A parent's point of view


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CLEMSON – Clemson football fans are watching the rumors of a potential conference switch with an interested eye, the possibilities of new rivalries, new stadiums to visit and an influx of cash are just a few of the reasons that some fans give for wanting to switch.

Another group that watches the proceedings closely are the parents of Clemson commitments and prospects, many of whom are left wondering what impact a move of that magnitude might have on their children.

TigerNet spoke with the parent of a Clemson commitment, who contacted our site with concerns about the rumors, and agreed to give a parent’s point of view on the situation with the caveat we not use his name for fear of potential backlash.

The parent said that he sat down and took a look at the distances between Clemson and the rest of the Big 12 schools, and immediately realized that road trips to watch his son play simply wouldn’t be a possibility.

“We wouldn’t go. We sat down and looked at this analytically, and other than West Virginia, the closest school to Clemson in the Big 12 is TCU,” the parent said. “That is 16 hours away in a car. That is the closest drive. And we all know that with airline prices being what they are - and us being in the middle class - we would only be able to travel to one away game or maybe two in a 13 or 14 game season.

“That is not as many as compared to if Clemson stayed in the ACC. You can drive to North Carolina, you can drive to Duke, you can drive to Wake Forest, and you can drive to Georgia Tech and schools like that. You can drive to all of those places. I talked to some of my friends that have sons that play Division I ball, and they say that would be a hindrance in terms of travel for them. They told me, ‘Best of luck in going to Clemson and watching them play all over the country.’ If you stay in the ACC, that isn’t a problem.”

He said that as the parent of a son who has gone through the recruiting process, he knows that such a move would hurt recruiting in the long run and that opposing coaches would use that to their advantage.

“That would absolutely hurt recruiting,” he said. “Being a parent who has lived through the recruiting process, you have to make a decision with that in mind. We are moving closer to Clemson so we can watch our son play and because we want to be a part of his life. We live our lives for our children first, and we have not missed any recitals or any athletic events. We don’t want that to start now, and we knew that we weren’t going to let where we work or live restrict us.”

As a result, moving closer to Clemson would only help for the home games if Clemson were to move.

“We were going to relocate because we wanted to see him play more,” he said. “There are a lot of parents that I know like that. But if their kid is going to be playing a lot of games outside of their region or locale, then that becomes a burden and a hindrance. It would make you rethink some things.”

The parent said that he has already taken a look at the logistics of playing a late night game out in current Big 12 country, and he wonders how it would affect his son’s academic performance.

“You know that if you play a night game out there, you are going to lose an hour on the way home, and then you aren’t going to get back to Clemson until three or four in the morning,” he said. “And these young men are already tired, and maybe they’ve lost a football game. They will want to get their rest and sleep a good bit of the day. But they also have homework and maybe meetings with the team on Sunday. So that day is shot. You may or may not fall behind.”

He said he understands the allure of more money for a university is a valid argument for moving, and he just hopes that the powers that be make the right choice.

“I understand the role that money plays in all of this,” he said. “You have to do what is best for the university. I hope they put the money back into the school, and not just in athletics. But at the same time, there has to be a concern for the players themselves and the impact on their lives as students. And also the impact it has on the fan base in general.”

