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Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"


  by - Senior Writer - Friday, December 28, 2012 1:44 PM
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ATLANTA, GA – One of the main storylines in Clemson’s matchup against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl next Monday is the hoopla surrounding an ACC versus SEC matchup, and Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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thinks that his Tigers might as well be an SEC team.

Swinney, speaking to the media Friday morning in a bowl press conference, mentioned Clemson’s schedule when saying that Clemson might as well be in the SEC.

“In the span of 12 months, starting this past August, we will have played Auburn, South Carolina, now LSU and then Georgia to open up the season,” Swinney said. “So we might as well be in the SEC. Heck, that's a pretty full schedule right there. But we're excited about having that opportunity. And if you want to be the best, you want to put yourself in those situations to play the teams that are considered the best.”

However, Swinney said he didn’t want his team to get caught up in conference arguments.

“For me we don't really spend a lot of time talking about the conference or any of that other stuff. We've got one agenda and that's to try to be the best Clemson that we can possibly be and try to play our best football game,” Swinney said. “All the other stuff is great, but to be honest with you it's just distractions for what we're trying to accomplish. So that's just a side part of it. We win the game, that gives somebody something else to talk about, but it's really not about that.”

He did concede that the SEC has been the nation’s power conference recently, but said that trends such as that one tend to run in cycles, and his concern is on getting Clemson into the national championship conversation, regardless of conference affiliation.

“Obviously the SEC has been the power conference in this country for the last several years,” he said. “But I believe those things come and go in cycles, and our focus at Clemson is to be the best we can be and bring the national championship back to the ACC through Clemson. That's our focus. Nothing more than that. It would be great for us to find a way to win this game and not have to answer that question anymore, at least for a few months.”

When asked what made the SEC such a great conference, Swinney said it wasn’t about the full conference, but a few teams that make national headlines each year and then gave credit to the SEC’s television contract.

“I think that it's been more top heavy as far as conference goes. This year's been a little bit more unusual,” Swinney said. “I would say. Some really dominant, a few dominant teams. A few more dominant teams. But I think just their TV contract has been huge. I think that's probably been one of the things that impacted them tremendously. Recruiting. Got great coaches. Great tradition. And it's a great area to recruit college football players here in the southeast. And I think that they've maximized every opportunity and every resource that they've had available to them through their conference.”

He then said it was time for the ACC to be like the SEC and produce one or two dominant teams.

“I think they've done a good job of being together as a conference,” he said. “And, again, they've produced one or two dominant teams over the last several years. And I think their conference, the teams in their conference have won about 14 or 15 national championships in the last 30 years, I think. And I believe the ACC's teams we've had about 11. So it's for whatever reason our conference, we have really not produced that dominant team. And we've been very, a lot of parity. Very competitive from top to bottom. Much more balanced in that regard. The SEC has been really heavy on the top end and with some very, very dominant teams that have been 12 -0 or 11-1 pretty consistently. And I think it all goes back to just, first of all, great, great programs, great, great coaches, the area that they're in, great TV contract exposure, all that stuff and recruiting at a high level.”

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Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
Crump®
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
CyberTyger
1 game does NOT tradition make.
cu81grad
Re: 1 game does NOT tradition make.
martysbetter30
Re: 1 game does NOT tradition make.
keysersose
Re: 1 game does NOT tradition make.
Dugatiger®
how is the second best team in the ACC underdogs
DontH8me®
11-2 or 10-3 (big difference)
Prime T. Tiger
Re: You have got to beat them. Playing them is nothing.***
peanut
Re: 1 game does NOT tradition make.
westof®
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
hinds1962®
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
Dugatiger®
I love Dabo***
CU2013®
That's your first problem***
Tiger4Ever91®
You know what...
CU2013®
I noticed you said spurrier is a GREAT coach, but
Graphic Tiger®
Re: I noticed you said spurrier is a GREAT coach, but
CU2013®
Re: You know what...
TopDeckSouth®
Re: You know what...
Dugatiger®
Re: You know what...
dgcannon39
50% Atlantic Titles, over 50% against USC, 50% in bowls
Wosco
and SCAR is 6-8 vs. ACC while CU is 10-10 vs SEC***
cupton®
Re: That's your first problem***
hinds1962®
/facepalm***
CharlestonTom®
Uh oh....***
LinebackerU
Anyone who thinks this is a must win doesn't get it...
RU4GOD2®
Re:Then, when must we start winning the games that
peanut
Re: Anyone who thinks this is a must win doesn't get it...
hinds1962®
Its a must win game for the fans
TigerRoar61
it's like he reads all my tigernet posts!
camcgee®
Did anyone actually read his comments?
tejadatiger
Re: Did anyone actually read his comments?
JLyday
Re: Did anyone actually read his comments?
Tier Suig
I loved the one about Carolina and USC not being located in
Tiger5
Re: I loved the one about Carolina and USC not being located in
jimh62
Re: Did anyone actually read his comments?
hinds1962®
Re: Did anyone actually read his comments?
SamBeckett
Hint, Hint
Xander5000
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
LeeSC
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
JLyday
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
deltapercy
"Fruedian Slip" ???
coachmac
Whonarebthe 11 ACC national champs from the ACC
AikenC
I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he's talking about
vernertater
Re: Whonarebthe 11 ACC national champs from the ACC
TIGERMEAT®
Dabo has to do everything around here...
Ocean City Tiger
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
Balwiles
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
sideliner
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
76clemson
Your Name Says It All "SIDELINER"***
JLyday
"Several years"?????
Hoplex
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
RudeCock
Try 1 (yes ONE) conference championship in 110 years.
Tiger5
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
98Grad
My bags are packed
facman®
Re: Front Page Story: Dabo says Clemson "might as well be in the SEC"
TigerNCharlotte420
Dabo is clueless
SteelTiger1

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