Tommy Bowden Weekly Press Conference Highlights

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Tommy Bowden holds his press conference every Tuesday.

Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden's Comments on:

The importance of his team finally having an off-week:

"I thought we really needed an off-week after the Florida State game because
we came out of that game pretty beat up. It was really important from a physical
standpoint but I think it was also important from a mental standpoint. After
going through two-a-day practices and then playing ten straight weeks without
an open date, it drains you mentally. One of the hardest parts about coaching
is getting your team to perform at its peak emotionally every Saturday and having
a week off will hopefully help us to replenish our minds."

How this year's matchup with South Carolina will be different than the past
few years

"The biggest difference with the scenario this year is that both teams
have already locked up bowl bids. Now the game becomes more a pride factor and
it will tell you a great deal about the character of your team. I think both
teams will play extremely hard, but only having been here two years, I really
do not have a good feel for how we will respond. I think we will play well but
we need to make sure that we do not peak early this week in practice but instead
on Saturday in the game."

The status of quarterback Woody Dantzler

"Right now we are going day to day with Woody and see how he does. We are
pretty convinced now that it is an injury that will require surgery after the
bowl game so he is not going to be 100 percent for the South Carolina game or
the bowl game. How much he plays on Saturday will depend on how effective he
can be at 85 or 90 percent. If he is performing well it will then come down
to whether or not he can maintain it. We have been through this scenario before
so we will be prepared either way."

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The South Carolina Defense

"They are a very good defensive team. They have changed their philosophy
a little bit from last year and they have achieved success on defense just as
they did last season. They put great athletes on the field and they really put
a great deal of pressure on you. They are really playing well and they are playing
with a great deal of confidence."

The difference of this rivalry to other rivalries across the country

"When you look at rivalries like Michigan and Ohio State and Texas and
Oklahoma, those rivalries are between schools that are in different states.
Auburn and Alabama, Florida State and Miami, and Clemson and South Carolina
are similar because the schools are in the same state and are close to each
other. In this state, Clemson and South Carolina fans work side by side in the
same working environment for eight hours a day and 365 days a year. With an
instate rivalry such as this, Clemson and South Carolina fans see each other
every day and that really intensifies the game itself."

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