CAC media days will begin Tuesday and all 14 conference teams will gather in Charlotte to meet with reporters ahead of the 2023 season. Clemson football The day in the spotlight is Thursday, the final day of the three-day event.
Coach Dabo Swinney will take the podium at 11 a.m., and quarterback Club Cadedefensive lineman Tyler Davis and offensive lineman Will Putnam will join him as Tigers player representatives.
Swinney will be asked dozens of questions. These are the topics that we think will come up most often.
Cade Klubnik’s potential in Garrett Riley’s offense
The names Klubnik and Garrett Riley will come up often in questions asked of Swinney. There will be plenty of discussion about Riley’s status as first hiring of external coordinator in about a decade and if his offensive system can return the Tigers to the best offenses in college football. With Klubnik taking over at quarterback, whether he can be “the guy” to return Clemson to its peak at quarterback is a big story for the 2023 Tigers.
ACC granting of rights and conference realignment
Discussions on ACC rights agreement intensify at conference annual meetings in May. The rights grant extends through 2036 and indicates that the ACC owns the rights to broadcast home games of all member schools for the duration of this agreement, even if they join another league. Action Network’s Brett McMurphy tweeted during the ACC meetings that seven schools — Clemson, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech — had met with attorneys to see if the The grant of rights was terminable. By the end of the meetings, they appeared to have determined that it was essentially foolproof and reassured Commissioner Jim Phillips and the public that ACC member institutions were “all in this together.” , At least for the moment.
Expect Swinney to be asked to speak on the latest realignment, including the ACC’s May one. announcement an initiative designed to reward team performance in revenue-generating playoff competitions. Read: Teams that make the College Football Playoff are getting more money to get there, starting in the 2024-25 academic year.
Federal NIL Regulation
One of the hottest college sports topics this summer has been lobby for federal regulation of name, image and likeness offerings for college athletes.
Currently, different states have different laws for how NIL can operate, and in some cases, those laws differ from NCAA rules. Many college sports officials want the federal government to create an NIL policy that replaces these various policies. Some legislators having listened.
Given Swinney’s status as one of the most influential voices in sports, expect to hear him ask questions about his views on a national NIL policy.
Is Florida State back?
Florida State seems like a trendy pick to win the ACC. Most of the preseason polls haven’t been released yet, so it remains to be seen how many people really think the Seminoles could dethrone Clemson and possibly make the playoffs, but there’s been a lot of noise this offseason according to which they could do. You’ll hear a lot of talk in the preseason about whether Florida State is “back,” and Swinney will likely be asked his thoughts on the rise of a possible challenger in the Seminoles.
Wes Goodwin’s Clemson defense
Last season was defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin’s first time as a defensive play-caller, and he received mixed reviews. Clemson’s defense was full of NFL draft picks and was a solid unit, and yet there were some concerns about the first year under Goodwin. In year two, the defense is loaded with returning talent, particularly on the defensive line and at linebacker. His pass defense needs work, and Swinney will likely be asked about the secondary and how Goodwin can be better in his second year.