Dan Scott Interview: David Blackwell


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CLEMSON -- New Clemson defensive assistant David Blackwell was the guest on SportsTalk with Dan Scott on Wednesday. Blackwell, a native of Greenville and a graduate of Berea High School, fills the opening on Bowden's staff that was created when Rodney Allison left Clemson in December to become the head coach at UT Chattanooga.


SportsTalk can be heard from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9 in upstate South Carolina.

Listen to the full David Blackwell interview Here: Real Audio


Selected Quotes


Would you recruit kids for Clemson this year that you recruited for Pittsburgh?

“I think some things are ethically good and bad. Obviously the kids they are recruiting here at Clemson that we were on at Pittsburgh you continue to recruit those kids. There is no reason not too. A young man that was recruited to Pittsburgh and committed to Pittsburgh that I recruited that we were not recruiting here, I would not try to go back in and change his mind. I don’t think that would be right. But obviously I do work for Clemson now. I think any one who is not committed needs to come here (laughing).


What attracted you to the Clemson program?

“I think it starts with the direction of the program and the goals they have here at the University starting with the President and down to our athletic director who is a very strong person who has high goals and high expectations; and (with) Coach Bowden, himself, who has very high goals and expectations for this program. Obviously, growing up in the area this was program that won an awful lot of football games when I was growing up. I know they have a very strong following, tremendous support, and high expectations. As a coach there is something that attracts you to a place that has high expectations. I would be disappointed if they didn’t.”


Do you feel you have a similar philosophy on defense as Tommy Bowden?

“I think so and also with John Lovett, the defensive coordinator. I have spent some time with him in the past. We were very similar defensively at Pittsburgh to what he is. When he was at Auburn we actually spent some time his staff. Then he came up at Pittsburgh and spent some time with our staff. We were a little more pressure oriented than they are, but the defenses are very, very similar and the philosophies are similar. Coach Bowden and the things he believes in and the direction he sees this program headed, it excites me. It’s always nice to come home. It’s always nice to be around your family, but you can’t pick a job because of that. I’m here because I believe in what is happening here, and the direction this program is headed.


What are your expectations for your position and this football team?

“What you want to get as a coach is you want your players to play to their potential. If your players are playing to their potential and doing the things that their abilities allow them to do then you are doing your job. So if that is not good enough, then it’s not good enough. But if they are playing to their potential then we will be fine.”


Listen to the full David Blackwell interview Here: Real Audio



Dan Scott covers Clemson University for the Florence Morning News. He also hosts SportsTalk from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9. Click here for Dan Scott's SportsTalk discussion board.

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