There are so many areas that I would like to address in this column that I decided to throw them all into the hat without devoting the entire article to any of them. So, put your seat belt on and hang on for the bumpy ride.
I am a firm believer in the premise of, "where there is smoke, there is fire". I have very little inside information on the investigations going on at Clemson. I have followed it curiously as many of you have over the past few weeks. Although I have a little inside scoop, I would not dare reveal it because it would not be fair to those involved and their due process. However, it is not earth shattering material that I am holding back.
That being said, Clemson is in trouble. Regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, the black eye has already developed. It is obvious to me, based upon the information that has been reported, that Clemson has broken NCAA rules. The severity of those rules is still in question, and the severity of the internal punishment has, according to President Barker, yet to be determined. And by all accounts, it is still possible that the NCAA itself may levy some form of punishment. On the flip side, it is possible that the NCAA will not levy any additional punishment at all.
However, if Clemson has broken rules, it should pay for them. And, if the punishment turns out to be overly harsh, so be it. If you don't want to get punished, don't break the rules…no matter how silly they may be. Clemson should run a 100% clean program. And if this staff cannot do such, I would encourage the coaches to find a school that will tolerate this nonsense.
Becky Bowman In Not The Devil
One of the most disturbing events of the past few weeks is the vilification of Mrs. Bowman. Many of you have used Internet message boards to crucify a lady that, officially, has not done anything to deserve your anger. There has been a sad rush to judgment in this case. That is due, in large part, to the availability of information (and misinformation) that bleeds across the Internet.
Even if Mrs. Bowman has acted as many of you have presumed she has, it still does not warrant most of the things that are being said about her. It makes the Clemson family look terrible when one reads threads demeaning the character of an individual whom they don't even know. I encourage you to act with a little dignity and class when discussing this issue. Let the facts play out, and if Mrs. Bowman is part of the problem, then there are proper channels that you can voice your displeasure…assuming you can do so without sounding like a complete idiot.
One of the interesting things that came out of the last 2 weeks in reference to my articles here at CUTIGERS.com revolve around me being a biased journalist. Evidently, many felt that I was not fair to their school because I wrote articles from a Clemson point of view.
Last time I checked this was a Clemson web site, right? I was hired to write articles from a Clemson perspective. If you don't want to read articles that focus around a Clemson point of view, then stay away from this site. But, don't email me complaining that I am biased towards Clemson and blame it on a media conspiracy. Of course I am biased toward Clemson. But, this is a Clemson web site and it's not like I'm writing for "The State" newspaper. If I visited a South Carolina web site, for example, I would expect the columns to be slanted toward a Gamecock point of view. Is that too hard to understand?
Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the great Roscoe Crosby will not be playing football for Clemson this year. He wants to play college football; I have no doubt in my mind about that. But, Crosby will garner over $1 million from some franchise to play baseball, and they are not about to let him run fly patters in Clemson this year. The publicity of signing Crosby, however, is more than enough reward for taking the risk that he may play baseball. Rick Stockstill did an incredible job signing Crosby, and he will do it again with another blue chip recruit in the very near future.
It may be a good thing that Crosby plays baseball, because I have heard from three different sources that 28 of the 29 signees have qualified academically. Understand me, this is all conjecture on my part, but I have absolutely no reason to believe that it is not true. If I am not mistaken, Tommy Bowden even alluded to that very statement at an IPTAY meeting earlier this spring. As most of you know, Clemson can only sign 25 players in any given year.
So, what will Clemson do? I don't know, but I sure would not want to be the person who has to call some mamma and tell her that I can't give her kid a scholarship this year. On the other hand, it is refreshing to see these kids qualify despite the negative jabs they have received from rival schools. If I recall, the big knock on this top 10 recruiting class was that many would not qualify.
Hmmm, could it be that some of our rivals don't know what they are talking about J. Remember that in the next few weeks as all this "turmoil" unfolds.
You can reach Scott Rhymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.