It didn’t take long for things to get ugly in Clemson
Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 14, 2008
There is understandability a lot of turmoil when a head coach is replaced, especially when it occurs in the middle of the season. This move is somewhat unprecedented.
I believe it’s never good to fire a college coach in the middle of the season and there is only one coach that comes to mind who deserved to be ousted while the season wore on and that was Dennis Franchione of Texas A&M. Not because of his piss poor record but because he openly violated the HIPPA law concerning his own players and a certain “Insiders Only” newsletter.
Even though it’s wasn’t widely reported during his tenure at Clemson, Tommy Bowden had a habit of throwing his own players under the bus. As a player I can see why that would be disheartening and frustrating. It’s also the reason why he was cut short yesterday.
Let’s hope he makes a better ABC studio host than his retarded brother.
Cullen Harper, the senior Clemson quarterback, was benched after the Tigers’ loss to Wake Forest. He didn’t have the kindest things to say about his now former coach either.
“It’s what he deserved,” Harper said. “Dabo Swinney is a fine man and will do an excellent job.”
Harper stated that Bowden “tried to motivate us but guys were off the bandwagon. There were things I disagreed with and that my teammates disagreed with. I didn’t appreciate it when he would say some off-the-wall things about me to the media. I guess one thing I can say is he gave me an opportunity to come to Clemson and play.”
Going off the subject but this is a true story about Cullen Harper:
Year before last, while Harper was backing up Will Proctor, there was a party at one of the apartment complexes. Harper showed up to the party and was told he was persona non grata. Upon hearing this, he says, “Do you know who I am? I’m Cullen fucking Harper!”
The host of the event replied, “Oh. You’re the guy that’s gonna keep the seat warm until Willy Korn gets here? Get the fuck out, scrub.”
It couldn’t have happened to a bigger douche bag. OK, back to the article.
Harper’s daddy who played on the 1980 Georgia national championship team agrees with his son.
“I’d call it karma,” he said. “I thought it needed to be done. I think anytime a head coach or someone in a leadership position starts to place blame on his coaches and players, it weakens their respect on the team. His past experiences have shown he’s done that.”
CJ Spiller really leveled some with his comments. By the way Spiller seems to agree with me regarding it really wasn’t Bowden who was the problem but rather it was Rob Spence whom Bowden was loyal too.
I’m shocked. We are 3-3 because we didn’t make enough big offensive plays,” Spiller said. “I’m shocked by our record and now I’m shocked that our coach is gone.
“I enjoyed playing for coach Bowden and I liked him, but in the end he was yelling at us to be leaders and it wasn’t working. He did all he could to motivate us but guys weren’t buying into what he was saying. And he said a lot of the same things over and over again.
“He let the offensive coordinator [Rob Spence] run the show and we got away from me and James [Davis]. I think part of the problem was when he benched Cullen. Some people wanted the offensive coordinator fired, [Bowden benched] the quarterback and then he got fired.”
This Clemson team reminds of my beloved Tennessee team. Neither team is playing with passion. I don’t care who it is, take last season’s New England Patriot team, if they do not play with passion they will not win. It’s that simple.
I think Clemson should be a very good job – and they should be able to lure someone away from a lower-level program with ease, or a coordinator at a bigger school.
Tyrone Willingham – your time is coming soon, then again I wonder if Jimbo Fisher is feeling ancy….