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Ah, there we go. Ahhhhh ... I didn't know that. I'm not sure what metrics that uses in terms of playing against Tulane and Wagner.
Oh, good, definitely good. Wouldn't you rather have control of your own environment, your own crowd noise, all that stuff? FSU's gonna get itchy waiting two weeks to play this game. I don't think it's the worst thing that Clemson plays a game and keeps its mind on football for the next six days.
Absolutely could. Y'all were on the opposite side of the stadium from the Clemson media contingent, but we could hear you loud and clear. Dabo opened his Sunday teleconference by thanking the fans who made the trip, whether from South Carolina or the northeast.
Scott Shafer apologized for his pottymouth. Which is good for him. I don't have a problem with players popping off during the week and exuding confidence; but, as is life in sport, one must back up one's trash talk by walking the walk.
You guys tell me. What's your take as Clemson fans? (Or USC fans, if you're in here...)
I have a semi-mental list of who my favorite speakers are. I did enjoy both RT Shaq Anthony and safety Jayron Kearse today, in meeting both of those guys. Stories on each coming this week.
You poke the bear, the bear can bite back.
I've heard that. I could understand taking glee in the rival being an abject disaster (sort of like what I covered last year, and Keith asked about in the next question coming up). But my goodness, these Gamecocks are 4-1! Chill out! You'd think they were 1-4 from all the headlines. Unbelievable, really.
Book it, though (and I'll repeat this on Twitter): no way South Carolina goes 3-0 in Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. It's not happening.
It's hard to REALLY get a pulse on a team until you cover them for multiple years, Keith; and if that's not enough of a cop-out, it's also easy for winning players to act like winners, and losing players to act like ... well, losers. I think the two most significant pieces of news last year from Auburn were the curfews administered by an external company, and Heath Evans eviscerating the program's leadership on the radio.
Having only been here for four months - and the only real negative news has been Howard's Rock - I still would find it very hard to believe Dabo Swinney doesn't have his finger on the program, to the point where stuff like that could not happen. But it's college football. You never know.
How's this for something that should concern Clemson: what if Clowney keeps taking all this abuse on talk shows and on the blogs and in the magazines ... and he picks that Clemson game to just absolutely go off? Anybody think Shaq Anthony's ready for that?
To TigerLady: that internal debacle is why I can't see this team hitting the road and beating three SEC opponents that have all had a measure of success this year. Maybe Arkansas is quite beatable, but Tennessee just hung with Georgia and Mizzou's a surprising 5-0.
Oh, I'm not sure, jt. I was in upstate NY until late last night.
Can't wait to ask him about it. Too bad he won't take questions the week leading up to Citadel on the subject.
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On Clowney, I agree that's plausible. On the defense: I think I'm even more optimistic on them than most. Just from what I see on film, this is a quality unit. No more 70-33 nightmares, I assure you.
I'd have to say Martavis Bryant. Seemed nonchalant when I asked him about playing time and battling with Mike Williams. Now, to be sure, he had the 40-yard TD, and Chad Morris was very complimentary of Bryant. But that just seems to be an ongoing saga for the coaching staff.
Ran out of food. Goodness. Hopefully they didn't run out of beer. We in the press box noticed they extended the end-beer-sales rule to the end of the third quarter (normally halftime)
Hey I got a quick question: who's the more interesting player to you, Shaq Anthony or Jayron Kearse?
That's what I figured. Plan accordingly
Ben Boulware 'hyperextended' his knee, jt. Swinney said he'd know more about his long-term status tomorrow or Wednesday. Boulware was most famous for nearly playing the goat on the Georgia punt in the end zone, but he's been a solid special-teamer. And for the baseball bleacher bums, Boulware's older brother is Garrett, catcher and cleanup hitter for Jack Leggett.
Good to see it's unanimous. Shaq Anthony and Kalon Davis are each nice stories too; they're each new starting offensive linemen with interesting background and share a childhood soccer career. That'll be in Tuesday's paper.
Jayron Kearse story Thursday.
Any final thoughts? Game picks? I'm simply stupefied we haven't said a word about Boston College. OK, or not.
He was still coming back from an ankle. Brooks has looked solid. I think the team needs to figure out some kind of rhythm this week in the running game before Florida State reaches Death Valley.
Alright guys, thanks for joining in today. If you wanna chat South Carolina and a certain defensive end, Ryan Wood's chatting on PostandCourier.com as well. Have a great week!