Venables on SC game: "I'm embarrassed"


by - Assoc. Editor -

Clemson won easily 56-35 against South Carolina in front of a sold-out Death Valley on Saturday night.

However, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was not happy with his team's defense with all the busted plays throughout the game.

"Obviously, I didn't coach them very well tonight," he said. "I'm embarrassed at the things that happened there tonight. Obviously, it's my responsibility to get our guys ready and obviously, we weren't as sharp as we have been."

He also used the word 'disgusting' and 'pathetic' in describing some of the defense he saw tonight.

On the season:

“I’m proud of our guys to be 12-0 and beat [our] rival five years in a row. It’s tough to do. It’s been done once in 78 years. I’m proud of our seniors and their incredible leadership. They won 52 games, and to finish their last game here in Death Valley, that’s big time.”

On the game:

“I’m disappointed in our performance tonight...not with everyone. I thought South Carolina and Jake [Bentley] had a good plan, and they played well. Obviously, I didn’t coach them very well tonight. I’m very embarrassed about different things that happened there tonight, and obviously, it’s my responsibility to get our guys ready.”

On specific improvements:

“We kept letting guys get inside of us. It’s not really complicated.”

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