NOTEBOOK: Championship at Stake

CLEMSON – With what basically amounts to Championship Week for the Clemson football team, head coach Tommy Bowden said he could tell from the attitude of the players that they recognized that there's a lot at stake Saturday.

"Things are little bit different," he said. "But that's not necessarily good and that's not necessarily bad. Things are just a little bit different."

But Bowden did admit that his players seem to be as focused as they were at this same time last week.

Bowden then said that he doesn't think that the pep in the players step has anything to do with revenge for having lost to Boston College in overtime the last two seasons.

Generally for the players, thinking about what has transpired over the previous two years goes out the window just as soon as the first forearm to the head happens. In fact, Bowden said he could see how the close losses could have a negative effect on his team.

"I don't know that it adds anymore motivation," Bowden said. "I would think (the Eagles) would feel very comfortable coming in here in a close game in the fourth quarter because they've been here before and done that and won.

"I would say it would be an advantage for them. I don't know if it would be an advantage for us."

QUICK HITS: Scottie Cooper said following practice that he thinks that he will be able to play Saturday. He said the doctors will reevaluate him again on Tuesday, but that he was able to do a lot of different styles of running in practice.

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning wasn't as optimistic, saying he didn't think it would be possible. But when told Koenning's pessimistic outlook, Cooper said, "That's just the way he is." …

Bandit Ricky Sapp cut off all his flowing dreadlocks Sunday night because he said, "It was time for a change." ...

When told of Clemson's commanding 41-21 halftime lead over Furman in the basketball team's season opener, Bowden said, "Golly. They're beating them worse than we did. They got a 20-point lead at halftime. I don't think we had a 20-point lead at halftime." Top Stories