WATCH: Swinney says Clemson will never be left out of CFB Playoff because of scheduling


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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney held his weekly press conference on Tuesday, and he discussed various topics including answering a question on scheduling out-of-conference football games years in advance.

"When I got the job it was one of the first things I talked about in 2009 with Terry Don," Swinney said. "For me, I wanted the opportunity to be the best. I knew that whether it was people saying things about the ACC or people saying things about Clemson, the only way we are going to change that is got win consistently, and you got to beat people outside of your conference. That's what we have done. We have just gone to work with that plan over the last seven years.

Swinney said that he wanted to make sure that they played top-flight out of conference games like Georgia.

"We sat down and were talking about future schedules and 'Hey Georgia is on the schedule.' I don't even know if I would still be the head coach," Swinney said. "I was just hoping I would be the head coach in '13. If I am here in '13, then things have gone pretty good. This was 2009, and there was some talk about canceling that game. It's how this came up. I'm like no, no, no. I'm not jacked up to go play Georgia. You play people like that it, it's a 50-50 deal. But we have to do that as a program. From a scheduling philosophy, we are going to play our conference games, and you are all-in every week when your conference games. Anything can happen. Then we got South Carolina, which has been an excellent opponent. They are an SEC team. We need somebody else every year. For us, we have had some other type of mid-major type of a team and one of our FCS schools in the state. That has been our formula. We are going to have that type of year. When it is all said, and we are not going to have to worry about going undefeated and not being invited to the party. That is not going to happen here."

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