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It’s what’s on the side of the TV camera that matters.

Dabo’s policy for ACC Media Days being what it is — no underclassmen — Trevor Lawrence won’t be in attendance.  David Hale notes what a disappointment that must be for at least one party.

That new ACC Network isn’t gonna sell itself, you know.

Which brings me to today’s question:  Lawrence clearly has promotional (i.e., commercial) value to a third party that doesn’t contribute a single thing to his academic experience.  For the sake of argument, let’s say Dabo gets overruled, relents and directs Lawrence to appear (gratis, of course).  Isn’t that an obvious case of exploitation?



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$10 here, $10 there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

IPTAY, the Clemson athletics fundraising organization, has, according to its CEO, raised an astonishing $360 million through the past six years.

It’s needed to, in order to keep up with the college football Joneses.

Despite the consistent support of IPTAY, Clemson’s pockets are not as deep as its competitive peers. According to figures compiled by USA TODAYSports, during the 2017 fiscal year, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Auburn, Louisiana State, Tennessee and South Carolina each generated at least $135 million from ticket sales, television and licensing deals, student fees and contributions.

Clemson generated $112.6 million.

The biggest discrepancy between Clemson and its peers is the lucrative linear television networks established by other conferences. In each of the past three years, the SEC, anchored by its SEC Network, distributed at least $40 million to its member schools. The Atlantic Coast Conference never distributed more than $26 million in any of those years.

It’s done better than keep up.

According to the USA TODAYSports compilation, through the 2016 and 2017 academic years, Clemson generated more revenue from contributions than Alabama, South Carolina, Penn State, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Iowa, Washington and Michigan State.

In each of the past four years, IPTAY raised at least $20.5 million in its annual fund, which supplies cash directly to the athletic department, according to a copy of the organization’s annual review. In 2018, it raised $38.2 million in its annual fund, $15.1 million in major gifts, including cash, real estate and securities, $5.1 million in planned gifts and endowments and $6.6 million in premium seating and suites in Memorial Stadium, the basketball arena Littlejohn Coliseum and the baseball park Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

If you’re interested in the quid pro quo, here’s a breakdown of what IPTAY contributors receive.  All in all, it’s a well-oiled machine.


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Derpa meets FERPA.

Clemson’s vowed search for the truth as to the cause of how three of its players came into contact with an illegal PED is beginning to resemble O.J. Simpson’s promise to track down Nicole’s real killer.

Clemson athletic department staffers started asking each other tough questions immediately after three football players were suspended just prior to the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl. The school had until an extended NCAA appeal was finally denied in late May to look into how Dexter Lawrence, Braden Galloway and Zach Giella ingested the performance-enhancing drug ostarine.

But Clemson won’t share its findings with the public.

If the school knows how the players came into contact with an illegal PED, if the source was inside or outside the athletic department — or if the problem was more widespread — it is not saying.

And probably will never say.

Clemson cites a privacy law.

“That (NCAA) appeal was led by the student-athletes’ representative. Any investigation into the source of ostarine contamination is a part of that appeal and is, therefore, a student record subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,” a Clemson spokesperson told The Post and Courier this week.

A football program can never go wrong doing it for the kids.  Even if it really isn’t.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which applies to the privacy of student education records, would apply to information specifically about Lawrence, Galloway and Giella. It would not prevent Clemson from releasing a general look at such things as the results of in-house PED tests during the playoffs or opinions from outside experts, if either of those situations applied in this unusual case…

“It is true that FERPA protects the education records of students,” South Carolina Press Association attorney Taylor M. Smith IV said. “But it is also true that the use of any exemption in the S.C. Freedom of Information Act is not mandatory. In this case, it seems the players involved (and perhaps other players not mentioned) would provide consent to the school to release those records, protected under FERPA, so the public can be made aware of how these tests were failed.”

Well, that makes sense, if you had failed tests.  What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a school that’s written checks with its mouth that its ass can’t cash.  Thank Gawd for privacy rights.


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The case that never cracked

Remember these greatest hits?

    • “Clemson coach Dabo Swinney revealed on Monday during a press conference ahead of the team’s College Football Playoff date with Notre Dame in the 2018 Cotton Bowl that three Tigers had failed NCAA-administered drug testing. Standout defensive tackle and potential first-round NFL Draft pick Dexter Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway are the three members of the Clemson team that tested positive.Swinney said that Lawrence, Giella and Galloway all failed an NCAA drug test that produced a “sliver of ostarine” in the results. Ostarine is a performance-enhancing substance used for muscle-building and is currently on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list. .For the time being, Swinney said he’s holding out hope that the “B” samples (which will immediately be tested before a suspension is handed down) will clear all three, noting that the players were stunned to hear the news and even “thought it was a joke.” An appeal of the tests would not be heard until after the semifinal, meaning the players will be suspended by the NCAA for the Cotton Bowl if the B samples also test positive for the substance.”
  • In response to the NCAA’s finding that three of its players tested positive for a banned substance called ostarine, Clemson is currently investigating Epsom salt as a possible cause.
  • “Still looking at all of the different things that we give to our players,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “Hopefully we’ll come up with an answer here soon.”

    Float tanks, Epsom salts, energy drinks and hair products were among guesses players threw out. Some supplement companies include banned substances without proper labeling. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says ostarine has not been approved for human use or consumption in any country.

Good times, eh?

Turns out two of the three players who tested positive will not be returning to showcase their talents for Dabo this season.

Zach Giella’s career at Clemson is officially over.

The former Tigers offensive lineman, who was one of three players suspended for PEDs prior to the 2018 Cotton Bowl, is no longer listed on Clemson’s roster, and a school official confirmed Saturday afternoon that Giella is no longer a member of Clemson’s team.

The senior, who played in 11 games for the Tigers last season, had his suspension for testing positive for ostarine upheld last month, along with tight end Braden Galloway. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was also suspended, but he opted to turn pro after his junior season and was picked in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Giants.

There was talk that Giella and Galloway could return for the postseason in 2019, as the punishment is in effect for a year from the date of the test, according to NCAA rules. However, a Clemson official said it was determined that Giella is unable to return.

Clemson is still seeking clarification on Galloway for the 2019 bowl season, according to a school official.

What a shame.  And that Epsom salt lead looked so promising.



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Too clever by half

Jeez, man.  This ain’t nearly as witty as you think it sounds.



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Back to School remake, starring Tater Tot

You’re never too young.


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It isn’t paranoia if they really are out to get your team.

Bless your hearts, random Clemson fans.

The Post and Courier requested all ostarine-related emails, text messages and other correspondence from Dec. 1 to Feb. 10 involving athletic director Dan Radakovich, head coach Dabo Swinney, president Jim Clements and members of the sports medicine, training and nutrition staffs.

Clemson didn’t provide any correspondence involving  Swinney or Clements, except for Swinney’s pre-Cotton Bowl news conference statements, which were also heavily redacted.

But it did include a pair of emails sent to Clemson with thoughts on how players might have ingested the illegal PED.

Food tampering theory

“As a side note,” a person whose name is redacted wrote Radakovich in December, “Clemson does a lot of charitable work in hospitals with patients that could put players in jeopardy of being exposed to unknown chemicals.”

Another email was copied to six athletic department officials from a “serious tiger fan” in December. It puts forth the idea that Clemson players may have ingested ostarine as a result of food tampering at a team meal in Charlotte prior to the ACC Championship Game against Pittsburgh on Dec. 1.

Oh, a “serious” Clemson fan.  Well, then, that makes all the difference.


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