GameDay rumors picking up steam

It's been nearly seven years since the last time ESPN's College GameDay visited Clemson during football season.

Tiger fans have yearned for Chris Fowler, Corso, Herbie, Desmond and Big and Rich to make their return. OK, most could do without Big and Rich, but the other four, along with the new faces, have been in high demand.

There has been plenty of speculation this offseason that Clemson might be the site for the first show of the 2013 season when Georgia comes to town on Aug. 31. That could soon become reality.

On Monday, multiple Georgia beat reporters posted on Twitter that David Pollack "expects" ESPN GameDay to be in Clemson on Aug. 31 for the Georgia game.

A former Georgia defensive end, Pollack is now an analyst on the popular pre-game TV show. He was in his second season with the Cincinnati Bengals the last time the football version of the show aired live from Tigertown.



Plenty has changed around Clemson since the 31-7 romp of rival Georgia Tech.

Back then, head coach Tommy Bowden had a budding young running back duo of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, which would come to be known as Thunder and Lightning. Bowden's wide receivers coach, Dabo Swinney, was in his third season on the Clemson staff.

But one thing that hasn't over that period time is the significance of showcasing your program, campus and juiced up fan base on national television before the start of a college football Saturday. The publicity that GameDay provides is priceless.

Even though GameDay hasn't been back to Clemson for football since 2006, the Tigers have been in several contests that were featured on the show.

The 2008 season opener in Atlanta versus Alabama was the GameDay site. So was the game at Auburn in September of 2010. In the following season when Clemson and West Virginia were matched up in the Orange Bowl, GameDay was there. Then, in 2012, Clemson and Florida State played in the GameDay game.

None of the four yielded good results for Clemson. Two were embarrassing blowouts and two were among the most exciting games in college football for those respective seasons.

Still, all four were losses. And all four were not in Clemson.

The show's return to Clemson would help grow the wave of momentum that started with the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU.

GameDay in Clemson for the season opener could be a good way to kickoff what might turn out to be a special year for the Tigers.

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