Decisions, decisions: Clemson basketball, football programs facing game-changers

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ACC Tournament - Milton Jennings and Brad Brownell

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ACC Tournament - Milton Jennings and Brad Brownell

Decisions, decisions.

A couple are on the immediate horizon that will have a lot to say about the short-term future prospects of Clemson's men's basketball and football programs.

The first could come this afternoon when Brad Brownell meets with the media to preview Clemson's road game Sunday against South Carolina.

Milton Jennings' fate with the Tigers hangs in the balance.

Whatever, and whenever, Brownell decides - whether permanent or conditional - will have a profound effect on Clemson's chances of being a consistently competitive team as it moves on through a challenging non-conference slate and then to the ACC's first 18-game schedule.

It's hard to imagine the Tigers having game-in, game-out success without Jennings, one of just two seniors on the Clemson roster. Not only was Brownell counting on Jennings' consistent scoring, rebounding, passing and leadership, he was hoping for a big step-up season for the former McDonald's All-American.

Jennings put all that in jeopardy when he was arrested earlier this week for possession of marijuana. During a mid-season suspension last season, Brownell described Jennings' status with the team as being "on thin ice."

As early as this afternoon, we'll learn how far Brownell is willing to go with a player he's had high hopes for ever since he arrived at Clemson.

The second decision has potentially significant impact on Clemson's football program, as N.C. State chooses a replacement for recently-fired Tom O'Brien. Chad Morris is apparently on the short-list of N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow, and has already interviewed for the job.

Dabo Swinney, needless to say, would like to keep Morris another year - Tajh Boyd's senior year - before the inevitable occurs and Morris lands a high-profile head coaching job.

There are two questions to be answered:

- Does N.C. State want Chad Morris?

- And, if so, does Chad Morris want N.C. State?

Clemson's depth chart and returning personnel looks favorable for the Tigers to make another strong run for the ACC title, a BCS bowl bid, and maybe more next season.

Their chances of making 2013 something special are better with Morris than without him, or working against him.

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ashleycooper writes:

Who is Dabo Swinning . . . as in the sentence "Dabo Swinning, needless to say, would like to keep Morris another year" ???

tigerdh writes:

in response to ashleycooper:

Who is Dabo Swinning . . . as in the sentence "Dabo Swinning, needless to say, would like to keep Morris another year" ???

If you don't know it is probably irrelevant.

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