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Friday, September 30, 2011

Broadcast Notes For Blacksburg, Virginia

Broadcast Notes For Blacksburg, Virginia
Scott Rhymer


First, as a reminder, I will be on with Mickey Plyler Friday morning at 6:20 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM to break down the Clemson and Virginia Tech game. This segment is done weekly, so please tune in if you are up and about getting ready for your work day.

We are excited to take the Tiger Pregame Show on the road this Saturday as our 107th consecutive broadcast live on location will air inside of Lane Stadium from 12:00-3:00. We have interviews with Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Kevin Steele, Sammy Watkins, Duane Allen, Tajh Boyd, Dalton Freeman, and Corico Hawkins. We will break down this massive Atlantic Coast Conference game in detail on the show so that you are ready for the game with as much knowledge as possible.

Because the weather could be a factor Saturday, make sure you tune in to the show as we will update Clemson fans on the temperature and wind.

For those that are going to Blacksburg, we are unveiling a new feature to our show this Saturday. We would like you to visit our Facebook or Twitter pages Saturday and let us know where you are in Blacksburg or the area surrounding Blacksburg and we will mention you and your crew on air as “Road Warriors”. It is a way to give you a “shout out” for being with the Tigers on the road.

You can also submit your “Bottom Line” segment questions about the game via the Facebook and Twitter pages on Saturday and Will/Roy will go head to head to give you the answer on air in the 3rd hour. If we use your question, we will mention you by name on air.

All of these features are a way to give you, the Clemson fan , an opportunity to be interactive with the Tiger Pregame Show.

Finally, I would like to say that this is a great opportunity for our football team, coaches, and fans on Saturday. I am still amazed how far this team is from the final seconds of the Tire Bowl in December. This three game stretch of football games is why I love college football and it is so nice that Clemson is the team in the mix.

I don’t know for sure whether we will win Saturday night or not. But my final thought is this: If we can find a way to win Saturday night, this season is going to get very, very interesting. And all of you know what I mean when I say that.

Go Tigers!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Can We Win? Smart Phones For Dummies And A Good Read

Can We Win? Smart Phones For Dummies and A Good Read
Scott Rhymer

First, as a reminder, I will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 104.9 FM Friday morning at 6:20 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com to break down the Clemson and Virginia Tech game.

I also wanted to thank each of you that have visited the Tiger Pregame Show Blog. This is something that I cranked up just a few months ago, and we just surpassed 25,000 hits to the site! Special thanks to Matt Cobb, Allstate Agent, for sponsoring the blog. If you have not done so, please click on his link here on the blog to get a no obligation quote. I use Matt Cobb and I feel great knowing my family is in his hands.

A Good Read
On this blog, I like to link good reads when I see them on the Internet. I enjoyed the perspective of Darryl Slater from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and his question and answer article with Greg Wallace from the OrangeandWhite.com. Read below:
http://www.orangeandwhite.com/news/2011/sep/28/taking-look-virginia-tech-opposing-press-box/

Smart Phones For Dummies
I have always been a half step or two behind the curve when it comes to technology. I was probably the last person in my age bracket that owned a cell phone, and I feel certain I log less minutes than anyone who owns a cell phone.


But I became really enlightened last year when I traveled to Winston Salem for the Clemson and Wake Forest game. I rode home with a friend who had a Droid phone and he asked me if I wanted to listen to the 5th Quarter Show while we are on the road. I immediately got curious as to how this could happen. He quickly grabbed his phone and clicked a few buttons and we were listening to Roy Philpott guest host the 5th Quarter Show and we were in Statesville, North Carolina.

I took it a step further and reached into my glove box and pulled out the FM transmitter that I used with my IPod. Because my car did not have an MP3 jack in the radio, I use an FM transmitter (about $30 at any tech store so I can listen to my IPod in the car). We connected this transmitter to the phone, and we were instantly listening via the Smart Phone to the 5th Quarter Show through my radio speakers. Really cool!

I have since purchased an IPad and I have been doing the same thing with it. So when I leave Friday night from Greenville to travel to Blacksburg, I’ll have WCCP 104.9 FM tuned in to my IPad via the Tune In App (which is free) and plugged in via my FM transmitter to the radio and I’ll get to hear 104.9 FM streamed the entire trip.

So if you have a Smart Phone or IPad, bring it with you to Blacksburg and use that technology to allow you to listen to the Tiger Pregame Show and all the other game day broadcasts while you tailgate in Blacksburg. You can pipe in it via your car speakers (with the FM transmitter or a MP3 input on your radio) and tailgate just like you are in Clemson tuning in your radio to WCCP 104.9 FM. You can also buy small speakers at any tech store that can plug into your Smart Phone and/or IPad and bypass needing to go through your car radio. Place the speakers on your table that you are tailgating on, and you can get the same quality audio and keep yourself informed on what is going on from the Clemson perspective.

Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages on Saturday if you are using this technology and listening to us in Blacksburg. We will ask you to submit your name and location that you are tailgating and we will give you a “shout out” on the show.

Can We Win?
I think these three words have been asked to me more times this week than any time I can remember in the 107 broadcasts of the Tiger Pregame Show. Heck, I have to admit I’ve asked this questions to those that cover Clemson and Virginia Tech this week a bunch of times.

First, I have never walked into a Clemson football game thinking we had no chance, even when the obvious facts in front of me should have told me I was wrong. So the quick answer to the above question is a resounding “yes”.

I think part of the unease of this game from Clemson’s perspective is the memory of the last trip to Blacksburg where Clemson was punched in the mouth by the Hokies and limped out a wounded puppy with tail between the legs.

But that perception should not drive how you should feel about the game this year. Clemson has been punched in the mouth before on the road and come back the next time and won. Florida State, Maryland, and South Carolina are all hostile environments where Clemson has been on the short end of the outcome in a beat down, yet returned sometime in the future and returned that beating. You also have to remember the last time we played in Blacksburg was a long time ago…and these players were all running around on high school fields while we were losing that Thursday night game.

Lane Stadium will be a tough environment. Virginia Tech is a good football team. They are also well coached. But we have a good football team as well. And for the first time in a long time, I don’t lie awake at night worrying that we will get outcoached on game day.

I think Clemson is the better team, although in fairness to the Hokies, they have not played enough quality teams yet to really know for sure. At a minimum, we are an equal football team. Lane Stadium very well may make the difference with our young football team. But if we are indeed the better team and we play with minimal mistakes, I expect us to win.

Any way you look at it, I ain’t scared. And neither should you be.

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Broadcast time this week from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg will be 12:00 noon. If you have not done so, download the free Tune In App for your Droid or Ipad phone so you can stream WCCP during the season on your phones. If you are traveling to Blacksburg for the game, this is a great way to listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, Tiger Tailgate Show, the game broadcast, and the 5th Quarter Show from Blacksburg.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thoughts On Press Conference And Other Tidbits

Thoughts On Press Conference And Other Tidbits
Scott Rhymer

Weather
If you are traveling with the Tigers this weekend to Blacksburg and you have not taken a look at the weather, you might need to. The forecasted high on Saturday is 54 degrees with an overnight low of 42. Winds will be from the north during the day and evening, ranging from 7 to 13 miles per hour. For the middle of February, that may not cause a stir when you see the temperatures and winds. But for southerners who are basking in 80 degree weather this week, 42 is going to feel like the Arctic on Saturday. Dress appropriately.

Deandre Hopkins Injury
It appears Andre Ellington and DJ Howard are getting better (health-wise) as we prepare for Virginia Tech. There still seems to be concern surrounding Deandre Hopkins and his hamstring, however. Hopkins has been exceptional over the first 4 games of the season and not having him 100% would be a tough blow in a game like this. Martavis Bryant has been very dependable, but he is a freshman and the comparative experience that Hopkins has is the type game is crucial. Here is one guy that is hoping Hopkins has a quick recovery.

Clemson Fans Made Trip Enjoyable
Clemson continues to get some positive press on the field, as well as off the field. Below is a letter to the editor that was sent in to the Greenville News this week from an Auburn fan who made the trip to Clemson. This letter goes to show how simple gestures to welcome opposing fans to Clemson can go a long way. And it also goes to show that you can be cordial and welcoming as a fan and still make Death Valley a tough place to win a football game.


My son (and half my money) attend Auburn University. During the weekend of Sept. 17, we had the good fortune of attending the Clemson/Auburn game in Death Valley. While the outcome was disappointing for us, I was deeply impressed at the hospitality, warmth, and exceptional sportsmanship that we were shown.

