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

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