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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, right, and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron have both been  examples of how college football coaching has changed on their way to the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday. The Sumter Item's Micah Green has been in New Orleans for the game, so be sure to go to www.theitem.com and check The Item for photographs from the game.

Swinney, Orgeron leading evolution in coaching styles

NEW ORLEANS - Dabo Swinney can turn most any issue into an extended, persuasive sermon. If he was a salesman, we'd all probably be buying time shares. Ed Orgeron is as comfortable talking gumbo and jambalaya as he is the run-pass option, …

South Carolina forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (21) reaches for a rebound against Vanderbilt during the Gamecocks' 93-75 win on Sunday, which helped USC earn the top spot in the latest AP Poll.

South Carolina new No. 1 in women's Top 25 after 1-2-3 lose

NEW YORK - South Carolina moved up three spots to No. 1 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll after the top three teams from the previous week all lost. It was a rough week for ranked teams, with 11 of them losing at least one …

Clemson coach Brad Brownell embraces assistant coach Anthony Goins as they celebrate the win over North Carolina after an NCAA college basketball, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Clemson stuns UNC 79-76 in OT, earns 1st win in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Year after year, every Clemson team that played at North Carolina left the court in the same fashion: by throwing another loss onto what had grown into a bizarrely long streak.

A win over LSU in the national championship game on Monday  could prove that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers  have the best college football program in the country over the past several years.

Clemson has chance to set itself apart with victory

It can be argued that this is already the case, but if Clemson beats Louisiana State on Monday in the College Football Playoff national championship game there will be no doubt about it: Clemson has the best college football program in the …

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, left, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence will face LSU in the National Championship game on Monday.

LSU, Tigers arrive in New Orleans for CFP championship game

KENNER, Louisiana - The championship countdown has started to feel like it's on - at last. No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Clemson arrived in New Orleans on Friday for the College Football Playoff title game on Monday night after nearly two weeks of waiting, …

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 …

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) chases a rebound with Alabama forward Ashley Knight pursuing during the Gamecocks' 93-78 win on Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

No. 4 USC outlasts Alabama behind Boston's double-double

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 4 South Carolina used a strong fourth quarter to stifled any Alabama comeback bid late on Sunday. Aliyah Boston had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks to a 93-78 win over Alabama on Sunday …

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 …

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) passes to a teammate during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Columbia, S.C.

Freshmen lead No. 4 USC past 13th-ranked Kentucky

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is trying not to get ahead of herself. As good as her freshmen-powered, fourth-ranked Gamecocks appear to be - and they looked plenty good in a 99-72 win over No. 13 Kentucky on Thursday …

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 …

USC star closer Price named to D1Baseball.com All-Decade team

Matt Price was the closer for the South Carolina baseball team during not only the best 3-year stretch in the program's history, but one of the best in college baseball history. Because of that, Price, a standout pitcher for Sumter High School …

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 …

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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 took a gamble when they promoted Dabo Swinney from  wide receivers coach to head coach, but that gamble has more than  paid off with two national championships and five straight trips to the College Football Playoff.

Perfect fit: Playoff teams' in-house hires getting it done

Former Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips made a deal with Dabo Swinney when he decided to make him the Tigers head football coach. "There were people that were very skeptical of that hire," Phillips recently recalled. "I said, 'Dabo, …