Champs Sports Bowl Tommy Bowden Quotes


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style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>CLEMSON HEAD COACH TOMMY BOWDEN

style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>Monday, Dec. 26

style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>House of Blues – w:st="on">Orlando, Fla.

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style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On what has changed in his coaching
philosophy after some experience in bowl games:

“Very little.  There’s only so many practices you can
have and only so many days you can hit ‘em in full pads.  As far as
free time, curfew, things of that nature, I’ve changed very
little.”

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style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>Are they similar to your dad’s
preparations?

“Yeah, but his are usually a bit later on in the month. 
When you play earlier, you have a little more restricted time in which to
practice.”

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style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On not knowing if his team’s
ready to play or not until they step on the field:


“I think that’s the case.  This year, it seems like
for the first time in a long time, we’ve come to play every
Saturday.  Every game we’ve either won or lost very close or on the
last play of the game.  I think our team has come to play every Saturday
that we’ve suited up, and in order to do that, you’ve got to have
pretty productive practices, as far as your attitude, attention, focus, concentration,
things of that nature.  Based on that, I feel a little bit better, I think
we’ll come to play with pretty good concentration and focus.  But
again, you wake up and if the sun and the moon and the stars just aren’t
lined up right and the hair’s not in place, you could get a bad day, and
that’s pretty much the case.”

 

style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On this year’s team vs. the
team that got blown out by Texas
Tech in 2003:

“I think it’s a different team.  We’re also
facing a different team.  Their plan of attack’s a little bit
different.  I think your leadership, personality and chemistry of your
team changes every year, and it’s sure different this year than it was
last year, and the last time we were here it was different.  Different
cast of characters, and we’re playing a bunch of different guys.  Most
of them did not participate in that game.”

 

“People remember your last game.  In Clemson, that
wasn’t our last game; our last game was w:st="on">South Carolina, that’s what they
remember.  Down here, people remember that bowl game, so our presence down
here has rekindled some media attention toward it because for us, that
wasn’t our last game.  People remember your last game.  Down
here, that was our last game.”   

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style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On balancing business and pleasure in
a bowl environment:

“I’ll have to let you know afterwards.  I don’t
know how I’ve kept them focused.  We’ll find out when we
play.  You do have to find the balance between the reward and work. 
The major objective is not reward, the major objective is to win. 
Slightly behind it is reward, and the winning part involves work.  You
have to balance that.  There’s not a game plan in a book where you
open it up and say, ‘Ok, in order to get a win in a bowl game, you
practice this many days, this many days in full pads, you put your curfew at
this time and give them this such allotted amount of free time.  The
personality and leadership of your team is different.  You know, sometimes
your leadership, as I told the team yesterday, our seniors have the most at
stake, and they’ve got the most invested.  Their legacy ends Tuesday
night at 8 o’clock.  Underclassmen don’t.  It’s up
to them to help the team create a sense of urgency, of how important the game
is.  I can only do so much.  You throw that all in a big pot, kinda
like gumbo, and you go play the game and see if you’ve accomplished that
objective.”

 

style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On what 2005 opponent w:st="on">Colorado reminds him of:

“I think probably Boston
College

[They’re] a little bit similar as far as their run, run action
pass.  The defenses are very similar.  Boston College [has] a very
productive front four, very solid linebackers and secondary, may not have any
pre-season All-Americans or pre-season all-conference or end of the season
all-conference.  Just a very consistent, steady team.”

 

style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On w:st="on">Colorado being a dangerous team because of
how much has gone wrong for them lately:

“Even at Clemson, I’ve been in a situation where
there’s nothing to lose, and we’ve responded very well.  The
biggest win of my career came in a situation like that, where my back and the
team’s back was against the wall.  Colorado
was embarassed, I’m sure, by [the Texas
game and Nebraska
game], when you back them in a corner.  Those guys have a lot of
pride.  You don’t achieve four divisional championships in five
years without some type of character and leadership at the top, as far as the
staff.  I think we’ll get a very similar team and approach in w:st="on">Colorado on
Tuesday.”

 

style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>On w:st="on">Orlando as a bowl destination:

“I don’t see how another city can offer as much as w:st="on">Orlando does as far as
bowl opportunities for players.  As far as being a reward for players,
coaches, families, administration, the four or five day vacation.  I think
somebody told me 47 million tourists visit here yearly.  There’s a
reason people do that.  To have somebody pay you to come down here and
experience the same type of things they look for, I don’t think
there’s a better bowl city of all the 28 bowls available for a team than
to come down and bring the players to the city of w:st="on">Orlando.”

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