Thursday, October 01, 2009

News and Notes

There was a good article in the ACC Sports Journal regarding the coaching succession plans that Florida State and Maryland put in place the last few years. It is too early to make a definitive judgement but they have started off about as well as some of those Medieval Papal successions. At least Jimbo Fisher had been the offensive coordinator at a big time program like LSU in the best college football conference. We'll just have to wait and see with Maryland's James Franklin but the results of the last 16 games have not been comforting.

Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times has a nice Q&A with Larry Williams who covers Clemson football for that is worth reading. The Tigers' offense has struggled but the defense is very solid, ranking in the in the top 4 in the ACC in defense and scoring defense. Clemson will make it tough to pass the ball against them but they have shown some vulnerability to the run. That makes the status of Da'Rel Scott and his fumbling problem a key question going into Saturday. Will we see more of the less explosive Davin Meggett or perhaps even Gary Douglas? The defense seems to be heading in the right direction but the offense needs to be able to move the ball without turning the ball over. Perhaps it is time for the offense to get more conservative.

Also reported by Stevens: OT Tyler Bowen is done for his career. Bowen will remain with the team as a student coach and help some of the younger offensive line prospects. Bowen has been plagued with foot injuries his entire career.

Worth noting: Clemson beat Middle Tennessee State 37-14 in their first game of the season. The two losses by Clemson so far were to ranked squads in Georgia Tech and TCU by a combined 7 points.

I don't see this Clemson team beating itself as they did last year against Maryland. That Tigers squad had no business losing to a clearly inferior Maryland squad but poor coaching and execution doomed them. Ralph Friedgen won't get to rely on Tommy Bowden laying an egg this season.

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