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Clemson Pawcast: Talkin' ACC

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The Pawcast is back, this time to grade the John Swofford regime, debate the trajectory of the ACC relative to Power 5 peers, and hash out whether proposed changes represent Clemson's best interests

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As top national conferences sort out their financial future, we at the Pawcast dug into where things stand in the ACC, what it means for Clemson Tigers, and whether our conference's leadership is up to the task of ensuring a successful future for Clemson and our ACC brethren. Considering that Clemson's post-season fate may increasingly rest on the caliber of our conference peers, for better or worse, a healthy ACC is of the utmost importance.

Topics of Discussion:

  • 10:12 - Recruiting & Dabo Swinney Summer Camp: we've got Quarterbacks on backs on backs on backs
  • 18:05 - Tee Higgins: winding up the rumor mill
  • ACC Deep Dive:
    • 25:49 - State of the ACC: setting the stage for the conference's next media deal(s)
    • 31:05 - John Swofford: ethics vs. efficacy
    • 34:25 - Conference expansion & Grant of Rights
    • 49:44 - Nine-game conference schedule: implications for Clemson
    • 58:02 - Division tear-down: finding the conference's best 2 teams
    • 1:06:04 - Beer & conclusion
We're seeking mailbag questions or suggested topics for future episodes. Hit us in the comments!

What's a Pawcast? It's a semi-regular podcast, hosted by three CU alumni — Ben, Cody, and Nick — who analyze current Clemson Tigers events from a fan's perspective, and try to predict the future around athletics. Because we're far from experts, we farm out that part of the show. Past and future guests include Shakin' the Southland writers, SB Nation CFB media personalities, former Clemson players & coaches, and a mixed bag of opponent school podcasters, fans, and radio guys.

To check out past shows, visit our Soundcloud page, where you can also subscribe to stream future podcasts. Come for the banter and hastily-formed takes, stay for the Gamecock jokes and microbrew tips. We also post a variety of links on our Twitterand Facebook pages. Check back here at STS for future shows, or subscribe within your favorite podcast app.