Upon arriving at the hotel we were warmly greeted by other patrons (Clemson fans) welcoming us to Clemson and wishing us a good game. This outward demonstration of hospitality continued at dinner the night before and on game day both inside and outside the stadium!

So, I’m writing to extend a big thank you to all the wonderful Clemson fans that made us feel welcomed. Short of a win, your hospitality and kindness made our visit the best it could possibly be and for me, this experience will become the benchmark on how visiting teams and fans ought to be treated. Congratulations on your win and all the best on the rest of the season.

Bryan D. Clapper
Auburn, Alabama

Press Conference Recap
There are only a few times in my 40 year history of following Clemson football that I have wanted to play a game on Tuesday…but yesterday was one of those days. To be fair to the moment, it has been too long since I have felt so good about our football team and the coaches that are in charge of game planning each week. Let me be clear, when I say a long time, I mean a long time. Clemson had some solid years and good starts under Tommy Bowden. But I never had the confidence in our players and coaches under Bowden that I do right now after what I have seen this year.


There is an obvious drive right now that is pushing our team. We have seen adversity in every single game we have played this year, yet nobody on the field panicked. Hearing the players and coaches talk about the preparation they are going through to get ready for this trip to Blacksburg, I began to get that game day feeling on a Tuesday instead of Friday.

The mind set of this team seems perfectly placed to go on the road…a bit of confidence but plenty of mental toughness and focus. Winning Saturday is not going to be easy, but we will enter Lane Stadium ready to play with both the game plan and from a mental aspect. That is all you can ask of a team and coaches. Saturday cannot get here soon enough!

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Broadcast time this week from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg will be 12:00 noon. If you have not done so, download the free Tune In App for your Droid or Ipad phone so you can stream WCCP during the season on your phones. If you are traveling to Blacksburg for the game, this is a great way to listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, Tiger Tailgate Show, the game broadcast, and the 5th Quarter Show from Blacksburg.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Initial Thoughts About Trip To Blacksburg

Initial Thoughts About Trip To Blacksburg
Scott Rhymer


It is Tuesday morning as I type this, and I must admit that Tuesday is always a good barometer to get a feel for what our team and coaches are thinking on a game week. We’ll have the Press Conference and player interviews today, which helps me set the mood of the team. I also always enjoy reading Roy Philpott’s What We Are Hearing Segment on CUTigers.com to help me form my initial feeling about the upcoming game. So my gut feelings this morning can and sometimes do change after the Tuesday media blitz.

Running Game
As of Tuesday morning, the single thing that sticks out to me as a key to this game is the Virginia Tech running game. Clemson is coming off its best performance against the run, completely shutting down Florida State to the tune of 47 yards rushing (minus 18 yards in sacks for a net 29 yards rushing). But FSU has not been able to run against anybody this year, so we must temper those stats when looking forward.

Virginia Tech is averaging 212 yards per game on the ground, and the Hokies can control the game on Saturday if they approach anything close to that average. The Tiger front 7 may have the key to the game squarely on their shoulders Saturday night.

Hokie Pokie vs. Woo Hoo
When I received my run down of game day activities for Saturday night’s game, I was intrigued. Listed on the run down was “The Walk” at 4:00 by the Virginia Tech players. There will be a WWII Aircraft Flyover prior to the game, which I thought would be really neat. At the end of the first quarter, Tech will honor some “Legends of Lane” on the field. But it was the end of the 3rd quarter that caught my eye. Listed squarely on the run down sheet was the Hokie Pokie.

I do remember that the Hokie Pokie is a part of the Lane Stadium tradition at the end of the 3rd quarter. I assumed it was a spontaneous thing that sprung from the student section or something like that. I had no idea it was built in to the tradition of a Virginia Tech game. But obviously, it is.

I know many Clemson fans (especially male ones) cringe every time we hear the Woo Hoo during Tiger Rag. There have been bumper stickers and web sites devoted to banning the Woo Hoo. But if Clemson must turn in their “Man Card” for having the Woo Hoo as a part of our traditions, we need to line up behind Virginia Tech in the line. For a man to participate in the Woo Hoo is embarrassing. For a man to do the Hokie Pokie in public is down right criminal.

Scheduling
Since we are almost through this 3 game stretch of football with 2 wins, I think it is safe to say this now without sounding bitter. As I said in the previous blog, we will leave Blacksburg with the fate of the Atlantic Division in our own hands regardless of the outcome Saturday. Having said that, the ACC is absolutely moronic to give Clemson a schedule like this. For a league that is trying to improve the image of its schools, why would you take one of the top 2 or 3 programs (historically) and give them a schedule of Auburn, Florida State, and Virginia Tech all in a row? You are, in essence, setting up Clemson for failure by doing that.

The Tigers have rapidly climbed to the top 15 in the nation, but that could crumble with a loss in Blacksburg. If Clemson would have played Boston College and then Maryland in between FSU and VT, the Tigers could potentially be 6-0 and head to Blacksburg with a top 10 ranking and tremendous buzz. Heck, the buzz now on Clemson from the national media is pretty intense...so imagine what two or three more wins prior to VT would create?

Buzz is exactly what the ACC needs. I just can’t see the logic in front loading the schedule like the ACC did with Clemson. That would be like giving UNC a basketball schedule that went Syracuse, @Pittsburgh, @Duke. You think that would ever happen? Not likely.

Clemson Named National Team of the Week by Football Writers Association
Clemson was named the National Team of the Week of College Football for its 35-30 win over 11th ranked Florida State on September 24. It is just the second time Clemson has been the recipient of the award from the Football Writers Association of America that dates to 2002.

History Vs. Virginia Tech
Clemson has a 17-12-1 lead in the series with Virginia Tech, but the Hokies have won five consecutive games, including the most recent in 2007 at Blacksburg when Frank Beamer’s team won 24-7 over a 10th ranked Clemson team.

The five wins in a row have spanned from 1998-2007 and have taken place in three different stadiums. Virginia Tech won at Clemson over Tommy West’s final team in 1998 by a 37-0 score, then won at Blacksburg the following year by a 31-11 score against Tommy Bowden’s first Clemson team. Virginia Tech then defeated Clemson 41-20 behind Michael Vick at the 2001 Gator Bowl. Tech then won in 2006 at Blacks¬burg and 2007 at Clemson.

Clemson’s last victory in the series took place in 1989 at Blacksburg, as a seventh-ranked Clemson team that had just won at Florida State, defeated Virginia Tech, 27-7. Virginia Tech’s only score came on a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Marcus Mickel. Any chance history repeats itself?

Clemson won the 1985 game at Virginia Tech by a 20-17 score on a 36-yard field goal by David Treadwell on the last play of the game. That was the season opener for both teams. I remember being at home in Lexington, South Carolina listening to the game on the radio. I almost got up and turned the radio off as Treadwell missed the kick as time expired. But I heard the late Jim Phillips say a flag was down on the play (VT had lined up offsides) and Treadwell got another try. He, of course, made it. And the legend of David Treadwell was officially born in Blacksburg.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Culture Change?

Culture Change?
By Scott Rhymer


It was a cold Thursday evening in Blacksburg, Virginia. October 26th, 2006 started with an air of optimism that had not sifted through the Clemson football program since 1991.

Tommy Bowden had arguably reached the pinnacle of his tenure at Clemson when the sun rose in Blacksburg on that cold October day. Sure, one could point to 2003 and the remarkable finish vs. FSU, Duke, South Carolina, and Tennessee as a greater moment under Bowden. But while that finish certainly lives in infamy for Clemson Nation, the reality of that finish is that Clemson was playing only for pride and not for a Championship in 2003.

But on this October day in 2006, Bowden’s Tigers found themselves sitting squarely on the precipice of something special. Clemson was off to a 7-1 start, with the only blemish being a double overtime thrilling loss in Chestnut Hill to Boston College. The Tigers had rebounded from that loss to string together 6 straight wins that propelled Clemson to #10 in the nation. Clemson sat squarely within BCS Bowl contention and was just on the outside looking in for consideration of playing for a National Championship.

Five days earlier, Clemson University and Death Valley were the showcase of ESPN’s Game Day broadcast on Bowman Field. James Davis and the sensational freshman, CJ Spiller, were in the spotlight of the entire college football nation. It seemed Bowden’s infamous “worm” had finally “turned”.

