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Here are a few thoughts I had for a January Thursday:
A lot of publicity went to Clemson's offense and
Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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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
Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends
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Assoc. Head Coach / Def. Tackles
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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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