Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius


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CLEMSON – Thursday nights at Clemson are usually standard coach-speak fare, but this Thursday night gave the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry a shot in the arm.

Usually, Thursday nights are when Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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gives his weekly practice and injury report and some media are allowed to ask questions about that game in two days. Swinney answered the general questions about injuries and this week’s game against Virginia Tech, but it only took one question to set off World War III on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and relevant team sites and their message boards.

You’ve seen the video. You’ve heard the audio. You’ve seen the quotes.

There are those that will say that Swinney is a genius and his comments finally show that Clemson’s head coach has a little fire to him.

Others will say that his quotes were ill-timed and ill-advised, especially coming just a few days shy of a week since his team was beaten by South Carolina in Columbia.

Others will say that talk is cheap. Just win.

What Swinney said, however, may be looked at late Saturday night and early Sunday as a stroke of genius, because what he did was take all of the attention and pressure off of his beleaguered football team – the players and the coaches – and put the onus squarely on his shoulders, right where it belongs.

Tomorrow’s press conferences in Charlotte will undoubtedly start with reporters asking about the rant, and he will either answer or he won’t, but regardless of how he chooses to handle that situation, his team now goes into Saturday knowing that their head coach has their back.

Many Clemson fans wondered a week ago whether Swinney actually realized the depth of passion that this rivalry entails. He does now, and those fans got their answer tonight. Clemson has dominated this rivalry, and that is without question. And for many Clemson fans, beating South Carolina became routine. Swinney has said that it is just one game of 12 or 13. The luster – in some Clemson circles – has fallen off.


Not now. Three straight defeats by a 97-37 margin and a little grandstanding by the coaches has made sure that the next 359 days or so will be very interesting.

And if, by some stretch of the imagination his team is able to go into Bank of America Stadium with a renewed enthusiasm and pull of the win and earn a BCS Bowl berth, Swinney’s move might be regarded by the naysayers in a far different light.

And on a side note, one interested observer of all this mess could be Clemson basketball coach Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
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, who has already asked for Littlejohn Coliseum to be full Sunday afternoon when his Tigers host South Carolina. He might have preferred Swinney not say anything. Now, he might have that big crowd and a rival out for blood. No matter what happens, it’s good theater and fun for all.


Click here to see Dabo Swinney fire back at Steve Spurrier

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Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
Crump®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
jimbjr
Who are you to say who a "true" Tiger fan is...***
Tiger4Ever91
Amazing
Rogue Cock
Geez, exaggerate much?
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Amazing. . . .
AdamD021
Re: Amazing
abqtiger
Re: Amazing
cah3311
Ugh...What??***
t_p_lee05
Re: Amazing
rundahill
What is sad is after your coach pissed in the street,
tigerdrummer®
Re: Amazing
Dugatiger®
I think it's hillarious that everytime we lose gamecock fans
BobRoss
Re: I think it's hillarious that everytime we lose gamecock fans
Dugatiger®
Re: I think it's hillarious that everytime we lose gamecock fans
TigerPlaya
Re: I think it's hillarious that everytime we lose gamecock fans
Dugatiger®
Re: Amazing
atrain16
keep Dabo but Steeles defense cant stop the run and
greatertater
Re: Amazing
alfatiger
Re: Bull crap. A couple days ago a few so called Clemson
Bashful Baron
Re: Bull crap. A couple days ago a few so called Clemson
PenthouseTiger
Nobody wants to fire Dabo but you coots!!! Got a little
Tiger5
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
abqtiger
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
pofc6818
Win & it'll be genius. Lose & it'll be moronic.
Razzmatazz
Re: Win & it'll be genius. Lose & it'll be moronic.
courtneyb78®
Re: Win & it'll be genius. Lose & it'll be moronic.
rockytiger
Here's the ESPN article on Dabo's tirade about a lie...
Razzmatazz
Tirade also mocked on CFB Live TV show. 2nd ESPN piece here
Razzmatazz
Re: Win & it'll be genius. Lose & it'll be moronic.
tigerjebus
Re: Win & it'll be genius. Lose & it'll be moronic.
96ahs
Himselve? The irony in your post is strong!***
agentorange
News flash: It doesn't matter who made the comment!!!!!!!!!!
hleapha
Re: News flash: It doesn't matter who made the comment!!!!!!!!!!
TigerPlaya
Spurrier said it in his post game presser.***
tiggerz04®
TOTALLY AGREE with worrying about what others think!
solafide_tiger®
perception matters. people already think cu is hickville and
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How were his comments yesterday "hick-like"?
CTiger423®
pumpers kill me. they fret over postings on tnet and cry
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thanks blue caddy
talegater
Re: thanks blue caddy
lancehelmut
Excuses Excuses***
clemsondavey
Propaganda from Cootville***
clemsondavey
Allow me to take an apology & shove it up your ***
bowlhunter
Wow, I should not agree with your tone BUT dadgummit
solafide_tiger®
You sound like a coot politician
hleapha
DRIBBLE! JUST GO AWAY!***
solafide_tiger®
Get over yourself
tigerfan1979
Spurrier did say it. Last Saturday in his post game press
tiggerz04®
Re: Spurrier did say it. Last Saturday in his post game press
Stryker10
Re: Spurrier did say it. Last Saturday in his post game press
TigerPlaya
I like it!
t_p_lee05
Re: Win & it'll be genius. Lose & it'll be moronic.
Tree
Exactly, and with the exception of pumpers, most CU fans
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Re: Exactly, and with the exception of pumpers, most CU fans
TigerTrey83
Re: Exactly, and with the exception of pumpers, most CU fans
lancehelmut
WHATEVER! Talk is cheap.***
kbtiger®
Bad timing with this article
sloanst
It was NOT a "rant"
OhWiseOne®
Re: It was NOT a "rant"
atrain16
doesn't matter if its true, the timing makes dabo look like
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thanks blue caddy
talegater
Re: doesn't matter if its true, the timing makes dabo look like
atrain16
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
bosoxking
I love Dabo's comments!
mrorange
oh my pumper excuses are getting even more lame than i
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USC comments?
klemsontigers7
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
pofc6818
Swing and a miss***
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Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
ggibson457
Strange how Dabo....
TigerPlaya
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney's USC comments could be a stroke of genius
filthyrich

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