Commentary: Seems Bowden Was Right All Along


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Turns out Tommy Bowden was right.

Remember, many of you, how you used to hate hearing the Clemson football coach harping on facilities? Or more importantly, a lack thereof?

Remember how every time he talked about how far behind the Clemson program had fallen in the facilities arms race, you scoffed at the notion? Do you remember?

Remember what many of you said through the seasons of inconsistency, the 6-5 and 7-4 records, the bowl trip to Boise and the beating by Texas Tech in Orlando? Can you recall your response?

Many of you called my talk show and others, both on WCCP and elsewhere, or posted on discussion boards. You emailed newspaper reporters. Many of you no doubt wrote directly to Bowden himself.

You said you were tired of hearing him whine about facilities. Why, Clemson's facilities at one time were the best in the ACC, you said. They were good enough for Danny. He won a National Championship in those facilities, didn't he?

Bigger weight room? Better dressing facilities? Club seating? More office space? A Hall of Fame?

None of that matters, you said. Win some games. Winning will bring in the players. Shut up about facilities and win football games.

Does that strike a chord with any of you?

If it does, the next time you see Tommy Bowden in a restaurant, at the grocery store, or perhaps in church, you might want to extend your hand to the man and offer up a heart-felt apology.

Because, again, it seems he knew what he was talking about all along.

Think about it.

The last three recruiting classes easily have been Bowden's best, the experts who follow these things labeling each class better than the one before. And what happened three years ago to start the trend?

Ground was broken on the West End Zone project. Simple at that.

As Bowden has told us time and time again, kids these days are different. They're smarter, more streetwise. They have expectations. They want a school which can live up to those expectations. Top notch facilities are - in the eyes of a high-level recruit - a commitment to winning.

And that's what all these kids want. To win.

And when Bowden looked around a few years ago and noticed how far ahead schools he recruits against had gotten- Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, etc. - he knew something had to be done. When Duke - yes, Duke - spent roughly $20 million on their football facilities, there was another bullet for Bowden's gun.

If you're guilty of the above crimes you not only should be apologizing to the coach these days, you should be eternally grateful for Bowden and his entire coaching staff. His harping, speaking, nagging and cajoling on the issue helped get Phase I of the West End Zone started.

Now completed, the first phase has added something of a majestic look to Death Valley.

But more importantly, it's given some already dynamic recruiters on Bowden's staff even more of an arsenal with which to operate on the firing lines. And the dividends are easy to see. Just look at the program's depth.

Go back two or three years. If previous Bowden teams had lost two linebackers, a wide receiver and an offensive lineman for the season, plus a running back, the leading wideout and a talented young safety for multiple games, there's no way they remain competitive. It's not even close.

But that's exactly what's happened to this year's Clemson team. Anthony Waters? Gone. Tremaine Billie? Outta here. Roman Fry? See ya. Rendrick Taylor? Adios.

Oh, and please hurry back Chansi Stuckey, Michael Hamlin and Reggie Merriweather.

Three years ago this team would have been devastated by all the injuries. No depth. Replacing four starters for the season would have been asking for disaster.

But this team? This team has not just depth, but quality depth, and currently sits at 7-1 and ranked No. 10 in the new AP Poll.

Despite the injuries.

And that, folks, is due to recruiting. Which has improved every year since the first shovel went into the ground on the West End Zone project.

Which is precisely what Bowden told us would happen.

Seems he was right all along.

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Crump®
spacer We were scared of Duke spending $20 on facilities?
tigerdave2®
spacer They bought a poster of Coach K giving a thumbs-up.***
tbone02
spacer Must be signed.***
gigolo
spacer Maybe he meant.... $20 gazillion-billion-catillion dollars***
OneClemson5
spacer paint for the lines on the field, and a new kicking tee.***
FootballFan36
spacer Just caught the error. Added the word 'million.'...
WriterDan33®
spacer Gone, outta here, see ya, adios . . . .
clemson_fan321
spacer Meant to emphasize the severity of the injuries and...
WriterDan33®
spacer LOL. You don't have to yell your name to us! We know who
FootballFan36
spacer Always sign that way so no one can accuse me of hiding...
WriterDan33®
spacer LOL!
FootballFan36
spacer Point for "CHILL OUT". Well said.***
ThePorch
spacer Amen to that!***
TommyIsAGoodChristianMan
spacer Which came first, the chicken or the egg? You think if
FootballFan36
spacer reptiles and eggs first !!!!***
FLTiger87
spacer Right on the money, DAN SCOTT ! Duke's 20 spot hasn't
kktigers
spacer If you look at it logically - every school that pumped $$
colatiger89
spacer Give credit to the recruiters
kneubra
spacer Re: Add a couple more to the list to make it complete...
OburgTiger
spacer There is a time to harp on facilities..it's not after a loss***
CLEMSON96JDH
spacer UNC and NCST should be...oh wait a sec...hmmmmm***
jeremy
spacer If you truly feel that is a key component to the short
kktigers
spacer Last time I checked Facilities didn't block or tackle******
CLEMSON96JDH
spacer Nope; but they help get the folks that do.***
sstiger
spacer Nice, off topic response*****
CLEMSON96JDH
spacer Huh ? Off topic ?***
kktigers
spacer Actually, a "right-on topic" response.***
luckyj®
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fortdcu
spacer You know what drives me crazy? Paragraphs. I hate em.***
jeremy
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joshelle
spacer Yeah, you're missing something. He posted
luckyj®
spacer Don't forget to thank TDP and to a lesser extent B. Robinson
Tigers2007®
spacer Tell it Dan! How easily people like to forget!! Those are
gatecitytiger
spacer Does anyone remember??
BENMILS
spacer AMEN Brother ! Well put you get a point for that post.***
clemsontigz
spacer Re: Does anyone remember??
solafide_tiger®
spacer FACILITIES DON'T HELP YOU GET PLAYERS, BUT THEY CAN HELP YOU
ClemsonFan2001
spacer There's a lot to say
kneubra
spacer Don't give a building all the credit or all the blame...
BENMILS
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CUTIGERTIM®
spacer Here is my problem with all of this
PokerTiger®
spacer There are many pieces of the puzzle.
NCTiger1990
spacer great article, Dan...right on the money******
bouchim
spacer Re: great article, Dan...right on the money******
joshelle
spacer I thought Hamlin was back for the Ga Tech game. is he still
GlennArch
spacer He's been back for a few games now.***
BigCat
spacer I somewhat disagree with you Dan.
cutiger93
spacer Tommy was correct, but Danny was correct before him.
CUTIGR69
spacer Tommy was correct, but Danny was correct before him.
CUTIGR69
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Grpaw6x
spacer Is it a coincidence that we have changed the offense since
engco2407
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242fast
spacer this article is absolutely rignt!***
sav82tiger
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