At ACC Media Days, the other coaches in the conference spoke glowingly of what the Clemson Tigers were able to accomplish last season. But with a chance to speak anonymously to Athlon Sports, one ACC coach wasn’t particularly pleased with the defending champions.
“Now they’ll steal your signals,” the anonymous coach said, according to Athlon Sports. “People don’t want to talk about it, but the teams that gave them fits were N.C. State and Pitt because they huddled. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. It’s not a very well-kept secret, but it didn’t matter. They could have told us what was coming on every play, and they would have whipped us.”
Clemson went 14-1 last season, suffering its only defeat against Pitt in November. The Panthers accumulated 464 yards of offense and beat the Tigers 43-42. N.C. State also did well versus Clemson, racking up 397 yards of offense in an overtime loss.
Both of those totals were well above the average amount of yards the Tigers defense usually yielded. Clemson yielded 311.5 yards per game, which led the ACC in 2016.
Another coach anonymously accused Clemson of “skirting the rules” this week but in a different way.
“They’re all right in the secondary, but they grab better than anyone else,” said a different anonymous coach.
It’s pretty hard to police stealing signals, and depending how it’s done, some consider it gamesmanship, but it definitely will be interesting to see if the Clemson sidelines or secondary draws any more attention from ACC officials in 2017.