Talk about your meteor pissing match — Dabo and Boom (“obviously, there was a racial slur”) argue about insults being tossed by Clemson players before their game without having any direct knowledge of whether or not that occurred.
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Well, I see this morning that several Gamecock players had their fee-fees hurt by some of Clemson’s actions towards the end of last night’s blowout.
The 56-7 loss stung plenty for the South Carolina football team.
The way Clemson acted in the final minutes, including late timeouts and showboating, was a step too far, USC players said.
Multiple Gamecocks players directly expressed their displeasure at the way the Tigers finished out Saturday’s Palmetto Bowl. The word “classless” was thrown around, as several South Carolina players said this one will stick in their craws for a while.
“I feel like they kind of disrespected us at the end,” safety D.J. Smith said. “Holding the ball and doing all that showboating. I feel like it wasn’t really classy, but it is a rivalry game. It’s going to stick with all of us and we’re going to remember.”
Wide receiver Terry Googer was visibly upset coming off the field, having to be directed to the locker room before coming out to sing the alma mater.
“Classless is not a strong enough word to describe the actions!” Googer tweeted.
The Gamecocks were on the wrong end of a 56-7 score. Clemson started pulling starters with more than 18 minutes to go. The Tigers used back-to-back timeouts to give seniors and departing juniors a curtain call as the game wound down.
“That last couple minutes was pretty disrespectful,” tight end Hayden Hurst said. “We’ve got a year to think about that and let it sink in.”
Running back A.J. Turner said coach Will Muschamp in the postgame told the team he didn’t like what Clemson did.
Did he now. I wonder how the team took Boom’s classy act before the game’s start.
“Tensions higher”? Color me shocked.
Thanksgiving may only be a meal, but I suspect Agent Muschamp is mighty grateful for the assist he just got from Clemson’s former head coach. (h/t)
I suspect that bad boy’s already gone up on a few locker room walls. Hell, Boom’s probably gonna stuff a turkey or two with it while he’s at it.
It suddenly dawned on me that the Auburn/Clemson game could be a lot of fun to watch.
Meanwhile, Auburn has more questions than answers at many of its positions.
For one, a newcomer could be Auburn’s starting quarterback when Clemson comes to the Plains. Auburn’s identity could also change at several position groups, including the entire defense with the addition of five new staff members, including former Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
Steele was fired at Clemson after West Virginia knocked off the Tigers 70-33 in the 2012 Orange Bowl.
Deshaun Watson facing the Auburn defense does not promise to generate a low-scoring result.
It’s Alabama versus Clemson next Monday… week. Thanks, ESPN.
- Given the lopsided nature of both games yesterday, did the selection committee get things wrong, or is 2015 simply a season for which the old BCS format was better suited?
- Yeah, Deshaun Watson is quite a player, but I came away from that game really impressed with the Clemson defense. Hard to believe that’s some of the same bunch Georgia ran roughshod over just a couple of years ago.
- Giving the devil his due, I was also impressed with the job Junior’s done as a position coach (even if I’m still not swooning over his playcalling). One of the best defenses in the country schemed to make Jake Coker beat it, and Jake Coker did. Can anyone imagine saying the same thing about, say, Greyson Lambert?
- And for those out there who argue that recruiting rankings are overrated, that they’d rather have a team full of motivated three-star kids than whatever, last night’s Cotton Bowl pretty much showed differently. Sure, you’d better be able to coach ’em, and motivation matters, but domination still begins with having more of the Jimmies and Joes than the other team does.
Oh, and let me finish with this bit of snark.
Jon Solomon does the math on the four CFP teams’ finances. The money shot (see what I did there?) is this:
Clemson’s athletic department spent $73.5 million in 2013-14, while the other three CFP schools all exceeded $107 million for athletic expenses. Interestingly though, Clemson was No. 2 among the CFP teams in two key financial categories: salaries for football assistant coaches and support staff. In those measurements, the Tigers are closer to Alabama than they are to Michigan State and Oklahoma. [Emphasis added.]
That’s a bang for the buck lesson it’s taken a long time for the suits in Butts-Mehre to grasp.
It’s a good thing Clemson doesn’t have to pay Deshaun Watson a piece of what he’s helped the school generate this year (“As a Heisman Trophy candidate and with Clemson having the year that they’re having, (Watson’s) value is probably well beyond $2 million,” Brown said.), since it’ll need every penny of it to erase the operating deficit of $3 million it ran in 2014.
Thank Gawd for amateurism, I say.