Clemson Football

Clemson Helmet Controversy

With all of the talk during dead time about Clemson  changing helmet designs/colors I just wanted to reassure Tiger Nation that this will NEVER HAPPEN !!!  The Tiger Paw, which Clemson University had to trademark because so many people were copying it, has become synonymous with the university and is always in the top 5 or 10 when College Logos/Helmets are voted on or discussed.  One thing that you learn in Marketing and this is especially true with Sports Marketing is to build your brand.  To do this you need something constant that people will always identify with you.  We can all agree that Clemson has done a very good job with the Paw and specifically in relation to the helmet.  People all over the country know who is playing when they see the Clemson football team in uniform, even if all they can see is a little white dot on the side of that orange helmet. In contrast, the South Carolina Athletic Department has done a terrible job.  They allow their brand to be diminished by changing their look every other year.  They went from White to Garnet to White to Black back to White Helmets.  People don’t readily

Rivalry -vs- Revenue

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about scheduling.  Most of this discussion has centered around either adding a 9th conference game or scheduling tougher out of conference opponents to better position a team for a chance at getting into the College Football Playoff.  This article will deal with the ability to schedule good competition and meaningful rivalries in this new age of college football. As everyone knows, with the conference expansions that started with the SEC in 1990, it has become more difficult to schedule top quality opponents because of logistics as well as the fact that teams’ conference schedules have become more difficult.  The only incentives to scheduling a top quality opponent are to improve your resume for the College Football Playoff or to satisfy the insatiable hunger of the fans.  From a revenue standpoint scheduling a Power 5 opponent is a negative because a team of that caliber would require a return visit which would limit the revenue that the school could take in …. Until now. If the following system were to be adopted, it would enable teams to schedule these top quality opponents.  The following steps would need to be implemented for the system to

Home Field Advantage

It has been stated that the “woo hoo” was heard as far back as the 1982 Orange Bowl Game.  That is a possibility but I don’t really remember hearing it on my game DVD.  Either way, it does not change the fact that it wasn’t until recently (1998-’99) that it was heard with any significant volume in Clemson’s “DEATH Valley”. The perpetrators of this sissy yet apparently infectious chant were the members of the flag line of ’98-’99 and for the people that continue this silliness there are a few things about the woo hoo that you should know It sounds sissy, pansy, however you want to say it.  Either way, it is not very aggressive.  This is not an opinion, it is a fact and anyone who disagrees is well…wrong. It makes for an easier atmosphere for opposing teams to play in because the fans do not sound intimidating, they sound a little light in the feet. It gives the Clemson fan base a bad name. It is NOT a Tradition.  At Clemson there is pretty much a story or reason behind every tradition.  For the woo hoo: the flag line was bored and started doing some nonsense chant