So as Roy Philpott and I sat high atop Lane Stadium finishing up our 45th consecutive broadcast of the Tiger Pregame Show on October 26th in 2006, there were hints that Clemson was about to officially turn the corner, change the culture, and return to national relevance.

The game itself even started the way we all had dreamt, with James Davis turning the corner to score and give Clemson a 7-0 lead to temporarily silence the deafening Lane Stadium crowd.

And then came the boom.

The Hokies would proceed to punch holes in all of the good feelings and optimism that Tommy Bowden’s Tigers had so rightfully earned previous on their way to a 24-7 beat down that ended with Tommy Bowden being pelted by a bottle from the stands.

What we did not know at the time, and surely Tommy Bowden could not have known at the time, was that cold evening on October 26th was going to be the closest he would ever get the Clemson football program to the level we all wanted and craved it to get to.

There would be no culture change at Clemson in 2006.

We fast forward five years. The Tiger Pregame Show is about to broadcast our 107th consecutive show. Tommy Bowden is now doing television and his wide receiver coach, Dabo Swinney, is leading a revival of Clemson football.

To quantify how far this team is today from the 2010 version that limped pitifully off the field in the Tire Bowl in Charlotte last December will take more words than this blog can give today. Since that December day, Coach Swinney hired better coaches, recruited better players, and has pushed all the right motivational buttons during the first four games of the season to get Clemson into the top 15 in the nation. Clemson is in the driver’s seat for the Atlantic Division race, and regardless of what happens Saturday in Blacksburg the Tigers will still control their own destiny in the Atlantic come Sunday morning.

What I find fascinating about this game Saturday, however, is what it means in terms of changing the culture of Clemson football. It is as if Clemson has come full circle. We are right back this week, both figuratively and literally, to where we were on October 26th, 2006.

Virginia Tech is what Clemson used to be…very good every year and a championship football team every couple of years. The Hokies are the best coached team in the ACC and will play hard nosed football unlike most teams that play in the ACC. Lane Stadium is one of the toughest places for a visiting team to win a game in the entire country, and a night game will not make that any easier.

Yet this is exactly the type of game that good football teams relish as an opportunity. Clemson is not favored Saturday, nor should we be. But good football teams don’t need Las Vegas to give them the confidence they need to walk into a snake pit and come out with a win. Coaches of good football teams see a game like this Saturday as an opportunity to coach their players to a point where a crowd can’t remove the focus of the job that needs to be done.

In other words, Saturday is EXACTLY the type of game we all want to position our football team to play in. Nothing is more satisfying that walking out of an opponent’s stadium with a win. When you throw in the fact that our opponent is a top 15 team and the stadium is called “Lane”, that satisfaction will be multiplied ten fold on Saturday night if we win.

Dabo Swinney has stated time and again that he is going to change the culture of Clemson football. While he may not get specific during his Tuesday Press Conference this week, Dabo’s culture change means winning a game like we have this Saturday.

To be blunt, Dabo’s predecessor ran into a brick wall when presented with an opportunity similar to what we will face Saturday night. To be fair, it will be way too early to say Dabo Swinney can’t change that culture if Clemson leaves Blacksburg with a loss. As I said earlier, we will still have control of the Atlantic Division even with a loss to the Hokies.

But with a win, is it time to say the culture of Clemson football has officially been changed? To put in perspective, this team would be 5-0 and ranked somewhere near the top 10. Clemson will have earned that record not against average football teams, but the defending National Champion, the defending Atlantic Division Champion, and the defending ACC Champion. All three of those teams were ranked when Clemson played them. That is not only noteworthy, it is a three game stretch that would be hard to find more impressive in the history (yes I said history) of Clemson football.

October 26th, 2006 was a missed opportunity to change the culture of Clemson football. October 1st, 2011 provides an almost identical opportunity with a new cast of characters.

Dabo Swinney has now gotten his chance to shed what Tommy Bowden never could.

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Sunday After FSU News, Notes, and Videos

Tiger Pregame Show: Sunday After FSU News, Notes, and Videos
Scott Rhymer

Another perfect day in Death Valley and another great win for the Clemson Tigers on Saturday over FSU. Clemson may be poised to crack the top 15 and will take the show on the road to Blacksburg next week. Additional analysis of the game will come later today via the Tiger Pregame Show Blog...so stay tuned for that.

Here are a couple of video links from the game. Here is Rennie Moore's sack to seal the win for Clemson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnLOsC70TUI

Here is the same play from ground level near the hill:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEaxVMVDHNc

We continue to do a pretty good job picking the locks of the week and the Clemson score. Below is an update of our standings after Week 4

Will's SEC Lock Of The Week was Arkansas covering the 11 point spread vs. Alabama. Obviously, that did not happen and Vandervort suffers his first loss of the season. Will moves to 3-1 on the year in his lock of the week.

Scott's ACC Lock Of The Week was Georgia Tech over North Carolina. That turned out to be a great football game, and the Yellow Jackets get the win and improves Scott to 3-1 on the season.

The Clemson picks were.....
Roy picked Clemson 31-17, which is a differential of 17 points.
Scott picked Clemson 27-20, which is a differential of 18 points.
Will picked Clemson 24-10, which is a differential of 31 points.

While Scott was the closest on the point spread, for the 4th week in a row Roy Philpott pickes the closest score differential. Roy is living a charmed life right now!

Yearly Differential Standings After Week 3:
Roy (-50 points)
Scott (-60 points)
Will (-84 points)

Roy Philpott and Will Vandervort pushed in the Bottom Line Segment by a score of 2-2. I told them both on air that the tiebreaker would be who picked the score the closest, and that was Roy Philpott. Roy's win moves the yearly tally to 3 wins for Roy and 1 for Will. Don’t forget, you can get your Bottom Line questions to us on Game Day via Facebook and Twitter and if we use your question we will give your name on air.

Broadcast time next week from Lane Stadium in Blacksburg will be 12:00 noon. If you have not done so, download the free Tune In App for your Droid or Ipad phone so you can stream WCCP during the season on your phones. If you are traveling to Blacksburg for the game, this is a great way to listen to the Tiger Pregame Show, Tiger Tailgate Show, the game broadcast, and the 5th Quarter Show from Blacksburg.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Final Thoughts With FSU Looming

Final Thoughts With FSU Looming
Scott Rhymer

The Seminoles stroll into town today a banged up and bruised group of players. FSU may be the most talented team on the schedule this year (we’ll have to see VT and South Carolina in person before we know for sure) and they are coming off a tough loss to Oklahoma at home last week.


I think there are some eerie connections to the mindset that FSU walks into Death Valley this year as to what Clemson experienced after losing to Auburn last year. If you will remember, we walked out of Jordon-Hare Stadium a year ago “chest thumping” our close loss. It was a brutally physical football game that we all felt like we should have won. We went toe to toe with an SEC team in their stadium, and by all accounts won the praise of Auburn and their coaches as well as the national media.

Florida State has similar feelings this week. They have been praised for their effort in losing to Oklahoma last week. The beat you hear in the distance is not the FSU band, it is the FSU Nation “chest thumping” their effort last week vs. Oklahoma. Just like Clemson a year ago, FSU played a physical football game last week vs. Oklahoma in a losing effort that they think is going to spring board them to a win this week against Clemson.

If you recall, Clemson did not do so well that next week after Auburn last year. There is a mentality of toughness and physicality that is difficult to reproduce when you are hurting. Clemson returned home after losing to Auburn last year and proceeded to play one of our worst games of the year against Miami. Clemson even had a week off to lick the wounds and prepare for Miami and still was not able to put together a similar peformance from the trip to Auburn.

FSU has to turn around, one week later, and go on the road to a place they have not won in 10 years. They may do it without their most productive offensive player and at a minimum they will do it with their most productive offensive player not practicing all week.

So the parallels are there, and that is good news if you are a Clemson fan. Let’s watch closely to see if Clemson can build on the performance from last week. But I’m also watching FSU closely as well this week as the set up looks like a letdown waiting to happen for FSU.

As a reminder, I will be on Mickey Plyler’s show Friday morning at 6:20 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com.

Remember that you can be a part of our Bottom Line Segment during the show. If you have a burning question about the game and you want to cut through the coach-speak and hype, submit the question and Will Vandervort and Roy Philpott will go head to head to get to the bottom line. You can submit the question anytime on Game Day at our Facebook or Twitter page (below).

