There’s no doubt that the downtime just before Opening Day in College Football can be likened to Political Commercials’ “Silly Season” just before a Presidential Election. Nevertheless, the rumor-mill has ground this peppercorn to the point it’s almost ready to crank onto your prime rib: On Monday, The Clemson Tigers (and others) could join The Southeastern Conference.
Jumping around in the hopper this weekend you’ll find Clemson, FSU, Mizzou & Texas A&M all up for consideration to move to the SEC. In fact, The Aggies are already in! This could be the first BIG News-lead to hit College Football in months that does not start with the words “NCAA INVESTIGATES…”
Why not Virginia Tech? you ask. Well, with the political muscle the Hokies had to flex to get into the ACC to begin with, it’s highly doubtful that the Legislative Elitists in the Commonwealth of Virginia would allow an Abdication from the ACC throne without UVA somehow being allowed to cling to the robe. Plus their mascot ain’t a Tiger!
The SEC already hosts the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers, who, by the way, not only plagiarized Clemson’s Mascot, but hi-jacked their “Tiger Rag” A-N-D “Death Valley” to boot! (But that’s another story) Now, they look to add these additional Cats: The Tigers of Clemson and those of Mizzou! Which begs the question: Just how many Tigers can one conference tame?
In all seriousness though, Clemson has secured a young, energetic, energizing Coach in Dabo Swinney who–after coming off a LOSING SEASON– still manages to pull a top fifteen recruiting class out of his Orange and Purple Bag O’ Tricks. While they have only made it to the ACC Title Game once — A Championship Clemson technically “won by default” now that Ga. Tech. was apparently tainted at the time– is Tiger Football (and I DO mean Clemson Tiger Football here) finally on the right track?
If George “H.W.Bush” were a sportscaster, he would proclaim that Clemson’s “Tommy Bowden Era of Malaise” has finally ended! So is now the time to jump ship to what Ol’ Frank Howard himself would be forced to call the most powerful football conference in America?
Baby Steps, Weighted lunges or quantum leaps: What course of motion do you think The Clemson Tigers should take at this time?
* J.L.Mann Cromer, Jr [BA 1985, Clemson University; JD 1988, University of South Carolina School of Law]