Swinney says he is a "wiser" coach heading into 2011


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Swinney said he finally feels like he has all the pieces in place to build a consistent winner.
Swinney said he finally feels like he has all the pieces in place to build a consistent winner.

CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney insisted earlier this week that he hasn’t changed, that he is still the same spirited coach he has been the past two seasons.

From a media perspective, however, Swinney has an edge to him this fall that he hasn’t had in the past. He is quicker to call out players who aren’t performing, and quicker to point out the bad as well as the good after each and every practice.

I spoke to Swinney earlier this week about that perception, and he insisted he hasn’t changed his core values – he is a just a wiser coach.

“I think I am who I have always been. I just call it like I see it,” Swinney said after Tuesday’s practice. “I try to be positive, and I have always tried to be that way. I don’t think I’ve changed as a head coach in two years. But we are coming off of a tough season, and I am very focused on getting this football team ready to play. That is all I am focused on.

“I am as enthusiastic as I have ever been, and I am as positive as I have ever been. My core fundamentals haven’t changed at all, and I just am who I am. But I am certainly a lot wiser than I was two years ago. At that time, I was just like anybody else who was doing something for the first time.”

Swinney said the past two seasons have been a learning experience – one which will make him a better coach.

“I felt like I was prepared to be a head coach two years ago, and I definitely was,” he said. “You can prepare all you want, but until you do something and go through a process, there’s no way really to get ready for it. It is one of those things you have to do, and I think anybody that has been a head coach would probably tell you that. Especially with the situation that I inherited here, and with me wanting to change things. But after two years, I think we have an incredible foundation in place that is going to sustain us for a long time.”


He said he finally feels like he has all the pieces in place to build a consistent winner.

“That’s the staff, the support staff, the resources and the facilities,” he said. “It’s all of those things. I am at a spot right now I wish I could have been two years ago. But things take time and you have to go through certain situations and processes to get where you want to go, and that is the way it has always been.

“I believe that you have to work hard for everything, and if you do that and continue to have integrity and make good decisions you feel are right, then things will work out the way they are supposed to. I am blessed to have a great staff and a great group of guys. We have put a couple of great recruiting classes together and we have another on the way. We are in a great spot as program, now we just have to go out and get the results we want to have out on the field this year.”

