CLEMSON – And so it begins, Aug. 2 on the Clemson practice fields.
Opening day of fall camp is this coming Friday, the first of 18 practice sessions scheduled between then and Aug. 20, a 19-day period. That’s in addition to a pair of Saturday scrimmages at Memorial Stadium slated for Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.
Practices are closed to the public. The media will get 30-minute viewing windows at the start of practice Friday and Aug. 7 (the first padded practice), as well as a couple other dates to be determined, according to the school.
Two-a-days are scheduled to take place Aug. 9, Aug. 12, Aug. 14 and Aug. 19. The team has Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 21 off, plus no on-field sessions during Fan Appreciation Day (Aug. 18 from 3-5 p.m.)
Regular practice schedules commence Aug. 22, one day after the fall semester begins at Clemson. The Tigers open the 2013 season Aug. 31 hosting Georgia at Death Valley.
Clemson, South Carolina part of ESPN previews: Football fans in the Palmetto State might want to fire up their DVRs the first full week of August.
ESPN will film college football season preview shows from ten campuses around the country, airing on College Football Live from Aug. 5-16. Each segment begins at 5 p.m. ET, complete with coach and player interviews.
The first three subjects of the DirecTV Mobile Studio Tour are all of local interest.
Clemson’s season preview will air Tuesday, Aug. 6 on ESPNU, with College GameDay’s Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack on hand. The following afternoon of Aug. 7, South Carolina will be featured by Tom Rinaldi and Todd McShay, also on ESPNU.
Georgia, which takes on the Tigers and Gamecocks to open its season, kicks off the series on Monday, Aug. 5, with Fowler, Herbstreit and Pollack. That segment airs on ESPN2.
The rest of the schedule includes Alabama on Aug. 8 and Oregon on Aug. 9. The second week features, in order, Louisville, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Oklahoma.
Big fish, small pond: A study by sports marketing analysts from Atlanta’s Emory Goizueta Business School finds Clemson’s fan base to be tops in the ACC. A conference, which, in turn, scored the lowest of the major power conferences in this topic.
The study used data from the past decade to evaluate attendance and revenues generated comparatively to the team’s perennial success. (Meaning, Alabama fans had to step up their game proportionally higher than Indiana fans.)
Emory’s Revenue Premium Based Brand Equity Rankings spit out Clemson fans as the kings of the league, edging out Virginia Tech, Syracuse and North Carolina. Historical powerhouse Florida State rated seventh, and in the league’s basement resided last-place Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College.
However, the study also combined each power conference’s cumulative ratings. To no surprise, the SEC led that list.
The ACC finished sixth out of six, edged by the American Athletic Conference.