After Houston Nutt delivered his Monday sermon to Rebel fans, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney took the alter in Clemson this morning.
Coming off a 16-13 loss for Florida State, Swinney said, “55 yarder at the buzzer. That’s like one from half court. They count.”
At 5-5, Swinney assured the Clemson fans that his team is making progress. He also encouraged them to “back off the cliff.”
"It's not time to panic, or turn back or do some complete overhaul. The reality is that we lost 4 games by 17 points. Nobody wants to hear that we’re close, a few plays away from 8-2, 9-1, that’s the reality. It's as simple as that."
“We’ll look back at the season and it will just be a scare. I don’t need 5 years, 6 years, 7 years, 8. Everyone needs to just back off the cliff and take their hand off the panic button. Let me do my job. Be supportive and we’ll be alright.”
“We’re in year 2 in trying to build this program the way we want to build it. This year hasn’t quite gone the way we want it on the scoreboard, but we are making progress. I can assure you. I’ve been a head coach for 2 seasons. It will all even out.”
Again, Swinney stood up for his offensive coordinator. He said, “Billy didn’t just get dumb over the last year.”
It appears the 2010 goal has turned into winning back-to-back bowl games. Swinney said, “I think it was 89 or 90 the last time Clemson won back-to-back bowls.”
Clemson travels to Wake Forest on Saturday before hosting South Carolina to finish the regular season.