Archive for February, 2010

Clemson’s Spiller & Ford Shine At NFL Combine

Posted: February 28, 2010 by El Swann in Clemson, Football

Both former Tigers blew the doors off with sub 4.3 times. Spiller ran an unofficial 4.27  while which was later kicked up to a 4.37. Jacoby Ford managed a 4.28 in the 40 yard dash and his time stood. Ford’s time tied him for the best wide receiver time in ten years.  No matter how you slice it, both were quite impressive today and you can’t coach speed.

In the end, Spiller looks to have solidified himself as the number one running back headed into the draft, but of the two it was Ford who made large gains. Not only did he put down an amazing time in the 40 yard dash, he also showed steady hands during pass catching drills which as only boosted his stock.

Check out these two interviews with Spiller and Ford from the combine. Both former Clemson Tigers are featured on the front page of the NFL.com.

http://www.nfl.com/

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/09000d5d816a6b6e/C-J-Spiller-interview

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-player-interviews/09000d5d816a5dda/Jacoby-Ford-interview

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a show talking about the combined SEC football and SEC basketball wins over the last five seasons. I was a bit surprised to find out that South Carolina ranked #11 overall in the SEC. Even when you factor in baseball the Gamecocks only move up to #9.

Hearing that, I thought it would be interesting to check out how the ACC fares as well. So I put the numbers together and ranked the teams based on the total number of wins. These numbers should be correct as of the time and date this was posted.

Where would you expect Clemson to finish in the ACC? I guess most of you would expect to find Clemson around #5 or #6 in combined sports. Read on to find out how the Tigers have done in recent seasons.

It’s pretty interesting how it all boils down. I didn’t take the liberty to add baseball, but I will try to put that together in the next few days.

Football Wins (2009-2005)

#1 Virginia Tech- 52

#2 Boston College – 44

#3 Georgia Tech – 43

#4 Clemson – 41

#5 Florida State

#6 (tie) Miami – 37

#6 (tie) Wake Forest -37

#8 Maryland – 30

#9 Virginia – 29

#10 North Carolina – 28

#11 North Carolina State – 26

#12 Duke – 11

Basketball Wins (2009-2005)

#1 Duke – 130

#2 North Carolina – 124

#3 Clemson – 105

#4 Florida State – 102

#5 Maryland – 100

#6 Boston College – 95

#7 Virginia Tech – 93

#8 Wake Forest – 91

#9 (tie) Miami – 85

#9 (tie) North Carolina State – 85

#11 Georgia Tech – 76

#12 Virginia – 74

Total Football and Basketball Wins (2009-2005)

#1 North Carolina – 152

#2 Clemson – 146

#3 Virginia Tech – 145

#4 Duke – 141

#5 Florida State – 140

#6 Boston College – 139

#7 Maryland – 130

#8 Wake Forest – 128

#9 Miami – 122

#10 Georgia Tech – 119

#11 North Carolina State – 111

#12 Virginia – 103

What’s your take on this information? I am proud of both Clemson programs, but until we win an ACC Championship in either sport these wins aren’t worth very much.

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I’ve Been Wrong Before, Glad I Was Again

Posted: February 13, 2010 by El Swann in Basketball, Clemson
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Sure, I will openly admit that I missed it big time. I thought the Tigers were packing it in. Even though last week’s prediction of 6-10 in ACC play is still possible, Purnell’s Tigers proved me wrong, and I am happy about it.

After the mid season slump, or as most might call it “typical Clemson basketball”, the Tigers rebounded and have won two straight and are back above .500 in conference. A welcomed change.

I was shocked at how easily Clemson pulled away from Florida State (77-67) and then how well they responded against Miami (74-66) after the Hurricanes made multiple runs during Saturday’s contest.

After reviewing both games, I don’t think it’s strictly poor shooting that has hampered the Tigers. No matter how large a lead Clemson can gather during the game, they appear destined to have multiple stretches of five or more minutes without a bucket. It comes down to execution on offense.

