This Is About The Time When The Head Coach Fires His Offensive Coordinator
Clemson wasn't favored to beat Wake Forest on Thursday Night, but the loss should seal Tommy Bowden's fate, so long as he doesn't have pictures of the Athletic Director with his secretary.
Riley Skinner of Wake Forest threw a touchdown pass with 5:28 left in the fourth quarter -- the Demon Deacons first conference touchdown in two games (2-0) -- to take the lead 12-7 for good.
Clemson managed just 21 yards rushing with James Davis and C.J. Spiller, two of the most talented backs in the country. The latter was injured and out for the second half, but 10 carries and 25 yards in inexcusable for the senior Davis. One time hot draft prospect QB Cullen Harper was 15-for-35, throwing a key interception in Tigers territory setting up an easy field goal.
But this wasn't exactly a well played game from the Demon Deacons. They were without All-American kicker and punter Sam Swank, which resulted in two easy missed field goals and a punting average of 34 yards. This game was there for Clemson's taking if it could put a drive together.
The key moment for me was when the Tigers came out for the second half trailing 3-0. This is when a head coach must show he can motivate his team and get their attention. Clemson's first drive of the second half started with a holding, a false start and a timeout.
Bowden should have been fired right then. I'm not even close to being a Tigers fan, but was embarrassed for them. The Clemson Rivals.com message boards this morning say it all:
Tommy Bowden could fire his offensive coordinator Rob Spence, like many other coaches attempt to save their jobs, but I don't think this situation is savable. If there's a silver lining for Tigers fans today, it's that the loss last night will help move the program back in the right direction in the future.
Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips should look no further than across the field Thursday night for an example of what to look for. Jim Grobe gets more of less talent and recruiting "stars" than anyone else in the country. Just think what a good coach could do with Clemson's talent?