Clemson coach Dabo Swinney met with the media Monday to discuss the Tigers upcoming matchup with South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. Swinney made it clear he and his team are excited about the prospects of playing in a New Year’s Eve Bowl game and the opportunity to finish the season on a winning note.
Here a few highlights from Swinney’s comments:
- Swinney said he has not ruled out any staff changes.
- Swinney pointed out was that Clemson has not won back-to-back bowl games since 1989-90. The Tigers beat Kentucky in last year’s Music City Bowl.
- Kyle Parker will be the starting quarterback in the bowl game. Swinney said Parker gives them the best chance to win.
- Swinney said the confrontation between him and Parker on the sideline during the Clemson game was “far from ugly” and said there is no bad blood between the two.
- Swinney said the best way to prepare for next year is to win the bowl game. He will spend time during the bowl prep to work with the younger players to prepare for next season, but he’s not going to game plan with next year in mind.
- Swinney said he is evaluating everything about the program to see what areas they can improve. He cautioned you can overanalyze a situation and he stressed there are a lot of positive things happening with the program.
- Swinney said they had the right strategy in place to win this season and he still feels that way.
- Swinney said the most disappointing thing area was the missed kicks. He thinks the missed field goals were the biggest issue this season.
- Swinney said he has heard the rumors about athletic director Terry Don Phillips being on his way out. He said he has no reason to believe TDP is going anywhere.