Tiger Source Chat with Mickey Plyler Transcript


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Question: when will O/C be announ?? Today??



Answer: Good afternoon. I hope everyone had a great holidays. Spence is the guy but I am not sure of the announcement time. Bowden may want to name all three coaches at the same time.





Question: do we lose H. green to coots because they took Wallace that no one else wanted??



Answer: I doubt that will be a big factor. I think he will sig with either CL,VT





Question: when is ncaa going to get usc?? they are so dirty!!!



Answer: I have not heard anything new on their investigation





Question: So Spence, Muschamp and Ward/Smart will be the hires?



Answer: Spence for sure. Muschamp will have a few decisions to make. He could go to the NFL, stay at LSU or look at another college job. Ward would be tough to get but who knows. Smart will also have other options. Bowden has been very quiet about the defensive hires





Question: Any ideas on WHO OUR DC will be? If not Blackwell,will he stay at CU?



Answer: I have no new news on the DC as of this afternoon. Blackwell has other attractive offers and I think Clemson would have a hard time keeping him if he was not the coordinator





Question: Is Murchison considering the coots or is his visit just a free trip?



Answer: He will probably take the visit this weekend but right now Clemson is pretty solid with him





Question: Do we expect any more commits between now and signing or will the ones left keep us hanging?



Answer: I think of the guys they are waiting on most will decide before signing day





Question: Hope your holidays went well. Any players seem close to Clemson since the school break? Any drifting away?



Answer: Things are pretty much staus quo right now. The staff has done a fantastic job of fighting off those schools that have come after their current signees. The staff is on the road this week before a break next week for the convention





Question: Mickey: we are currently at 23 right? how many more can we offer?



Answer: As many as want to come. This staff will not turn down guys like Davis, Robinson, Clay, etc





Question: % of Clemson signing James Davis?



Answer: 60





Question: What is your gut on jamie robinson? I heard he has always liked FSU,and our brawl,caused him to lean heavily their way.



Answer: I think he has always been an FSU lean. He made a comment about the brawl but I doubt it has a lot to do with his decision. FSU ahs been on brawls recently





Question: who is the 'unknown' who is going to shock everyone by signing with Clemson? he is apparently a commit to someone else now



Answer: The staff is working about four or five guys that are currently committed to other schools but if we knew then it would not be a shock





Question: If we are able to pick up a few more committments are there certain players that may not return and/or has the staff talked to any current committments about grey shirting?



Answer: Through intitial NCAA eligibility requirements, transfers, grey-shirts, etc things always work out. Those are things to worry about after signing day





Question: number of crunches you can do in a workout?



Answer: About 20 and then it is time for EMS





Question: Don't want to jump too far ahead in recruiting, but does the Jr. class in S. C. seem strong?



Answer: I think pretty strong. There are about five or ten guys we will have updates on in the middle of February. I think the DB from Ft. Dorchester might be the top junior in the state





Question: We've been pondering who the next Sherrod Ford will be. Any ideas who OP and the coaches are looking at to fill that big spot?



Answer: Akinbala will have another year left. They should have red-shirted him as a freshman. They like the kid from Jacksonville but he is not as highly recruited as Ford





Question: Is Wannstedt retaining Pitt's DC?



Answer: Good question. I have no idea. I will check though





Question: Where is Jimbo Fisher going to end up?



Answer: He has an offer to go to the NFL and will have other offers soon





Question: can you list the top 5 guys Clemson would like to get come FEB



Answer: Of the uncommitted guys-1. James Davis 2. Antonio Clay 3. Jamie Robinson 4. James McKinney 5. JC Neal





Question: super bowl pick?



Answer: Pats





Question: WHo are the DB coach candidates?



Answer: Smart, Ward, Davis, etc





Question: Has laptop-gate been totally swept under the rug in Columbia now?



Answer: I have not heard anything about it in a couple of weeks





Question: Hello from Camp Bucca, Iraq Mickey. Do we have a legimate shot at Clay and McKinney?



Answer: Better with Clay than McKinney. Both have already been in for visists and the staff has done a terrific job with both. Thansk for all you guys do. Tell everyone there thanks so much and get ready for a hero's welcome when you get back





Question: no seriously, super bowl pick LOL



Answer: No seriously Pats





Question: Where if anywhere do you see Kirkland helping us this Feb...



Answer: He will help in some areas but will grow in his role. He probably has his hands full with his new job now





Question: Where is J. C, Neal projected to play?



Answer: I think WR or safety





Question: Will the staff take the first Davis to commit?



