Dabo Swinney isn’t backing down from his “Clemson is being disrespected” stance. The Tigers’ head coach met with the media on Sunday following the 12-0 finish to the regular season.
Clearly, Swinney feels that Clemson is not being praised as much as the country’s other two undefeated teams, Ohio State and LSU.
“I’m not going to let anybody diminish what we’ve accomplished as a program,” Swinney said on the ACC teleconference. “It’s my job to speak the truth and stand up for this program when it’s necessary… They want to throw us out (of the Playoff) because they don’t respect who we will play which is another joke itself.
“People who haven’t watched (our players) this year have missed a special time and a special group of young men who have played with passion. It’s incredible to watch. These players, they deserve that credit.”
While Clemson probably hasn’t been praised as much as Ohio State and LSU, the Tigers are still a consensus top-three team nationally. The idea that people “want to throw” Clemson out of the College Football Playoff is a bit much.
Coaches will do whatever they can to motivate their players, though, and if “we’re being disrespected” works for Clemson, Dabo might as well continue to use that.
Clemson will play for the ACC championship on Saturday night against Virginia.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.