Landscape has changed, its not your dad’s college football anymore. This book is referencing 3 decades ago! Winning will not solve your problems, its REALLY not that hard to see. And in 2 years SOS will be 50% of the equation. Landscape has changed.
It does sound like a good book. Ford was such an old school character that it’s fun to read about him. I read one recently about tales from the championship season which was interesting.
I do think you can be in the big picture by winning in the ACC. We made it to number 5 last year before we laid an egg. I think where it matters is that for the ACC right now, you will not get in as a one loss team where you might from the SEC if there aren’t two undefeated teams. Of course it depends on who beats you. OSU has experienced that same point from the Big 12 though.
What the story doesn’t mention is the cheating, paying players, and NCAA penalties. It’s a lot harder to buy a MNC nowadays.
It was an excerpt. If it deals with it honestly, it would point out that the guys in the middle of that scandal never even enrolled at Clemson.
When you look back over the history of USC football, do you always discuss the fact that you had coaches plead guilty to distributing steroids to players, the sanctions under Holtz, or even the current sanctions? Keep throwing stones though - the glass walls around you look cool when they crumble.
Charlie Pell coached the Tigers for two seasons, winning the ACC Coach of the Year award twice and leading the Tigers to the 1978 ACC Championship en route to a 18-4-1 record. In both seasons, Clemson earned berths to the Gator Bowl. However, Pell became involved in NCAA rules and recruiting violations that came to light under the tenure of his successor, Danny Ford. Charlie Pell would leave after 1978 to become head coach at Florida, where his coaching career would end in 1984 following more NCAA rules violations.
 Danny Ford era: 1978–1989
The Danny Ford Era began in 1978, after Charlie Pell left for the University of Florida. He won his first game, the 1978 Gator Bowl, with a 17–15 victory over Ohio State and legendary coach Woody Hayes, who punched LB Charlie Bauman in the throat after making the game-clinching interception. In his first two seasons, Ford guided Clemson to the summit of college football by winning the National Championship, and recording the program’s fifth undefeated season. The Tigers, who were unranked in the preseason, downed three top-10 teams (Georgia and North Carolina) during the course of the 12-0 season that concluded with a 22-15 victory over Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl. Ford, named National Coach-of-the-Year in 1981, holds the record as the youngest coach to win a national championship on the gridiron. 
On November 21, 1982, the football program was placed on probation for a 2-year period to include the 1983 and 1984 seasons. This sanction was enforced on the program by the NCAA Committee on Infractions due to a lengthy history of recruiting violations meant to gain an athletic advantage. These recruiting violations took place from 1977 through the Tigers’ 1981 National Championship season and into 1982, under the administration of two head coaches, Charlie Pell and Danny Ford. The Atlantic Coast Conference imposed a third year of conference penalty.
Over 150 documented violations were found to have been committed under NCAA bylaws in the categories of improper recruiting inducements, extra benefits to student-athletes, unethical conduct, improper financial aid, improper campus visits, improper transportation and entertainment, improper use of funds, improper employment, improper recruiting contact, and distribution of cash to players by members of the coaching staff.
As a result of these violations, Clemson was barred from participating in bowl games following the 1982 and 1983 seasons, and barred from appearing on live television in the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Also, the number of scholarships that the university could allocate to football players was restricted to 20 (from the normal limit of 30) for the 1983-84 and 1984-85 academic years. The Tigers, however, were allowed to keep their 1978 and 1981 ACC titles as well as the 1981 national title.
Charles Alan Wright, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions said at the time, “Due to the large number and serious nature of the violations in this case, the committee believed that institutional sanctions related to appearances on television and in postseason football bowl games were appropriate. In addition, because the violations indicated a pattern of improper recruiting activities, the committee determined that a two-year limitation on financial aid to new recruits should be imposed to offset any recruiting advantage that was gained improperly by the university.”
