Swinney on ND game: "I couldn't get Jesus tickets"


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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talked at his weekly press conference on Tuesday previewing the Clemson-Notre Dame contest and had a few funny remarks about the Pope's current trip to America and the high demand for tickets on Saturday.

"I do think it's a little unfair that they brought the Pope into town just in time for the Clemson game," Swinney said. "I think that's kind of a low blow, but we do have Tim Bourret. Tim Bourret is 2-0 lifetime in these games. He's been on the winning bus both ways. When he was at Notre Dame in 1977 here and up there in 1979 so he was at Clemson at that time. So, Tim, we are hoping you can trump the Pope."

A media member told Swinney that he heard that one of the reasons that the Pope came to America was that he was looking for tickets for Saturday's game.

"That's probably true," Swinney laughed. "That's kind of been my response. I've had a couple of people that needed tickets, and I said I couldn't get Jesus tickets, and that is the truth. This is a tough ticket out there. I do think that is a low blow. I'm sitting there 'are you kidding me?' That Pope has never been here. I don't how long it has been since the Pope has come. It's been forever since we have played Notre Dame and they done fired everybody up and took him all around the country.

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