September 15, 2014

Richie Riley joins Brad Brownell’s staff at Clemson

Riley Richie

Richie Riley

Richie Riley has been named an assistant coach for the Tigers, announced today. He joins the staff after two seasons as an assistant coach at UAB and fills the void left by Earl Grant, who was named head coach at the College of Charleston last week.

“Richie Riley is an outstanding young coach with a proven track record of success,” said head coach Brad Brownell. “He has worked his way up the coaching ladder and has a tremendous passion for the game of basketball. This is best shown in the way he recruits and builds relationships with student-athletes and coaches. He has a very bright future in this business, and we’re excited to add him to our program.

Riley spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons coaching under Jerod Haase at UAB. He helped the Blazers to an 18-13 overall record, including a 63-59 victory over No. 16 North Carolina last December. He played an integral role in recruiting UAB’s large freshman class that includes Alabama’s reigning Mr. Basketball, William Lee.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Clemson basketball family,” said Riley, who was recently invited to the prestigious Nike Villa 7 as an up-and-coming assistant coach. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for Coach Brownell. He is someone I’ve always admired, because he started his coaching career on a similar path as mine. What he’s accomplished at Wilmington, Wright State and now Clemson has been remarkable. It’s exciting to have the chance to work under and learn from one of the best basketball minds in the country.

“Clemson University is a special place with great leadership. The community is a perfect fit for my family. My wife Jess and I look forward to raising our son in such a great environment. It’s truly a blessing to be a Clemson Tiger.”

Prior to his time at UAB, Riley spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky. He also spent two seasons under former Clemson head coach Cliff Ellis at Coastal Carolina, helping the Chanticleer program to consecutive Big South regular season championships in 2010 and 2011. With Riley on staff, Coastal Carolina advanced to the NIT both of those seasons as well.

Riley was recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Pikeville College from 2006-09, where he earned the honor of ‘Top NAIA Assistant’ from He started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Georgetown College in his home state of Kentucky from 2003-05, before working as an assistant for one season (2005-06) at Hawaii-Pacific.

Riley earned an undergraduate degree in special education with a minor in English from Eastern Kentucky in 2005. He played one season (2001-02) for then-EKU head coach Travis Ford.

Riley and his wife Jess have a son, Reese.

Clemson-Florida State draw the 8:00 ABC time slot

Clemson and Florida State will play at 8:00 next week.

Clemson and Florida State will play at 8:00 next week.

Clemson and Florida State drew the coveted nationally televised 8:00 PM primetime slot on ABC. The top ranked Seminoles and 24th ranked Tigers will play a week from Saturday in Tallahassee. Both teams are off this weekend. Clemson is 1-1, FSU is 2-0.

Here is the full slate of ACC games for 9/20: [Read more...]

Swinney: “We’re not going to have a controversy. Cole Stoudt is our starter.” (AUDIO)

Swinney says Stoudt is still the man

Swinney says Stoudt is still the man

Stop it Tiger fans.  Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.  Dabo Swinney doesn’t want to hear it.  Stop the loud cheering for freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson when he goes in for a series to replace senior starter Cole Stoudt.  And stop the groaning when Stoudt returns.

That was the clear, loud message from Swinney Monday morning on his conference call.  Stoudt is the starting quarterback and will remain so until he does something to lose the job.  Tiger fans can dream all they want about what the offense might look like with Watson at the control fulltime.  But for now, that’s all it is.  A dream.

Swinney said he’s very pleased with the play of both quarterbacks and Stoudt has given them no reason to consider making a change.  Period.

So, get over it.

As for other notes of interest from the SC State game and moving forward:

  • The team was very focused for four quarters. Played almost 80 guys. Game a culmination of a great week. Lot of positives in the game.
  • Thought the guys played very well for four quarters. Holding a team to 44 yards is a “great, great performance.”
  • Very pleased to see Dorian O’Daniel on special teams. He had 5 tackles. Did not have to punt for only the 2nd time since he’s been coach.
  • Very clean performance on the offense. Great to see the young talent like Scott, Kitt, Gallman, Choice, Crowder, Guillermo, Leggett emerge.
  • Got better. Got to continue to develop the depth. Next goal is to win the division as they get into conference play.
  • Will be very few teams as battle tested as Clemson after the first three games.
  • Will get Martin Jenkins back this week. Overall in pretty good shape. Will see where Sam Cooper is this week.
  • Starting to see JJ McCullough come along. He’s making good progress at tight end. Was a running back in high school.
  • Pleased with Guillermo’s performance. He’s emerging and they’ve seen that since the spring. Has become serious about being a good player.
  • Artavis Scott looks like a veteran guy. Playing with confidence and playing fast.
  • Stoudt is the starter and he’s not into pleasing the fans when it comes to playing Watson.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney Monday conference call [19:05]

Tigers feel more like themselves after big win over SC State (AUDIO)

Clemson's defensie dominated SC State all day on Saturday

Clemson’s defensie dominated SC State all day on Saturday

Games between top FBS teams and FCS division teams aren’t supposed to be real close.  Sometimes you’ll get a fourth quarter game and occasionally there will be an upset.  Not the case at Clemson yesterday where the Tigers showed no mercy on South Carolina State winning 73-7.

Dabo Swinney had little to argue a out on Saturday

Dabo Swinney had little to argue a out on Saturday

The Tigers moved the ball around on offense and a lot of their young guys got the chance to shine.  And defensively there was no let up as the Tigers simply strangled the Bulldog offense at every turn.

Here’s more from the Clemson locker room following Saturday’s win:

AUDIO: Chad Morris [3:32]

AUDIO: Brent Venables [1:09]

AUDIO: Corey Crawford [1:56]

AUDIO: Adam Choice :42

The Tigers are off this week and will play their ACC opener at Florida State September 20th.

SportsTalk at the Stadium: Clemson rolls SC State in home opener 73-7 (VIDEO)

Clemson QB Cole Stoudt set career marks for completions and passing yards in Saturday's win

Clemson QB Cole Stoudt set career marks for completions and passing yards in Saturday’s win

Clemson opened the home portion of their schedule in a big way Saturday afternoon with a dominating 73-7 win over South Carolina State in front of an announced crowed of 78,000.  The Tigers are 1-1 while State falls to 1-1.  The Tigers reached a lot of high water marks on offense and defense in the game.  Check out details here with our video review: