What We are Hearing...

Some insider tidbits on Tommy Bowden's contract status, as well as some bonus recruiting tidbits in the latest round of "What We are Hearing..."

Contract Issues Taken Care of Soon?
Tommy Bowden returned from his Thanksgiving vacation yesterday with his contract still unresolved, but the good news is that everything we have on this situation confirms the idea that it will be wrapped up rather "quickly."

"Quickly" meaning today or tomorrow.

The word is that Bowden is negotiating for a buyout that should rival that of Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen, and apparently, this has been the big sticking point since early last week. Bowden's current buyout is $750,000.

Like it or not, (and most people do by now) Tommy Bowden appears to be the head coach at Clemson University for the foreseeable future.

Bowden has been back in his offices at Clemson going through initial preparations for the Peach Bowl, while most of his assistants are on the road recruiting.

In conclusion, at the end of all of this mess, Tommy Bowden should be set at Clemson through the year 2010.

Steffy in Orange?
Pennsylvania gunslinger Jordan Steffy appears to be at the top of the coaching staff's wish list at quarterback this year. Steffy will be visited this week by defensive coordinator John Lovett, and is also expecting to see head coach Tommy Bowden early next week before making a definitive decision in a press conference on December 11th.

Steffy will have visited Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech before he makes his final decision.

While not going on record with clear leader, it has been reported that the atmosphere at both Clemson and Penn State has impressed him the most. Maryland will also figure seriously in the mix after he takes his final official visit with the Terps this weekend.

Steffy attended the Tigers' 26-10 thrashing of #3 Florida State back in early November.

A lot of questions are running around about what the Tigers would do if they were fortunate enough to land Steffy and Cullen Harper this February. The smart money says that the addition of those two would allow Chansi Stuckey to be moved to wide receiver on a full time basis next season, and third team QB C.J. Gaddis would move onto the second team.

Steffy and Harper would then have the luxury of both reshirting their freshman years.

Stay tuned with Steffy, the first major roller coaster ride of the 2004 class could start next Thursday!

Recruiting Locks
At this stage in the game, it looks as though two of the higher profile names in the state of South Carolina will be wearing orange next year. Both WR Phillip Morris (Timmonsville) and OL Cory Lambert (Greenville) appear to be set to sign with the Tigers on signing day.

Morris has been a hard lean to Clemson for quite some time, while Lambert has only come on board the Clemson bandwagon just recently. Both players will have in home visits with Clemson coaches this week.

The addition of Lambert to the 2004 class could easily signal the return of the Tigers to a potential top 25 recruiting class. Other key names to watch down the stretch: LB Dannell Ellerbe, WR Mike McIntosh, OL James Thompson, DL Dorrel Scott, DL Anthony Davis, TE Craig Gelhardt, S Mike Hamlin, and QB John Parker Wilson.

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