“Brent Venables is a head coach, flat out. He’s in a better situation as a DC there than more than half the head jobs in the country, but he’s a head coach. He’ll have that next set ready.”But perhaps the highest praise was that Clemson had reached the point where they were “an SEC-caliber program” and “an Alabama-caliber school.”“What can you say? They’re a step-and-a-half past everyone else in the ACC. You can’t even call them an SEC-caliber program. They’re an Alabama-caliber school, a Georgia-caliber school. Literally. Coaches in our league have been talking about this for almost a decade now; we could see the money they were raising and spending and how it was translating. They’re a war machine.”Over the past four seasons the Clemson Tigers have become arguably the best program in college football. They’ve made four straight trips to the College Football Playoff, with three appearances in the national title game and two title victories – both over Alabama.It probably helps that Clemson has been able to feast on the relatively weaker ACC, but they’ve still beaten some terrific programs in the regular season.In the past five years, Clemson has beaten programs like Notre Dame, Auburn and Texas A&M in the regular season.Of course, they wouldn’t be able to win those titles without beating some elite teams in the College Football Playoff.Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma have all fallen to the Tigers on the biggest stage.Clemson looks like it will be a powerhouse for many years to come.You can read all of the ACC coaches’ anonymous quotes here. CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 24: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Last week, Athlon Sports managed to get some anonymous quotes from coaches in an effort to get honest opinions out of them. But when it came time to talk about ACC powerhouse Clemson, there were some interesting answers.Two factors appeared to stand out to coaches: That Clemson is incredibly well-run, and that quarterback Trevor Lawrence is elite.One coach said that Lawrence is already showing pro-level talent despite coming off a true freshman season.“Lawrence is smarter than he should be at this point in his career. He’s processing stuff like a pro.”Another pointed out that defensive coordinator Brent Venables is essentially a second head coach, and in a better situation than most head coaches.
John Holmes noted in particular that the Menik Farm camp contains only half the number of displaced now than it did at the end of May, when the Government declared an end to its military operations against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). During a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in the capital, Colombo, Mr. Holmes said he hoped to see continued progress in allowing people to leave the camps and restore their lives. Mr. Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, also noted that the returnees he met during the course of his three-day visit were pleased that they could return home. At the same time, he added that the returns process could be improved, particularly through better consultation with IDPs and more timely information sharing with humanitarian partners on return plans.Mr. Holmes reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to working with the Government to improve the returns process, and to ensure satisfactory conditions in areas of return, especially in the fields of shelter, basic services and livelihoods. Demining and mine-risk education were also important to ensuring the safety of returnees, he added.“Both UN organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] are ready to continue to help support IDPs in camps and assist returnees with their humanitarian needs, especially in terms of food, shelter, basic services, and livelihoods. The UN is also keen to support longer-term recovery and reconstruction,” Mr. Holmes said.In addition to visiting the camps and meeting with IDPs and returnees, the UN humanitarian chief also met with Government officials, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as with members of parliament of the Tamil National Alliance during his mission – his fourth to the country this year. 19 November 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official has welcomed the recent releases of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from camps in northern Sri Lanka, and underscored the need to ensure full freedom of movement for those remaining.