August 2nd, 2013 by Broken Gnome
There’s been a bit of a wide spectrum of news of former Clemson Tiger football players from “that’s good news” to “that’s interesting” to “that’s pretty bad.”
Jarvis Jenkins was getting good news. He was set for a lot of playing time in Washington this year due to other injuries on the roster. And just as soon as that happened, he was suspended four games for PEDs. He blames a tainted supplement.
Former Clemson running back Jamie Harper was released by the Titans in May. His brief NFL career, which showed more promise than I was expecting, was already starting to look finished. This week, to drive another nail in the coffin, he was arrested after fighting with his girlfriend and he was charged with domestic assault.
On a more positive note, Dwayne Allen is raving about his offseason yoga routine.
“I had probably over 100 classes of yoga and it’s helped out a ton. I feel more fluid in my routes, getting in and out of my stance. It’s definitely helped calm me down a little bit.”
Maybe Jamie Harper should get signed up for some yoga classes. Seriously. Jamie Harper should probably start doing yoga to get back into shape and maybe to chill out.
June 22nd, 2013 by Broken Gnome
As you may have heard, someone attacked Howard’s Rock. and as you may have heard, the Clemson University Police have released a photo and a pair of videos of the truck used by the suspects. What I haven’t seen in any of the news reports is a statement of what kind of truck it is thought to be. So I’ll just throw this out there based on what I’ve seen: be on the look out for a white Ford F-150, single cab, probably 9th generation, 1992-96, possibly with a toolbox in the back.
June 14th, 2013 by Broken Gnome
This is excellent news that bears repeating:
Clemson’s football program has an APR score of 985 according to data released by the NCAA on Tuesday, tied with Wisconsin for the highest among the top 25 US News and World Report Public Institutions. Clemson was tied for fourth in the nation among all FBS schools, trailing only Northwestern, Boise State and Duke.
Kudos to everyone involved who is making positive things happen both on the field and in the classroom.
December 9th, 2012 by Broken Gnome
Yesterday I read the news of Tommy Tuberville leaving Texas Tech. My immediate thoughts were 1) Why would he go to Cincinnati? and 2) why would Cincinnati hire him? Both good questions that I’m interested in hearing the answer to. It seems to me that both parties are taking steps toward irrelevance. Regardless of that, this morning it finally dawned on me what this could mean. Goodbye Chad Morris?
November 25th, 2012 by Broken Gnome
And that statement is, the ACC is worse than advertised. Four chances this weekend to make a positive statement, and in all cases the SEC delivered — and I hate to use this word, ever — smackdowns.
Georgia Tech and Wake Forest losses made sense. Both were sever underdogs. But for both Clemson and FSU to both be favored at home and to lose convincingly is really, really sad.
The only silver lining I can pull from this is that it makes Jimbo Fisher, who I don’t like, look even stupider than he did before when he bashed the BCS computers and said his team was #4, the best one-loss team in the country.
Anyway, this weekend highlighted quite nicely how bad the ACC is. Clemson’s 10-win season came on the back of facing some truly awful competition. The takeaway I find is that the ACC is about the quality of the Big East or Conference USA. Bleh.
November 19th, 2012 by Broken Gnome
Clemson got a wake up call against NC State and they answered it. The ACC could use a wake-up call this week as there are 4 ACC-SEC games, and the ACC really needs a strong showing. This weekend is a real opportunity to demonstrate some strength within the conference and to shake up the order near the top of the BCS.
Clemson (#11) plays South Carolina (#12), obviously, and is favored by 4 points. And let’s face it, if Clemson doesn’t win the rest of what I’m about to write will be completely meaningless.
Florida State (#10) plays Florida (#4). I would like to think that if Clemson and FSU win, that both would move past Florida in the BCS (given that Florida would have a worse record, would have lost a head-to-head with FSU, and that Clemson’s only loss would be to FSU).
Then there’s also GT playing at Georgia (#3). Tech hasn’t had much luck in this series lately. Perhaps their due. They’re definitely long-shots to win, but the upset definitely helps the ACC strength-of-schedule and gives FSU and Clemson another SEC team to possibly leapfrog in the BCS.
Lastly there’s Wake and Vandy. Vandy is 7-4 without any marquee wins. The outcome here really just affects the strength of schedule of the ACC. A Wake win helps; a Wake loss hurts.