There are too many possessions given away with bad mistakes. It didn’t happen all that much in the past two games, but it’s still there. A prime example came during the beginning of the Florida State game. Clemson managed to only score nine points while holding FSU scoreless the first 4:40 of the contest. Instead of putting themselves in a commanding position, Clemson didn’t score again until it was a 9-8 ballgame some three minutes later. The top teams in the country rarely have those slumps, I see them too frequently with this Clemson team.

In the end, after going 2-0 this week, you have to like where the Tigers are sitting as compared to last week. Now Clemson gets to rest up for a good Virginia team. Those two square off on next Saturday and the Tigers get to rest but UVA has to play 3 games before then.

Virgina plays tonight, Monday, and Wednesday due to a postponed game against Maryland. I think their tired legs might be enough for Clemson to get to 7-5 before leaving the friendly confines of Littlejohn Colosseum.

I don’t know that this team has enough to make a big NCAA run, but I now think they can make it there. If the outside shooting can continue around the 42% mark that the Tigers shot against Miami they will be pretty tough to beat? If not, please see previous post.

Face It, This Team is Finished

Posted: February 10, 2010 by El Swann in Basketball, Clemson

I have never been one to throw in the towel, but after watching this basketball team the past few weeks it’s hard to see this season ending on a positive note. I can only hope that I get to eat my words and that you all will hold me to it. But I would suggest getting those NIT plans together because the NCAA tournament isn’t happening.

First of all, as I mentioned on this week’s Clemson Hotline, I don’t see the passion from the coaching staff that one would expect at this point in the year. Heck, Larry Shyatt picked up technical fouls when he thought we were getting shafted. I’m not saying that Oliver Purnell doesn’t care, but where is his fire right now? This team is in a tailspin and I want to see Coach Purnell getting hot!

I have seen poor officiating all year and I don’t recall one single technical being called on Oliver Purnell. Do I want my coach to be a loose canon? No. Do I want him to get in the refs face when there are obvious mistakes? Yeah! Who wouldn’t. I expected Oliver to get one to show the team he was ticked off at Virginia Tech, but it never came. I was as frustrated with the coaching staff as I have been in his career.

Secondly, we can’t shoot. Losing Rivers and Oglesby was certain to hurt us, but when people thought David Potter would be their replacement, I knew we were in trouble. Potter has his flashes, but most of the time he is a deer in the headlights. I don’t think he possesses the killer instinct necessary to knock down big shots.

Sadly, we don’t have a single guy on the roster who has the ability to hit important shots, or for that matter, to create their own shot at any point during the game. Andre Young is a nice option, but he is too small and can’t create a mid-range opportunities because of his size. Eventually, the guy who could do it is Noel Johnson, but he is still too young and inexperienced. If Johnson gets confident, he could be amazing. The kid can flat out stroke the basketball. I see a ton of upside, but this season’s time is running out.

On the flipside, since we can’t shoot, we can’t press. The press has been a staple of Oliver Purnell coached teams. If you are not hitting shots or getting fast break buckets, you are not able to set up the press. When we can’t set the press, we don’t get easy points, and our shooting percentage sinks. It’s a sad but true cycle.

Lastly, look at the half court offensive sets. Is there a team in the ACC that runs their offense any worse than we do? Can you identify what we are trying to do in the half court? I’ve compared it to bad square dancing. No one seems to know where they are supposed to be or what they are supposed to be doing. I hate to be harsh, but it ‘s tough to watch. We have guys who should be slashers standing around the perimeter with no cuts or screens. I’m not an offensive expert, but I can spot poor execution.

I fully expect Florida State to come in to Littlejohn tonight and cruise to victory. I think the Seminoles win it by 15 points or so and here’s why.

They will be more aggressive, control the tempo and more importantly the paint. It’s easy to see that if you eliminate Trevor Booker you will beat the Clemson Tigers. Solomon Alabi will have one job on defense, hold down Booker and help out on Grant.

In addition to that, Clemson has played passively over the past few weeks and Florida State has seen it on film. I think they will attack Clemson early and hope for a quick knockout punch.

Take note of the attitude that Florida State plays with tonight. That’s how Clemson will need to play from now on if they want to save this season.  Right now, I’m banking on a 6-10 conference record. Until I see a change on the court, Clemson’s NCAA dreams are finished.