After the probation period, Clemson won three straight ACC titles between 1986 and 1988, including a 35-10 victory over Penn State and a 13-6 defeat of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Florida Citrus Bowl. In 1989, Clemson registered a 10-2 season and top-12 national ranking for the fourth straight season, and ended his career at Clemson with a 27–7 win over West Virginia (and All-America quarterback Major Harris) in the 1989 Gator Bowl.
Just five years after their probation ended, Clemson once again found their football program accused of multiple recruiting violations in January 1990. The NCAA accused Clemson of giving cash to players and having illegal contact with recruits over a period from 1984 to 1988. In June 1990, the Tigers found themselves on probation once again, for the second time in less than a decade. This chain of events contributed, in part, to the forced resignation of popular head coach Danny Ford.
After a few years away from coaching, Ford was hired by Arkansas in 1992, where he would spend five seasons guiding the Razorbacks.
You had coaches sentenced in federal court, but at least you didn’t give away hats and pay for moms’ dinners on recruiting trips. I would be more worried about criminal acts committed by coaches.
Shortly after the article ran in Sports Illustrated, an investigation by South Carolina’s Fifth Circuit Solicitor James Anders was announced. Based on the results of this preliminary investigation, a joint state and federal probe was announced on November 11, 1988. On April 19, 1989 a federal grand jury indicted USC defensive coordinator Tom Gadd, defensive line coach James Washburn, tight ends coach Tom Kurucz, and strength coach Keith Kephart in connection with steroid distribution to players. A fifth person, John Landon Carter of Bethesda, Maryland, was also charged with dispensing anabolic steroids to four former Gamecock players: Tommy Chaikin, David Poinsett, Heyward Myers and George Hyder. The indictments charged that illegal acts occurred from 1984 through December 1987. Gadd, Washburn, and Kurucz were accused of conspiring to “provide money to certain players and athletic personnel of the university for the purchasing of steroids for use by athletic personnel.” The indictments stated that the three monitored training programs to enhance steroid use and “would arrange to obtain sources for the purchase of unprescribed, misbranded steroids which were thereafter utilized by football players.” Kephart was charged with conspiring with other members of the USC athletic community to obtain steroids illegally across state lines, and the indictments charged that he and unidentified others “would administer the steroids to each other to improve athletic performance and to enhance physical appearance.” The United States Attorney, Vinton D. Lide, said he would not charge players or graduate assistants with crimes because he considered them to be victims.
Following the indictments, Washburn, Kurucz, Kephart, and Carter entered into plea-bargain agreements with the federal prosecutor. They were awaiting sentencing when Gadd, who elected to fight the charges, was acquitted by a United States District Court jury on June 21, 1989. On August 10, 1989, the remaining four were sentenced. United States District Judge G. Ross Anderson sentenced John Carter to serve three months at a community security facility. Among the coaches, Tom Kurucz received the harshest sentence: six months in a halfway house house and three years probation. James Washburn and Keith Kephart were sentenced to three months in a halfway house and given three-year probationary terms.[8
LOL YOU ALWAYS BRING UP BEATING WOMEN…....seriously is that all you have?!? Again, do you want to compare rapsheets for our two schools? USCjr is the arrest capital of the NCAA, as well as the repeat offender capital. Can post a list thats a mile long if you really want me to with dates and offenses.
Here, but sorry its so long I have to do it in two parts. Way to much for a single post on SP. Keep in mind, this only dates back to 2005. We all know it goes further back then that.
