NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – The ACC released its 2013 football schedules on Monday and for Clemson it’s the kind of slate championships are made of …. that is Florida State-style championships of the 1990s and early 2000s where the road map was beat one or two quality opponents and then feast on cupcakes.
Take a look, this is exactly the kind of schedule Clemson should hope for:
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CLEMSON -The MLB Draft has robbed Jack Leggett of tremendous talent over the years: Zack Greinke, Jeff Francouer and Daniel Norris were among the Clemson signees that turned pro when offered million-dollar plus signing bonuses. Clemson has a commitment from nation’s No. 1 rated prep prospect this year in outfielder Austin Meadows — who is a senior like Robert Nkemdiche at Grayson High (Ga.) — another player Clemson is likely to lose to the draft.
The key in baseball recruiting is to sign really good players, but players that are not so elite that they’ll command seven-figure bonuses and turn pro thereby bypassing the college game. It’s a tricky game that requires projecting really, really young prospects.
But this year’s freshman class contains a number of such players and might be one of Leggett’s best classes in recent years. The class is making an immediate impact.
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NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – Our own Gene Sapakoff wrote about the Clowney dilemma today: should the uber-talented South Carolina defensive end stay in college and enjoy terrorizing college QBs on Saturdays? Or should he simply sit out the season and guarantee that he’s the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft. After all, he saw what happened to teammate Marcus Lattimore.
Now Clowney says he intends to play, and he never hinted at the notion of sitting out. So this is really a non-story that began with a column in the Charlotte Observer, one suggesting Clowney had nothing to gain by playing this season so he should sit. (You could argue NFL scouts would question his drive and interest in football by sitting, but he’d still be the No. 1 pick even with that red flag).
But the Clowney question is much bigger than one person’s choice – even if it’s a choice created by the media. That we’re even asking whether there’s enough incentive for a college star to play is further evidence of fault lines developing in the amateur system.
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NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – Dabo Swinney is not a fan of deregulation as you can read here.
The Clemson coach knows it means more spending for athletic departments.
Swinney knows it will create a greater separation between the Haves and the Have Nots, and not just a further separating of the BCS-conference schools from the non-BCS schools, but creating greater divisions in power conferences.
He knows Clemson has a choice to make.
“I think Clemson is one of those programs that’s going to have to make a decision on which way we want to go,” Swinney said. “Do we want to continue to be elite or are we going to be satisfied with pretty good?”
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NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – As rapper Warren G once mused, we must regulate.
I imagine even most staunch free market proponents appreciate that the jet airliners they fly on, the food they buy at supermarkets, is regulated for quality. While a lot of factors went into the Great Recession, the lack of regulation in the housing market was a key aspect.
And, no, I’m not Paul Krugman’s brother.
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