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Monday Notebook: NIL and Clemson recruiting, scheduling scenario

There is a lot to unpack from a busy week last week and a busy weekend, including more discussions on scheduling, recruiting, Name/Image/Likeness (NIL) deals, and the transfer portal.

I will start with recruiting and NIL. I’ve received a dozen or more emails from readers in the last week and all are of the opinion that Clemson’s recruiting – viewed by many as lackluster – is a result of the NIL, Dabo Swinney’s dislike of the new rules, and the Tigers being behind the rest of the country when it comes to “paying players.”

One even told me that “Dabo needs to change his ways before it’s too late” and that Clemson just needs to pay recruits whatever they ask for.