but Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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has more than proven his worth in his time here at Clemson.  I read a stat the other day and confirmed it this morning.  I am amazed that Venables just finished his 19th season as a full-time assistant coach and his teams have won at least 10 games in 15 of those seasons.  His record as an assistant is 202-47.  His record at Clemson as the defensive coordinator is 32-7.  If you include his three seasons as a graduate assistant at Kansas State, Venables has won at least 10 games 16 times in 22 seasons.  He has been to a bowl game in all 22 years of coaching as well.


Here is Venables’ incredible record:

1993 Kansas State GA 9-2-1

1994 Kansas State GA 9-3

1995 Kansas State GA 10-2

1996 Kansas State LB 9-3

1997 Kansas State LB 11-1

1998 Kansas State LB 10-2

1999 Oklahoma Co-DC 7-5

2000 Oklahoma Co-DC 13-0

2001 Oklahoma Co-DC 11-2

2002 Oklahoma Co-DC 12-2

2003 Oklahoma Co-DC 12-2

2004 Oklahoma DC 12-1

2005 Oklahoma DC 8-4

2006 Oklahoma DC 11-3

2007 Oklahoma DC 11-3

2008 Oklahoma DC 12-2

2009 Oklahoma DC 8-5

2010 Oklahoma DC 12-2

2011 Oklahoma DC 10-3

2012 Clemson DC 11-2

2013 Clemson DC 11-2

2014 Clemson DC 10-3


Venables has the most 10-plus win seasons of anyone on the staff at Clemson with 16.  Danny PearmanDanny Pearman
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has won 10 or more games 15 times.  Dan BrooksDan Brooks
Assoc. Head Coach / Def. Tackles
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has done it 13 times.


Tony ElliottTony Elliott
Assistant Coach / Running Backs
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I find it refreshing that in the time since Clemson's 40-6 bowl win over Oklahoma I have not received one phone call on my radio show or received one email with anyone asking about how much of a drop off the offense could expect with Tony Elliott taking over the play calling duties.


I have a tremendous amount of respect for Chad Morris.  In fact, he may be the best offensive coordinator I have seen at Clemson.  However, I knew Elliott was prepared for the job.  He is one of the most intelligent coaches I have ever been around and Elliott has impressed many people on his rise to his new position.


SEC West Myth

In October we were told how the SEC West was perhaps the greatest division in the history of college football.  Texas A&M got off to a hot start.  Auburn had been ranked number two in the country.  Alabama had held down the top spot.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State had been in the top five.  LSU had been in the top 10.  We were to believe the SEC West could compete against the NFC South.


But then November came.  I have always subscribed to the saying that, "They always remember November."


In November, December and January, the SEC West went 19-18.  For those that want to argue they beat up on each other, there are other stats I can point out.  How about the fact that the SEC West went 9-8 against teams not from the SEC West during that stretch.  If you take out smaller schools like Western Carolina, Samford, Presbyterian, UT Martin and UL-Monroe, the SEC West went 4-8 against non-SEC West teams from the Power Five conferences in November, December and January.  They were 2-5 in bowl games.


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Those who need our prayers include: 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, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, 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, 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, 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, Edward Easterling, 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, Brandy Stephens, 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, Sarah McManus, Mr. Gillespie, Al Evans, Craig Rush, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, 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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