Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is maintaining a positive attitude despite his team’s 2-3 start. The Tigers have dropped two straight and have lost twice in the conference. They were a double digit favorite at Maryland Saturday and lost 24-21. During his teleconference today Swinney said he expects his team to fight back and make a run down the stretch of the season.
The problem is a lot of Clemson fans are not as positive. There have been some pointed questions about Swinney’s offense and the overall direction of the program. Again, fair or unfair, he is being compared to Tommy Bowden. Swinney’s “All In” attitude adjustment was very well received by the Tiger faithful but now that the wins haven’t followed the questions and criticisms are growing exponentially. Dabo is preaching progress but the Clemson Nation has been hearing that for a decade. They have grown impatient and ready for results.
The teleconference runs about 25 minutes but if you are a Tiger fan you will want to listen to all of it. We will run a portion of it tonight on SportsTalk as well.
AUDIO: Swinney Monday teleconference (26:31)
Listening to the conference call you would think Dabo Swinney was in year five and his program was still struggling. This is just another clear reminder that Swinney is not going to be judged and treated like a normal first year coach. Five games into his tenure he is fielding tough questions.
Swinney and the Tigers are off this week and they return to action October 17th at home against Wake Forest.