Among the things for Dave Doeren to be upset about after the Wolfpack lost to Clemson, one was an interesting piece of technology on Clemson’s sideline.
It makes sense for Doeren to think along these lines. Recently in sports espionage, the Boston Red Sox got fingered for using an Apple Watch on the sideline.
Rather than the usual strategy of simply having a runner on second base relay a catcher’s signs back to the batter at home plate, or have another team employee catch the signs on video before running to the dugout to relay the information so someone can then tell the batter about it, the Red Sox shortened their process by involving modern technology.
And of course we all remember WakeyLeaks.
Here was Clemson’s original explanation:
Dabo on laptop: “Ha ha ha.” Clemson SID said it belonged to member of school’s social media team.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 5, 2017
A few days later, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney weighed in for real:
Full transcript of Dabo going scorched earth on Dave Doeren’s laptop complaints… pic.twitter.com/s8JcYIMBLW— Crooked Halery (@DavidHaleESPN) November 7, 2017
That “towels” thing refers to this: NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb repeatedly trying to swipe from Clemson QB Kelly Bryant:
And of course, Doeren responded to Dabo’s towel rant:
Dave Doeren: We don’t have a drone but I’m going to send some towels over to Dabo— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) November 8, 2017
For the uninitiated, Clemson’s social media squad crafts perhaps the best social media posts in the country.
The newest and most front-facing of these are social media departments. Gantt works alongside an assistant director, 12 to 15 students, and another full-time designer to serve all 19 sports at Clemson.
But they are at their best when it comes to football. Look no further than Clemson’s football Twitter account. Before Gantt’s arrival in 2013, it didn’t rank among college football’s 10 most-followed team accounts. It’s now No. 1.
That art isn’t getting done without technology close to the field. Coach Doeren’s gotta check his timeline more often.