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Clemson is the new West Virginia

Posted on: December 1, 2008 8:16 am

Those who don't study history are doomed to follow West Virginia into the toilet.

That's where Clemson is headed. The toilet. The Tigers apparently are following the Mountaineers' post-Rich Rodriguez plan, which is to say, they're elevating an assistant coach because of his enormous popularity with the current players and his tiny sample size of games as head coach.

At West Virginia, the new coach became longtime assistant Bill Stewart, whose first season at the helm saw the Mountaineers finish out of the BCS picture in the worst season yet for the worst league in the BCS. The Big East is terrible, and West Virginia -- after dominating it under Rodriguez, and with talented quarterback Pat White back -- couldn't win it. West Virginia couldn't even beat East Carolina. Or Colorado.

The Mountaineers are a disappointment, and now it's Clemson's turn.

Dabo Swinney? Are you kidding me? Look, Clemson, you don't kill the king to promote the prince. But that's what you did, running off Tommy Bowden and promoting his receivers coach, Swinney. Because as we all know, Clemson is known as Wide Receiver U.

It looks good now, Clemson fans. I get it. Swinney went 4-2 as interim coach and beat South Carolina. Great. Terrific.

But in three years when Clemson is 4-8, remember where you heard it first.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Dabo Swinney

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2008 10:37 am

Clemson is the new West Virginia

The rankings argument is stupid because the ACC teams were about the same so they beat each other. Go check out the Acc's out of conference record this year that should quiet you ACC haters. They don't have a dominant team but most of the teams are pretty young and are on the up. I will agree the ACC has been awful in the BCS but that is because of no dominant team but top to bottom they are pretty competitive.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2008 10:09 am

Big East may be the worst but.....

The ACC is right behind them because the ACC is a joke as well.  The Pac - 10 other than USC is terrible and has been for a while.  So while the Big East may have been consistently the worst in the BCS, check the rankings of the top teams from the Big East and the ACC you will find that the Big East has had someone ranked ahead of the ACC a lot.  In fact since 2002, the Big East has had a team ranked higher at the end of the season 5 times including this year so far compared to the ACC only having a team higher than BE rankings 2 times.  Actually in 2006 the Big East had 3 teams in the top 12.  The ACC consistently struggles to have a team in the top 15 and would be the closest team to the average ranks of top 15 or better to retain a BCS Bowl for the conference.

Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2008 9:41 am

Common Theme with AD

This has been the MO of Phillips:   put the head coach on the hot seat for early season stumbles, head coach finds a way to win some big games down the stretch, head coach beats crap out of So. Carolina, head coach gets 7 year extension.  Knew watching the game Sat that Swinney was going to be offered the job:  beat the division winner and beat Carolina.  Hope your wrong.  Hope he can inspire a disciplined, physical team like the last Alabama product we had as head coach.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2008 9:18 am

Clemson is the new West Virginia

Dabo Swinney is a fine coach, great recruiter, and a good man. He's young, and lacks experience as a head coach, but Tommy Bowden had years of experience and look where it got him. Charlie Weiss too for that matter.
The only downside for me is that I hoped Dabo would end up on the staff at Alabama.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2008 9:03 am

Clemson is the new West Virginia

Maybe we should have got a big name like Charlie Weiss and pay him 20 something million dollars that worked out good!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2008 8:46 am

Clemson is the new West Virginia

Ya know...I really hope Clemson isn't pinning the success of Swinney on the Backyard Brawl.  That's not the best barometer on how successful that will be.  I honestly don't understand this move.  When a HC's program isn't working, it's not just the fault of the HC but also their staff as well, Swinney was still a part of the imagined or real issues that they had with Bowden.  I thought the idea was to promote up if the season was going well and if you're going to chop heads, you start with a clean slate and not with someone who will carry over the remnants of the program you thought wasn't working in the first place.


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