After a weekend of Clemson athletics we learned that maybe the soccer team is coming around and maybe the football team won’t.
Where Credit’s Deserved
First year men’s soccer coach Mike Noonan coached Clemson to a draw with #11 Boston College. It felt like a loss because Clemson scored early and BC scored the equalizer somewhat late. Adding to the sour taste is the fact that BC played a man down for a large portion of the second half and both overtimes, yet Clemson was unable to score. Still, a draw with a ranked opponent is progress. Coach Noonan may have been a good hire by Terry Don Phillips.
Where Blame’s Deserved
Let’s be totally honest. The Clemson football team is more important than all the other sports combined. So TDP’s botched extension and fire of Tommy Bowden followed by the promotion of Dabo Swinney are all the most important. After Dabo lost another road game, Clemson’s road record during his tenure dropped to 4-6. Dabo dropped to 15-11, that’s worse than a 8-4 pace. Reason for optimism? Give me some!
On a day when rival South Carolina beat #1 Alabama, Clemson had to beat UNC and avoid dropping to 0-2 in conference play. Dabo couldn’t do it. At some point will the board of trustees get fed up with falling short? Read my last article for my personal opinion.