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spacer Swinney says he is a "wiser" coach heading into 2011
Crump®
spacer Let's hope so....***
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer Re: Swinney says he is a "wiser" coach heading into 2011
Tomcatgre
spacer Hard to argue with the changes he's made to the staff since
BentZero
spacer Hopefully he learned how to use timeouts******
creatiger®
spacer Re: Hopefully he learned how to use timeouts******
armsb
spacer Many of the anti-Dabo folks complained that they didn't
joeyb®
spacer And you think he has shown that he is trained how?***
aerozeptallica
spacer a better question....
tiger6
spacer Yes. If we lose any games because of coaching and not
aerozeptallica
spacer not too high...
tiger6
spacer Nope. We are trusting a bunch of freshmen and a first year
aerozeptallica
spacer indeed...
tiger6
spacer If the coaching changes work and he stays out of the way,
aerozeptallica
spacer Doofus?
Francis Marion®
spacer Exactly. Some of the thought patterns by our "fans" is
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spacer Re: Doofus?
SteveP
spacer What are you talking about?
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spacer Re: What are you talking about?
SteveP
spacer The ignorance is rich with this one...
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spacer How did Danny have more experience than Dabo?
tigeringvegas
spacer Re: What are you talking about?
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spacer Exactly. Good work.***
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spacer Re: What are you talking about?
Outbound®
spacer Re: What are you talking about?
alfatiger
spacer Sorry for the confusion....
Francis Marion®
spacer Mostly because of the Kyle Parker thing, they
aerozeptallica
spacer Re: Mostly because of the Kyle Parker thing, they
Dugatiger®
spacer You're comparing Dabo to B. Bowden?
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: You're comparing Dabo to B. Bowden?
Jhop83®
spacer Re: Nope. We are trusting a bunch of freshmen and a first year
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer football isnt about just who has better players
Yzracer48
spacer Re: football isnt about just who has better players
ALL IN Tiger 888
spacer That's a very good example...
bsawyerphinphan
spacer thats not the point of my post
Yzracer48
spacer Are you a moron? He's saying that talent isn't the end all.***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: football isnt about just who has better players
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer Good point. Motivation and coaching matters.***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Yeah, upsets never happen in college football.
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spacer Re: Yes. If we lose any games because of coaching and not
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer Re: a better question....
alfatiger
spacer Re: And you think he has shown that he is trained how?***
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer game decisions will decide that***
Graphic Tiger®
spacer So it only takes 2 years to learn how to be a head coach.***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: Swinney says he is a "wiser" coach heading into 2011
walkertiger
spacer That's an awesome post...
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SyscoTiger
spacer The biggest mistake Dabo has made was his selection for OC.
daveo79
spacer Re: The biggest mistake Dabo has made was his selection for OC.
insanetigerfan08
spacer Re: The biggest mistake Dabo has made was his selection for OC.
daveo79
spacer The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th biggest mistakes...
Razzmatazz
spacer Seems the car needed more than a tune up after all???***
kbtiger®
spacer Nope. The tune up doesn't happen overnight.***
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spacer Re: Seems the car needed more than a tune up after all???***
Cdixon11
spacer Um, he inherited a team that didn't finish in the top 25,
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spacer Swinney admits that he was in over his head but maybe OK now
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Swinney admits that he was in over his head but maybe OK now
bsawyerphinphan
spacer Did you enjoy going 6-7 or losing the ACCCG to inferior GT?
Razzmatazz
spacer You're senile if you think SCar has inferior talent to us.
tigerdrummer®
spacer SCar so superior that they should dominate us 2 years?
Razzmatazz
spacer LOL. There you go again, uder the delusion that
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spacer LOL. There you go again making up stuff that I didn't say.
Razzmatazz
spacer Wrong again. The proof is in the pudding. You constantly try
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spacer 1) Did I say star-rankings are an exact science? Yes or no?
Razzmatazz
spacer You didn't have to. Even after being proven wrong over and
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spacer Ha! I knew you'd avoid answering simple yes or no questions!
Razzmatazz
spacer You clearly can't read. I didn't "avoid" anything. I clearly
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spacer Wow! Nice self-contradictions & confusion!
Razzmatazz
spacer Dabo's coaching didn't take us to the ACC champ. game.
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: Dabo's coaching didn't take us to the ACC champ. game.
WhstigeR®
spacer LOL. Yeah, motivation, and X's and O's have nothing to do
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spacer So when we started 2-3...
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spacer Re: Swinney admits that he was in over his head but maybe OK now
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Yup. Lacks ability to comprehend solid reasoning as well.***
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spacer Ironic coming from the guy who evaded answering my questions***
Razzmatazz
spacer BS. I didn't evade a darn thing. Contrarily you have yet to
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spacer Yes, you repeatedly avoided answering. Here are the links.
Razzmatazz
spacer There is NOTHING to answer there. Just more examples of too
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spacer In other words you can't answer. Too funny. Nice excuse.***
Razzmatazz
