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Clemson's Aamir Simms makes a pass (25) under the basket during the Tigers' 79-72 win over Duke on Tuesday in Clemson.

After beating UNC, Clemson knocks off No. 3 Duke 79-72

CLEMSON - What a wild ride the past four days have been for Clemson fans. The Tigers beat No. 3 Duke 79-72 on Tuesday night to sandwich wins over the Atlantic Coast Conference's basketball blue bloods around Monday's loss in the College Football …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, left, hugs linebacker Isaiah Simmons after the Tigers lost to LSU 42-25 in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday in New Orleans. Clemson had its 29-game winning streak snapped.

Clemson D, Lawrence falter as LSU rolls to championship

NEW ORLEANS - Clemson relied all year on a strong defense and quarterback Trevor Lawrence to give itself a shot at a second straight national title. Both let them down against LSU and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow. "It's been a …

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, lifts the national championship trophy in front of his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow after defeating Clemson 42-25 on Monday in New Orleans.

LSU proves it was better team of Tigers

The Clemson Tigers know exactly how the Louisiana State Tigers feel today. Clemson proved itself to be the best football team in the country in 2018 with a resounding 44-16 victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, right, and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron have both been  examples of how college football coaching has changed on their way to the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday. The Sumter Item's Micah Green has been in New Orleans for the game, so be sure to go to and check The Item for photographs from the game.

Swinney, Orgeron leading evolution in coaching styles

NEW ORLEANS - Dabo Swinney can turn most any issue into an extended, persuasive sermon. If he was a salesman, we'd all probably be buying time shares. Ed Orgeron is as comfortable talking gumbo and jambalaya as he is the run-pass option, …

Clemson coach Brad Brownell embraces assistant coach Anthony Goins as they celebrate the win over North Carolina after an NCAA college basketball, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Clemson stuns UNC 79-76 in OT, earns 1st win in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Year after year, every Clemson team that played at North Carolina left the court in the same fashion: by throwing another loss onto what had grown into a bizarrely long streak.

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) has been crucial to the Tigers' offensive success this season, which he proved by gaining 134 total yards with three touchdowns in Clemson's Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State last weekend. Clemson faces LSU for the national title on Monday.

Getting it done: Clemson and LSU backs proving they belong

CLEMSON - LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Clemson's Travis Etienne have much more in common than their Louisiana backgrounds heading into the national title game. Both are smallish running backs who were overlooked at times in high school but …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) goes in for the go-ahead touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Ohio State 29-23 to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship game for the fourth time in five years.

The Brunson Championship Series would make it right

As we await the showdown between Clemson and Louisiana State in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday - January 13!? - there's an unrest among college football fans. What's that I hear? A chant to make the Brunson …

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell and the Tigers fell to Miami 73-68 in overtime on Tuesday.

Lykes leads Miami to 73-68 overtime win over Clemson

CLEMSON - DJ Vasiljevic wouldn't let an off night shake his confidence, not with the game in the balance for Miami. Vasiljevic hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 59 seconds to go in overtime as the Hurricanes rallied from 10-points down to win its …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) prepares to run through a hole during the Tigers' 29-23 victory over Ohio State on Saturday in Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game in Glendale, Arizona. Clemson will face LSU for the national title, but not until Monday, Jan. 13, in New Orleans.

Clemson, LSU playing waiting game with 15 days between CFP semifinals, championship

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The matchup is set for a tantalizing College Football Playoff national championship game. On one side, defending champion Clemson, with its 29-game winning streak. On the other, unbeaten and No. 1 LSU, with its record-setting …


More could be on the way in Clemson's top recruiting class

The 24 football players signed by Clemson earlier this month added up to the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, thus far, by the national analysts. According to the 247Sports composite ranking, Clemson signed six 5-star recruits and 11 …


Clemson, USC still have work to do after dead period

We've hit the pause button on the football recruiting scene until the middle of January. With the early signing period ending last Friday, the dead period gives coaches and unsigned recruits a bit of a breather before things go live again on Jan. …

File-This Sept. 7, 2019, file photo shows Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence dropping back to pass with blocking help from Jackson Carman (79) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Carman is one of the few recent five-star recruits from Ohio who didn't end up at Ohio State. Now the two schools meet in the CFP semifinals, where Carman will be matched up against Ohio State's star defensive lineman Chase Young.

Clemson's Carman vs. OSU's Young an intriguing battle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jackson Carman had a few good options when deciding where to play college football, including Ohio State. Unlike many highly-rated recruits from Ohio, the offensive lineman decided to leave the Buckeye State. Now Carman's …

Clemson took a gamble when they promoted Dabo Swinney from  wide receivers coach to head coach, but that gamble has more than  paid off with two national championships and five straight trips to the College Football Playoff.

Perfect fit: Playoff teams' in-house hires getting it done

Former Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips made a deal with Dabo Swinney when he decided to make him the Tigers head football coach. "There were people that were very skeptical of that hire," Phillips recently recalled. "I said, 'Dabo, …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) will see a familiar face on  the opposing sideline when the Tigers face Ohio State in the Fiesta  Bowl on Saturday. Lawrence and Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields  were both top recruits coming out of the Atlanta area and worked with the same quarterback coach in high school.

Finally, Fields vs. Lawrence: 'This is the future of the NFL'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence went to high school about 20 miles from each other in the suburbs northwest of Atlanta. They have worked out since middle school with the same quarterback trainer, a former Pac-12 QB and …

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs with the ball past Wisconsin defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis.

Lingering knee issue still bothering Ohio State's Fields

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields may not be fully healthy when the second-ranked Buckeyes face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Fields said Tuesday his left knee is only 80 to 85% heading into Saturday's College Football …