In addition, I’m not assuming that Oregon will win this week. It is rivalry game week for Oregon, and their rival Oregon State isn’t a pushover. They only have 2 losses. They’ve put away a couple of top-20 teams. They only lost to Stanford by 4 in Palo Alto. They’re a solid football team. Then next week K State plays a highly ranked Texas team. Obviously Clemson needs to take care of its own business, but it can move up quite a bit with the right help from others.
November 12th, 2012 by Broken Gnome
Sometimes I swear the Jimbo Fisher is just a re-incarnation of Papa Bowden. Aside from a lack of spoken “dadgumits,” he seems to offer a similar megalomania shrouded in antiquated folksiness. So of course he hates BCS computers and can argue their low quality with this kind of low quality logic (emphasis mine):
Fisher thinks the coaches’ poll is the most accurate way to evaluate teams, suggesting his fellow coaches provide the most knowledge about how teams have actually performed and, he believes, would vote without bias.
“I don’t think writers could do it better than coaches could do because it’s what we do, and we understand the true guts of the business,” Fisher said. “(Coaches) understand the importance of winning. You understand how you win. Coaches understand the grind. Any win is hard.”
Fisher revealed that his own ballot in the coaches’ poll, which he said he spends about two hours per week completing, includes Florida State at No. 4 behind only undefeated Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame.
This has to be a joke, right? He simply couldn’t have actually claimed to be unbiased in his assessment that FSU is the best 1-loss team in the country, right?
November 11th, 2012 by Broken Gnome
At this point in the season, Clemson’s ascent, both nationally and within the conference, is largely in the hands of other teams. There is little other teams can do to help Clemson’s anemic strength of schedule. Mostly Clemson can just wait for other teams to lose. This week we saw Atlantic Division leading FSU overcome a scare from VT. And three teams ranked above Clemson, two of which were previously undefeated, lost on Saturday.
Let’s quickly review what Clemson’s past opposition has been up to.
- Auburn continued on as a joke of the SEc, losing 38-0 to UGA. The Auburn Tigers are now 2-8.
- Ball State beat #25 Toledo on Tuesday. At 7-3, Ball State remains one of the strongest teams that Clemson has beaten this year. Sagarin puts them at #3 on the list, behind GT and VT, but I think they could give either of those two teams a run for their money.
- Furman fell to 3-7 after a loss to App State.
- FSU, as mentioned, survived a scare from Virginia Tech. FSU certainly has talent, but their focus is sometimes lacking.
- BC lost, as expected to Notre Dame. To BC’s credit, they only lost by 15. BC is now 2-8.
- GT won a defenseless game against UNC. In the highest scoring game in ACC football history, Tech prevailed 68-50. Tech is now in play to win the Coastal with their 4-3 conference record
- Miami lost in the last seconds at Virginia. The Hoos are suddenly showing signs of life that I expected to emerge earlier in the season. The U took a 10 point lead with eleven minutes left in the 4th quarter. UVA looked lifeless, and the game seemed to be in hand. However UVA came back and Miami proved they aren’t ready to be taken seriously.
- VT, as mentioned, caved when it mattered against FSU. Tech is 4-6 and every time I hear an ESPN announcer talk about how good Logan Thomas is, about how he’s going to be playing on Sundays (in what country I wonder?), I want to shoot my TV.
- Wake Forest was beaten quite badly by NC State, the same NC State that was beaten quite badly the week before by UVA.
- Duke had the weekend off.
- Maryland, Clemson’s opponent of the week, did what was expected of them: lose badly. They forced three turnovers, which should be a point of concern for Clemson after similar problems against Duke. Otherwise they can help Clemson tremendously by executing a miracle and beating FSU next week
So there you have a bit of a summary of the sea of mediocrity that 10/12ths of the ACC.
For the remainder of the season, Clemson, for it’s part needs to play sharp, win, and win big if possible. One might forgive the Tigers for losing a bit of focus in the last several games where the outcomes have basically been decided by the end of the first quarter. Not to overlook NC State, but much of the success of this season hinges on the rivalry game with South Carolina.
One additional thought related to scheduling and the ACC: if the traditional ACC members continue to be so weak, it will behoove Clemson to use conference games as gimmes and schedule a slate of difficult out-of-conference games. I mean, have the last three games against Wake, Duke, and Maryland really been any different than the OOC games against Ball State and Furman?