Broadcast time this week is from 9:30-12:30 because of the 3:30 kickoff. If you have not done so, download the free Tune In App for your Droid or Ipad/Itouch/Iphone so you can stream WCCP 104.9 FM during the season. You can also listen to us online at http://www.wccpfm.com/. Don't forget, with a road game coming next week, being able to listen to Clemson programming while on the road will add to your game day experience.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Broadcast Notes And Florida State Thoughts

Broadcast Notes And Florida State Thoughts
Scott Rhymer

First, a couple of good links for a quick read and also a great video.

Randy Smith of the Chattanoogan took a visit to Clemson last weekend to see the Tigers play Auburn. Randy is a Tennessee fan and generally covers Vol football. Here is his take on the experience he had while visiting Clemson:
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_209567.asp

Coach Dabo Swinney sent a video message to Clemson fans on Wednesday afternoon about the atmosphere last week in Death Valley as well as the impact fans can have this week against Florida State. The video also includes a highlight reel of the first three games of the year with Pete Yanity’s audio dubbed over:
http://www.tigernet.com/view/player_update.do?id=2812

Most of the focus from Tallahassee this week has been on the quarterback situation. EJ Manuel has yet to practice this week and those inside the FSU program said they don’t expect him to practice Thursday. Most think Manuel could play Saturday (even without practicing) simply because of the experience he has plus the fact that the only thing preventing him would be the pain (which they can numb). The question really become whether or not FSU wants to risk further injury to Manuel’s shoulder by playing him before he is 100% healthy. Considering FSU has a favorable schedule after the Clemson game, a loss vs. the Tigers does not eliminate the Seminoles from the ACC Atlantic Division race. If that is the thinking of the Seminole coaches, I would expect Manuel to sit Saturday. I think that is also what Vegas is thinking, as the line has moved dramatically this week and in some cases has been taking off the betting boards altogether.

Not having Manuel would certainly change FSU from a scheme standpoint. Manuel is the Seminole’s best running threat, and even if he does play you would think he won’t take off on too many designed runs simply to protect the shoulder. Clint Trickett came in last week against Oklahoma and did a modest job. Trickett has been practicing with the starters this week so he will be more prepared this week as opposed to last week if he gets the call.

Bottom line is this:
Is FSU a different team if Manuel does not play and Trickett gets the snaps? Sure.

Is beating FSU still a tough thing to do without Manuel? Absolutely.

As a reminder, I will be on Mickey Plyler’s show Friday morning at 6:20 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stringing Together Two Wins In A Row

Stringing Together Two Wins In A Row
By Scott Rhymer


Quick pop quiz: When was the last time Clemson won 6 games in a row? Most of you would guess the 2006 season that culminated in the great “Game Day” win over Georgia Tech with James Davis and CJ Spiller wowing the world.


If you answered 2006, though, you would have been wrong.

Clemson won 6 games in a row during the 2009 season on the way to the Atlantic Division Championship. Clemson plowed through Wake Forest, Miami, Coastal Carolina, Florida State, NC State, and Virginia before falling in Columbia to the Gamecocks.

So what I’m about to say, in some ways, can be refuted by Dabo Swinney’s 2009 season and that 6 game winning streak. However, I think it important to note that the stigma, both inside and outside this program, is that Clemson cannot handle success very well.

Many people in Clemson Nation and around the country are watching Clemson very close this week. The way in which Clemson dismantled Auburn raised a few eyebrows around the nation. I know it raised my eyebrows and many others who have followed Clemson for a long, long, time.

But this newfound curiosity is still just that. Curiosity. There are those that, rightfully so, think that Clemson just put together a really good game against Auburn and that the win was in some way a “fluke”.

So can Clemson put together back to back performances against quality teams? There is a history of Clemson following up a great win with a thud the next week under Tommy Bowden. If this team (and Dabo Swinney) is going to continue to shed the perception of Clemson football that has become so deeply entrenched to those who watch it, winning another big game 7 days after an emotional win against Auburn is a great place to start.


Because this game is so critical, I feel certain our players will be ready on Saturday. If Clemson beats Florida State, those eyebrows that were raised last week will officially start to become “turned heads”. Clemson will, once again, be squarely in the center of the national radar of college football.

Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers won 6 games in a row back in 2009. But winning 2 in a row in 2011 may do more to change the perception of this program than anything that happened back in ’09.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Really Random Rants In Aftermath Of Auburn

Really Random Rants In Aftermath Of Auburn
Scott Rhymer

What a difference a week makes, huh? Clemson came out of its shell of mediocrity on Saturday, looking like a football team that could make some noise in 2011.

The true test of a good football team, however, is always how it handles success. We will find out Saturday if this team is different from some of the recent Clemson teams.



Really Random Rants
1. Auburn was the most important game of the 1st QTR of the season. Florida State is the most important game of the SEASON. I've said it on this blog multiple times, but I felt the need to say it again today. Nothing is more critical to Clemson taking charge of the Atlantic Division than beating FSU. We are at home. We need to "hold serve". It's a simple as that.

2. By most accounts, those Auburn fans that traveled to Clemson had a super trip that will leave memories for a long time. The final outcome of the game is further proof that you can be a great host and whip the team you are playing. This macho attitude of being a jerk to people to try and create an intimidating place to play should be put to rest.

3. EJ Manuel is an important factor in the game on Saturday. But the loss of potentially 4 wide receivers (Jarred Haggins, Willie Haulstead, Kenny Shaw, and Willie Reed) is probably a bigger factor. The Seminoles have not run the ball well this year...so to lose receivers is not what a team hitting the road into a hostile environment needs.


4. I find it very humorous to watch the local and state media clamoring during this expansion process. I have never seen such diversity of opinions from this group of local writers and radio/tv personalities. What I find a bit funny is that so many of them make comments about the lack of football power the ACC added with Pitt and Syracuse. It is as if some in the media feel they are being short-changed on the football side of things with these additions. But the media does not pay money to the school’s athletic budgets, they don’t pay for tickets, and they don’t pay to travel to road games. If anyone has the right to complain about anything with expansion, it is the fans that drop the coin for their football programs. The media should focus on how all this is coming together as opposed to griping about what this means to them personally via Twitter.

5. Trying to figure out the NCAA is like someone who has never worked on a car being asked to build an engine from scratch. But what I find interesting is the timeline. South Carolina must respond to the NCAA by December 14 and will go before the NCAA in February. That is a bad timeline for recruiting and area schools (including Clemson) will certainly use that against the Gamecocks. Regardless of what penalty the Gamecocks receive from the NCAA, an additional recruiting disadvantage seems already a sure thing.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

True Difference Not Yet Determined

True Difference Not Yet Determined
By Scott Rhymer


If you are reading this you are most certainly still basking in the afterglow of ending the nation’s longest winning streak with an exceptionally played football game by Clemson on Saturday.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with Clemson Nation soaking up some of the local and national praise that is rightfully being dumped on us at every turn. You don’t beat the defending National Champion with the nation’s longest winning streak and not deserve that type of praise. Our players and coaches worked hard, had a great game plan, and executed unlike many games I have witnessed in the past few years. Our fans (minus a few hundred Clemson students still asleep in their dorms at kickoff) arrived in Death Valley early and were ready, despite the slow start by the team, to maintain an electric environment that certainly played to our favor.

Today it is a good day to be a Clemson Tiger. And that feeling has not been around enough in recent years, so enjoy it. Embrace it. Soak it up. Doesn’t if feel good?

But be aware that nothing really has changed since early July as far as I can tell other than the game against Auburn going into the win column. I said in July that Auburn would be the most important game of the 1st quarter of the season to help set a tone. But I also said back in July that Florida State will unquestionably be the biggest game of the SEASON. You can put a check mark in the Auburn column and the tone that the game set. But Florida State still lurks and will waltz into Death Valley on Saturday with less “pressure” of winning the game than Clemson.

The primary reason Florida State is the most important game of the season is because the Seminoles are the most talented team we play in the Atlantic Division. Of our rivals in the Atlantic Division, I also think Florida State has the best coaching staff. When the dust settles, we need to be the team that emerges from the Atlantic and trust me when I say Florida State is going to be in that mix until the very end.

Being the most talented team we play in the Atlantic Division is not all that the Seminoles have going for them. The Seminoles benefit from a very favorable schedule in the conference this year. After Clemson, FSU plays Maryland, NCSU, Miami, and Virginia at home this year. The Seminoles will be favored in all four of those games, although Miami certainly looked like a capable team with their win over Ohio State this weekend. On the road, the Seminoles travel to Wake Forest, Duke, and Boston College. These are all games that the Seminoles will be double digit favorites in.

