November 24, 2015

Dabo Swinney still has his eye on the prize (AUDIO)

Clemson was dominate again Saturday against Wake Forest.

Clemson was dominate again Saturday against Wake Forest.

Dabo Swinney just wrapped up his Sunday conference call. Clemson is 11-0 and ranked #1 in all of the major polls as they prepare for a matchup with in-state rival USC Saturday. The Gamecocks are coming off a loss against FCS foe The Citadel Saturday and are 3-8 this season.

Here are the highlights from Dabo:

  • Swinney said it is hard to believe it is their 12th game. He is proud of his team for being 11-0 right now.
  • Swinney said he is disappointed in the turnovers they committed against Wake Forest. He is still pleased they picked up over 500 yards of offense.
  • Dabo said he is pleased the defense bounced back. They played like a top five ranked defense.
  • Ben Boulware should be okay to play Saturday after suffering a stinger against Wake Forest.
  • Wayne Gallman and Mackensie Alexander will both be back this week for USC.
  • Swinney said they expected to win every game this year. He adds that people that know him know that he always expects to win every game.
  • Swinney said he doesn’t have any thoughts on how rivalry has turned after 5 straight losses. Said he never stopped working.
  • Swinney said he doesn’t know what else Deshaun Watson can do stats wise to prove he is a Heisman caliber player.
  • Swinney said they haven’t really talked about South Carolina. Notes the older guys know what happened in the past.
  • Dabo said he doesn’t know Shawn Elliott but said he has a good reputation in the coaching circles.
  • Swinney said anyone can beat anyone on a given day so they have to play well every week.
  • Swinney said he doesn’t know anything about Perry Orth other than the fact he’s the quarterback at USC right now.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney Sunday

Sunday polls have Clemson still #1

Tigers remain atop the polls

Tigers remain atop the polls

The AP and Coaches polls released Sunday afternoon are identical thru the top eight spots and that begins with Clemson at the top.  The Tigers are ahead of Alabama, Iowa, Notre Dame and Oklahoma in the top five.

Six thru ten in the AP ranking are Michigan State, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Florida.  North Carolina, Clemson’s opponent in the upcoming ACC Championship Game, is ranked 11th.

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#STRecruiting: McIlwain says nothing has changed with him after Penn State visit

Brandon McIlwain

Brandon McIlwain

USC commitment QB Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, PA  said Sunday afternoon he remains solidly committed to USC after an unofficial visit to Penn State Saturday.  McIlwain said the visit was a true recruiting look-see for him.

“I’ve had a good relationship with their staff,” McIlwain said.  “But they understand the situation with me.”

McIlwain said things will be clarified for him once USC names its new coach in December and he has the chance to meet him.  He likely won’t take his official visit until then.

McIlwain said he has gotten the approval of his school for early enrollment at USC and he’s still leaning towards doing that, but again he needs to meet the new coach first.

McIlwain also is still considering staying in high school for the spring so he can play his senior season of baseball. That would keep him eligible for the baseball draft this summer and he’s projected by some scouts to be a possible first round pick.

McIlwain finished his senior season with 1727 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and 1528 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns.

USC’s Elliott expects more focused & energized team vs Clemson (AUDIO)

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

Beating Clemson won’t wipe away the memories of a dreadful season for USC but it would certainly ease the pain.  A season in disarray continued Saturday with the loss to The Citadel.

Sunday on his weekly conference call with the media, Gamecock interim coach Shawn Elliott said he expects his players to wipe the slate clean from that game and be ready to play their best and their hardest against the Tigers. [Read more…]

Charleston Southern leads trio of state teams to FCS playoffs

Charleston Southern coach Jamey Chadwell

Charleston Southern coach Jamey Chadwell

Charleston Southern earned its way to the FCS playoffs for the first time this season by winning the Big South Conference championship with a 6-0 league mark.  Sunday the Bucs were awarded with the #8 national seed for the FCS playoffs and a first round bye.

Charleston Southern’s opponent will come from two of their biggest rivals.  The Bucs will play the winner of The Citadel at Coastal Carolina game.  The Bulldogs and Chanticleers will play this Saturday in Conway.  Kickoff is set for 2:00 PM on ESPN3.

The Bulldogs, in their second season under Mike Houston, are coming off an emotional win at USC.  They earned a share of the Southern Conference championship with a 6-1 league mark.

The Chants lost at Liberty Thursday night and finished second in the league at 4-2.

In the regular season, Charleston Southern beat the Citadel on the road and Coastal Carolina at home.

Jacksonville State was named as the #1 seed for the playoffs with Illinois State #2.

FCS Playoff Bracket