Dabo Swinney giddy over Clemson’s future

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn’t thinking just about the 2012 season. He’s got bright hopes for the Tigers well into the future.

“There’s no doubt we’re headed in the right direction,” Swinney said at ACC Media Days. “It’s going to be an exciting decade for Clemson football.”

Swinney was asked what the next step for his team is after winning an ACC title in 2011, his third full season. He responded that it was to build a consistent winner, one that is ranked annually and occasionally has “that special year.”

Clemson finished 24th in the Associated Press poll in 2009 and 22nd in 2011, sandwiching a 6-7 season in 2010. The Tigers were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State in a media poll.

“We need to put three, four, five good years together and I really think we’re built to make a run at Clemson,” said Swinney, noting the Tigers have only 11 seniors this season. “There’s no reason why Clemson can’t become that consistent winner and be that team that, nationally, people are expecting to be in the mix.”

2. The new nine-game scheduling format should be finalized by the league’s fall meetings beginning Oct. 1, if not earlier, associate commissioner Michael Kelly said. One element is set, that Atlantic Division teams will play five home league games in 2013 and in ensuing odd years over a six-year cycle. Coastal teams will play five home league games in even years. With Georgia Tech playing Georgia at home in odd years, that means that Tech will avoid the possibility of playing a guaranteed six road games in a season.

Kelly said there is a good chance that Tech’s request to break up its scheduling problem – having Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech at home in odd years and all on the road in even years – will be met.

“It’s one of the factors that we’re trying to find a solution to if we possibly can,” he said.

3. In a poll of 95 media members, Florida State was picked to win the ACC, with 60 votes. Virginia Tech was second with 18, followed by Clemson with 13 ,Georgia Tech with three and N.C. State with one. Georgia Tech was picked to finish second in the Coastal behind Virginia Tech, receiving 10 first-place votes to the Hokies’ 83. North Carolina received the other two.

Since the league split into two divisions in 2005, the Seminoles have now been picked to win the Atlantic or the league title seven out of eight seasons. Florida State has two Atlantic titles and one ACC title to show for it.

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was selected the ACC preseason player of the year by 25 voters, ahead of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (21 votes), Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel (19) and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (18).

4. Miami coach Al Golden stood by his denial of allegations in a Yahoo report that said he had direct knowledge of NCAA recruiting violations committed by a former equipment manager, part of a larger pattern of violations that has placed the school under investigation. Golden was hired in Dec. 2010 in part to clean up the program.

“I was disappointed in the article Friday, first and foremost because of how it attacked my integrity, both personally and professionally,” he said. “I stand by my statement and I continue to do so. There’ll be a day I can refute that and discuss that and I look forward to that day. Now is not the time to do that.”

5. Duke coach David Cutcliffe said that his team “is a bowl team.” The Blue Devils’ last bowl appearance was in the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. Cutcliffe said he has many more playmakers on the roster than in the past. Duke was 3-9 last year; its best season in his four seasons was a 5-7 record in 2009.

Said Cutcliffe, “They need to understand they’re expected to win and can win.”

Duke was picked to finish last in the Coastal Division, where it’s finished the past two seasons.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

19 comments Add your comment


July 23rd, 2012
10:50 pm

I can see a Dabo all “Giddy”. It’s in their nature. I once saw a live Dabo. Sort of goofy in a giddy way.

Upstate Jacket

July 23rd, 2012
11:04 pm

Isn’t Jimbo Fisher still the coach at FSU? Yes he is. So, no, FSU will not likely win the ACC. Dabo is giddy all the time. He can recruit but if he doesn’t have the right coordinators he doesn’t have a clue. Not caring for Clemson too much, I hope the coordinators are bad – though they sure paid an arm and a leg for them.

yeller bug

July 24th, 2012
3:04 am

Clemson & FSU in the Atlantic
GT & VT in the Coastal

Hopefully the intra-state ACC-SEC rival games: FSU-UF, CU-USC, GT-UGA will have better results this year


July 24th, 2012
6:38 am

He is such a tool. I hope klimpsum gets their azz handed to them wholesale. Every year i hear about how good they are going to be and every year they underachieve.

Argentina Blue

July 24th, 2012
9:40 am

Dabo is a nice fellow and a great recruiter, but you have to wonder how much longer the Clemson fanbase and administration are going to put-up with his product on the field. 1-4 versus Georgia Tech, three straight losses to South Carolina, an embarrassing blowout loss in the Orange Bowl, and constant underachievement are what we’ve seen out of his teams.

Birmingham Jacket

July 24th, 2012
9:44 am

We will get smoked by Clemson, Miami and UGA this year.

Not enough talent has been recruited.

CPJ needs to go.


July 24th, 2012
9:56 am


That dude is my second favorite coach. :)


July 24th, 2012
9:59 am

@ B’ham Jacket – Care to put your money where your post is?

The U may be subject to sanctions and GT owes Miami (and its obnoxious fans) a beatdown. I’ll always take CPJ over Dabo. UGA will be a challenge. Why the VA Tech omission, Eyore?

George Stein

July 24th, 2012
11:35 am

I may have been wrong about him. He may not be a genius, but he’s a good recruiter and he’s smart enough to hire good coaches to work for him.

I tend to agree with you, crackbaby.

GT Lee

July 24th, 2012
11:45 am

How about we keep CPJ and get rid of B’ham Jacket……

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
11:50 am

DABO the Mike BOBO of head coaching.

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
11:56 am

Bham is like a tampon.
He starts out with a purpose but he quickly gets used up and just needs to be FLUSHED.

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
12:27 pm

many of you guys going to Fan Day on the 4th?


July 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

When is Dabo not giddy?

GT Lee

July 24th, 2012
12:48 pm


After a loss to GT……

5150 UOAD

July 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

Dabo is not giddy when he looks at the record against TECH.

Site First Meeting Last Meeting Games Win % Wins Losses Ties
Any 1902 2011 75 0.680 50 23 2



July 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

DABO should be DABITCH. Wait for your annual beat down you purple peter eaters


July 24th, 2012
8:51 pm

@Birmingham Jacket

Is that you JF?

John David Phillips

July 27th, 2012
6:32 am

Does this guy know he lost 3 of his last 4 games and gave up 70 points in one of them? I guess that’s why he jumped around like a WWF fool when he beat an Auburn team at home that lost a ton of starters. This guy is the biggest blow hard clown in college football today. Unemployed in two years max and NCAA probation for his school shortly thereafter…