CLEMSON – And so it begins, Aug. 2 on the Clemson practice fields.
Opening day of fall camp is Friday, the first of 18 practice sessions scheduled between then and Aug. 20, a 19-day period. That’s in addition to a pair of Saturday scrimmages at Memorial Stadium slated for Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.
Practices are closed to the public. The media will get 30-minute viewing windows at the start of practice Friday and Aug. 7 (the first padded practice), as well as a couple other dates to be determined, according to the school.
Two-a-days are scheduled to take place Aug. 9, Aug. 12, Aug. 14 and Aug. 19. The team has Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 21 off, plus no on-field sessions during Fan Appreciation Day (Aug. 18 from 3-5 p.m.)
Regular practice schedules commence Aug. 22, one day after the fall semester begins at Clemson. The Tigers open the 2013 season Aug. 31 hosting Georgia at Death Valley.
The Clemson athletic department released its annual rundown of NCAA secondary violations across all sports during the 2012-13 academic year, most of which appeared to be related to the resignation of track and field director Lawrence Johnson in January.
None are particularly egregious or expect to result in further sanctions or investigations.
Although specific names and sports are redacted, five of the 15 violations listed indicated under ‘corrective actions taken’ that the head coach of the sport in question is no longer employed by Clemson.
Several secondary violations indicated were self-reported upon the end of Johnson’s five-year tenure last winter, including student-athletes participating in more than four seasons, receiving transportation expenses for a non-affiliated trainer for the Olympics, and inadvertent benefits such as used running shoes from an assistant and free bottled water at a football tailgate during a recruiting visit.
The only other mention of football is when the Tigers hosted Maryland in 2012, and a student in the crowd recognized a particular football recruit, attempting to start a “We Want (Recruit’s Name)!” chant. The fan was told to stop by a compliance officer and advised of NCAA rules.
An assistant coach inadvertently responded to a group text message, which included a player who had just signed a national letter of intent. The instance was cited, with no further penalty.
An unnamed player received $975 in prize money in June 2012 before enrolling at the university, and was declared ineligible before being reinstated on the condition of donating the funds to a charity of the student-athlete’s choice. Another player received $10,803 in prize money and participated in organized competition during the summer, thus repaying the money to charity and serving one academic year in residence before reinstatement.
Also, a tutor was fired for providing a free meal to a student-athlete, and the student-athlete repaid the “impermissible amount to a local charity.”
Football fans in the Palmetto State might want to fire up their DVRs the first full week of August.
ESPN will film college football season preview shows from 10 campuses around the country, airing on College Football Live from Aug. 5-16. Each segment begins at 5 p.m., complete with coach and player interviews.
The first three subjects of the DirecTV Mobile Studio Tour are all of local interest.
Clemson’s season preview will air Tuesday, Aug. 6 on ESPNU, with College GameDay’s Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack on hand. The following afternoon of Aug. 7, South Carolina will be featured by Tom Rinaldi and Todd McShay, also on ESPNU.
Georgia, which takes on the Tigers and Gamecocks to open its season, kicks off the series on Monday, Aug. 5, with Fowler, Herbstreit and Pollack. That segment airs on ESPN2.
The rest of the schedule includes Alabama on Aug. 8 and Oregon on Aug. 9. The second week features, in order, Louisville, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Oklahoma.
A study by sports marketing analysts from Atlanta’s Emory Goizueta Business School finds Clemson’s fan base to be tops in the ACC. A conference, which, in turn, scored the lowest of the major power conferences in this topic.
The study used data from the past decade to evaluate attendance and revenues generated comparatively to the team’s perennial success. (Meaning, Alabama fans had to step up their game proportionally higher than Indiana fans.)
Emory’s Revenue Premium Based Brand Equity Rankings spit out Clemson fans as the kings of the league, edging out Virginia Tech, Syracuse and North Carolina. Historical powerhouse Florida State rated seventh, and in the league’s basement resided last-place Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College.
However, the study also combined each power conference’s cumulative ratings. To no surprise, the SEC led that list.
The ACC finished sixth out of six, edged by the American Athletic Conference.