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"Coming here, I am thinking, ‘I might get faster, I might not,’?" Watkins said. "In two weeks, I can tell I am 10 times more flexible. I am working on muscles we didn’t work on (in college), different stretches, different workouts."

The State

I asked Reader if he's having to do any winter conditioning with the football team and he said he's...

I asked Reader if he's having to do any winter conditioning with the football team and he said he's 100-percent baseball at the moment. "No conditioning with football," he said. "We run enough over here. We definitely get after it a little bit over here."

L. Williams interviewing D.J. Reader

While I was at the doctor's office, the Panthers signed former Clemson center Thomas Austin-- line...

While I was at the doctor's office, the Panthers signed former Clemson center Thomas Austin-- line depth after injuries to Pollak and Kalil.— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 11, 2012

Joseph Person's twitter account

We've changed, and we practice more live during the week. In fact, we started last week by going...

We've changed, and we practice more live during the week. In fact, we started last week by going live Tuesday and Wednesday. I've never done that. I've always had a period or so, but we've pretty much been a thud team, try to stay on our feet. But we're so young in so many areas, we just kind of bit the bullet and started practicing live Tuesdays and Wednesdays with our defense to try to improve in that area."

Don't tell me Dabo fixed something else we've been bitching here about for 2 years.

Demarcus Harrison (6' 5") guard received a waiver to play for Clemson this year. Great news for our...

Demarcus Harrison (6' 5") guard received a waiver to play for Clemson this year. Great news for our backcourt depth with Coleman gone for the year.

http://clemson.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1414741

Dabo Swinney also said TE Eric MacLain has begun transitioning to offensive guard. Will play TE...

Dabo Swinney also said TE Eric MacLain has begun transitioning to offensive guard. Will play TE short-term, but be OL at some point this yr— Greg Wallace (@aimclemson) September 20, 2012

Shocking.

Meanwhile, in Chapel Hill, N.C., the entire university is complicit in a systemic charade of bogus,...

Meanwhile, in Chapel Hill, N.C., the entire university is complicit in a systemic charade of bogus, no-show classes for athletes; a scheme that—you’re gonna love this part—the NCAA missed while investigating North Carolina over the past two years. Fortunately, the man with the Big Stick has the Raleigh News & Observer doing the heavy lifting, exposing the real threat to the foundation of intercollegiate athletic sports. Or as my athletic director friend said, "Pandora’s Box." From 2007-2011, an internal review at UNC revealed 54 no-show classes in the Department of African and Afro American Studies where student-athletes were given grades for fake classes. The university says two department heads were responsible for the academic fraud, but the News & Observer says evidence suggests athletes were steered to classes by academic counselors assigned to the athletic department. Think about that: the athletic department and a department of academics conspiring to keep students eligible so they can play games. This isn’t high school, everyone. This is one of the most respected academic institutions in the world cheating to keep athletes eligible.

Matt Hayes/Sporting News

Hearing that Clemson transfer WR Bryce McNeal will enroll at UofL as long as he qualifies....

Hearing that Clemson transfer WR Bryce McNeal will enroll at UofL as long as he qualifies. #CSZ— CardinalSportsZone (@CardSportsZone) August 2, 2012

Bryce McNeal could not get into UCONN because of his low GPA, despite the degree he has already earned.

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank 1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2 2. Alabama...

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank 1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2 2. Alabama (20) 12-1 1,399 1 3. Southern California (19) 10-2 1,388 NR 4. Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,276 15 5. Oregon 12-2 1,258 4 6. Georgia 10-4 1,061 20 7. Florida State (1) 9-4 1,055 23 8. Michigan 11-2 1,023 9 9. South Carolina 11-2 981 8 10. Arkansas 11-2 948 5 11. West Virginia 10-3 833 18 12. Wisconsin 11-3 743 11 13. Michigan State 11-3 717 10 14. Clemson 10-4 598 22 15. Texas 8-5 549 NR 16. Nebraska 9-4 501 24 17. TCU 11-2 499 13 18. Stanford 11-2 497 7 19. Oklahoma State 12-1 476 3 20. Virginia Tech 11-3 461 17 21. Kansas State 10-3 398 16 22. Boise State 12-1 271 6 23. Florida 7-6 250 NR 24. Notre Dame 8-5 166 NR 25. Auburn 8-5 66 NR -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Others receiving votes (with 2011 records) Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

Clemson debuts at 14th in USA Today We all know there is nothing more meaningless than the preseason poll, but its nice to be ranked.

"I’m not looking for an extension. I am not seeking any extension and I think I just need to leave...

"I’m not looking for an extension. I am not seeking any extension and I think I just need to leave it at that," Phillips said. "I can’t really add anything." "I feel very good about the momentum we have," Phillips said. "I feel our total sports program is poised to continue to progress and do well. I’m pleased where we are. We are in good shape financially. ... We are stable with our (football) staff. "Hopefully we’ve done things that whenever we were to leave they can build on what we have done and take advantage of it. I feel good about the coaches we have in place."

Post & Courier: TDP giving it up when contract expires. Not exactly news, as I was expecting him to call it quits when his contract expired in summer 2013. He doesn't want to fundraise or sell the AD, and my opinion of the Department's performance in all sports and his leadership is well-documented. I will only say that there are some powerful people who are nudging him out. We have worked on our list of possible replacements already, which we'll post in time, but I can tell you I do not want either Kyle Young or Billy D to get this job next summer.
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