Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker


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Swinney said he believes quarterback Kyle Parker still gives the Tigers the best chance to win

Audio of Head Coach Dabo Swinney's Press Conference (MP3 Format)

CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney met with the media on Monday morning in the WestZone to discuss the Tigers’ invitation to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, and he made it clear that Kyle Parker will be the starting quarterback on New Year’s Eve.

Swinney said Parker gives the Tigers the best chance to win.

“He’s doing good. Getting ready to get back to practice and hopefully lead this team to a win,” Swinney said. “He’s excited about playing. He’s doing well in school. Getting ready to finish up, like the rest of these seniors are. The bowl game is about trying to win. It’s about the guy that gives you the best chance to win today. That’s not changed. It’s KP. He’s excited about playing. Tajh [Boyd] will play. We’re excited about having another spring practice to get Tajh more work. The best way to prepare for next season is to win the bowl game, and Kyle gives us that chance.”

Parker and Swinney exchanged words on the sideline during the South Carolina game, shortly after Parker was pulled for throwing an interception that led to a touchdown.

Swinney said on Monday that the incident was blown too much out of proportion.

“Now, there are cameras everywhere. That’s unfortunate,” Swinney said. “The game of football is a game of passion, emotion, adrenaline—all of those things. You take competitive people and put them in that type of environment, you’ll get those things. It was far from ugly. It was a situation that needed to be dealt with, and it was. It’s over. That’s what I love about my job, getting to be with young people every day, and getting to see them mature.

“Disappointment is a part of life, a part of football. You have to handle it the right way. I’m proud of KP and how he responded, responded to me personally one-on-one. He’s a young man that I’m close to and I want nothing but the best for him. I have to discipline my children sometime. It’s part of being a dad. It’s part of being a coach. You have to do it with your players from time to time when they make a mistake. “

Clemson will face South Florida on December 31st at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in a noon kickoff.

“We’re really excited about playing in the Meineke Car Care Bowl,” Swinney said. “It’s an honor to be selected to play South Florida in Charlotte. Playing on a New Year’s Eve Bowl is a good opportunity for us to try to get better. It gives us good practice time and a chance to end the season on a good note. There’s great fan support out there. That’s one thing I would like to say, I’d like to thank our fans. Bowls can really select who they want. We would not be in this bowl game if it wasn’t for the passion of our fan-base.

“I think we’ve got about 12,000 tickets. I anticipate having a really good crowd. I look forward to seeing all the fans in Charlotte. It’s a good matchup. I don’t know a whole lot about South Florida yet. On the surface, they look kind of similar to us, as far as strengths and weaknesses of the team. I think it will be a good matchup. Florida is a big area for us, where South Florida is. It’s a good matchup, from a recruiting standpoint.”

He said the players will still lift weights and do conditioning work this week, and then meet back on Sunday to begin preparation for the Bulls.

“Practice will get started here shortly this week. They’ll be in exams all week long. Just running and lifting,” Swinney said. “We’ll bring them back in on Sunday for a meeting and we’ll be back on Monday. Injury-wise, we’re in pretty good shape coming out of our last ball game. Andre Ellington, his surgery is scheduled for the 13th. The team is in exams this week. They’re excited about playing, excited about ending the season on a positive note. One of our goals is to win the bowl game. I’ll be travelling to Charlotte for the Nagurski Award banquet. About this time a year ago, I agreed to speak there. Da’Quan Bowers is a finalist there. “

The only part of the bowl schedule has not been finalized is Clemson’s schedule in Charlotte.

“The schedules are done. The only thing I haven’t done is the time at the bowl site,” Swinney said. “I’ve got to work it around events. The schedule is done. I had a long staff meeting yesterday, covered a lot of things. That was one of them. We’ve got a really good mixture. One thing you don’t want to do, when you have this amount of time, is kill them on the first or second day. The tendency is, you have more time, and you’re going to do too much. You have to be smart, as far as your game prep time. We’ll have a lot of good on good.

“Offense versus defense. Team pass, skeleton. One on ones, cross-over. It’ll be good for both sides. We’ll get a lot of people involved in that—more than we would in a typical game week. When the practices are over, the varsity goes to condition, we’ll have our jayvee practice and have four or five more periods, do extensive work with our young players and redshirts. Treat it like spring practice. Fundamentals, technique, alignments, assignments. Our redshirts have had an excellent fall. Our power hour has been very productive. They’ve been humbled a little bit. They’re eager to get out there.”

Swinney spent a good portion of the press conference answering questions about potential staff changes, including offensive coordinator Billy Napier’s interview for the head coaching job at Furman.


