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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says the hard times have shown him who is with him and the program.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says the hard times have shown him who is with him and the program.

Swinney on perspective and his program: "Sometimes the bandwagon can get a little too full"


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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney isn't a fan of some perspectives on the game of college football, and particularly what he's seen in perception of his program.

The Tigers head to Miami unranked this week with a 4-2 record (2-2 ACC) after starting the season at No. 9 in the polls.

After a near unparalleled run while making the Playoff from 2015-20, winning two national titles and making four national championship games, the Tigers are all but shut out in a third consecutive season from the last iteration of the four-team CFP (going to 12 next year).

Swinney said on his call-in show Monday that he's been able to see who is truly with his program through recent events.

"We're at a point in our time, and I hate that, where people -- if you don't go undefeated -- people say you're losers. That you're terrible," Swinney said. "And it's such a terrible mindset. And honestly maybe we need to lose a few games and lighten up the bandwagon. Sometimes the bandwagon can get a little too full. That's the one good thing about going through a little so-called adversity. You really find out who's with you and who's not, but as far as our program, we may win every one of these games out. We could lose every one of them. We're a really good team that can beat anybody and we're a team that can lose to anybody, but our program is built to last.

"We're going to be around for a long time. We've got the makings -- I really believe the foundational pieces to the next championship at Clemson is on this team. I don't have any doubt about that. So, I've been here long enough and I've done enough that I've got a good feel for what you have to have, but it's not easy to win. It's really hard to win, and sometimes you can win so much you can lose appreciation for it. And so, I appreciate some of the longtime Clemson people that have good perspective."

Swinney went into the details a bit on how his team got here and what he's expecting in the future.

"It's hard to win. Sometimes you go through a moment here or there -- we're not immune to getting beat," Swinney said. "As you said, we've got a really good team, and we've got a great group of kids that are incredibly committed. Sometimes in this game of football some crazy things can happen, but we've been in position to win every single game. We've outgained every opponent. We've had a great third down year. We can run the ball. We can stop the run. We've had some big plays in the pass game. We've not given up a ton of big plays on defense. Our punter has had a great first half. We've got playmakers and we've got depth that is emerging on this team. Our quarterback is growing every week. Certainly the turnover margin has been -- it's the only reason we're not undefeated. Because the kids have played their butts off. And again, it is what it is. You don't change that. It is part of the game. But, you know, they do call it a season for a reason...

"Because these kids are in a situation where there's a lot of noise all the time, and I hate that, but that's the world we live in and it comes with the territory. I really like our team."

The Tigers are preparing for another one of the most important games of the season, which come every week in the program.

"Again, we're going to battle our butts off," Swinney said. "And it is, if you have a mindset anything than this is the biggest game of the year, you're never going to be consistent. And we've had a lot of competitive stamina in this program for a long time and that ain't changing. These guys are rocking and rolling, and again, we've got a great foundation of young players on this team and we've got more on the way and I think we've got us a dynamic quarterback that win at the highest level. It's a lot of fun.

"This is a challenge -- this is what I love. I love the challenge of building a team and starting over every year and helping these guys develop into the best version of themselves. We're not perfect in that, but we've got a pretty good process here in place."

