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Clemson is regarded as a Top 10 most hostile environment by ESPN's Greg McElroy.
Clemson is regarded as a Top 10 most hostile environment by ESPN's Greg McElroy.

ESPN analyst has Death Valley in Top 10 most hostile environments


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A trip to Death Valley last fall was enough to securely place Clemson among the Top 10 most hostile environments in college football for one ESPN analyst.

ESPN podcast host and college football analyst Greg McElroy ranked Memorial Stadium No. 9 on his list of the most hostile environments in the sport.

"Death Valley for a reason. It’s a remarkably good scene, great environment. I’ve been there a million times," McElroy said. "Biggest environment that I’ve seen there was actually last year. It was against Notre Dame, and them knocking off Notre Dame at that point — Clemson was kind of in the middle of a crossroads. Man, their fans were into it from start to finish, just making life really difficult on (Notre Dame's) Sam Hartman and being able to communicate...

"Probably wouldn't have made the Top 10 before last year, but seeing it that day made it feel different for me, and my perception of that home-field hostility was different from that performance."

The former Alabama quarterback is quite familiar with his Top 3 of LSU then Auburn and Tennessee.

McElroy's complete Top 10 is LSU, Auburn Tennessee, Penn State, Texas A&M, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Clemson and Mississippi State.

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