It was one of those strange scenes that seemed odd at first but now couldn’t be more telling.
In one breath during ACC media days in July, Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper said this of the Tigers’ ACC championship hopes: “If not now, when?”
A day later, when Clemson coach Tommy Bowden was told of Harper’s comments, he said, “That’s not anywhere close to reality.”
Nothing could better illustrate 10 years of disconnect with Bowden and the Clemson program. Even when everything looked so right, it couldn’t have been more wrong.