Finding losses on Florida State’s schedule after the Clemson game is not an easy thing to do. Contrast that with Clemson who has to play at Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and NCSU while hosting Boston College, UNC, and Wake Forest. You could easily see the Tigers underdogs at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech and a virtual even spread vs. UNC in Death Valley. In other words, there appears to be many more traps on Clemson’s schedule than FSU has after the two teams play this Saturday.

I have a hard time finding any way that Clemson could lose Saturday to FSU and still win the Atlantic Division. I do, however, see how FSU could lose Saturday and still win the Atlantic. So the “pressure” is on Clemson Saturday for two reasons.

1. Atlantic Division game at home vs. the single team that appears capable of winning the Atlantic Division other than Clemson.

2. A favorable schedule for FSU after their trip to Clemson that amps up the critical nature of this game for Clemson.

But maybe the biggest thing that still has yet to be determined is whether or not this Clemson football team will be unlike many that have come before it in the past 20 years. Time and again, Clemson has stumbled once success knocks on the door. When geeky media people start praising the players, coaches, and program…a history of repeated missteps soon follow. I’m not going to bring up all the examples I could of this very thing happening almost yearly, as the pain of thinking about it is not worth the effort in typing it.

But to be different (truly different), this team needs to be able to handle success. Despite the talent and coaching Florida State has on their football team, Clemson should beat Florida State Saturday because at a minimum we are on the same level of talent. The game is in Clemson (a place FSU has not won in 10 years) and there are many reasons why you would prefer to be at home as opposed to going on the road. Our fans were a difference maker last Saturday against Auburn and they can be just as disruptive this Saturday vs. FSU. We also have coaches on both sides of the ball (now) at Clemson that understand how to make in-game adjustments to give our players a chance to make the plays that they need to make in order to win. And finally, we are due a little good karma as it seems we have been excluded from a break or two since that 2009 season.

So here are the real questions:
Will this team and coaches walk around campus all week not able to put on their hats because their heads are so big? Will all of the talk about how this program has turned the corner after one big win cause the players to forget what it took to get that big win in the first place--hard work? Will we buy into the hype or will we show up with that chip on our shoulder that we always seem to play better with?

The true difference of this team is not determined yet. That difference was not made by last Saturday’s football game that we can all agree made us proud to be a Clemson Tiger. One big win against any team is not program-defining. Streaming together a series of those types of wins is what defines a program…and also gets you to Championship games.

Let’s see how this team handles success before we anoint that the corner has officially been turned. And let’s see if our fans can duplicate the same type of atmosphere this Saturday as we did last Saturday. If we get affirmative answers to the questions above, Clemson will be 4-0 next Saturday afternoon. And boys and girls, if you think Saturday was fun…try standing at your parking spot after the game next week at 4-0 and see how that feels. Trust me when I say it is good.

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Tiger Pregame Show: Sunday News And Notes

Tiger Pregame Show Sunday News And Notes
Scott Rhymer


First, what a great win for Clemson yesterday. Death Valley was an electric place to be and our football team and coaches responded by putting together the best game of the season in all facets of the game. Additional analysis of the game will come later today.

It will also be interesting to see if Clemson cracks the Top 25 this week after the win over a ranked Auburn team. I believe Clemson deserves the ranking based on the performance yesterday, and since the game was televised nationally I suspect Clemson will pick up some national votes and squeak into the poles.

We will know a little later today what the game time is for Florida State, and of course that will impact our broadcast time next week. I’m hoping for a 3:30 kickoff…which is almost a perfect start time for a game in Clemson if you ask me.

We had a little more success this week in our game picks, to say the least. Here are the updated numbers.

Will's ACC Lock Of The Week was Oklahoma minus the three points and the Sooners give Will another successful lock of the week. Will moves to 3-0 on the year in his lock of the week.

Scott's SEC Lock Of The Week was Florida over Tennessee in The Swamp. I rebound from last week’s miss and now I’m 2-1 on the year.

The Clemson picks were also much better than last week with all three of us coming very close to the actual score.

Roy picked Clemson 34-24, which is a differential of 4 points.
Scott picked Clemson 34-28, which is a differential of 8 points.
Will picked Clemson 30-20, which is a differential of 12 points.

So for the third week in a row, Roy Philpott picks the game the closest. The man is on a roll to say the least!

Yearly Differential Standings After Week 3:
Roy (-33 points)
Scott (-42 points)
Will (-53 points)

Roy Philpott won the Bottom Line Segment this week over Will Vandervort in commanding fashion. The win moves the yearly tally to 2 wins for Roy and 1 for Will. Don’t forget, you can get your Bottom Line questions to us on Game Day via Facebook and Twitter and if we use your question we will give your name on air.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday News, Notes, and Thoughts

Friday News And Notes, and Thoughts

As a reminder, I will join Mickey Plyler on WCCP 104.9 FM Friday morning to break down the Clemson/Auburn game. Tune in on WCCP 104.9 FM.

I believe the mood of this week has gradually shifted from the frustration of the first two weeks to now taking out that frustration on Auburn. And I am speaking of fans and players.

The Clemson players seem to have a major chip on their shoulder, partly because of last year’s loss, partly because Auburn is the defending National Champion, and partly because we have played very average the first two weeks. Added all up, and I think our team will not only be ready to play Saturday, but will play the best game we have seen from Clemson in quite some time.

The fans seem extra charged up for the same reasons above. But also I sense that, regardless of the drama of the past two weeks, Clemson fans deep down are quietly optimistic that this team is special. I believe Death Valley will be a special place on Saturday...one of those days that leave your ears ringing the next day.

All of that adds up to Auburn stepping into a hornet’s nest Saturday. A good friend and fellow broadcaster told me this week that he describes this as a “perfect storm” for Clemson. Does that equal a win Saturday? Well…it would be stunning to me if we don’t play well and I think if we play well we win Saturday. Clemson is favored for a reason…so for Auburn to beat Clemson on Saturday we are going to have to make mistakes and not play our best game. In 24 hours or so….we will know for sure.

Final reminder: Please arrive to Clemson early Saturday as traffic will be a major concern. Make this a memorable experience for our foes from Auburn by showing them what Clemson is all about. And, of course, tune into the Tiger Pregame Show to hear us break it all down!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday Clemson/Auburn News and Notes

Thursday’s News And Notes For Clemson/Auburn Weekend
Scott Rhymer


As a reminder, I will be on with Mickey Plyler Friday morning at 6:20 a.m. to break down the Clemson /Auburn game. You can listen on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com online. The Tune In App is free and also available to listen to this segment via Droid phones or IPad.

Saturday’s game is a noon game with over 10,000 Auburn fans coming into town. Therefore, the most critical advice anyone can give to you at this point is for you to arrive early. All gates to Memorial Stadium will be opened two hours (10:00 a.m.) before the game. This should help eliminate any lines at the gates and provide opportunities to utilize the permanent restrooms inside Memorial Stadium.

The Athletic Department is also encouraging you to arrive in your assigned lot before 9:30 a.m. to avoid delays. I would take it a half step further and encourage you to be in your parking space by 8:30 a.m. so you have a worry free morning to tailgate. Don’t forget that those that arrive early can line up in Lot 5 to welcome our team, as Tiger Walk is scheduled for 9:50 a.m.

All parking lots will open at 6:00 a.m. The following link will provide you with the Memorial Stadium Fan Guide, Memorial Stadium Seating Chart, as well as Game Day Parking Information.
http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/gameday/

Lower deck ticket holders can enter any lower deck gate (this is a different policy from the past few weeks). All lower deck gates are indicated on the Memorial Stadium Seating Chart.

All golf carts will be limited to areas around the stadium. Golf cart placards are only provided to individuals who are working personnel. Unless you have a golf cart placard, you will not be permitted near the stadium, but specifically on Centennial Avenue, Williamson Road, and Shotgun Alley.

Anyone selling tickets must be 200 feet from any gate and the IPTAY/Ticket Office. The Clemson Athletic Ticket Office is not responsible for counterfeit tickets purchased outside of the stadium and does not guarantee the legitimacy of such tickets.

We have a great opportunity to showcase our spirit and enthusiasm to the Auburn fans. Auburn will bring 10,000 ticketed fans. They have not been here since 1974, so any help to accommodate their visit will demonstrate our Solid Orange Sportsmanship Initiative.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Broadcast Updates

All games are important to win, so don't mistake what I say below as me trying to hedge a bet. But I said in the preseason that the Auburn game would be the most important game of the first QTR of the year and Florida State game would be the most important game of the SEASON.