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Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
B-Meist®
Guess they are not a "commit" and only a "recruit"
cu1981fans
or Columbia, MO or Baton Rouge, LA or Little Rock AR***
tigerking79®
Re: or Columbia, MO or Baton Rouge, LA or Little Rock AR***
Country Gentleman®
You missed the point. They said the closest schools
MSTiger02®
They aren't going to drive. Flying to Tx is no different
deleted
its funny that you pick the 2 farthest teams in the acc
MSTiger02®
I'm simply pointing out we already travel long distances and
deleted
Re: I'm simply pointing out we already travel long distances and
GPTigerFan
Re: I'm simply pointing out we already travel long distances and
85_alumnus
I would love to see a breakdown of where alums live.
MDT1GER
Aha! Found it, and it's worse than I thought.
MDT1GER
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
deroberts
Yep.***
SouthernSun96
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
tigger49
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
clemtiger117®
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
clemtiger117®
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
deroberts
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
clemtiger117®
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
89tigergrad
Wrong. The ACC thinks basketball first, nothing CU & FSU
deleted
Re: Wrong. The ACC thinks basketball first, nothing CU & FSU
89tigergrad
LOL! We just added two basketball schools. What are
deleted
Re: LOL! We just added two basketball schools. What are
89tigergrad
And who is this "parent". Another thing…..
tigerking79®
Re: And who is this "parent". Another thing…..
deroberts
Let's be a little realistic here dude…...
tigerking79®
Lets be realistic?
TigerStyle13®
You still don't get it…...
tigerking79®
You're missing the point
TigerStyle13®
so you would rather have us play Duke or Wake, instead of...
tigerking79®
Hey Derpina, stop saying Oklahoma & Texas and then two
soccerkrzy®
If we went to the Big 12 we would still play FSU…...
tigerking79®
Exactly!
BigTig
Clemson WILL and SHOULD do what is best for Clemson.
Tiger5
pretty sure youre the one missing the point
MSTiger02®
Let's see all the players from Florida have to drive a long
tigerking79®
You can't take the the situation of one or even half
MSTiger02®
Then, they can go to NC State and stay in the ACC. Look at
Spud
the point is that it is the family's choice. Don't hate on
MSTiger02®
Re: Let's see all the players from Florida have to drive a long
Country Gentleman®
Most of these games are on chartered flights. It would not
Tiger5
Sammy's family do have a long way to drive..... but
89tigergrad
Not true at all. We lose recruits from poor families all the
deleted
Re: You still don't get it…...
cutiger250®
I don't diss players, former or current***
tigerking79®
also part of finding a way is to go close to home.***
MSTiger02®
Re: Let's be a little realistic here dude…...
deroberts
if you have only missed 10 games since 1980,…...
tigerking79®
Re: if you have only missed 10 games since 1980,…...
deroberts
you just made my point…..
tigerking79®
Re: you just made my point…..
deroberts
you just admitted your vacations were Clemson away games...
tigerking79®
Re: you just admitted your vacations were Clemson away games...
deroberts
you don't have to get upset that I pin pointed how you were
tigerking79®
lmao..
cutiger250®
Uh yes I did pin point…...
tigerking79®
Re: Uh yes I did pin point…...
deroberts
whoa, dude, going a little over board there***
tigerking79®
no offense, but unless you've ever made the commitment
tigrjm76®
Amen brother***
CLEMSON96JDH
Sorry but watching Clemson isn't a "sacrifice"
TX Tiger®
You have done the trip for many years. They would at the
Tiger5
For many it isnt an either/or
TX Tiger®
How the heck do you know...
cutiger250®
Re: How the heck do you know...
deroberts
didn't say you were rich just pointed out the way you….
tigerking79®
I just pointed out how he was able to go to all the away….
tigerking79®
Re: if you have only missed 10 games since 1980,…...
carolinachef
Never told the guy how to use his money. He said he was...
tigerking79®
Re: Let's be a little realistic here dude…...
clemtiger117®
Re: And who is this "parent". Another thing…..
brad12
Many go to away games ....
OhWiseOne®
Agree
Prime T. Tiger
What about the parents of all our Florida kids who have
truetiger1998
Your post points to the absurdity of this "parents" pov….
tigerking79®
Most people are confused by logic. Careful!!***
deleted
Some of you people will argue anything.***
TigerStyle13®
"YOU PEOPLE"
89tigergrad
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
TNTCU
How about a PLAYER'S Viewpoint?
cu1981fans
exactly***
tigerking79®
Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami***
soccerkrzy®
We haven't played duke in 6 years.***
TigerStyle13®
Baylor, KU, ISU ....
TX Tiger®