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spacer Preach it Dabo!
smitty1959®
spacer Re: Preach it Dabo!
alfredtiger
spacer Re: Preach it Dabo!
TexasTiger80
spacer Re: Preach it Dabo!
BurnAfter8
spacer yawn same tired bs from dabo
tgrfan42069
spacer yawn; same tired bs from the losers on TNET
olemike59
spacer Re: yawn; same tired bs from the losers on TNET
oldtelman
spacer Found juan^^^^^^^^^***
boricuatiger
spacer If it's so "tiring", why listen to him?
smitty1959®
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
SSN-Tiger®
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
carolinachef
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
BigChief2000
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
KOG1968
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
TNTiger17
spacer Being one of the highest paid coaches
TigerCC®
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
GrandPaw®
spacer Re: yawn same tired bs from dabo
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer lol @ blaming fans
KeoweeIndians®
spacer its the same tired gimmick from him
tgrfan42069
spacer what did you all do? look up the word "goober"
olemike59
spacer you are exactly who dabo is trying to gaslight***
tgrfan42069
spacer Re: you are exactly who dabo is trying to gaslight***
LCTiger97
spacer gaslight - now that's a right big word for Goobers
olemike59
spacer Re: gaslight - now that's a right big word for Goobers
LCTiger97
spacer no... I'm old and more mature acting than you...
olemike59
spacer Dabo payin' you by the post, aint he.
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spacer you would know all about licking while on your knees***
olemike59
spacer My apologies.
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spacer yeah, you'd best challenge someone else's intellect, bubba
olemike59
spacer I thought I just said that.
deleted
spacer no, you just pissed your leg hoping that someone wouldn't
olemike59
spacer Im sure that's what just happened here.
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spacer good, glad we're agreed, pumpkin***
olemike59
spacer Re: good, glad we're agreed, pumpkin***
carolinachef
spacer Re: its the same tired gimmick from him
KOG1968
spacer Re: its the same tired gimmick from him
oldtelman
spacer Very well said***
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer Re: lol @ blaming fans
Big Tig Esquire
spacer Re: lol @ blaming fans***
fbtigers
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fbtigers
spacer Re: lol @ blaming fans
Clemgalalways®
spacer When did we play Southern Cal***
HitsLikeRendrickTaylor
spacer Re: lol @ blaming fans
RedRightArrow
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acrush
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Thoughtful
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Tiger8096
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Tiger8096
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Stillapirate®
spacer Re: lol @ blaming fans
Bareftn
spacer Re: lol @ blaming fans
oldtelman
spacer Preach It Dabo
MRTTMT
spacer Re: Preach It Dabo
solomonsgold
spacer i dont care what dabo says
tgrfan42069
spacer Ridiculous statement
LosTigres17
spacer "undelivered": that's the "Ridiculous statement"***
olemike59
spacer so being picked to win the conference
tgrfan42069
spacer you do understand that he's won 8 of the last 9
olemike59
spacer Re: "undelivered": that's the "Ridiculous statement"***
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer I am 100% convinced that olemike59 is
heavydutytiger
spacer you should show more respect for Mrs. Swinney than that
olemike59
spacer Re: Ridiculous statement
Beerye57
spacer I used to wonder about this
dagummit
spacer Never, ever .
JREwing®
spacer We didnt lose a game here or there.
Clemson_Orange
spacer re
solomonsgold
spacer Give'em hail Dabo!
olemike59
spacer Re: Give'em hail Dabo!
aroseforthehall
spacer Re: Give'em hail Dabo!
LosTigres17
spacer Re: Give'em hail Dabo!
LCTiger97
spacer The Dabo cult is real.***
Judge Keller®
spacer So is the anti-Dabo cult***
T_I_P
spacer Stop it, there's not an Anti-Dabo cult***
CM Shack®
spacer I would say there's a decent amount of fans
T_I_P
spacer You understand his statements land better when we aren't
CM Shack®
spacer why would any fool believe we were odds' on to make the
olemike59
spacer Trevor never missed the playoffs...who are you referring to?***
CM Shack®
spacer Trevor didn't win the first few games of his freshman year
olemike59
spacer Trevor never lost a game in the regular season...He only
CM Shack®
spacer Trevor had to be carried by Kelly Bean Bryant for the
olemike59
spacer Except last year when he said it they were still ranked ... ***
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spacer Dabo brings it on himself with some of the ridiculous things he says.***
Judge Keller®
spacer the only ridiculous ones
olemike59
spacer Re: Stop it, there's not an Anti-Dabo cult***
viztiz®
spacer You spend most of your time here going through my post
CM Shack®
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viztiz®
spacer I doxxed no one, but go on TDing the posts I made months ago
CM Shack®
spacer Re: I doxxed no one, but go on TDing the posts I made months ago
viztiz®
spacer I know upper deck and top deck mean the same thing, sadly
CM Shack®
spacer Re: Give'em hail Dabo!
dagummit
spacer yep, we'll leave with Dabo and let you little
olemike59
spacer Good, please do...By all means***
CM Shack®
spacer absolutely will do - with pleasure***
olemike59
spacer By then...Look forward to the over emotional I Quit post***
CM Shack®
spacer Re: yep, we'll leave with Dabo and let you little
greene®
spacer I won't be leaving for Dabo - that's ridiculous
olemike59
spacer Re: yep, we'll leave with Dabo and let you little
dagummit
spacer see thats the issue though
tgrfan42069
spacer You love Dabo so much you want him to leave to punish
CM Shack®
spacer want to leave and can't wait until he retires
olemike59
spacer Do you think changing leave to retire makes you come off any
CM Shack®
spacer do you even read what you write - completely nonsensical
olemike59
spacer Re: do you even read what you write - completely nonsensical
viztiz®
spacer What kind of fairy tale is that? Not a shred of it is true
CM Shack®
spacer Good Ole Gas Lighting Dabo
LCTiger97
spacer When did Jesus Christ ever lower people's expectations?***
olemike59
spacer When He didn't lead a rebellion against Roman occupation.***
Razzmatazz
spacer exactly - and all the idiots who didn't know
olemike59
spacer Sometimes Death Valley can get a little full, too.
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spacer So basically, if youre upset about underachieving three years straight
Judge Keller®
spacer I think he was riffing on Jefferson.
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spacer George Jefferson?***
CM Shack®
spacer Re: So basically, if youre upset about underachieving three years straight
RedKnight18®
spacer Feels like apples/oranges
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spacer no, no Keller, he really meant that you're a "bad fan"
olemike59
spacer Dabo clearly reads tnet..
GSCtiger®
spacer Re: Dabo clearly reads tnet..
Tsali
spacer Well if the job is too big
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spacer Let us not forget that when DJ was here, he continued that
76er®
spacer Clemson poised to be great
J Clarke®
spacer Dabo: Fans have expectations that are too high.
Obed®
spacer Re: Dabo: Fans have expectations that are too high.
ggraves
spacer And sometimes a coach can make to much money and let it get to his head.***
Clemson_Orange
spacer I find this thread to be boring and very revealing
BaronVonBarlow®
spacer Ungrateful
Obed®
spacer Remember Kevin Steele?
ManFreeTiger
spacer After winning the ACC in 2022, Dabo was so satisfied...
deadsolidperfect®
spacer He fired Streeter
ManFreeTiger
spacer No one needs a scapegoat for winning a Conf. Championship...
deadsolidperfect®
spacer From the perspective of someone who wasted
Obed®
spacer No, Obed, he didn't.***
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: Remember Kevin Steele?
viztiz®
spacer Re: Remember Kevin Steele?
TigerDrumMajor
spacer No, he didn't.***
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Re: No, he didn't.***
colemanfan
spacer I'll catch multiple TD's from the 65+ yr old homers...
wesdg007
spacer Did you ever reconcile your maff problem?***
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Pi ssing off you CDS nut-goblers is too easy.
wesdg007
spacer Peeve me off? No, I love stupid people, you do all the work.***
deadsolidperfect®
spacer That photo.
Spillerfan
spacer Re: TNET: Dabo is best coach Clemson has ever had, ...but
clemvol
spacer Silence in many situations is a virtue.
tigeron®