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Better pitchman. Dabo Swinney is THE reason

A great HC has to do two things.

1) SALES: He has to be able to get people to sign on the line that is dotted, through one or all of the following. shared vision, pure salesmanship, and/or charisma.

2) TECHNICAL/MANAGERIAL SKILL: Step two is having the football knowledge to be able to deliver on promises by actually winning. That's where most coaches fall short.

Dabo doesn't know much football comparatively. Instead, he whipped out the huge Clemson checkbook and his gift for sales, and convinced / hired the very best assistants in the country to join him.

Fuente falls a little more into camp #2, He can scheme with the best of them, but I don't think he's at all special as a salesman. No worse than Beamer. I think the jury is still out on his managerial skills.

Having said all that, I also think certain schools have recruiting ceilings, and Clemson's is simply higher than ours for a variety of reasons. It should be the subject of an article, but what makes a blue blood program such? Clemson has at least 50% blue blood in its veins. They have a national presence, and always have. Call it sex appeal. What do they have that South Carolina does not, or VT does not? Its something intangible, but very real. Recruits sense it.

[Post edited by Techsupport at 01/10/2019 10:37AM]

(In response to this post by Hokie1992)

Posted: 01/10/2019 at 10:14AM


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