Dabo weighs in on uniform debate


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CLEMSON – The debate rages on Clemson message boards each week during football season as fans wonder what uniform combination the Tigers will be sporting on Saturday.

In Death Valley, the Tigers can wear the traditional orange jerseys and white pants, the orange jerseys and orange pants, the purple jerseys and purple pants or some combination of orange and purple. On the road, the Tigers have the choice of wearing the home jerseys if the home team wears white, but if the home team wears a dark-colored jersey, the Tigers have the choice of the white jersey tops with orange pants, white pants, or purple pants.

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is 17-0 when the Tigers wear the orange jerseys and white pants. The Tigers are 1-2 in the all-purple look since 2006 – the Tigers beat Georgia Tech in 2006, but lost to Virginia Tech at home in 2007 and on the road at Georgia Tech in 2009 and the purple hasn’t been seen since that game.

Swinney told TigerNet Wednesday evening that the records have nothing to do with why he chooses the uniforms that he chooses, and that purple would be an option at some point in the future. However, the reason he took the decision away from the players was because he felt it was becoming a distraction for a team that needed focus.

“We will wear purple again at some point,” Swinney said. “I really felt like it was a distraction, and I don’t want our uniforms to be a distraction. We have more to worry about than having guys coming in and saying, ‘Hey what are we wearing?’ I don’t have time for that. Let’s focus on the game.”

Swinney played at Alabama, a school known for having the same style of uniform for decades, and said being traditional is just in his makeup.

“I am more of a traditional guy anyway. I know they [Clemson] won the ACC in 1991 wearing purple,” Swinney said. “But that has nothing to do with how you play the game. That stuff is so over-rated. Even if we are 17-0 [in orange jerseys, white pants], that has nothing to do with us playing this game. And it has nothing to do with those 17 wins, and it will have nothing to do with this game.”

He said that getting his team to focus was the reason he decided to make the decisions himself.

“I just want us to focus on the game and getting better as a team,” he said. “So I kind of eliminated that discussion. At some point, we will break out that purple again. The players love it. But, I felt like we needed to re-create our brand a little bit. So that when people see Clemson, they know what they are looking at. With some of those teams out there, you don’t have a clue who they are when you turn the TV on. You say, ‘Who is that?’ Because you don’t have a clue until you see the name. That is not who we are. That is really all there is to it. At some point we will definitely break out a different uniform.”

I asked Swinney if he would ever consider wearing uniforms like South Carolina wore last weekend, and his answer was terse.

“No. We won’t do that.”

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B-Meist®
spacer No. We won't do that.***
flyingtigerfan®
spacer Re: No. We won't do that.***
Whitehurst74®
spacer Re: No. We won't do that.***
CCUAlum
spacer Settle down, Beavis.
flyingtigerfan®
spacer I dont think the #### uniform was for a good cause
HAWG
spacer Watching that game, I kind of wondered...
StLouisTiger
spacer We don't have to tell them what color they are wearing,
winniethepooh
spacer Re: Watching that game, I kind of wondered...
Dugatiger®
spacer Point for that! LMAO***
jonspider
spacer Re: Watching that game, I kind of wondered...
AikenTiger1114
spacer They auctioned them off for the wounded warrior project.***
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Re: I dont think the #### uniform was for a good cause
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer Re: Settle down, Beavis.
CCUAlum
spacer Re: No. We won't do that.***
123me
spacer Re: No. We won't do that.***
CCUAlum
spacer ^^^###?^^^***
Tiger8693
spacer I think we have offended a cockfan.***
Bashful Baron
spacer A side note on the NFL Pink....
ClemfanWV
spacer I support it because I like boobies and I want to save them.***
Bashful Baron
spacer Red in February for Heart Month - Super Bowl?***
CUsouix®
spacer Re: No. We won't do that.***
Dugatiger®
spacer Re: No. We won't do that.***
facman
spacer SO MUCH FOR BLACK OUTS***
SpillerROH28
spacer Tweet that!!***
acevans®
spacer Re:Not just NO, But H&ll NO we will never look that foolish!
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer In other words, "It's football, not fashion week, you momos"***
deleted
spacer but
CUTigerDave®
spacer OK, Richard Simmons***
facman
spacer But in 2008, Dabo was a hero for inspiring the kids with
CharlestonTom®
spacer what gets me...
Prime T. Tiger
spacer In 2008, he was new and needed ways to motivate and
joeyb®
spacer not just NO, but
CUTigerDave®
spacer Re:slow hand clap here
74TIGER
spacer Re:slow hand clap here
FORESTTIGER
spacer Where's Stanley Tiger
facman
spacer I love the emphasis on building the Clemson brand. Sure
TigersAndCubs
spacer "I felt like we needed to re-create our brand......"
1983Grad®
spacer Re:I agree I want our brand to be Orange and killer
74TIGER
spacer Amen!***
1983Grad®
spacer I say orange jerseys with white pants!
OhWiseOne®
spacer ALL ORANGE!***
ColaTownTiger
spacer Re: ALL ORANGE!***
Orange Lightning
spacer Concerning UCS's uniform choice last weekend,
CUTiger1989®
spacer I don't really care for cardinal red and gold either***
ragtop
spacer "When people see Clemson they know what they are looking at"
TigerzzRoar®
spacer Re: "When people see Clemson they know what they are looking at"
Litefoot®
spacer Right!
TigerzzRoar®
spacer I appreciate Dabo's firm grasp of the branding aspect of our
wildblulou®
spacer I agree that the coaches and players need to focus on the
ragtop
spacer 100% behind this
grover173
spacer RE: 100% behind this
123me
spacer The Gray was okay, The pants were awful
HAWG
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TigerFanClint
spacer I am thinking orange bottoms....
Radar71
spacer I boo this becuase of no
74TIGER
spacer I really could care less about what we wear as long as we
mrorange
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#1TIGER®
spacer Standing ovation...
auggiedog14
spacer Now if he'd just ban the WOOHOO...........
1983Grad®
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clemsonphi689
spacer I believe that was 2003 . . .
clemsonphi689
spacer home should be Orange jersey/white pants unless
AllTimeClemson
spacer Re: home should be Orange jersey/white pants unless
sam84
spacer My opinion, FWIW...
StLouisTiger
spacer Re: My opinion, FWIW...
crookedcreek
spacer Agree***
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Dabo is handling uniforms very well in my opinion.
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Yea,the ORANGE makes ya tough?
Prime T. Tiger
spacer It's not the color that is tough, it's the concept that
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer You are THE MAN Dabo, keep it up! We dont need any
PioneerG
spacer For those of you who don't like uniform changes
Prime T. Tiger
spacer No one has ALOTTTTT more tradition than we do.
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer I'm sorry....
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Yes, that's it. I have not been watching CFB very long.***
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Re: For those of you who don't like uniform changes
Detigs
spacer Our basic uniform combo has been around since the 70s
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer Take UNC off of the list
clemsonphi689
spacer oregon has tons of unis
tgrfan42069
spacer oh just get over it.***
Smack Daddy
spacer but the point is, their players don't even think about it
cutiger51908
spacer Uniform debates are for beyotches!!!***
UAnuddin
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a091883
spacer Right On Dabo...Nuff said! Play ball & win first. ***
lightbulbbill®
spacer so in other words...
Tigerartist1
spacer RUMOR...
Prime T. Tiger
spacer ........SOUNDS LIKE WERE WEARING PURPLE TO ME THEN
FLTiger87
spacer Traditional Orange/White combos have been great. Especially
WolfMan2
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a091883
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kels843
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