Clemson's basketball season has featured immense highs, deflating lows and a lengthy list of injuries and ailments. Through it all, this young team just keeps fighting. Brad Brownell sits down for a lengthy chat to reflect on the spirit of this team, the many schematic adjustments he and his staff have made, and the future.
For Quandon Christian, a Clemson linebacker from 2009 to 2013, life after football has taken some interesting turns: From coaching and teaching in high school, to managing a Waffle House, to now shifting back to football as he prepares to be a graduate assistant at South Florida under Jeff Scott. Christian reflects on the Dandy Dozen recruiting class, the high points and low points of his time at Clemson, and a bunch of other interesting stuff.
After 14 years in newspapers, Manie Robinson decided to leave the media business and start teaching it as a professor in South Carolina's journalism school. Robinson joins The Dubcast to reflect on a conversation with Clemson legend Jeff Davis that set this move in motion, and talks about how difficult it was to leave the incredible story that's currently unfolding with Clemson Football.
Palmetto State native Kent Babb ranks among the foremost sports feature writers in the country. He has dug deep on profiles of Dabo Swinney and, more recently, Deshaun Watson. And he established a connection with Kobe Bryant in reporting a 2018 story on the superstar who died tragically earlier this week. We go deep with Kent on the process of reporting and writing such long-form profiles, his thoughts on Dabo and Deshaun, his difficulty in dealing with the death of Bryant and his daughter, and much more.
Charlie Whitehurst made the trip to New Orleans to watch Clemson play in its fourth national championship over the past five seasons. He gives his thoughts on the Crescent City, the majestic play of quarterback Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence's off night, and a bunch of other stuff including who he likes in this weekend's NFL conference championship games.
On the eve of Clemson-LSU in New Orleans, Upstate radio celebrity Mickey Plyler joins The Dubcast for some conversation about what has all the looks of one of the great national championship matchups in college football history. Then again, we thought the same thing a year ago and Clemson smoked Alabama by four touchdowns.
A year ago at this time, Paul Myerberg was one of the few who thought Clemson could not just beat Alabama but beat the Tide handily. A year later, he's still bullish on Clemson as it heads into the lion's den against LSU at the Superdome. We check in with Paul to revisit some silly narratives and notions about the Tigers from last offseason and well into this season, and to take a deeper look at just how historic a Clemson triumph would be.
Chris Blair, voice of LSU, and Washington Post columnist Jerry Brewer on Trevor Lawrence and Clemson
Chris Blair got his start in South Carolina while learning from Clemson legend Jim Phillips. Now he'll call the national championship game as the voice of the LSU Tigers. Jerry Brewer, who normally covers the NFL and NBA, on all the work and homework he put in to perfectly capture the essence of Trevor Lawrence and Clemson in his game column from the Fiesta Bowl.
Longtime national writer Matt Hayes joins The Dubcast to reflect on Dabo Swinney's impact on college football while also sizing up Saturday night's showdown in the desert. Matt Connolly of The State visits to give his take on Clemson entering its fifth consecutive CFP appearance.
Former Clemson football player Billy Davis, who played on the 1981 national championship team, tells stories from his near three decades in the Secret Service. He also reflects on the brilliant tenure of Dabo Swinney and why he's believed in him from the beginning -- even after the 6-7 disappointment of 2010.