Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has been on a roll this week when it comes to delivering epic answers to the media.
Saturday night, he staged a mock conversation with ACC Commissioner John Swofford about the number of night games the Tigers have had to play this season. Tuesday, in his media conference, Swinney unleashed a sermon about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas as well as a 4-minute rant attacking the idea that he recruited current starting cornerback Ryan Carter in order to try to gain commitments from Carter’s high school teammates.
Wednesday, when Swinney was asked whether it’s gotten more difficult to make his players focus on one game at a time when they are getting talked about so frequently as a contender for the College Football Playoff, Swinney delivered another colorful answer.
Swinney said it has not gotten more difficult — but he used a few more words to do so. The majority of his response is below. Enjoy.
“We don’t talk about the Playoff,” Swinney said. “That’s never a goal. It’s nowhere in our building. It doesn’t say anywhere in our building it’s a goal to win the National Championship.
“We literally are on a quest for the best every single year, and that’s to be the best that we can be. I measure that by the daily commitment, the focus, how the guys work, the chemistry, the leadership, the issues off the field, commitment to what we require of them academically, from their study halls and tutor appointments, just every little thing like that — that’s how I measure the success of a team. Other people in the outside world, they measure the success based on a scoreboard, but I don’t. Never have.
“We have our goals. We have our player goals, and we have our team goals, and they don’t change. And again, they’re set up to allow us to compete at the highest level, but there’s nothing on there that says, oh, we didn’t make the Playoff, we didn’t make the National Championship, so we feel like we had a bad season. That’s just not how we go about our business around here.
“We just put everything we’ve got into each and every game and really truly have a windshield mentality of, okay, what’s next, and whether you had a big loss or a big win, we just move on to the next one and try to — we get 12 opportunities, and we try to maximize them and have fun doing it.”
The post Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: ‘We don’t talk about the Playoff’ appeared first on Diehards.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to exclusive deals and newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.