#HeismanFail: C.J. Spiller (Not) For Heisman

Posted by Brandon Rink on December 7, 2009 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Deserved better. You failed America.

Deserved better. You failed America.

First, here was my vote:
  • onthebrinklive: OTB’s power is growing. I have been a part of a Heisman ballot coming out today that has C.J. Spiller at 1, Ingram at 2, and Gerhart at 3.

If you have been watching Twitter, there has been quite a stir over #HeismanFail2009:

  • DrSaturday: Spiller screwed. Tebow? Still? At least they had the sense to bring Suh.
  • MrCFB: Disappointed that Clemson’s C.J. Spiller didn’t get an invite to Heisman Trophy ceremonies. Most explosive player in CFB.
  • ridethepine: You Heisman voters who didn’t put Spiller on the ballot don’t deserve to be voters. Period. #Clemson
  • southernpigskin: I mean really, how can CJ Spiller not get an invite? That’s absurd… I mean we aren’t talking Armanti Edwards here who also should go!!
  • Cooli_o: RT @perrynoble: CJ Spiller didn’t get an invite to the Heisman award…I’m boycotting!!! He AT LEAST deserved an invite!!!
  • For CGB: Lady_Patriot: If you pronounce Clemson like ClemZon, you just denied a Heisman opportunity to THIS YEAR’S best NCAA player, CJ Spiller. Ridiculous.

Georgia Tech/ACC blogger All About Sports offered some block-quote-worthy stuff:

He single handedly ended Miami’s run at an ACC Title when he dropped 310 all-purpose yards on the Hurricanes. He almost led Clemson to its first ACC Champion since 1991 in a spectacular performance against Georgia Tech when he rushed for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was named the ACC’s Player of the year for 2009. Clemson has elected to retire Spiller’s jersey placing him among the greatest players ever to suit it up for the Tigers. I’m not going to get into the legitimacy of the other invitees, Florida’s Tim Tebow, Texas’s Colt McCoy, Stanford’s Toby Gehart, Alabama’s Mark Ingram, or Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh. They are all great players, but you can’t convince me that Spiller shouldn’t be among those five players.

C.J. Spiller is not only a very good player, but he is a great individual. Did you know that just last month Spiller spoke in front of around 1,000 people at a church in Spartanburg, SC? He’s been speaking to youth and church groups for sometime now. He let the NFL and it’s millions wait in order to try and lead Clemson to an ACC Title. He’s been playing with a toe injury since the beginning of the year. He’s consummate team player, and incredible talent. He belongs in New York and should have been invited to the awards presentation.

C.J. Spiller is a great student athlete who was the most outstanding player in college football this season(that’s what it says on the Heisman folks). Scoring in every game this season like no one in the FBS division did this season, putting up 233 rushing yards(over 300 total) and 4 TDs(and led to the fifth Clemson TD too) in the ACC Championship Game, and the fact that he was a far more outstanding player than Tebow this year are why C.J. should be in New York this Saturday, but he won’t be…and that’s a shame and it highlights why the Heisman is a failed award for determining the most outstanding player in college football(big surprise, eh?).

R.I.P. Spiller 4 Heisman, Thoughts?

Reverse Hatfield Syndrome: Clemson Coaching Situation

Posted by Brandon Rink on October 5, 2009 under ACC Football | 5 Comments to Read

This editorial comes from listening to hours of Clemson fans on the radio today…

Go sit on the bench before I insert you at another awkward time!

Go sit on the bench before I insert you at another awkward time!

Remember Ken Hatfield?

Yeah, probably not for his career at Clemson(32-13-1–I’d guess a few people would take that 4 year run now), but he was the guy that replaced the legend, Danny Ford. We can argue the merits of Clemson dismissing Ford all day–honestly, it was an era that was before my time(which speaks to irrelevancy now of it to begin with). Hatfield won an ACC Championship in his 4 years at Clemson–but in the desire not to go too revisionist history here–Clemson was winning a lot of them around that time. Hatfield was not going to satisfy Clemson fans no matter what.

