In the middle of madness there will be one program left that’s true focus is academics and building men. While everyone is busy trying to pick scraps out of the portal our recruiting will elevate and we’ll get more high school talent. Trust the process. Trust Dabo.
The short game is crucial to Dabo and Clemson moving ahead. By short game I define it as 2022 on field performance. That is probably the most critical thing. 2023 recruits are watching to see if Clemson is still Clemson. An off year on the tail of the staff turnover and the long game will be much compromised.
Totally agree. David Shaw plays the long game. He's as outspoken and as close as Dabo is in regards to the portal and NIL. They had a good class this year and I'd love to see them really excel. One of the good guys but has been criticized and taken out of context as much as Dabo.
kbtiger, I agree with you, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, Tom Brady complemented been big ben this week and said big Ben took a different path but still had a #### of a career.
Time will tell, but I would not be surprised if a few years from now we look back and find that Clemson is still consistently in the top five, and we’re there because we take a different path, because of the type of guys we target and how we manage our roster.
Maybe targeting more guys like Kobe Pace and fewer guys like Demarcus Bowman. But, even this last statement has not withstood the test of time. Time will tell.
Last summer Dabo mentioned that the department already had an NIL component and assistance resources. It sounds like they've anticipated this, and got an early start. What we won't see from our program though, most likely, is getting into bidding wars over recruits, and I am absolutely fine with that. I don't believe that is the path to the consistent on field success necessary to win championships in this sport.
I'm totally okay with kids earning money while in college playing sports. In football though there are just too many positions and moving parts and the need for cohesion at all times to believe that you can buy a bunch of kids fresh out of high school to deliver the goods.
Admittedly though, QBs are a wild card. The right QB is a third of a winning program, so NIL and "free agency" style at that position could upset some of the more natural flow of things.
Do you think Dabo will still be here in 5 years with his current philosophies of building students and men if we only win 6 games a year? Do you think he would still be here if he hadn’t won big?
It’s all about winning and if you think otherwise you are very naive. Now that the bar has been raised Dabo is going to have to keep winning big or the other aspects of his program will just be ignored.
Dabo is not going anywhere. Clemson is home. Dabo will use
Jan 30, 2022, 3:17 PM
the NIL to the best of our ability.
Shoot, just look how easy it was over this weekend to show these young men how great a place our University is and how great our football program has been for years . We have made it to the final CFP game five times, winning two games against Bama. The 2019 CFP Title game was the largest Bama lose as Clemson beat Bama 44-16.