BY AARON BRENNER
CLEMSON — As of 8:42 this morning, Cole Stoudt has 6,579 Twitter followers. K.J. McDaniels has 3,439. Together, that’s a shade over 10k. For an apples-to-oranges comparison, Daniel Rodriguez has more than 11,000.
Stoudt doesn’t tweet that often, and his name has only been known beyond Clemson diehards and comic book-themed social media enthusiasts for about 10 days – though he did (and should) hit up Tajh Boyd‘s likeness for more Twitter groupies (Twoupies?)
As for McDaniels – his profile’s a little hard to find, he doesn’t tweet often about basketball, and … um … no, no, that IS weird he’s got fewer followers than some of the hacks who cover him. (Much love, @SteelerWill and @LarryWilliamsTI.)
Stoudt and McDaniels will see their fame rise a little bit this afternoon when they command the WestZone football team room podium all to themselves. McDaniels meets the media at 12:15 p.m. to talk about his long-awaited decision to leave Clemson basketball for the NBA Draft, while Stoudt will follow at 2 p.m. to take questions about being named the starting quarterback.
Expect McDaniels to praise his school for helping him grow as a player and a person – he clearly cared about Clemson, otherwise, he wouldn’t have needed three weeks after the end of the season to make the call to pack his bags. His head coach, Brad Brownell, will also be available to wax poetic on the man who became known as #Flight32.
Expect Stoudt to say all the right things – just like Boyd pretty much always did – and say them with about a third of the words his predecessor needed. (Yeah, Chad Kelly‘s name will come up. Deshaun Watson‘s, probably, as well.)
That’s not all the live coverage you’ll see today. Dabo Swinney bats second on the ACC Football Coaches Post-Spring Teleconference today, which begins with the first of 14 coaches at 10:30 a.m. with Steve Addazio at Boston College. Swinney will address league reporters at 10:40, before switching to the local guys at 10:50, so look for some interesting commentary from him. Since you asked (and even if you didn’t): Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher follows Swinney at 10:50, and Louisville’s Bobby Petrino bats cleanup at 11 a.m. Talk about a heart of the order.
And Mel Kiper Jr. has another NFL Draft teleconference this afternoon at 1 p.m., when he’s probably going to get asked about Sammy Watkins‘ strong possibility to go No. 2 overall to the Rams as well as how Brandon Thomas‘ ACL tear will affect his draft stock.
While we’re here, I chatted last night at length with Clemson baseball starters Daniel Gossett and Matthew Crownover, who opened up on their weekly routine that helps them round into shape for regionals. (Caught up with Dan Pepicelli and Garrett Boulware, too.) The way things are shaking out on the diamond, it’s probably up to ‘Goose’ and ‘Crown’ how far the Tigers advance in late May or June. Look for that recap Friday leading into the pivotal Miami series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Got all that?
(Hang on, I need to top off my coffee cup. Make it a triple espresso.)
As always, keep your eye on PostandCourier.com and the Tiger Tracks blog as we’ll bring you the latest breaking news and notes from these interviews, plus contextual stories throughout the next week.