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Clemson football flagged for 8 secondary NCAA violations

Clemson’s national championship football program was flagged for eight secondary NCAA infractions in the past year ending July 1st. The athletic department self-reported 14 NCAA violations in the period from July 2018 through this past June. The school all infractions were considered secondary, the less serious category of NCAA violations. The miscues included players appearing in promotional campaigns on social media and a player paid more than the going rate by a homeowner for work.

Clemson confident CFP drug suspensions were outlier

Clemson officials are confident the athletic department’s practices and policies will prevent a repeat of the failed performance-enhancing drug tests that led to the suspension of three players before last season’s College Football Playoff. The Tigers were riding into a fourth straight CFP appearance when they were hit with the news in December that star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and two other players had tested positive for the banned substance ostarine.

Dominant Clemson, Alabama sit atop college football throne

Clemson and Alabama have dominated college football and their run looks to continue. The reigning champion Tigers and Crimson Tide have combined to win four straight national titles with matching 55-4 records dating to the 2015 season. Alabama is favored to win the Southeastern Conference championship yet again, while Clemson will pursue its fifth straight title in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Clemson needs to fill major holes on defensive line

Clemson has several holes to fill on defense after its second national football championship in three years. The Tigers have lost seven starters from the team that defeated Alabama 44-16 last January to win the crown for the second time in three years. That includes the front four of Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence and Austin Bryant, all selected in last April’s NFL draft. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables says his group has plenty of unknowns heading to camp.

Clemson, hoops assistant parts ways amid corruption trial

Clemson has parted ways with longtime assistant men’s basketball coach Steve Smith. His voice is on a federal wiretap that was played at the ongoing college corruption trial. Clemson officials said Friday they the school would not renew Smith’s contract that expired last month. Tigers head coach Brad Brownell says he supports the decision. Smith had spent the past seven years at Clemson. He is heard at trial talking with defendant Christian Dawkins.

Clemson’s offensive coordinators join million-dollar club

Clemson’s co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott have received raises to now make $1 million a year. Several Clemson football assistants and staffers earned raises approved by the school’s board of trustees. The increases come a month after the Tigers finished off a 15-0, national championship season. Coach Dabo Sweeney made $6.5 million in salary last season. He’ll get another $1 million or so in bonuses for Clemson’s perfect season.

Trump’s burger-fest brings roasting from late-night TV hosts

Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump’s offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV hosts. Trump, a fast-food lover, said he paid for the meal himself because of the partial government shutdown, which has led to furloughs among federal workers, including at the White House.

Suspended Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence among 3 Tigers off to NFL

Suspended Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is going to the NFL. The junior lineman became the third defensive starter for Clemson’s national championship team to give up their eligibility to turn pro. Earlier, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar decided to leave school. Lawrence missed Clemson’s two College Football Playoff games after he tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. Mullen was the defensive MVP in Clemson’s 44-16 victory over Alabama Monday night.

Alabama-Clemson IV: Can Saban’s dynasty reach new heights?

Alabama-Clemson IV, the third meeting with the national championship on the line, will be played Monday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Tide vs. Tigers might be getting old for some fans, but the latest chapter is a feature, not a bug, in the five-year-old playoff to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

Clemson-Alabama IV has precedents in other sports

Playoff games between Clemson and Alabama that determine college football’s champions have become as regular an occurrence in the winter as Golden State-Cleveland NBA Finals matchups are each spring.

Clemson’s NFL prospects step closer to championship goals

Clemson All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is grateful for the journey he has taken during his final college season. But he says he hasn’t reached his destination yet. The second-ranked Tigers take on No. 1 Alabama for the national title on Monday night. Wilkins is among several Clemson starters considered high-round NFL draft prospects who put off pro careers for a final year with the Tigers in hopes of winning a national championship.

Gutsy calls by a gambling Nick Saban have turned title games

Nick Saban showed he’s capable of derring-do in Alabama’s past two national championship game wins. The coach famed for his scowl, his process and his meticulous down-to-the-tiniest detail nature has turned title games in the Crimson Tide’s favor with two gutsy calls. First, there was an onside kick against Clemson. Then benching his starting quarterback at halftime against Georgia. Don’t be shocked if Saban gambles – or at least takes a calculated risk – at some point Monday night vs. Clemson.