I still believe that today, although the lackluster play in the first two weeks certainly has raised the level of importance in this game simply from a confidence standpoint. Remember, the loss to Auburn last year set a tone for the season that was not good.

All of the intangibles, I believe, fall to Clemson's side.

Location: At Clemson (remember, Auburn is a young football team)
Preseason Attention: Clemson focused on this game all offseason.
Revenge: Clemson's loss last year still weighs on the mind of our players.
Schedule: Auburn is coming off a big SEC win and they have South Carolina around the corner.

I'm still not ready for a prediction and I probably won't be until hour #3 of the show Saturday...but I'll leave you with this: Not all is as gloom and doom as one may think. Clemson is favored Saturday for a reason.

Confirmed today that Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, Kevin Steele, Brandon Thompson, Duane Allen, and Landon Walker will join us on the Tiger Pregame Show. I believe we will confirm two more players by the end of the day today.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Frustration Not All About Tribble Reese

FrustrationNot All About Tribble Reese
by Scott Rhymer

The fallout from the Tribble Reese Reality Show dominated the social networking world on Monday. I’m not going to get into a moral judgment of the show or the participants. I spoke with Tribble on Saturday and he seemed genuine about wanting to cast Clemson in a good light.

With that being said, I was asked by a Clemson official Saturday and by the CMT Producers to allow Tribble and some of the young ladies to come on the Tiger Pregame Show. I politely refused.

Not because of CMT, these ladies, or Tribble Reese.

I said “no thanks” simply because it had nothing to do with Clemson football-and our job on the TPS is to break down the game and focus on football…not fluff.

That being said, do not mistake what happened Monday and what will probably happen again today in terms of anger, drama, and rumors as anything other than frustration by Clemson fans derived from the play on the field by the Tigers in the first two weeks.

I can’t say emphatically that none of this would have happened Monday if Clemson would have destroyed Troy and Wofford on the field by looking impressive in every facet of the game. I’m sure there would have been some emails sent, phone calls made, etc. But the sheer level of backlash was amplified with the poor performance Saturday vs. Wofford.

The frustration of the game and the play on the field was directed at Reese, these ladies, TDP, Don Munson, and Dabo Swinney at a level much greater than had the play on the field not caused frustration.

All of which makes Saturday more important, if that is possible. Clemson needs to improve their play and then go out and beat Auburn Saturday. If so, things will simmer down very quickly.

I’ve said all offseason that Auburn will be the biggest game of the 1st QTR of the season. Florida State will be the biggest game of the entire year. These next two weeks are going to shape the perception of Clemson football…a perception that will be hard to erase as the season goes on. It should be a fun day.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Guide To A Clemson Weekend-Auburn

Guide To A Clemson Weekend
By Scott Rhymer
Host of The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 104.9 FM
6:00-900 Saturday Morning


Here in Clemson, an offseason of angst has led to a squirmy two weeks of football to open the 2011 season. After two weeks of lackluster opponents, in comes Auburn, a team with the longest winning streak in the nation and the defending National Champions.

I really enjoyed my trip to Auburn last year, despite the outcome of the game. As most Clemson fans will say, we have a genuine appreciation for what we have at Clemson on a game weekend and we are eager to share that with visitors. I believe this to be even more the case in the post-Texas A&M era where Clemson fans try their best to treat visitors with the type of brotherhood as we were treated in Texas.

So this is a quick (certainly not all-inclusive) look at what I feel are “don’t miss” things about a Clemson weekend that Auburn fans can use as they come into Clemson this weekend. The hope of this blog is that Auburn fans can have a road map of the things to do in Clemson next weekend and that Clemson fans can have a reminder of some of the truly unique things that we have to offer and pass it on via multiple social network sites to put out the word to our visitors.

Friday Night
With the early kickoff on Saturday, many fans will make their way into Clemson on Friday. For those that will arrive early enough, a round of golf at the Walker Course is a must do. The comparisons of Auburn being similar to Clemson without the lake were a stretch (in my opinion), but Auburn fans can get a great view of Lake Hartwell on the back nine at the Walker Course, including the Tiger Paw Hole, #17.

Friday evening in Clemson is a mix of food and fun, depending on your age and depending on how late a night you want to make Friday considering the early start time of the game. My favorite restaurant in Clemson is Sardi’s Den, which is exactly where I will be on Friday night just like I am every Friday prior to a home football game. I am a bit picky with my ribs, so my endorsement of Sardi’s ribs should be taken with a close eye. Very few places in South Carolina do ribs as well as Sardi’s and a full-rack with fries is enough food for two people, although this one usually does it by himself! The rest of the food (I hear) is great at Sardi’s, although I would never know because of my love of the ribs and considering I never order anything else. The atmosphere is laid back in the true sense of the word…even down to the can beer instead of bottles.

My only other food recommendation in Clemson on Friday night is Calhoun Corners or Pixie and Bills. Both are outstanding and they have different menus and different atmospheres, so it best to check out their web site for more information.

http://www.tigergourmet.com/

With all restaurants in Clemson, I would highly encourage you to get a reservation.

If a watering hole is your idea of fun, it really comes down to two places that a visitor to Clemson does not want to miss. Tiger Town Tavern http://www.tigertowntavern.com/
is the place to be if you are going to be on College Avenue in the heart of downtown Clemson. There will be a smattering of older folks in TTT, especially before 10:00. After that, it will become Grand Central Station for Clemson students.

If the hustle and bustle of College Avenue and the college kids is not your cup of tea, I’d venture a mile or so down the road towards Death Valley to the World Famous Esso Club
http://theessoclub.com/
You will be in the shadow of Death Valley and with a “more experienced” crowd at the Esso Club. This is Brent Musburger’s favorite place in Clemson, and they honor him on the walls at the bar area.

Saturday-Pre Game
The first words of advice about a noon kickoff in Clemson is to arrive early. And when I say early, I mean 4 hours prior to the game kind of early. Traffic moving into Clemson for a noon kickoff can become a crawl once you hit the three hour window prior to the game. This is especially true on noon games with visiting teams that bring a lot of fans into the area, which Auburn will do Saturday. Auburn fan’s lack of knowledge with the driving routes into Clemson will add to the confusion and expected delays. If you don’t want your pregame festivities to be held in your car sitting in traffic, arrive to your parking area by 8:00 a.m. and then enjoy the rest of your tailgate in a parked spot. All parking lots open at 6:00 a.m. and, unlike Auburn, you cannot set your tent up the night before in a spot that you want!

I would be remiss not to mention our broadcast (Tiger Pregame Show) that will begin airing Saturday at 6:00 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com. We will break down the game and give our predictions during our show, which ends at 9:00 a.m. If you download (for free) the Tune In App for your Droid phone or IPad, you can stream WCCP 104.9 on your drive from Alabama. You should also be able to pick up the station on your radio around Commerce, Georgia.

In terms of parking, the first caution for visitors lucky enough to have a parking pass is to ensure that you know which route to take to get to the space. This information can be found on the parking pass itself, or at www.clemsontigers.com. Not all roads lead to certain parking areas in an effort to control the traffic flow. For those without parking passes, there are two options for parking depending on what you would prefer doing during the tailgate. You can use the below PDF file parking map for reference.
http://www.clemson.edu/athleticvideo/Stadium/2006%20Stadium%20Map.pdf

For those just looking to park and then walk the beautiful Clemson campus and/or hit the downtown restaurants and bars, I would encourage you to use the General Parking off of Cherry Road. For those that are going to set up a tailgate and remain at your spot until the game, I would recommend the YMCA General Parking Area (just off the PDF map above in the bottom right). The YMCA lot is just over the Highway 93 bridge and is located on Lake Hartwell. The YMCA lot offers plenty of grass to tailgate on as well as a view of the lake. Shuttle busses will route you to and from the stadium from the YMCA lot, but the walk is not that bad if you prefer. This is also where visitor Motor Homes can park.

After you park, if you decide to move in and around the campus and the IPTAY parking lots, you will find Clemson fans friendly and more than welcome to offer you a drink and/or food. In fact, you will have a hard time making your way through these lots without Clemson fans offering you to stop at their tailgate. For those that will not tailgate at their car, all of the College Avenue restaurants and bars will be open early, including the Esso Club near the stadium.

Our show (Tiger Pregame Show) and the Tiger Tailgate Show (which airs Saturday from 9:00-11:00) broadcast “Live from the lawn at Littlejohn”. This is the grass area between Death Valley and Littlejohn Coliseum (our basketball arena). If you are looking to soak in a game day atmosphere, this is the place to be during the radio broadcast. Hundreds of folks will congregate to hear the shows and to take part in cheers, etc. It will remind you of College Game Day on ESPN without the huge crowds. I should also mention that there are public restrooms open behind the radio broadcast areas (if you or your groups prefer to avoid a Port-O-Potty).

Tiger Walk (similar to what Auburn does on their game days) takes place in the West Endzone parking area (Lot 5 on map above). If you want to see the Clemson players and coaches walk into the stadium and welcome them with your War Eagle Chant, this is the place to be at 10:00.

At 11:00, the Clemson Tiger Band will prepare for their walk into the stadium beginning at the corner of Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive. For those of you parking at the Cherry Road area lot, this will mark a good point for you to come into the stadium by following Tiger Band down to Death Valley. The band walks down Fort Hill Street, around the Scroll Of Honor Memorial, under the North Stands overhang, and into the stadium in the West Endzone. The color and pageantry of Tiger Band and the playing of Tiger Rag will certainly get you fired up for the game.

In terms of when you should enter the stadium, I would encourage you to enter at least 45 minutes prior to kickoff. Clemson is in the process of a new ticket scanning system, and entry into Death Valley has been slow the first two weeks of this season. Considering this game is a sell out, it is safe to say it will be even slower Saturday. By arriving in the stadium early, you will avoid missing the pregame festivities and, of course, the Tigers running down the hill.

Pre Game-Inside Stadium
Assuming you arrive early enough to get your seats, the color and pageantry of a Clemson pregame is something that most say is an unforgettable experience. “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds In College Football” actually starts in the West Endzone about 10 minutes prior to kickoff as the team and coaches are loaded onto busses for the short trip around the north side of the stadium to around the east side of the stadium where The Hill is located. Clemson band will strike up “Orange Bowl March” before getting into formation. When the cannon sounds, Clemson will treat you to a truly unique experience that still leaves the hair on my neck standing even after all of these years. The spelling of C-L-E-M-S-O-N as the Tigers come down the hill is a must see for any serious college football fan. Have your cameras ready for this moment. Much like your pride in the War Eagle, this is something a visitor simply does not want to miss.

After The Game
If you have lower deck tickets for the game on Saturday, you can experience one of the unique Clemson experiences. Clemson allows fans, young and old, to go onto the field after the game. There is a 1 minute delay once the final tick of the clock has gone off. This is in place so coaches of both teams can shake hands and then exit the field quickly. You can enter the field either in the East Endzone (The Hill) or the West Endzone. Clemson players often hang around long enough for fans to get their autographs and/or pictures taken. Most of the time, opposing team’s players will also hang around and sign autographs as well (depending on the coaching staff of the opposing team).

The only guarantee I can give Saturday is that the Tigers will win! All of us in Clemson sure hope that it is the Clemson Tigers, but regardless you will find the atmosphere after the game as hospitable as before the game, regardless of the outcome. My advice is to sit tight after the game and don’t be in a hurry to get out of Clemson because there are no “quick” ways out of Clemson on a game day. Clemson fans will remain in parking lots until the sun sets, watching other football games and enjoying their time with friends and family.

I know I speak for all of Clemson Nation when I say…”Welcome To Clemson”. We hope to leave you with a great impression of our game day and we also hope that you leave with a loss!

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Pregame Show Sunday Updates

It was a rough day in the old prediction studio!

Will's ACC Lock Of The Week was Stanford + 19.5 and he easily won that as Stanford rolled. Will moves to 2-0 on the year in his lock of the week.

Scott's SEC Lock Of The Week was Mississippi State straight up over Auburn. That fell one yard short, and Scott moves to 1-1 on the year.

The Clemson picks were a mess this week to say the least!

Will picked Clemson 56-14, which is a differential of 34 points.
Roy picked Clemson 51-17, which is a differential of 26 points.
Scott picked Clemson 55-20, which is a differential of 27 points.

So for the second week in a row, Roy Philpott picks the game the closest.

Yearly Differential Standings After Week 2:
Roy (-29 points)
Scott (-34 points)
Will (-41 points)

Will Vandervort prevailed in the Bottom Line Segment this week, moving he and Roy Philpott to an even 1-1. Thanks to those that tuned into the Tiger Pregame Show on Saturday and for those that submitted questions for our new “Bottom Line” segment in hour #3. We look forward to getting some more questions next Saturday for Will Vandervort and Roy Philpott to go head to head on.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Broadcast Notes

Friday Broadcast Notes
By Scott Rhymer


Reminder that I will be on with Mickey Plyler every Friday morning at 6:20 a.m. to review the previous week and to look forward to the upcoming game on Saturday. You can tune in to WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com.

Our 104th consecutive broadcast is ready to go. We crank things up at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning with Will Vandervort and I live on the lawn at Littlejohn. Roy Philpott will join us in the final hour for our 2nd consecutive Bottom Line Segment.

Also remember starting Saturday you can submit questions for the Bottom Line Segment via Twitter or Facebook. If you choose Twitter, make sure you include the @tigerpregame in the message so it moves directly to our Twitter mentions section…which is easier to find. If we use your question, we will mention you by name on the air. The Bottom Line Segment will air starting at 11:40 on the Tiger Pregame Show.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wofford-Wednesday Broadcast Notes

Wofford-Wednesday Broadcasting Notes
By Scott Rhymer

Let me begin by saying I loved the comments Tuesday from Kevin Steele and Chad Morris regarding the performance of their units and what they expect from their units. Hearing both of them will do nothing but fire you up and get you ready for game day.

As I have said all offseason, the goal is to win the ACC this year. Nothing happened for Clemson Saturday that changes that goal for me. And nothing happened in the ACC last Saturday that makes me think that goal should be changed.

Confirmed today that Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, and Kevin Steele will have interviews on the Tiger Pregame Show this Saturday. Tajh Boyd and Duane Allen will also be on the show.


Two freshman will also make their Tiger Pregame Show debut. Sammy Watkins and Stephone Anthony will join us on the show.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 6th Broadcast News and Notes

Tuesday, September 6 Tiger Pregame Show Updates

Update on segments that involve predictions from last Saturday’s Tiger Pregame Show and a quick look at this week’s show.

Will’s SEC Lock of the Week
Will picked ECU to cover the 22 vs. South Carolina. He was correct and 1-0 on the year.

Scott’s ACC Lock of the Week
Scott picked Maryland over Miami. He was correct and 1-0 on the year.

Clemson Game Prediction
Will Vandervort: Clemson-38, Troy-21 (7 Point Differential)
Scott Rhymer Clemson-45, Troy-24 (7 Point Differential)
Roy Philpott Clemson-41, Troy-20 (3 Point Differential)

Bottom Line Segment
Scott Rhymer awarded Roy Philpott the winner of the Bottom Line Segment for Week 1 by siding with Roy 3-1 over Will Vandervort.

More info on interviews will be available later today, so check back to the blog at that time.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Really Random Rants-Week 1 Vs. Troy

Really Random Rants-Week 1 Vs. Troy
By Scott Rhymer

Week one is in the books and the Tigers did what you have to do in a non-conference game…get the win. Most of us thought that we would feel a little shaky after the first game, but I’m not sure I was prepared to wonder whether we were going to win the game or not. Midway through the 3rd QTR, I still did not know for sure and that was something I was not prepared for.

With that being said, my thoughts are still that this team should make a serious run for an ACC Championship this year. Nothing I saw from Clemson on Saturday (or from any other ACC team on Saturday) has dampened my enthusiasm for this year. We are a work in progress…but we don’t have to be perfect right now. We need to play tougher on the offensive line and we need to tackle better on defense and things will improve quickly.

Without further ado, here are my Really Random Rants for Week 1.

Defensive Numbers
Much has been said since Saturday about the defensive yards given up. Missed tackles were a big concern, but from a statistical standpoint, the defense actually performed better Saturday than in last year’s season opener vs. North Texas. Last year, Clemson gave up 462 yards on 83 plays, including a dismal 50% (11 of 22) of third down conversions.

Saturday, Clemson gave up 423 total yards on 78 offensive plays with a third down conversion rate of 39% (7 of 18). Neither day will go down in history as outstanding defense, but Troy is a much better offense than North Texas was and yet Clemson performed better in the season opener this year. In addition, Clemson got better defensively as the season went along, which is a testament of Kevin Steele and his staff's coaching ability.

