Swinney details reason for Senior Day move

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TigerNet learned Tuesday that Senior Day, at least from a football player standpoint, won’t be held in the last home game this season.

Senior Day is typically held at a team’s last home game – in this case South Carolina on November 29th – but the Tigers will hold a special Senior Day for football players on November 22nd prior to the home game against Georgia St.

Managers, trainers, band members and cheerleaders will still be recognized prior to the South Carolina game, but Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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told TigerNet Wednesday evening that he made the move because of the Tigers’ large senior class.

“It was just something I had talked to the seniors about. The biggest thing was we had 34 seniors – we have never had 34 seniors,” Swinney said. “We do a great job here in honoring those guys, and 34 guys will really interrupt or change your routine in a big way. It’s not like you have 12 or 15 guys. That is a lot of parents on the field and those types of things. That type of game is always emotional as it is, and now you come down the hill and you’re hugging your mama and now you have to go play a game. We just felt like that next week would bring a lot of energy to that game, first of all. We could really do it right and not really be pressed from a time constraint standpoint. And then the other thing is, in their last game they can really and truly enjoy running down the hill and going out and playing in the game one last time. That’s the bottom line.”

Swinney said trying to recognize that many players would affect preparation for the game itself.

“There were a lot of factors that we talked about, but the biggest factor was 34 guys,” he said.”It affects your pre-game, it affects your locker room time and all of those types of things. To get 34 guys down the hill and with all the parents and all of the emotion, we just felt like it would be good to go ahead and do it next week.”

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