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1) Do we have the same ceiling/upside as Clemson did eight years ago when Dabo took over as interim HC and eventually HC? In other words, can Fuente/Foster et al take us to the promised land? – NCHokie1
Chris Coleman: That’s a very good question. There are some major similarities between the schools.
1: They are big state schools.
2: Both schools have great football fan bases.
3: Both schools have a small-town vibe.
4: Both schools have a football-first mentality.
There are differences, however.
1: Clemson has more fans willing to donate money.
2: Clemson has a much bigger stadium.
3: Clemson is in a more advantageous area for recruiting.
I know I’m going to catch some flak for #3. “But Clemson is no different than Blacksburg!” Yes, but I’m not talking about the towns themselves. I’m talking about where the towns are located in terms of the recruiting hotbeds. Look how close Clemson is located to the following recruiting major metropolitan areas of the region…
Clemson to Charlotte: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Clemson to Atlanta: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Clemson to Raleigh: 5 hours
Clemson to Winston-Salem: 3 hours, 23 minutes
Not to mention that Clemson is a lot closer to the entire states of Georgia and Florida than Virginia Tech. Geographically, things work out...
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