spacer What part of "NOTHING" are you having trouble with?
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spacer The part where you repeatedly avoid my 2 questions. LOL.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Still having trouble with the word "NOTHING", huh?
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spacer Well you almost answered one out of two questions.
Razzmatazz
spacer Instead of vulgar name-calling, make a logical counterpoint.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Swinney admits that he was in over his head but maybe OK now
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Thanks!!! Now I won't have to suffer your vulgar insults.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Swinney admits that he was in over his head but maybe OK now
SteveP
spacer He won't get 10 years, and he won't need it.***
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spacer Re: He won't get 10 years, and he won't need it.***
SteveP
spacer Sorry man, I didn't realize I was dealing with someone so
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spacer Re: Sorry man, I didn't realize I was dealing with someone so
SteveP
spacer Like I said, let's mark these posts.
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spacer By the way, Steve,
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spacer Re: Sorry man, I didn't realize I was dealing with someone so
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer I don't blame Dabo for taking the job. I blame TDP.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: I don't blame Dabo for taking the job. I blame TDP.
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spacer Bama is a PERFECT example. Hired a great coach. Won BCS NC
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: I don't blame Dabo for taking the job. I blame TDP.
Tiger Taz®
spacer Tulsa isn't a big-league school and Morris wasn't their HC.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Everyone who disagrees with StanleyTiger is "ignorant".
Razzmatazz
spacer Incorrect. Not everyone...
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spacer But you only name-call "ignorant" those who disagree w/ YOU!***
Razzmatazz
spacer Again, completely incorrect.
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spacer "What most everyone else sees"?
Razzmatazz
spacer So you're making jokes now?
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spacer I'm pointing out that your opinions aren't gospel fact
Razzmatazz
spacer an apology? do you feel entitled to one razz?
deadsolidperfect®
spacer No. What a strange, irrelevant question!***
Razzmatazz
spacer you certainly told him he should have in your post; seems a
deadsolidperfect®
spacer If I say X should do Y. You ask. Do you feel ENTITLED to Y?
Razzmatazz
spacer no, wouldn't in the least, different realm altogether, but
deadsolidperfect®
spacer I'm amazed that you couldn't tell that I was being facetious
Razzmatazz
spacer i'm amazed that you've backed down like a lil biotch...
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Name-calling from a girl can't grasp hyperbole. Too funny.***
Razzmatazz
spacer feeling wronged again? you write flowery with no sack...
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Feeling vindicated. You write with sack. I write with brain
Razzmatazz
spacer You're delusional.***
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spacer a brain? you? i believe it was you that offered the
deadsolidperfect®
spacer You nailed it dsp.***
deleted
spacer You avoid answering AGAIN? How embarrassing for you!
Razzmatazz
spacer you still demanding apologies and answers?
deadsolidperfect®
spacer Because Clemson isn't financially committed to doing what-
tigerdrummer®
spacer West said he wasn't ready to be a head coach at Clemson
grrowl
spacer There was a lot of room for him to get wiser
TIGERCOOK®
spacer Sorry to say that nothing in the article leads
Clemtiger81
spacer If he loses to the coots again..smart or not... He's GONE!
cu85tiger1
spacer Wrong. Nothing he does this year will get him fired.
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: Wrong. Nothing he does this year will get him fired.
ecsguru®
spacer Um I'm not complaining about Dabo. Take your bitching
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: If he loses to the coots again..smart or not... He's GONE!
Bry572622
spacer Who should Clemson have hired after the 2008 season?...
Francis Marion®
spacer Thats good spin
AikenC
spacer If one losing season and back to back losses to your biggest
Francis Marion®
spacer Re: If one losing season and back to back losses to your biggest
Francis Marion®
spacer Patterson, Peterson, Kelly, Hoke, Chizik, Muschamp, Golden,
Razzmatazz
spacer That's a lot of info....
Francis Marion®
spacer Re: That's a lot of info....
Razzmatazz
spacer Your "inferior teams" thing is nonsense.***
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spacer Star-rankings & # of NFL draft picks support my claim.
Razzmatazz
spacer No, they don't. Star rankings are wrong FAR MORE than
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spacer I knew you'd avoid answering my question/providing evidence!
Razzmatazz
spacer I've answered every pertinent question and several others
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spacer Wow! You still didn't answer my simple question.
Razzmatazz
spacer LOL.
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spacer LOL. I guess that's your idea of an intelligent counterpoint***
Razzmatazz
spacer Accurate, concise, and straight to the point...
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spacer Apparently a concise insult is an intelligent counterpoint!***
Razzmatazz
spacer Water is wet. Fire is hot.
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spacer Another brilliant post!***
Razzmatazz
spacer Thanks man. If that's the best you can do to admit that you
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spacer StanTard, take a basic stats class b/4 you say stupid things***
Chris8484
spacer Dirt Cash, knowing you're not too smart, allow me to point
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spacer Who cares what he says about himself
WiseTiger
spacer All in! Footballs deep!***
Filo Betto
spacer LOL***
Neilly
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CUalum79ALLn65®
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