Here is whats going on out here. It hit the wire at about 12ish this afternoon in the form of a press conference being called for 515pm est. Speculation started this morning as to what was going on. I have a colleague who was on Clemson campus today when the news broke and the feel around campus is that they are finally relieved that it was a done deal. The biggest surprise out here isnt that he was fired or let go as the school president said, but that it happened in mid season. Their new head coach is the asst head coach/wr coach and he is well respected amongst the players and is what many refer to as a "high energy" guy. word is they are gonna give him a chance and see how he does and re-evaluate at the end of the year. At the news conference today the university president was VERY adamant that Tommy Bowden was NOT fired! They agreed over the weekend that it was in the best interest of the program for him to step away. Rob Spence the Offensive coordinator is getting the hook with him. It was initially reported that the school wanted to fire Spence but Bowden wasnt having it so he got the hook instead…Ouch. In any event, the players had mixed reactions but some say that this was deserved. spence, in particular, has caught a lot of criticism this season for his misuse of arguably the most dangerous 2 back combo in college football in James Davis and CJ Spiller.
Speculation for the new head coach following this season has already begun. I can tell you that Bobby Johnson’s name as well as Lane Kiffin are being mentioned in most media outlets but its just that, speculation. Now, Coach Muschamp’s name has been mentioned but I think its safe to say that his name will continue to be mentioned at every vacancy this year. This is the nature of the beast with a tough and aggressive guy but we went through the same stuff when Gene was with us and rightfully so. He is successful so his name will be mentioned. This wont be the last job he is mentioned for either so BONers; get used to it. PB, let me know if you have any specific questions and I will get you what I can as fast as I can. Semper Fidelis and Hook ’em.