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Terry Kinard, right, starred at both Sumter and Clemson before an NFL career with the New York Giants and Houston Oilers. Kinard and former college football head coach Art Baker are two of the 20 finalists for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.

Sumter legends Kinard, Baker up for South Carolina Football Hall of Fame

Sumterites Terry Kinard and Art Baker are two of the 20 finalists for the 2020 class of the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. Kinard had a College Football Hall of Fame career at Clemson before going on to an outstanding National Football …

Clemson's Isaiah Simmons (11) and Tanner Muse (19) will have a tough task as they attempt to slow down LSU's prolific passing game led by Joe Burrow when the two teams face off in the National Championship on Monday in New Orleans.

Can Clemson's versatile defenders slow down LSU and Burrow?

Top-ranked LSU and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow head into the national championship game peaking, matching their record-setting offense with a healthy and improving defense. Clemson has not lost since sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence …

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) prepares to throw a pass during the Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers defeated Ohio State 29-23 to advance to the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday against Louisiana State.

Delay of game: National title on hold amidst 2-week wait

CLEMSON - Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ready to get right back on the field to play for another College Football Playoff title after the Tigers' hard-fought semifinal win over Ohio State last month. That changed once he woke up the …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) has been crucial to the Tigers' offensive success this season, which he proved by gaining 134 total yards with three touchdowns in Clemson's Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State last weekend. Clemson faces LSU for the national title on Monday.

Getting it done: Clemson and LSU backs proving they belong

CLEMSON - LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Clemson's Travis Etienne have much more in common than their Louisiana backgrounds heading into the national title game. Both are smallish running backs who were overlooked at times in high school but …

Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) goes in for the go-ahead touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Ohio State 29-23 to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship game for the fourth time in five years.

The Brunson Championship Series would make it right

As we await the showdown between Clemson and Louisiana State in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday - January 13!? - there's an unrest among college football fans. What's that I hear? A chant to make the Brunson …

Photos by Micah Green / The Sumter Item  ABOVE: Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, left, and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day shake hands on Friday during the final press conference before Saturday's Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game. BELOW: A Clemson helmet sits on display during the press conference.

Superpower semifinal Ohio State, Clemson meet in Fiesta Bowl for spot in national championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney grew up an Alabama fan, when crowning a champion in college football was all about polls and bowls and the best teams often never got a chance to settle it on the field. "It'd be pretty cool to go …

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott, above, and Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley have been working to get their teams ready for Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal game against each other while trying to fill their roles as new head coaches at other programs. Scott is now the South Florida head coach, while Hafley is now head coach at Boston College.

Clemson's Scott and OSU's Hafley pulling double duty

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jeff Scott likes watching and listening to introductory news conferences, in part so he can map out what he'll say when his time to become a head coach arrives. When it finally did and …

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) will lead the Tigers against fellow quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Oklahoma Sooners in the Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game in Atlanta on Saturday.

Burrow vs. Hurts: A tantalizing matchup at the Peach Bowl

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA - Joe Burrow needed a year under his belt, along with a coaching change and a new wide-open offense, to really find his way at LSU. Jalen Hurts didn't have even that long to adjust, which makes his …

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Clemson, USC still have work to do after dead period

We've hit the pause button on the football recruiting scene until the middle of January. With the early signing period ending last Friday, the dead period gives coaches and unsigned recruits a bit of a breather before things go live again on Jan. …

File-This Sept. 7, 2019, file photo shows Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence dropping back to pass with blocking help from Jackson Carman (79) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Carman is one of the few recent five-star recruits from Ohio who didn't end up at Ohio State. Now the two schools meet in the CFP semifinals, where Carman will be matched up against Ohio State's star defensive lineman Chase Young.

Clemson's Carman vs. OSU's Young an intriguing battle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jackson Carman had a few good options when deciding where to play college football, including Ohio State. Unlike many highly-rated recruits from Ohio, the offensive lineman decided to leave the Buckeye State. Now Carman's …

Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) is part of a long list of prolific receivers in this year's College Football Playoff.

Wide open CFP: Dynamic receivers highlight playoff match ups

A flick of the wrist, a slight shift of the shoulder and they're off. Talented receivers are a big part of this year's College Football Playoff. Never before has there been four teams in the CFP so prolific at scoring points. And it's in large …

Boise State quarterback Jaylon Henderson (9) and the rest of the 12-1 Broncos will take on Washington on Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl. Bowl season begins on Friday.

Watch every bowl? Yes! Here's why they are all must-see TV

This bowl season starts a bit earlier and ends a bit later. The number of games is the same, but they are spread over more days. That means more days with at least a little bit of college football, ending with the national championship game Jan. …

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) will lead the Tiger defense against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Stars Simmons, Young lead defenses in Clemson-Ohio St clash

CLEMSON, S.C. - There is little doubt the nation's best defensive player will take the field at the Fiesta Bowl when No 2 Ohio State faces No. 3 Clemson for a trip to the national championship game. The only debate for some is which sideline he's …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney brought in the top-ranked football recruiting class on Wednesday's early signing day.

Clemson leads way with No. 1 recruiting class in nation

Teams competing for the national championship this season got good news well before the College Football Playoff - even if they didn't have much time to celebrate. The early signing period opened Wednesday with three playoff teams - Clemson, LSU …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who has led the Tigers to two of the past three national championships has the top recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports. The first day of the early signing period is Wednesday.

Clemson's recent titles leading to more recruiting victories

Clemson's impressive run of recent success on the football field is paying dividends on the recruiting trail. After winning two of the last three national titles, Clemson is putting together its highest-rated recruiting class ever as high school …