Dan Scott Interview: Tommy Bowden
Tommy Bowden was a guest on Sports Talk with Dan Scott on Thursday.
CLEMSON -- Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden was a guest on Sports Talk with Dan Scott on Thursday. SportsTalk can be heard from 9 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday, on WCCP-Fm, 104.9 in upstate South Carolina.
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Dan: Dispel the myth that the losses don’t bother you. You always talk about the positives in the press conferences and some people are under the perception that you don’t care about the losses. Give people an idea of what your night was like after the Georgia game.
Bowden: “There was no sleep after the Georgia. That’s probably the first time I have not slept at all. You know Sunday is a work day in college football. The days are kind of lumped together. Once August starts they are all the same. But you know just based on experience with perception you have to be yourself. About the time you come out and looked despaired then (people say) he’s given up. He is cracking. He is melting under pressure. So I have found it’s best to just be yourself. I’ve been coaching for 27 years and feel comfortable about preparation and what needs to be done. Whatever the perceptions are they are going to be. You just got to go to work and do your job best you know how.”
What do you hope to accomplish against Furman besides obviously winning?
Bowden: “There are some things we would like to correct. We would like to see our running game start to make improvement. We turned the ball over three times. We would like to eliminate turnovers. We got no turnovers on defense. We would like to get some turnovers. I think Georgia rushed for over 200 yards so we would like to reduce our rushing yardage defensively. Scoring output in the red zone. We could have got field goals but we wanted touchdowns last week. There are several things after looking at last week’s game that you would like to come out of this week’s game showing you have improved in those areas.”
Dan: Some people have said all the work on the running game in the off-season did not pay off.
Bowden: “Yeah there will be a lot of teams that struggle against them (Georgia) in the running game. Like I said we will see after the season is over if we have made improvement in the running game. We got eleven more games. Let’s tally the votes after the season is over and look if we made improvement. But I surely wouldn’t want to be judged on a one game performance against a quality opponent. Sure I would have liked to come out with a victory and with 200 yards rushing but again there will be a lot of teams that have a hard time getting 200 yards rushing against their defense. They got good players and they are well coached.”