“They met Friday,” Swinney said of Napier and Furman. “It’s not going to be a long, drawn out process. That’s all we know. Anything can happen. I’m really confident in my coaches. We’ve done a lot of good things in a lot of areas. Part of what I do, I have to evaluate everything. I evaluate our coaching staff, support staff, players. If I feel like changes to be made, I’ll make them. I’m not going to make a change to make a change. It’s all about understanding what the real issues are and not making a change to make a change, because the second year didn’t go like you wanted it to go. This year is going to make our success sweeter. Whatever changes need to be made, I’ll make them. They’re could be changes, there may not be any.”

He said he wanted to build momentum heading into the off-season for a team that he says is talented and is just a few kicks away from a 9-3 season instead of the current 6-6 record.

“We missed nine kicks. Of those nine, six of them were from the 20 and in,” Swinney said. “That’s a lot of drives where you come away with nothing. That’s deflating, frustrating. We weren’t a great kicking team last year. We were able to overcome that because of some explosiveness. We didn’t quite have that this year. We needed to make some kicks. We didn’t have to be great, just needed to be average. We didn’t come through in that area. It’s not just the kicker. It’s the operation. We had a couple of kickers miss kicks. The bottom line is, we didn’t make kicks. You can’t be the type of team we wanted to be this year when you didn’t make field goals. For those that are disappointed out there, take that disappointment and times it by a million. That’s how we as coaches and players feel.”


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Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
B-Meist®
and here we go battle of the pumpers and the naysayers
74TIGER
Re: and here we go battle of the pumpers and the naysayers
Tigersallin
I love !!!!!!!!
CASDM9901
Re: and here we go battle of the pumpers and the naysayers
a7xgates
Re: and here we go battle of the pumpers and the naysayers
tonybenson62003
Parker to start. Great.
BigOrangez
Re: Parker to start. Great.
fjms
Re: Parker to start. Great.
tiggerz04®
Re: Parker to start. Great.
summeyd®
Re: Parker to start. Great.
a7xgates
Re: Parker to start. Great.
gholliday
Re: Parker to start. Great.
jesstiger1
I incorporate herein all my previous posts. Tada!
MDT1GER
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
dshytles
unreal...
person11
Throwing your kicker under the bus? stay classy Bado***
PMS165
Facts are facts.***
saiken79®
Re: Facts are facts.***
jesstiger1
Re: Throwing your kicker under the bus? stay classy Bado***
porkchopbg
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
djmet12
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
cdennis13
Message to Dabo:
Roadracing7
did Dabo respond***
dgjtig
Kyle should start
orange24®
20 years not giving up and counting...***
Roadracing7
Good news is
kfast600
Re: Good news is
newnan®
Re: Good news is
W8kbrder
blame the kicker w/o ever mentioning the 10 INTs by somebody***
TIGERCOOK®
Just curious, how many on those INT's were in the redzone?***
Tiger95
one was in SCAR's redzone! Got them 6***
TIGERCOOK®
Dabo slaps Boyd in the face again
T_I_P
You mean sucked out loud.***
yourhero
Want to know how to avoid missing kicks?
BentZero
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
tigerwg
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
cdennis13
Re: Kyle Parker should start
wstoddard
Napier will be here next year
BentZero
Pump! Pump! Pump it up!***
attheesso®
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
sean79
Vs SCar: Parker completed 41%, 1 INT, Boyd 56%, O INT.
Razzmatazz
Re: Swinney talks bowl game, Kyle Parker
pasmith1944
Didn't make the most accurate throws either.***
colemanfan
FACT: FG kicking ruined our season***
gatecitytiger
FACT, You only try fieldgoals when you can't make touchdowns
tigerfanjack
very true, and if you miss numerous short to med range FG's
gatecitytiger
Re: FACT, You only try fieldgoals when you can't make touchdowns
ClemsonSoldier®
Re: FACT: Unreliable FG kicking
TIGERMEAT®
Re: FACT: Unreliable FG kicking
tigrnurse
Re: FACT: Unreliable FG kicking
TIGERMEAT®
FACT: We had the same FG kicker as last season (Jackson).***
Razzmatazz
FACT: Clemson ranked 98th in red zone TD percentage.***
Razzmatazz
FACT: Bad play-calling resulted in kicks from the hash marks***
Razzmatazz
FACT: Making those FGs may not have resulted in wins.
Razzmatazz
FACT: Good coaches coach-up players & work on special teams.***
Razzmatazz
A healthy Korn would have been nice***
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probably would have won ACCCG with Korn***
deleted
6 missed field goals inside the 20
tigerfarm
You dug your grave Dabo. GET OUT OF CLEMSON!***
TigerFan20
Here's a stat D'oh-bo. We're #114 in red zone offense.
BentZero
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