SORENSEN SMACKS DOWN CLEMSON -- IN GERMAN
The State has an interview with the erstwhile president of the University of South Caorlina, Andrew Sorensen.
Lesson No. 1: When opposing the playoffs, facts have no place in the debate.
Question. Obviously, a football playoff has been the hot topic at these meetings. If the Big Ten and Pac-10 (which have seven years remaining on their deal with the Rose Bowl) were to get on board ...
Answer. Then you’ve got the length of the season. ... But we currently have 12 games. We have a conference playoff. That’s 13 games. Then a bowl game is 14. One cannot imagine a national championship format that would not have at least three games for the winner. So that’s 17 games, interrupted by Christmas and Thanksgiving. ...
Question. Unless you went back to 11 games and there was a four-team playoff.
Answer. Those are all the kinds of things that people will be proposing. I’m not going to try to anticipate what people will come up with. ...
So the season would be too long, unless there was a relatively simple way to avoid that. But let's not try to anticipate the completely forseeable. (And those of us opposed to a playoff wonder why we're losing the debate.)
He could help you come up with a model bracket.
Lesson No. 2: Believe it or not, student-athletes are in school to get an education. SHOCKING!
Question. APR has been the other big topic down here. Do you feel APR is a one-size-fits-all deal or should there be special dispensation made for some sports, men’s basketball in particular?
Answer. We have to continually remind ourselves that the primary reason that student-athletes are attending universities is to get a university education. That’s easily lost. We need to focus on them not only being admitted to college, but completing their education. Obviously, some people choose not to do that. ...
Lesson No. 3: When attacking your foe, it's best to use a German phrase that no one understands.
Question. This past winter Clemson re-examined its admittance policy in regard to athletes and special admissions. Did you follow that and how closely does their process resemble yours?
Answer. I honestly don’t know. Jim Barker and I meet often to talk about a lot of things. But we didn’t have a detailed conversation about that, just confirmed there was a lot of Sturm und Drang on their campus regarding the football coaches’ concerns about admissions.
For those of you who wonder what the heck "Sturm und Drang" is, it means "Storm and Stress." It describes a period also called the Counter-Enlightment, which makes it particularly appropriate for Clemson.
A strong supporter of Sturm und Drang on admissions.