CLEMSON – The banner hangs on the side of Clemson’s sparkling new $10 million indoor practice facility, hanging high above the FieldTurf and impossible to miss.
“Best Is The Standard,” it trumpets.

Dabo Swinney loves motivational slogans and sayings. The amount of football-related propaganda that covers the surfaces and flashes on flat-screens across the WestZone and practice complex would make a 1980s Eastern European strongman nod in approval.

Yet, for some reason Friday afternoon, “Best Is The Standard” caught my eye as I watched the Tigers stretch and prepare for their first full practice of the 2013 season.

“We hear it literally after every practice. And before every practice,” junior defensive tackle Josh Watson said of the phrase. “It gets engrained in you. That’s the way we live, on and off the field. It never really gets old.”

It fits what this season is all about – or at least what Clemson hopes it is about – starting with Aug. 31’s much-anticipated season-opening top-10 showdown against Georgia ….. Read Full Story