CLEMSON - A short week of practice came to an end Tuesday, with Clemson head
coach Tommy Bowden confident his team had plenty of time to prepare for
Thursday night's game with visiting N.C. State.
"I'll go in as prepared as they will," he said. "That's all I can ask for.
Sure I'd like to have more time, but I don't."
Tuesday's workout consisted of the normal Thursday routine - two hours in
shorts and helmets, putting the final touches on the game plan.
Clemson will hold a short walk-through at its Jervey practice facility Wednesday
before boarding the buses and heading to Greenville. That, along with the
Sunday practice Bowden put the Tigers through following last Saturday's Wake
Forest game, has the coach reasonably sure his team got in the necessary work
to prepare for the No. 12 team in the nation.
"I think we did as much as we could possibly do," he said. "Of course the
NCAA's got restrictions on how much you can do, and I think we maximized it
to the hilt. Traditionally we don't do anything the day before the game, but
we'll do a little bit (Wednesday)."
The players may end up being more prepared for Thursday's game - the first
nationally-televised (ESPN) Thursday night game at Death Valley since 1998 -
than the fans.
Though 74,000 tickets had been sold by the end of business Tuesday, officials
don't expect that many fans in the seats at kickoff Colder weather and a
forecast of rain Thursday evening is expected to hold down the crowd, as will
the fact that N.C. State sold only 3,000 tickets.
Then of course there is the aspect of playing on Thursday as opposed to
Saturday, which no doubt will keep a good number of fans from attending who
normally drive up to 3-4 hours one way each weekend.
Still, Bowden said he won't be disappointed if the crowd were to only reach
the projected total of 70,000.
"You ever seen those cameras on some of the Thursday night games where
there's only 20,000 people there but they shoot right in the middle of them
to make it look like it's full?," he joked. "The power of the camera. They do
a great job.
Then, on a serious not, he said:
"(Attendance) is more of an administrative (concern). I like the exposure.
Our kids like it, they're usually highly motivated. I don't see the
negatives, like the economy, like an administrator would.
"You're always aware of the fans not liking the Thursday night game, but it's
not like we've had a bunch of them."
Clemson Top Single Game Attendance Figures
Year Opponent Attendance
1999 Florida State 86,092*
1994 South Carolina 85,872
2000 South Carolina 85,187*
2001 Florida State 85,036*
2001 North Carolina 84,869*
1988 South Carolina 84,876
1988 Florida State 84,576
1998 South Carolina 84,423
Clemson Single Season Per Game
Rank Year Figure
1. 1988 81,750
2. 2001 80,152*
3. 1990 79,196
4. 1989 78,927
5. 1986 78,700
6. 2000 78,378*
7. 1999 78,302*
* - Tommy Bowden coached seasons
ESPN's Beg, Barrow and Deal's Team Cobi to make appearance at the
Thursday night Clemson-N.C.State football game.
Clemson, SC--Bubba, Kelli, Josh and Juliet will Beg, Barrow and Deal
their way to Clemson University to attend ESPN's Thursday night
broadcast featuring the 9th ranked N.C. State Wolfpack against the
Clemson Tigers. The group is one of teams involved in the on-going
ESPN TV Reality Series that airs every Tuesday evening.
Team Cobi will be involved in pre-game activities leading up
to the Clemson vs. NC State game on Thursday evening at Death Valley.
One of the team members, Bubba Britton, is a Clemson graduate.
The group will select four fans during a pre-game pep rally
beginning at 4:45 pm in the Clemson Amphitheater who will try and
achieve Task #11 - Catch a 35-yard pass from former Clemson
Quarterback Rodney Williams.
In addition to the football game, Team Cobi will make an
appearance at the Wednesday, October 23, soccer game between #4
Clemson and Appalachian State. The Team Cobi members will attempt to
score a Penalty Kick (Task #10) against former Clemson Goalkeeper
Patrick Fullert. at halftime. Team Cobi will receive kicking
technique lessons from former Clemson Midfielder Jeff Bilek, a member
of the 2002 A-League Milwaukee Rampage.
Schedule of events for Team Cobi on Thursday
4:45 pm Milhouse takes the stage
5:30 pm First break, Introduce Bubba and his teammates (Team Cobi).
5:45 pm Milhouse resumes
6:10 pm First person selected by Team Cobi
6:15 pm Tiger Band Arrives
6:30 pm Select second and third person
6:33 pm Tiger Band resumes
6:45 pm Select Final person
6:50 pm Fans follow Tiger Band to memorial Stadium