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

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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,...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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"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.

The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson not only reached its goal of $600 million by its June 30,...

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The Will to Lead: A Campaign for Clemson not only reached its goal of $600 million by its June 30, 2012, deadline, it surpassed it by nearly $9 million. Six years ago, the Will to Lead campaign began with a goal to support students and faculty and to provide an exceptional education. The campaign created 357 new scholarships and fellowships and provided endowed chairs, professorships and support for 95 faculty. The Will to Lead campaign has made it possible for Clemson to renovate and/or build new facilities and support programs that give students a more hands-on, engaged learning experience. There is so much more to do — so many more needs to be met. Clemson will continue the Will to Lead campaign to $1 billion.

Clemson's major announcement was what we predicted. As much as I dislike Barker and his penny-pinching over the Athletic Department this decade, this is a great achievement and a job well done. I guess my only issue with such a fundraiser, which we do need for various reasons, is that they'll continue raising the tuition/fees costs for students to attend no matter how much they intake.

RT @GeorgeSchroeder: News beginning to filter out that SEC will go to 9-game schedule. Good news...

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RT @GeorgeSchroeder: News beginning to filter out that SEC will go to 9-game schedule. Good news for equity in cfb. Big Ten, you're on clock— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) July 20, 2012

Per Darryl Slater of the Post & Courier. Take it or leave it as it is, though I'm not holding my breath.

the budget endorses the administration’s commitment to fund the Clemson 2020 plan through new...

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the budget endorses the administration’s commitment to fund the Clemson 2020 plan through new revenue generation and internal reallocations. The Clemson 2020 Road Map is a 10-year strategic plan that calls for investments in faculty hires, student engagement, upgraded facilities and technology, and faculty and staff compensation — with most of the funding to come from existing resources and new revenues... Provost Dori Helms reported that applications for freshman admission already had surpassed last year’s record. As of June 24, freshman applications totaled 17,019 — 5,885 in-state and 11,134 out-of-state. Transfer applications totaled 2,225, also an increase from 2010. Graduate applications were up 3.3 percent, to 6,121, as of July 1.

Shhh, don't tell Barker that an ACC Championship resulted in record applications to Clemson. Just like we've been saying all along. A successful athletics program only helps the University as a whole by more margin than any Time or US News ranking.

Friday, June 1 - 4 PM EST - ESPNU/ESPN3 1 South Carolina (40-17) #8 National Seed 4 Manhattan...

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Friday, June 1 - 4 PM EST - ESPNU/ESPN3 1 South Carolina (40-17) #8 National Seed 4 Manhattan (33-25) Friday, June 1 - 12:00 PM EST - ESPNU/ESPN3 3 Coastal Carolina(41-17) 2 Clemson (33-26)

Tigers head to Cola for NCAAs