Clemson team used "lugubrious" comments as motivation


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CBSSports.com had released a preview of the Clemson-Notre game last week and their analyst Aaron Taylor said that the Clemson fan base would be "lugubrious" leaving the game after an easy Notre Dame win.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was asked if he was lugubrious on Tuesday during his press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

"I am not lugubrious," Swinney said. "I'm happy. I'm effervescent. The story on that, I don't pay attention to any of that, but Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
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sent me a text message. I don't even know what show it was, but he sent me a text message and he was hot. We do a video of the day and it can be anything from prison rodeo to crazy people at Walmart to something inspirational and motivational to the best dunks in the NBA. It can be anything. I try to figure out some way to pull something that I can use to set the tempo for the day, so he sent me a text saying, 'Coach, I want this to be the video of the day. I want the guys to see this.' I didn't know what it was until I clicked on it. I got a good laugh out of it because it was all of the experts with all of their opinions. The team got a kick out of it. The best part was the guy who said that we're going to lugubrious, and I had never heard of that in my life. I had no clue what that meant, so I had Henry Guess look it up. I didn't even know how to spell it. He told me what it meant to look sad and discontent, and mournful. We had some fun with that. I promised the guys that if I had the opportunity I would find a way to use that in my post game vocabulary."

CBSSports.com's video that was so motivational for several Clemson players has been set to private and unwatchable from our update six days ago.

Here is a cached version of the video

Here is a new upload of the video


Aaron Taylor works for the CBS Sports Network and serves as a game and studio analyst. Taylor was drafted out of Notre Dame, and he won the Lombardi Award and was a unanimous first-team All-America selection in 1993 as an offensive tackle.


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