Norm Wood, longtime Virginia Tech beat writer for the Newport News Daily Press, shares what it's like to follow a team that often requires a nine-hour round trip just to cover a press conference. Norm also gives his take on Virginia Tech's dramatic decline in football since the Hokies ruled the ACC from 2004 into 2011 before Clemson broke the stranglehold. He also shares some anecdotes about the inimitable Randy King, a one-of-a-kind sportswriter with some legendary stories -- including that time when he accidentally set a Virginia Tech player on fire.
Abe Reed has worked in Clemson's football equipment room since 1998 and has been the Director of Equipment for six years. Reed shares what it's like to handle the logistics of so many moving parts, both when the team is at home and when it's traveling to Texas and California in back-to-back weeks for the College Football Playoff.
Richard Yeargin joins The Dubcast to share the story of how he got another shot at football after injuries from a horrific car accident two years ago left him thinking he had to give up the game. Yeargin, who will soon move to New England to join Boston College's football team, also gives his thoughts on whether college athletes should receive more compensation given the revenues they generate.
George Schroeder, national college football writer for USA Today, joins The Dubcast to share the amazing story of his son Christopher. When Christopher was just 7 weeks old, he underwent a heart transplant. As a 2-year-old, he underwent a kidney transplant and his father was the donor. Now, Christopher is 9 years old and a sports junkie. He even calls his own play-by-play when he's shooting the basketball in the family's driveway. George also reflects on the career of Brent Venables, whom he's known since Venables' days at Oklahoma, and Clemson's remarkable rise under Dabo Swinney.
Former Clemson offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain joins The Dubcast to talk about his dream job for ESPN and the ACC Network. Mac Lain also shares the story of how he got to Clemson in the first place: He was on his way home from a visit to Auburn when recruiter Dan Brooks called and asked him to stop by Clemson and take a look around. It was love at first sight.
Marcel Louis-Jacques of The Charlotte Observer joins The Dubcast to talk his cup of coffee on the Clemson beat, the vast differences between covering college football and the NFL, and a recent random run-in with Dabo Swinney in downtown Charlotte. And a bunch more, including his Haitian heritage and his storied run as the nicest telemarketer in the world.
Ty Hildenbrandt of The Solid Verbal joins The Dubcast to talk the growth of the podcast he co-hosts with Dan Rubenstein, how he and Dan come up with fresh ideas, and how they get by during the summer when there's almost nothing happening. Ty also reflects on Dabo Swinney and Clemson's place atop the college football mountain.
Matt Connolly, who writes for The State newspaper, joins The Dubcast to reflect on what it was like to go from covering South Carolina, to then covering both South Carolina and Clemson, to now covering just Clemson. Connolly also gives his thoughts on the state of both the Tigers and Gamecocks football programs, and much more.