Posted on: July 16, 2009 5:19 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2009 5:20 pm

Purnell sets date for CVC fundraiser

Clemson's Oliver Purnell has scheduled a fundraiser for the second consecutive year to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.

It's called "Oliver and Vicky Purnell's Tigerfest 09."

It'll be Oct. 6 in Clemson.

"Vicky and I are committed to doing everything we can to wipe out cancer in our lifetimes," Purnell said.  "We are thrilled that with the help of the extended Clemson family, we can do our part."

Purnell donated $100,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer last season.

Click this link for more information.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 19, 2009 6:37 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2009 6:40 pm

Clemson adds Class of 2009 standout

Former USC signee Noel Johnson has committed to Clemson, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday.

Johnson is a 6-foot-6 wing who decommitted from USC last month because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of the program. Once released, Clemson assistant Josh Postorino got to work, and the result had Clemson beating LSU and a host of other schools for a heralded recruit who will help ease the unexpected loss of Terrence Oglesby (left school to play professionally in Europe).

Scout.com rates Johnson as the 56th-best prospect in the Class of 2009. He joins Milton Jennings (rated 23rd overall) and Devin Booker (rated 65th overall) to give the Tigers three incoming Top 100 prospects.

Clemson is ranked 14th in the preseason CBSSports.com Top 25 (and one) .
Posted on: June 19, 2009 6:28 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2009 6:36 pm
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Posted on: May 26, 2009 11:21 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2009 11:22 pm

Oglesby leaving Clemson for Europe

Clemson sophomore Terrence Oglesby is leaving school to play professionally in Europe, a source close to Oglesby told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

A formal announcement is expected Wednesday.

The source told CBSSports.com that Oglesby is headed to either Italy or Spain, and that he's going to make "NBA money." The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 13.2 points last season. He is scheduled to leave Sunday for Europe.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 6, 2009 5:42 pm

Now I really do need to apologize to FSU

"The folks handling the ACC schedule knew what they were doing, because not only do we get the best two teams in the league against each other this weekend, we also get -- with apologies to Florida State -- the third-best and fourth-best teams in the league squaring-off courtesy of No. 18 Clemson at No. 10 Wake Forest."

That's what I wrote in the Friday Look Ahead .

At best, it's not as clear-cut as I made it.

At worst, it's just wrong.

As Florida State fans have pointed out via email -- and on this message board -- the Seminoles might be ranked behind Clemson in the AP poll, Coaches poll and Top 25 (and one) , but they are tied with Clemson for fourth in the ACC standings, have a better RPI than Clemson and own two victories over ... Clemson.

In fact, if FSU and Clemson both win this weekend, FSU will be the higher seed in the ACC tournament.

So does all that mean FSU is clearly better than Clemson?

No, not clearly .

Remember, Penn State has two wins over Illinois, and I don't hear people arguing that Penn State is clearly better than the Illini. But still, FSU and Clemson are close by most measuring sticks, and FSU does have two victories over Clemson. So I was wrong to definitively label Wake Forest and Clemson as the third-best and fourth-best teams in the ACC ... although I will say that they are absolutely the third-best and fourth-best teams in the ACC who were not placed on probation this week .

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 17, 2009 12:19 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 3:55 pm

No. 1 and No. 2 are technically underdogs today

CLEMSON, S.C. -- I'm not big on sports betting because I'm convinced there's no way to consistently win, regardless of what you might hear on your local sports talk radio station. But I did find it interesting this morning that No. 1 Pittsburgh and No. 2 Wake Forest are both technically "underdogs" today, according to SportsBook.com.

Louisville is a 1.5-point favorite over Pitt at Freedom Hall.

Clemson is a 2.0-point favorite over Wake Forest at Littlejohn Coliseum.

So if you believe the oddsmakers, Clemson should be the lone undefeated team left in Division I basketball by the end of the night, and if it goes down that way it should be quite a scene here this afternoon, which would make my second consecutive weekend in ACC country (I was at North Carolina-Wake Forest last Sunday) just as wild as the previous.

Posted on: January 16, 2009 2:38 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2009 2:50 pm

Dear Gary (on the best way to get to Clemson)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Instead of flying into Atlanta (and driving to Clemson for the Clemson-Wake Forest game), try Charlotte. It will add a few miles but you might save time and headaches. The Charlotte Airport is much easier to get in and out of. Easier Security, better parking and easier drive, in my opinion. Check it out.

-- Cameron

Are you crazy?

I have sworn to never step foot in the Charlotte Airport again unless it's absolutely necessary, because every other time I fly US Airways I end up stuck in Terminal E, drinking expensive beer at the Fox Sports Bar and hating my life. I've written about this extensively; you can read my troubles here, here and here. And beyond all that, Cameron, did you watch TV last night?

There was a plane in a river.

And guess where it was headed?

Yep, Charlotte.

Because it was US Airways.

So while that pilot is clearly a baller, I'm not dealing with those guys again (unless they happen to be advertisers on CBS, in which case I don't mean any of this). On the other hand, I'd rather be stuck in Terminal E than the Hudson River. So there's that. But either way, it doesn't matter, because I'm headed to Atlanta, and I'll see you soon.
Posted on: January 8, 2009 3:14 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2009 3:23 pm

Dear Gary (on how UT could use Terrence Oglesby)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Terrence Oglesby, a Tennessee native as you know, sure could help (Tennessee) right now. But we needed more athletes. ... Yeah right.

-- Lee

As I watched the Vols miss 22 of 28 3-point attempts last night in a loss to Gonzaga -- and noted that they are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc this season, which ranks 265th nationally -- I started wondering, over late drinks with some writers in Knoxville, why we all assumed that losing JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton wouldn't hurt as much as it's hurting. Say what you want about Smith and Lofton, but those dudes could shoot; both made 38 percent of their 3-point attempts last season, and nobody on this roster comes close to approaching those numbers.

So clearly, Tennessee could use a shooter.

And man, Terrence Oglesby really would be nice.

He's the Clemson sophomore from Cleveland, Tenn. -- about 80 miles from Knoxville -- who is averaging 13.5 points for the 12th-ranked Tigers. More important, he's shooting 42.0 percent from 3-point range. Like Smith and Lofton, that dude can shoot. So I'm with you, Lee. Tennessee would've been wise to pursue the in-state product more seriously. But in fairness, Oglesby was not a highly regarded talent on the national level, and most every high-major program passed on him similarly to how most every high-level program passed on Stephen Curry.

Was it a mistake?

Sure, in hindsight.

But I don't remember anybody criticizing the recruiting decision when it happened, which is why it's difficult to criticize UT for missing on Oglesby just like it's difficult to criticize Duke and North Carolina for missing on Curry. That said, why is it always shooters who get overlooked, whether it's Oglesby, Curry or former Florida Gator Lee Humphrey?

(Humphrey was also from Tennessee, it's worth noting.)

What's wrong with having shooters, even if they can't necessarily run and dunk?

With 13 scholarships available, I'll never understand why one or two can't be used on a kid who can just flat-out bury an open jumper. There's a place for a guy like that on every team, and yet so many teams often find themselves with zero capable shooters, and Tennessee is among those this season, save the possible exception of Cameron Tatum.

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