Dabo isn’t going to either. Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden left Swinney in an unenviable position. The expectations of a rabid fanbase combined with frustration of the Bowden years equals all the more viotrol towards Dabo when he does not win. Going into this season, there were a lot of hurt feelings among people who had different candidates in mind for the Clemson job post-Bowden(and the names were numerous as they had a lot of time to come up with them), but some were “all-in”–and a lot were “in-until-Dabo-fails-then-I’m-gonna-tell-everybody-I-was-right-to-begin-with-ha!”. It is a common disease among fans in this age where access is plentiful and a shortage of intelligence is prevalent on message boards, talk radio, and lastly, the blogosphere(ironic–if you disagree with me).

If we have learned anything in these five games with Clemson, the cupboard may have been a little more bare than we thought. Maybe not in talent so much, but in the ability to pull together as a team and execute. Coaching is an issue no doubt, but players make plays. Those plays are not being made in Clemson in the key situations. The players that are making plays are easily seen in guys like C.J. Spiller, Jacoby Ford, or Deandre McDaniel, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Clemson is a team with good-to-great players, but just not a good-to-great team right now. The Tigers were not quite the take one coach out–insert another and they win the ACC that many thought they could be.

In the age of the quick-trigger finger of ADs, Clemson fans are flooding their favorite media outlet to gather the torches and pitchforks for Dabo’s coaching regime to get a change. It’s ridiculous. Clemson has shown itself to not be a quick-fix. From what I have seen, Swinney is a guy that will work hard to turn that around–but it will require the ever-shrinking value of patience. So what if Clemson does not win the ACC this season? They have not done it since Hatfield in 1991! If you believed in Dabo before the season, how can you want to fire him now? What Swinney does at Clemson will be measured in 2-3 years if they let him–and in this economy–got to think he will have to be there unless the school desires to fire Swinney and their AD Terry Don Phillips. Swinney is Phillips’ biggest decision at Clemson and if Dabo goes–the blame falls on Phillips for the hire.

Basically, the take-home message here is to ease off the ledge, Clemson fans. I realize it is tremendously disappointing to nearly be out of it yet again, but if you believed in this coach before the season, there has not been anything that should shake that if you are looking long term. If you didn’t believe in Swinney, obviously (insert your hire for the job) was the clear right choice for the Tigers–Clemson is sorry for not having you as AD.

Thanks for reading my therapy session…Would actually love to have the Clemson coaching decision discussion no matter how exasperated I sound with it…It is thoroughly intriguing to me.

OTB's Friday Fiesta Linkfest

Posted by Brandon Rink on August 28, 2009 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Im calling the all-purple look vs. Georgia Tech in Week 2--GT defense will roll over in fear(or laughter).

I'm calling the all-purple look vs. Georgia Tech in Week 2--GT defense will roll over in fear(or laughter).

Welcome to the FFL for this week! Next Friday we will already have an ACC game under our belts!

The Wolfpack have been incited–they’re really going to kill the ‘Cocks now.

News out of Blacksburg is not all that promising and Coach Beamer is not exactly painting a rosy picture.

***Gobbler Country Section***

Clemson to win the ACC…and in football!

Speaking of Clemson, GC’s new writer discusses neutral site fail and the Hokies.

***End Gobbler Country Section***

Paul Johnson is happy.

Miami giving us an opportunity to RESPECT IT!(Absolutely horrible rap from start to finish, music too loud over the lyrics, of course the lyrics were pretty sucky too)

The Daily Progress previews the ‘Hoos’ backfield which will need to step up or they will be home for the holidays once again.


The real linchpin to any ACC Championship run is most definitely the O-Line for Clemson and this article is less than soothing on that front.

If you have a good half hour and have tolerance for gushy, orange-tinted writing, I would encourage you to check out RoadToTampaBay’s Clemson blogger and her post this week because it’s good stuff(and all the stalkers in the comments are worth the price of admission).

CUOrange does some projecting on C.J. Spiller’s season–all GT fans that were reached for comment on the piece said “Where’s Dwyer?!?!”

***Tiger Rag Plays Us Out And Not Bad Miami Rappers***

Clemson Tiger Rag(not the other ones)

Let’s make it through this last weekend without college football together, say hey to your family and stuff like that before the season hits…