Posted: 11:07 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013
The big news from the weekend was the the NFL Draft. DeAndre Hopkins going to the Texans was great news, but it was nice to see several other Tigers go. Clemson is the only ACC school to have at least 4 players drafted in each of the past 5 years. Everyone likes to point out how great the SEC is in college football, but the ACC does just fine turning out NFL level talent. With so many of these kids looking to make the NFL, this is a great selling point for Clemson on the recruiting trail.
The second piece of big news to break this weekend was the commitment of Elijah Hood to Notre Dame. While we've known for a while that Clemson wasn't #1 on his list due to poor recruiting by our favorite special teams coach, it still stings to lose such a talented player. There isn't a whole lot to rehash here except the obvious that Dabo needs to make some changes immediately. It doesn't matter how much loyalty there is, incompetence can not be accepted.
With spring practice now done, Clemson has released their depth chart heading into the summer. Obviously the most important depth chart is the one we see before Labor Day weekend, but at least this gives everyone a look at where players stand.
Next year's basketball schedule got released last week, and it features a few interesting matchups for Clemson. Obviously the big news is the arrival of Notre Dame to ACC play, and Clemson will head to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish in basketball. They will also travel to Syracuse and play a home and home against Pitt.
We don't often highlight Clemson athletics outside of the football, baseball, and basketball, but the men's tennis team has had a pretty good season the looks likely to culminate in their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007. The team lost to undefeated Virginia in the ACC semifinals, but it has been a successful season even before their NCAA tournament appearance.
Clemson continued their dominance of ACC track and field as the women clinched their 8th consecutive ACC title, and the men finished 3rd in the ACC Outdoor Championships. Both programs are ranked in the top 15 of the country as they head towards the end of the season.