Answer: They would like to take both. They will not stop recruiting either if the other commit. James is the higher rated prospect





Question: Does T. Billie have a starting spot nailed down next year at this point? He seemed to play very well the last 4 or 5 games.



Answer: Yeah. He was the better player there all of last year





Question: Are we going to be able to snag another LB from somewhere?



Answer: Yes





Question: I know;dumb question, but who are Smart and Ward



Answer: Kirby Smart secondary coach at LSU and Lorenzo Ward secondary coach at VT. See our stories and profiles on TigerSource





Question: chance that dexter davis comes back to Clemson?



Answer: He wants to come back and Bowden has had some contact. He will coach at Clemson one day. Maybe sooner rather than later





Question: How's Spurrier doing with his "master plan" recruits?



Answer: They got off to a slow start but have two big weeks coming up this weekend and next weekend





Question: Robinson and Neal, your gut feel...



Answer: Robinson-FSU Neal-NCSU





Question: Do you think Les Miles is a good hire for LSU and why is USuCk "SuCking" so bad on the recruiting trail?



Answer: Miles was a good hire. He is a football coach. They players will love playing for him. Their offense will be better. I amnot sure how they will be on defense. Clemson did a great job in the state, USC changed coaches and have been forced to go outside of the state





Question: based on current redshirts and incoming recruits and outgoing players, biggest weak point and biggest strength next season?



Answer: Strengthes- TB, FB, QB, DE,DL,LB,P,PK Weaknesses-WR,TE Too early to tell-OL





Question: Can you list the projected starters on the O-Line..



Answer: LT-Richardson LG-Myrick or Pilgrim C- Fry RG-Bennett or Frye RT-Dukes





Question: how many are coming in Jan 14?



Answer: Between 30-35





Question: Anyword on Miller leaving??



Answer: I think he will announce soon that he is gone





Question: Has the NCAA ruled on V. Jamison's request for a sixth year?



Answer: Not yet. They have the paper work now and a decison is pending





Question: What do you think of Tony Nelson?



Answer: Solid back with good balance





Question: Any truth that Blackwell was the DC after the UVA game???



Answer: No





Question: this whole thing about how the coots have changed coaches and thats what's hurting them, does that mean the previous staff was just sitting on their hands and not recruiting? I mean if they were recruiting, doesnt it seem like Superior ought to be able to hold onto them?



Answer: All of the speculation about Holtz or Spurrier hurt plus so many were already committed





Question: is tommy b just gonna turn over the offense to spence??



Answer: I don't think he would ever turn the entire thing over





Question: I heard Pilgrim would transfer. True??



Answer: I don't believe so





Question: who will be the #2, reese or harper?



Answer: The staff doesn't even know now. They like both and this will be a big battle i the spring. Don't rule out Proctor





Question: mickey-tell us more about the wednesday thing at logans--whos buying my dinner and what all r u planning for that night--i will probably see u tehre at 7



Answer: First, you will buy your dinner. LOL. JK. Tony Morrell of Gamecockcentral.com will join me every Wednesday in January at Logans Roadhouse from 7-9 PM. We will rotate between the Anderson and Greenville locations. He will go first and I will follow. We will have film of current USC and Clemson commitments and prospects. We will review and preview official visits, give the latest news and field questions. It should be a great time





Question: If Blackwell is named DC would he recruit less and therefore hurt recruiting in the long run?



Answer: No. He would continue to recruit





Question: What happened at mid-season to get the defense playing better?



Answer: The defensive line got more experience. The corners started playing they were supposed to. Waters improved





Question: Does Miller leaving help or hurt the program overall?



Answer: Hurt short-term help long-term





Question: how many scollys will we have free now? srs, transfers, etc..



Answer: They only have around 18 now





Question: What is up w/ Capote? He does not look to be in shape.



Answer: He has fought his conditioning since he arrived





Question: Is Chambers a guy that is a Jamal Fudge type in our plans?



Answer: Exactly





Question: Is the SAFA offense officially over now? Was the SAFA (stand around eff around) offense O'Cain's call or Tommy's? It was painful watching the hurry to the line and check back to the coaches.



Answer: Looks good when WF, WVU and other do it





Question: Is your point that TE is a weakness based just on exp or what?



Answer: Lost Ben Hall. Only Green comes back on scholarship. Barry and Muse might have to play





Question: Since TB doesn't allow coordinators much recruiting time, is it better to get coordinators from out of the region and position coaches with local recruiting ties?



Answer: His coordinators have been on the road the last few years





Question: What is the mood of the staff.....



Answer: Very upbeat





Question: where does Blackwell stand in line as far as prospect for DC.