I’m not going to jump off any bridges yet with this defense, mainly because of the history of Steele’s coaching record at Clemson. Our defense has issues, just like we did last year. Let’s see if Steele can minimize those issues as the season goes on.

Young Pups Were On The Field
An obvious contrast for this year compared to last is that no time was wasted to put the freshman on the field. Below is the participation chart from Saturday for non-starters, and you can see a bunch of freshman and redshirt freshman dot the list:

Clemson: 1-BRYANT, 2-WATKINS, 3-V. BEASLEY, 5B-BELLAMY, 6B-BARNES, 7-STEWARD, 8S-STOUDT, 8-PARKER, 11-B. McNEAL, 12-ST. ANTHONY, 13-BENTON, 14-JENKINS, 19-PEAKE, 21-ROBINSON, 22-HOWARD, 25-McDOWELL, 26-M. JONES, 27-R. SMITH, 30-DIEHL, 32-LEWIS, 33-SHUEY, 35-JOSEPH, 37-KA. BROWN, 38-PETERS, 39-CATANZARO, 41-ANDREWS, 43-SHATLEY, 45-D. BROWN, 46-WILLARD, 47-HARRISON, 50-JARRETT, 52-FAJGENBAUM, 54-SANDERS, 62-CLOY, 63-B. THOMAS, 67-K. DAVIS, 70-TIMOTHY, 77-WEBSTER, 80-FORD, 82-TRAYLOR, 84-DAR. SMITH, 86-COOPER, 90-KO. BROWN, 91-WATSON, 93-CRAWFORD, 95-T. THOMAS, 96-ZIMMERMAN, 99-WILLIAMS.

It seems obvious to me that our coaches learned the lessons of playing returning players too long to start the year in 2010. The luxury of the schedule this year is we get 3 non-conference games to give those young pups as many reps as we can before FSU rolls into town. The more snaps these kids take in the first three weeks, the further along they will be when the conference season rolls in. That seems like the obvious decision…but let’s not forget that Deandre Hopkins did not start playing significant snaps until after the ACC season was underway last year…thus forcing Hopkins to “learn” during critical games. Major kudos to the coaches for putting the best players on the field Saturday.

Ticket Scanning A Work In Progress
First, let me say it is long past time for Clemson to move into the 21st Century with state of the art technology and the ticketing practices. The ticket scanners at Clemson are a good thing, and we knew it would be an issue in the first week. To their credit, the Clemson Athletic Department did give warnings for fans to enter the stadium early in order to avoid long lines upon entry.

I can’t speak for the South Stands, but the entry into Memorial Stadium on the North side was painstakingly slow as long lines delayed hundreds of fans from entering the stadium prior to the team running down the hill.

Frustration was high for fans waiting to get in. My issue was not with the slow entry because I knew that I was cutting it close to get inside the stadium (I did not heed the Athletic Department warnings about entering early). Where I find fault is the fact that some of the gates were not open, causing confusion and creating bottlenecks.

Gate 7 was not operational, leaving thousands of fans that normally enter via that gate instead flooding Gate 9 and Gate 5. Also, as I entered Gate 9 (after a 30 minute wait), I noticed that at least 2 of the entry points in Gate 9 were not manned by a ticket taker.

Some blame should be directed at fans like me who did not enter earlier than normal as warned. However, if you are going to implement a new scanning system, it seems reasonable to have all gates open and all portals inside the large gates operational.

Clemson invested a good deal of money in the scanners and training of ticket takers…why come up short a few scanners here and there that result in some gates becoming dormant? If the lines were long and you had every operational gate open and running, it would be hard to find fault. But that is not what happened, at least in the North Stands.

Pace Of Offense
Maybe I was expecting more than I should, but the pace of the offense did not live up to the hype that was generated in preseason camp (at least in week 1). Clemson ran only 69 plays (far below the 80-85 Morris is searching for). Clemson lost the time of possession battle with Troy by almost 5 minutes.

Considering Troy runs a fast tempo, most of us thought that Clemson would easily run 85 plays on Saturday and the two teams might combine for as many as 170 plays. The reality was that only 147 plays were run between the two teams, which is not atypical of a college football game in this era.

So I wonder if the pace has been overstated or if the week 1 adjustments to the offense are only a starting point and the pace will quicken in each of the next few games? Morris admitted that he could not get his team in a groove during the first half, and maybe that has something to do with the fact that Clemson only ran 69 total plays. But considering the substantial hype surrounding how fast Clemson was going to play on offense, the thud you heard in Death Valley was the fans that thought they were going to see a blistering pace instead only seeing a quick pace.

Defenseless Punt Return Penalty
Late in the game, Deandre Hopkins fielded a punt and was leveled by Troy defender Kanorris Davis. A flag was thrown and Clemson was awarded 15 yards. I thought Davis should have been ejected from the game in addition to the penalty.

Considering the circumstance of the game (late 4th QTR when game was no longer in doubt) plus the fact that Davis seemed to deliberately take a free shot at Hopkins, a 15 yard penalty seems to lack the consequence that is warranted.

Hopkins is a guy that we need on our football team as the season rolls along, and a senseless and violent penalty at that stage of the game should warrant an ejection to protect players who are in a vulnerable position (such as a punt returner).

Overall, the officiating was excellent and the Troy players played with heart and effort and did so with class and dignity. The one bad decision by Davis should not reflect on Troy’s team and coaches. But the incident itself should not have happened and Davis is fortunate to walk out of Memorial Stadium at the end of the game as opposed to an early shower.

Broadcast Updates
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Rating The Value Of Clemson's Opponents

Clemson’s Opponents-Overrated or Underrated?
By Scott Rhymer

My Kickoff Eve predictions of teams Clemson will play this year and whether their value is being hyped by media and fans or if they are flying under the radar a bit. Save this for December if you must, but I feel confident that I will be more right than wrong when the season ends.

Troy…Underrated
Don’t expect a shellacking Saturday. In fact, I would not be surprised to be a little uneasy throughout the first half.

Wofford…Overrated
How can Wofford be overrated? Well, they are from South Carolina and for that we would like to think they will put up a fight next week. Good news is we get to work on Georgia Tech by playing Wofford as their offenses are similarly wacky.


Auburn…Underrated
I don’t care how many players they lost, if you are the defending National Champion you have players and coaches capable of beating Clemson in Death Valley. A win vs. Auburn would not only be a rarity in the two program’s history, but an accomplishment this year regardless of personnel losses of the other Tigers.


Florida State-Overrated
The ‘Noles are getting way too much love in the preseason. Jimbo Fisher is turning that program around, but they have not beat Clemson in Death Valley in forever and they still have issues at various places on both sides of the ball. Their ACC schedule is a joke…but that does not make them a great football team.


Virginia Tech…Underrated
The Hokies are a legitimate National Championship contender based on their coaches, players, and the favorable schedule they have. Add to the fact that Clemson travels to Blacksburg (the only stadium I actually fear) and the formula for winning that game is not in our favor.


Boston College…Underrated
Since they came into the league, I’ve yet to see a bad BC football team play against Clemson. Yet every year people think they are going to stink. And every year people are wrong.


Maryland…Underrated
New coach that knows what he is dong and a very good QB. That is a recipe for a team that is dangerous. College Park has not been kind to Clemson recently; minus the one year James Davis guaranteed a win.


North Carolina…Overrated
Lots of talent that somehow kept from imploding last year. This year will not be as kind. UNC will fall apart after a few losses and the walls begin to cave in.


Georgia Tech…Underrated
Nobody is talking about the Yellow Jackets after their dismal year last year. But Paul Johnson has recruited well and don’t be surprised if Georgia Tech challenges VT for the Coastal Division. Piped in music and digital video boards also cause problems for Clemson.


Wake Forest-Overrated
Jim Grobe should have gone to Nebraska when asked. As it is, he is stuck in a dead-end job with a program that simply does not care about football.


NC State-Overrated
I am beginning to think my respect for Tom O’Brien had more to do with Matt Ryan than O’Brien’s coaching ability.


South Carolina-Overrated
No team will fall further than the Gamecocks this year. The Gamecocks are some people’s preseason BCS National Champion. There is way too much hype around this football team. Too many expectations that leave the Gamecocks as SEC Champions or disappointment. South Carolina is a good team but will trip over invisible lines to find a way to screw it up. And they will….because that is what they do best.


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