(1) - 1/1/2005 - Syvelle Newton Arrested Stolen equip; petit larceny. Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(2) - 1/1/2005 - Dondrial Pinkins Arrested Stolen equip; petit larceny
(3) - 1/1/2005 - Freddy Saint-Preux Arrested Stolen equip; petit larceny Freddy Saint-Preux Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(4) - 1/1/2005 - Rodriques Wilson Arrested Stolen equip; petit larceny
(5) - 1/1/2005 - Brian Brownlee Arrested Stolen equip; grand larceny
(6) - 1/1/2005 - W Woodly Telfort Arrested Stolen equip; grand larceny. Dismissed Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(7) - 3/1/2005 - Kevin Mainord - Arrested First-degree burglary, simple larceny. Dismissed Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(8) - 3/1/2005 - Moe Thompson Arrested First-degree burglary, simple larceny. Dismissed Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(9) - 3/1/2005 - David McNeal Smith - Arrested First-degree burglary (charged with six offenses). Dismissed Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(10) - 4/1/2005 - Syvelle Newton - Arrested Charges later dropped, scuffle at Masonic Temple. Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(11) - 4/1/2005 - Josh Johnson - Arrested Simple possession (marijuana). Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(12) - 4/1/2005 - Ty Erving - Arrested Simple possession (marijuana). Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(13) - 5/1/2005 - Dustin Lindsey Arrested DUI - Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(14) - 10/1/2005 - Josh Johnson - Arrested Simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, interfering with police, open container. Dismissed Violations of team rules relating to arrest
(15) - 11/1/2005 - Scott Morgan - Arrested DUI, open container Scott Morgan. Suspended Violations of team rules relating to arrest
(16) - 3/1/2006 - Shea McKeen Arrested Disorderly conduct, trespass after notice, failure to stop on police command. Suspended 3 games suspension, relating to arrest
(17) - 3/1/2006 - Dustin Lindsey Arrested Disorderly conduct, trespass after notice, failure to stop on police command
(18) - 9/1/2006 - Blake Mitchell – Arrested for simple assault. Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(19) - 10/1/2006 - O.J. Murdock – Arrested for shoplifting. Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest, quit team
(20) - 10/1/2006 - Kerry Bonds - Arrested Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Dismissed Violation of team rules relating to his arrest
(21) - 1/1/2007 - Jonathan Joseph - Arrested Possession of marijuana
(22) - 2/1/2007 - Stephen Garcia – arrested for public drunken, failure to stop for a police officer. Suspended Violation of team rules relating to arrest
(23) - 3/1/2007 - Stephen Garcia - Arrested for malicious injury to personal property. Suspended for Violation of teams rules relating to arrest (not allowed to wear jersey during spring practice)
(24) - 7/2007 Quinten Richardson - arrested for marijuana possession
(25) - 8/2007 Emmanual Cook - arrested for possession of fire arm on campus
(26) - QB Michael McQueeny - arrested in Charleston for drunk and disorderly conduct
(27) - Dion Lecorn - arrested for marijuana possession
(28) - 3/2008 - Kevin Young charged with resisting arrest and fighting while in 5 points
(29) - 3/2008 - Walk-on defensive back Mike Newton charged with public disorderly conduct
(30) - 3/2008 – QB Stephen Garcia charged with underage drinking (improperly discharging a fire extinguisher).
(31) - 3/2008 – OL Heath Batchelor - charged with underage drinking
(32) - 3/2008 – Walk-on QB Zac Brindise charged with underage drinking
(33) - (2/21/09) - Ladi Ajiboye, DT – Arrested for the purchase and simple possession of marijuana.
(34) - (3/27/09) - Dustyn McElroy, FB - dismissed from the team after allegedly biting a man in the face during a fight outside the Village Idiot bar and restaurant in Five Points.
(35) - Ben Axon (5/22/09) - The Tampa-area recruit who signed with South Carolina arrested this week on charges of possession with marijuana with intent to sell. According to published reports in Florida, Axon was a passenger in a car stopped by Bradenton police Wednesday night. The officer smelled marijuana, and Axon showed him 23 baggies of marijuana that he said belonged to him.
(36) - (5/23/09) - South Carolina sophomore cornerback C.C. Whitlock was arrested by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department over the weekend on a charge of trespassing after an incident at an area night club.. Whitlock and four other men were arrested after police were called to Club 330 on Highway 321 in Blackstock near the Fairfield and Chester county lines.According to the police report, Whitlock was asked by club security and the officers to leave several times but he refused. He was placed under arrest for trespassing. The report also noted that the 20-year-old Chester native had been drinking. There is no word on Whitlock’s current status with the team. Last week, the sophomore was reinstated to the roster after failing to qualify academically for the spring practice session. He sat out all of the spring drills.
