Team preview: Clemson
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
- Editor's Note: Insider has teamed with Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, long known as the Bible of college basketball, to provide a comprehensive look at all 327 Division I teams. Oliver Purnell passed up his first two chances to join the Clemson basketball program. He turned down an offer to join Bill Foster's staff in 1975, electing to work at his alma mater, Old Dominion, instead. And when Rick Barnes left Clemson for Texas after the 1998 season, Purnell rejected a chance to pursue the head job, sensing a lack of commitment "to make Clemson the best basketball program in the ACC."
But he sensed a new attitude last spring when Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips came calling after firing Larry Shyatt.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- Self 'confident' Embiid will play despite back
- Wichita State reaches 34-0, wins MVC final
- Fond farewell: Terps stun Virginia in ACC finale
- Nebraska upsets ninth-ranked Wisconsin
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Nike Men's Clemson Tigers Orange Basketball Practice Performance T-Shirt