Re: Baylor, KU, ISU ....
sgt tiger®
So they can afford to relocate the family
CU at the Valley
Re: So they can afford to relocate the family
deroberts
Re: So they can afford to relocate the family
CU at the Valley
^^^stated it perfectly^^^^***
tigerking79®
Re: So they can afford to relocate the family
clemtiger117®
Guess they only have one child!
TigerTwice®
Very selfish point of view
CarmelTig
How so? If it's only us and FSU, it could well turn out to
SouthernSun96
Re: Unless this results in the formation of a Big 12 East
SouthernSun96
Big 12 would not hurt recruiting
bengalbabe®
Flying to Tx or Kansas is no different than flying to Miami
deleted
Meh
Commander690B
If their son goes to the NFL, he will be making enough....
TigerStyle13®
Very true. ### am I thinking lol***
Commander690B
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
jvtiger77
Some of you guys
FORESTTIGER
ED ZACHARY!***
soccerkrzy®
Re: Some of you guys
jvtiger77
Re: Some of you guys
Litefoot®
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
Litefoot®
I think it's a wash
Tiger Contractor
Dear Mystery Parent......
CU_Tigers4life®
Re: Dear Mystery Parent......
jvtiger77
Re: Dear Mystery Parent......
deroberts
The Tail Cannot Wag the Dog at Clemson!***
CU_Tigers4life®
Re: Dear Mystery Parent......
jvtiger77
If this parent gets that upset over what some of us nutjobs
tigerking79®
Re: Dear Mystery Parent......
CU at the Valley
pretty sure the are looking at the number of close games not
MSTiger02®
Re: pretty sure the are looking at the number of close games not
jvtiger77
Re: pretty sure the are looking at the number of close games not
CU at the Valley
This year our 2 farthest opponents are away
MSTiger02®
Beside what I posted above this
CU at the Valley
You might want to look at going to Furman
Spud
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
bigwig71
ROFL. You may be right!***
Commander690B
Poor kid just found out his parents were moving with him to
Spud
That would have been my view at that age, but you
Wyndie®
Clemson Survived Kyle Parker's Mom if you Remember....
CU_Tigers4life®
and his Helicopter Dad***
tigerking79®
Yea Arkansas almost imploded thanks to players parents***
deleted
I sure hope we don't choose our conference based on
rsgarrick
Sounds to me like they are not living for their kids, but
Spud
As a parent and football coach
dago44
I have read all of the above posts and I see a lot of
clover65®
the article never states that this is a middle class family***
tigerking79®
Re: the article never states that this is a middle class family***
deroberts
Point- and thanks.***
clover65®
Sixth line down from the Big 12 Logo- "us being in the
clover65®
This might help...
soccerkrzy®
If they are middle class, and their son is getting a 00%
Spud
lol yea pointing out logic and facts and this parents lack
deleted
What a load of crap.
Baltimore Tiger®
^^^^best post of the day^^^^^***
tigerking79®
this is ONE of many factors to consider making a move
Tigerfansince1972®
Move on.. nothing to see here. A parent won't make
SonsOfClemson
Complete load of crap. End of story.
PioneerG
if we stay in the ACC he won't have a NC to watch his son
cutiger51908
this parent must be forgetting the fact that if we go
cutiger51908
SCar will use this against us when recruiting local talent.
Ridge Creek
Re: SCar will use this against us when recruiting local talent.
Pawzski
Clemson can use the fact it has won and will win titles***
Cobbox
Many Big-12 Bigots don't "get it" ....
OhWiseOne®
yeah.. I'm sure Sammy Watkins was screaming at his parents
SonsOfClemson
Football "scholarship" players are the exception .....
OhWiseOne®
I don't think the ACC has ANYTHING AT ALL TO DO
Tigerfansince1972®
You are correct... and
OhWiseOne®
Do you really think non-athlete students choose Clemson
Tiger5
no....again 1/2 the kids at Clemson couldn't name the
Tigerfansince1972®
Yes ....
OhWiseOne®
Could someone explain to them
PenthouseTiger
Me thinks David Hood.......
normasjayray
In denial.***
josephg®
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
DerekEvans9859®
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
palmettoson
If his son goes somewhere in the Southern Conference,
Cobbox
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
CidTiger
If we go Big12, others close by will also.***
Orangetiger70®
Exactly....if we go there will be a group close.***
TigerTown
Think about Notre Dame
SteelTiger1
And another thing...
SteelTiger1
Been saying this all along...GET A CLUE folks! Big issue***
coachmac
Disagree!! (totally)
Prime T. Tiger
Why does everyone assume all the parents live in SC?
IMORANGE
Re: Front Page Story: A parent's point of view
CidTiger
Clemson must do what is best for overall program. Sorry...
kbtiger®
Re: Clemson must do what is best for overall program. Sorry...
Ucel74
Re: Clemson must do what is best for overall program. Sorry...
CUalum79ALLn65®
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