Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden talks with the media after his Bowden Media Golf Tournament.
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Congratulations to the winning team of Tommy Hood (Tiger Insider Editor / TigerNet Contributor) Al Adams, Robert Ricketts, and Brian Hennesey who shot a 59 as a team on the day.
Are you feeling the pressure to win this year?
You are either doing one of two things….you either win
a lot of games and you are going to leave and you lose
games and you are going to leave. So you lose one way
or the other. If (Bob) Stoopes keeps winning he is
going to leave or he keeps losing he is going to
leave. It’s the same everywhere. The same thing with
Coach Paterno when he had back to back losing seasons.
That’s the environment and the nature of this
profession. There is a sense of urgency with every
game played here. Expectations are high. Four bowl
trips at a lot of schools is pretty good but that’s
not the objective here. It’s not my objective coming
here. It’s the right bowl games.
Is the program suffering a last game hangover?
It’s the last game. It’s the one you usually
remember. If South Carolina had been the last game we
would have been in pretty good shape. We came from
behind. It was a nice win. We do it on the ground,
running the ball. Pretty nice deal but we had another
one. It was an embarrassing loss and I was in charge.
You can’t beat around the bush. What’s that they
say? The buck stops here and all that stuff. But
again it’s bad because it’s your last game and you
have to wait and that’s the perception you leave.
What are your expectations of this team?
I want to be an improved team. When you lose like we
did all the last impression is that last game. But as
you look at some of the games we lost and go back and reevaluate the season you try to pick out the one or two things that cost you the most and make sure you improve on those. Those are priorities going into spring. Short yardage and goal line was a priority going into the spring. Some special team work was a priority going into the spring. I think we will be an improved team. How that improvement relates to wins and losses that is what very few coaches will predict. 117 division 1A coaches I don’t think you will get any to predict wins and losses. I do think we will be improved on both sides of the ball and special teams.
What is your definition of improvement?
Less turnovers. I’ve been with this offense for 6
years and 5 of them we rushed for over 2,000 yards.
Improvement is going back to where we can rush for
over 2,000 yards. That means you are going to have
the ball longer and field position will be pretty
good. Also run the ball better particularly short
yardage and goal line. I’ve been here four years and
no punts blocked. I got to show improvement and get
back to no punts blocked. First time in four years
without a kickoff returned for a touchdown. That
shouldn’t happen. So there is some way to evaluate
What percentage of the plays are you going to call this year as opposed to last year?
Percentage wise I don’t know if I can but it will be a
whole bunch. I’ll just say 100% starting with
Georgia. Now what it was last year it would be under
Are you going to name a number one running back before
No I rather them compete through August and see who is
the most productive is. Then merit playing time on
performance in the game and plus the preseason. We
are going to have maybe 2 and half scrimmages. Then
base playing time for Georgia on performance in those
3 weeks. Then take the Georgia game and see who
separates from the pack when we turn the lights on.
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