Answer: He is one of the leading candidates





Question: Ugh. How can you stand to eat with a Pollyanna like Tony Morrell? By the way, tell him that his friends in TAC miss him.



Answer: I will. He is a great guy. Come out to Logans on Wednesday in Anderson





Question: Anyword on Currie and where he may go int he draft?



Answer: I think he will get drafted but not on the first day





Question: do we "ask"some of the guys who are not contributing to the team to transfer?



Answer: They may ask a few guys who have a chance to graduate early





Question: Is Tony Morrell the poster formerly known as universal?



Answer: Yeah





Question: Stupid question, with players living off campus and receiving meal stipends, is there still a training table, where?



Answer: Yeah. Still same place





Question: what's the deal with Lambert?



Answer: He is still attempting to gain his SAT/ACT score





Question: SAFA off is used to take time off clock when you are sacared to run the next play



Answer: LOL





Question: What is the drawback on Currie NFL wise? He's at least as big as Santana Moss.



Answer: He can't make a lot of guys miss. He wil make it though





Question: Now that the smoke has settled some, whatis the mood of the team with no bowlgame..are they hungry..how is Charlie...



Answer: The team is still upset for the most part but they have moved on. Charlie has his wrist scoped and is doing fine





Question: mickey is spence going to be announced as the oc today?



Answer: He will be named but not sure when they will announce it





Question: Will Stuckey move into Currie's role next year? If so, who takes that H slot position?



Answer: I am not sure what the new offense wil look like but Stuckey will be the number-one guy





Question: Of the 4/5 stars out there still uncommitted, who are our best one or two shots with?



Answer: James Davis, Clay, Robinson





Question: When does winter cond start??



Answer: Next week





Question: why are we having such a hard time recruiting L/B`s



Answer: Because AUB, MIA, FSU are recruiting the same ones





Question: do you think the whole story of the suspensions and bowl ban will ever become public /



Answer: I hope I can tell everyone soon





Question: How's the ACC tourney set up? Is there a chance we don't even qualify?



Answer: No. Go to theacc.com and they have a bracket. The tourney is in Washington





Question: do u think TB will announce spence then at a later date announce one or both of the defensive coaches or do it all at once



Answer: I thinkall at once





Question: Will we consult with bart wright as to the timing of the coordinator announcement?



Answer: They are probably on the phone with him now coordinating it





Question: Is there a Calvin Johnson type impact WR out there for us or are we having to develop guys instead.



Answer: Those are few and far between





Question: What's the story with Browning...I saw him a lot in hs...he caught quite a few balls and has good hands...would they ever try him at receiver?



Answer: I think he will see his role increase with the backs becoming more of a receiving threat





Question: does Grant get his buttt in gear and play this year like he should?



Answer: He needs to





Question: Do you think Spence is "ready" for what he's going to see from a schematic and talent standpoint? It is about to get more complex than the MAC



Answer: He has been at Maryland





Question: Thoughts on Kelvin Grant?? Dabo gonna fix him?



Answer: He has tried everything. Now the ball is in Grant's court





Question: Mick., Is there a lot to tell about the brawl that we don't know?



Answer: Yeah





Question: Is Chansi fully healed from his nagging injuries?



Answer: Yeah





Question: Will Chris Jefferson or McCloud be able to help us this coming year?



Answer: I doubt it unless they have better springs than they did last year





Question: Are we bringing anyone in this weekend, or waiting till the 14th?



Answer: None this weekend. 30-35 on the 14th





Question: Will Spurrier find a QB ?



Answer: Beecher





Question: Will you tell us all we need to know about the brawl when you can??



Answer: Yes





Question: I'll subscribe to your site today if you'll tell us what we don't know about the brawl. LOL.



Answer: I am still trying to confirm all of the details





Question: mickey is spence going to be announced as the oc today?



Answer: He is the new OC but not sure when they will announce





Question: Is the West Endzone Project helping us recruit right now?



Answer: Yeah





Question: Who will break the Brawl news first, you or Philpott?



Answer: I have no idea





Question: Why not tell us about the brawl and keep your souces - secret?



Answer: Can't. Someone would lose their job if it came out right now. Trust me you will be shocked if I can confirm it





Question: If he is not in top 5 wanted list, where is Mike Davis?



Answer: 5-10





Question: i sure hope u can beat kornhole to the "punch" on the rest of the story -concening the fight/brawl



Answer: My story deals more with the suspensions





Question: Is Spence a good fit?



Answer: Yeah. He is a terrific X and O guy





Question: You see the tape of Minter urging the coots to the Hill before the game?



Answer: No





Question: What about Dewberry and Gino Hayes, do we have any shot at them, and are they even on the board anymore?



