Rumors that Jack Tatum has been invited to give the commencement address at Clemson next spring are just that.

From the Associated Press :

Even with Clemson’s best start in four years, coach Tommy Bowden wants more from his 20th-ranked Tigers — more intensity, more aggressiveness, more collisions.

”There’s another level this team needs to get to from a hitting and toughness standpoint,” Bowden said Tuesday.

The Tigers are 2-0 for the first time since 2001. They will try to remain undefeated against No. 13 Miami (0-1) on Saturday at Death Valley.

Bowden has loved his team’s effort and resolve — Clemson trailed both Texas A&M and Maryland in the fourth quarter before rallying, but has yet to see the crunching hits and smashing tackles that get crowds saying ”Ooooooh” or make TV highlight shows.

It’s not any one area of the team, either. Bowden thinks the offensive line isn’t knocking back enough defenders, the running backs aren’t powering through enough tacklers and linebackers haven’t laid enough wide receivers flat.

Not until serious spinal cord damage is dealt to Clemson’s opponents will Coach Bowden be satisfied.