(37) - (8/23/09) - South Carolina starting defensive end Clifton Geathers faces three charges after he was arrested following an incident at a Vista nightclub early Sunday morning. Geathers, 21, is charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after Columbia police, responding to a fight between Geathers and a bouncer at Club Ice, struggled to detain the 6-foot-8, 281-pound Geathers. According to Columbia police, Geathers was fighting with a security guard in the parking lot of the Lady Street club when officers arrived at 3:10 a.m. Police spokesman Brick Lewis said Geathers failed to comply with officers’ commands, was slurring his words, using profanity and “swinging his arms and pulling away” from an officer who tried to detain him. Lewis said it took two officers to get handcuffs on Geathers, the tallest player on the Gamecocks’ roster. When they detained him, officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Geathers, Lewis said. “He just didn’t want to cooperate,” Lewis said. “We got one cuff on him, and eventually moved on to the other. And that’s when we had assistance from the other officer.” Lewis said he did not know how the fight started. Geathers was booked at the Richland County jail at 5:15 a.m. and released at 10:43 a.m., Lewis said.Under USC policy, Geathers was suspended following his arrest.
(38) – (2/5/10) – Victor Hampton – South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton was arrested in Darlington, SC for illegal possession of alcohol.
(39) – (6/20/11) - DeVonte Holloman - South Carolina safety DeVonte Holloman was arrested for DUI in Columbia, SC over the weekend. The incident happened at a sobriety check-point on George Rogers Boulevard near Bluff Road, which is close to Williams-Brice Stadium.
(40) – 7/14/11) - Edward Muldrow - Incoming freshman linebacker Edward Muldrow was arrested on a charge of public drunkenness, underage drinking, possession of alcohol by a minor, and littering. An arrest warrant states that back on July 14, a Columbia police officer saw Muldrow with a bottle of beer in Columbia’s Five Points. The report says the officer asked Muldrow to stop and to come toward him, and that Muldrow threw the bottle in the bushes. he report says Muldrow cooperated and gave his name. According to the incident report, the officer smelled alcohol on Muldrow and said the player “had reddened eyes and slurred speech. Muldrow was then taken to the Richland County Detention Center. .University policy says players are automatically suspended after an arrest. “Incoming freshman linebacker Muldrow, from Atlanta, will be suspended from the team, pending a legal review. The South Gwinnett product was also arrested in November of 2010, for possession of drugs and driving with an expired tag and suspended license.
(41) G.A. Mangus (7/26/2011) - South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was arrested early Tuesday morning in Greenville and charged with nuisance conduct. At 1:31 a.m. Tuesday, two Greenville police officers in an unmarked patrol car “observed Mangus facing Main St. urinating on the street curb and roadway,” according to a report from the Greenville police department. When an officer who was called to the scene by those two officers approached Mangus, the coach was “unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” the report stated. When questioned by the officer, Mangus speech was slurred and he was “uncooperative in providing straight answers,” the report stated. Mangus was then handcuffed and taken to the Greenville detention center. According to the ticket received by Mangus on the scene, he will face a $470 fine for the incident. The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association annual coaching convention is in Greenville this week.
(42) Byron Jerideau (1/13/12) - A University of South Carolina football player was arrested late Thursday night after police say he was disorderly while trying to cross a road. Byron Jerideau, 22, was arrested and charged with Traffic / Pedestrian on controlled access highway and Disorderly / Public disorderly conduct.
(43) John Watley (2/27/12) - South Carolina middle linebacker Angelo Watley was arrested on Sunday on three charges and is currently being detained at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Per University policy, Watley has been suspended from all football-related activities. Watley was charged with Grand Larceny of good that value more than $2,000 but less than $10,000. He was also charged with Financial Transaction Card Theft and Violent Burglary in the second degree. He is currently being held on $50,000 bond by the city.
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