“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.
COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER PAT Rabbitte plans to introduce a broadcasting charge for all homes – regardless of if they have a television on not.Plans are already underway and a value-for-money report is due to be presented to the Minister in March.Speaking in the Dáil today, he said in a response to a question from Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Deputy Michael Moynihan, that the programme for government commits to examining the role and collection of the TV licence fee.He said that in light of “existing and projected convergences of technologies” they were looking at transforming the TV licence fee into a household-based public broadcasting charge, to be applied to all eligible households and applicable businesses regardless of the device used to access content or services.Available to everyoneThe Minister noted that publicly funded public broadcasting and content is now available to everyone on an ever-increasing range of platforms and devices and is not dependent on ownership of the device.“My view [is] that the cost should be borne by the society as a whole,” he said.However, the replacement of the existing funding system based on collection of TV licence fees “is a complicated process”, said Minister Rabbitte, with issues such as identifying the most appropriate collection method, exemptions, and enforcement mechanics needing to be examined.His department is currently carrying out a value-for-money policy review conducted by an independently chaired group on the proposed policy and he expects to receive a report for his consideration at the end of March.Rabbitte said he has been speaking with the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, who have made certain proposals to him and he is examining their case.Deputy Moynihan said the imposition of a new broadcasting charge must result in a reduction to the current TV licence fee. This proposed charge must not be a cover for the Government to raise more revenue. Any extra finance gathered from the charge must be redistributed and used to offset some of the cost of the licence fee for consumers.Read: Pat Rabbitte says people should be prepared to pay for national broadcaster>