The only thing missing from Dabo Swinney’s weekly news conference Tuesday was Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” playing on a loop in the background. Swinney spent some time breaking down this weekend’s matchup at Virginia, but he spent just as much time-if not more-pointing out reasons people should be giving his program more R-E-S-P-E-C-T. “This is a good football team doing a lot of good stuff…a lot of good stuff. Nobody ever wants to talk about the good stuff you do,” he said.
Swinney said he likes to go back and watch the television broadcast of games on Sunday night’s to get that perspective, but when he started watching the ESPN call of the game at Maryland he had to mute the sound because it was so negative. Swinney said he has a quote he lives by when it comes to people talking him or his program down: “Don’t let anybody walk through your mind with their dirty little feet”
Pointing out consistency and accomplishments was a common thread in the news conference. Swinney also attempted to curb unrealistic expectations. “I know everyone wants us to be up 35-0 after the first quarter every game, but that’s not really realistic,” he said.
On the second page of the Clemson game notes is a long list of notes highlighting the consistency of the Clemson football team. Included in these notes:
-Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 in both polls for 39 weeks. Only seven other schools can make that claim: Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Stanford.
-Clemson has been ranked in the top 10 for 10 straight polls. If they stay in next week it will break the school record set in 1981.
-Clemson has won 15 straight games against unranked teams by double digits. That is the second longest streak of that kind in the country. Alabama has 25.
-Clemson has won seven straight road games, it’s longest streak away from home in 35 years.
-Clemson has won 18 of its last 21 games. The three losses were against teams ranked in the top 12 in the country.
-Clemson has won 28 games over the last three years, tying them for the seventh most in the country in that span.
Take a listen to all of Dabo’s comments below:
And just because I know you have it stuck in your head now: