Tuesday, September 09, 2003

(UPDATED at 4:20 p.m.)

'Voice of the Tigers' was 69

This is truly sad news. Legendary Clemson broadcaster Jim Phillips, who had covered Clemson sports for 36 years, died early Tuesday from an aortic aneurysm. He was 69. The Georgia game was the 400th football contest of his Clemson career.

Tigernet has the press release, plus an online sympathy card.

Here's the Greenville News' take, and the AP's story via the Augusta Chronicle. Also, ACC commissioner John Swofford offers his condolences.

Additionally, the official Clemson site has posted a short video clip of Phillips, and a link to audio clips of some of his famous calls.

Wow. This is stunning. I grew up listening to this guy. He had such a smooth, welcoming radio voice, and was truly a great Clemson man. I wish his family the best during this difficult time.


CROSBY LEAVES TEAM: As reported late Monday, receiver Roscoe Crosby has left the team for "family reasons." Stories are here, here and here.

BOWDEN SPEAKS: Here are the highlights from coach Tommy Bowden's weekly press conference. I'll post more about this on Wednesday.

INTERESTING NOTEBOOK: The Greenville News' notebook has a couple of items worth mentioning. First, there appears to be some contention on the team regarding playing time, according to receiver Tony Elliott (who has more choice words below). That doesn't sound good.

Second, there's confirmation that the Sept. 20 game at Georgia Tech, scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff, will not be televised. That's a shame for a couple of reasons. First of all, the Tech game has been a real barn-burner the past few years. Secondly, this means the Tigers won't be on television for the entire month of September. According to The State's notebook, Clemson hasn't had three non-televised games in a row since the 1987 season.

Additionally, The State's notebook reveals that the starting tailback job for Saturday's Middle Tennessee State game remains up for grabs, and also reveals a telling quote from Elliott on special-teams play: "On special teams, there is not as much discipline," Elliott said. "As you can tell, what separates the great programs from the mediocre is great special teams. Special teams is as important as offense and defense, and I think a lot of guys don't understand the importance of special teams."

Is finger-pointing getting out of hand on this team?

FAN INDIFFERENCE: The Anderson Independent-Mail has a story on how the poor attendance at last week's Furman game affected the players.

WE'RE CLEAR: ESPN has deigned to lift Clemson from the Bottom 10. For this week, anyway.

No comments: