Friday, August 29, 2003

(UPDATED at 4:10 p.m. Friday; scroll down for new items)

Currie bumps Hamilton from starting lineup

Receiver Airese Currie has been given the starting job over Derrick Hamilton for Saturday's Georgia game, according to this story. It says a lot about Clemson's depth at receiver that Hamilton, who had an ACC-leading 1,883 all-purpose yards in 2002 (the fifth-most in league history), can't crack the starting lineup for one of the biggest games in recent memory (though I'm sure he'll see plenty of action Saturday).

SOMETHING SPECIAL NEEDED: Clemson's special teams must play better to defeat Georgia this year, according to this story. If special teams had done their job last year, the Tigers probably would have beaten the Dogs.

MYSTERIES ABOUND: What will Clemson's newly revamped offense look like when it hits the field Saturday? There are some hints, but no one is saying anything definite.

ON THE ODDS: John Brasier of the Anderson Independent Mail spins a column off the current line for the Clemson-Georgia game (the Dogs are only favored by 2.5 points, down from 9 several days ago).

THE BROTHERS HOWARD: The State has a story on the Howards: Clemson defensive end J.J., and Georgia linebacker Marcus.

SWAMI SAYS: Columnist Ron Morris of The State predicts an 8-4 season for both Clemson and South Carolina.

LET'S MEET LIONEL: Here's another Anderson Independent Mail Q&A with a Clemson player. Today, it's linebacker Lionel Richardson.

BACK TO ANDERSON: Clemson's players and coaches will spend the night in Anderson before home games, an old tradition that has returned.

COLUMNIST BITES DOGS: Augusta Chronicle sportswriter Scott Michaux says he doesn't understand why Georgia is favored in Saturday's games. He thinks Georgia's rash of injuries and suspensions could clear the way for a Clemson victory.

VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE: The Athens Banner-Herald has a nice package of pre-game stories today. There's a profile of Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, a quick look at the keys to the game for both teams, a column that takes a historical perspective on the Clemson-Georgia rivalry, and a short item on Esso Club fan Brent Musberger's return to Death Valley.

LOTS OF QUESTIONS: The State's Ken Tysiac has answered at least nine questions since I last blogged about his forum feature. Check 'em out.

ACC ROUNDUP: Well, well, well. Maryland, one of the ACC's "teams of the future" or "programs on the rise" or something like that, lost in overtime Thursday night at Northern Illinois. (Fanblogs has more.) Enjoy next week's trip to Tallahassee, Ralph.

Meanwhile, Georgia Tech lost 24-13 at BYU on Thursday. (No real surprise there.) The Jackets host Auburn next week.

And here's a quick preview of Saturday's other ACC games.

CU/GEORGIA MEMORIES: The official Clemson site has posted video highlights of 1990's 34-3 Clemson victory over Georgia. Give 'em a look.

ACC EXPANSION: I found this one on the Tigernet message board. Here's a column from Charlie Barnes, the executive director of Seminole Boosters, on the ACC's addition of Miami and Virginia Tech. It's a bit long, but it's a helluva read. Who knew a booster-club president could write so eloquently?

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