Answer: Dewberry sign and place deal. Hayes leaning to FSU





Question: will spence be named the oc today by tb?



Answer: He is the new OC but not sure when it will be annouced





Question: Has Kelly, the receceiver, added weight and impressed? Could you compare him with Youngblood at this stage?



Answer: Yeah he has been working hard. He is not quiet as fast as Youngblood before Youngblood broke his leg





Question: Speaking of the fight/brawl why was the incident at the hill at the beginning not taken into account?



Answer: Not sure





Question: Will Monts start out at FS or will we go to Walker and/or Hamlin?



Answer: I think hamlin will be ahead of Walker but a lot will depedn on new DB coach





Question: What about King--do we have a shot at getting him and how good is he?



Answer: He has a great body but is still very raw. He will sign with USC or Clemson





Question: mickey do u think any of the wideouts we will sign play as freshman?



Answer: They wil have to play a couple. Grisham will get a look. Smith and Taylor will be physically ready. Williams is gifted enough just needs to adds strength





Question: hey mick, so what are you saying, spence getting announced today or what. lol



Answer: LOL. I have been asked that 200 times





Question: Which is more annoying,:questions about Spence or about the brawl?



Answer: LOL





Question: Saw that Spence was QB coach with MD in the mid-90's, who was the qb?



Answer: I think Milonovich





Question: Have any of the asst. coaches been replaced, and if so whom???



Answer: Bowden will complete the staff late this week or early next week





Question: How big of an impact do you think the WEZ is/ will have on our recruiting, coaching hires?



Answer: Huge.





Question: Do you think Aaron Kelly will have an impact next year? How fast is he?



Answer: He is a 4.45 guy. Heis getting bigger and stronger. His ball skills were ready last year he just needed to be more physical and learn more and be more consistent





Question: None has heard anything on this brawl scoop...sounds like you are BSing us....



Answer: I am working on a major story with the suspensions and how it all came down. You will be very surprised by what I am working on. I just have to get more people to talk and confirm it on record





Question: Mickey, just tell me about the brawl...I promise not to tell more than 4 people



Answer: lol. I will let you guys know as soon as I can





Question: Oklahoma or Southern Cal?



Answer: OU in a close one. Walt says OU by a lot





Question: any word on ty zimmerman and idris price? heard they may be sign and place



Answer: I will be pushing up daisey's and someone wil come to my grave and ask me about ty





Question: do we change Taylor or M. Davis to L/B if we can`t sign some more



Answer: Taylor can play LB, Davis cannot





Question: Who would you compare Rendrick Taylor to?



Answer: Physically Rod Gardner. Big, strong. Needs to improve ball skills and quickness





Question: How many recruits do we have that aren't qualified as of yet



Answer: 2 of the commitments





Question: where does Travil Jamison sign... USC or Clemson?



Answer: Sign and Place. I think Clemson right now





Question: How bad would we have looked if we had suspended the "hooliganismers" and gone to a bowl on our own..



Answer: Not bad at all. One of the most sensationlized stories I have ever seen





Question: Mickey, well I am certain Amick, Gressette, Huey and Swofford were behind all of it until you tell me otherwise...



Answer: More details when available





Question: Any last minute surprises - good or bad (bad like last year?)



Answer: If I knew about them they would not be surprises





Question: Any jr QBs out there we are looking at?



Answer: Jacksonville kid, Spring valley kid and sophomore at Byrnes





Question: sorry if this has been asked but any news on dc?



Answer: None. Bowden should have it filled by late this week or early next week





Question: What is the latest with Rodney Williams, yall still hang out



Answer: Yeah. he is going great things. Donated $1 million to West Zone project and another million to United Way. Budweiser is doing great. they are great sponsors of the show. I talk to him often. He and his family are doing well. All three girls are doing great. had dinner with his mom and dad the other day





Question: Do any of these sign and place kids ever mention that they wished they had studied more? It is not like they didn't know they had the football talent couple of years ago.



Answer: They all just get so behind. I agree but atleast most make it back





Question: Should we go ahead and offer Green from Summerville? LOL. Seriously, how good is he going to be?



Answer: Very, very good





Question: thanks for coming in here and putting up with us like U do!!



Answer: LOL. I love you guys. If not for you guys, I would not have a job





Question: will new dc or oc bring any new recruits into the picture?



Answer: Maybe one or two but doubt many will follow. The class is almost full anyway





Question: Walt's pick VT(plus da pts) or Auburn?



Answer: VT plus the points. I have to get to the show. See everyone at Logans on Wednesday in Anderson. Have a great week




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