Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney optimistic after Orange Bowl loss

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Miami Gardens, FL – Sometimes life’s most memorable moments seem unforgettable.

And sometimes it’s good.

For Clemson manager Dabo Swinney, one such moment played out 11 years ago in the same Orange Bowl that his team lost 31-14 to Tennessee on Friday night.

On January 4, 2012, Swinney’s team did everything that could go wrong for Clemson and everything that could go wrong for West Virginia in one of those games, at the hands of West Virginia. Absorbed a 70-33 beatdown from .

“It was a pretty bad night,” Swinney said.

I have no questions.

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If you dare recall, West Virginia quarterback Genno Smith passed for 401 yards and six touchdowns in Clemson’s most lopsided loss in Orange Bowl history.

The result was a new perspective and a new defensive coordinator.

Both proved to be watershed moves for the program.

“My job in the moment was to make sure the bad moments didn’t lose sight of a great year,” said Swinney, whose team finished that season with a 10-4 record. We were winning, so it was just another step for us.

“We came back[to the Orange Bowl]two years later and beat a great team in Ohio. So the loss in West Virginia was a bad day in the middle of a great journey. It’s part of it.”

Much water has passed under the bridge of the Clemson Football Program since then, and the Tigers and their fan base have enjoyed unprecedented success. He has recorded two national championships.

For the second year in a row, the Tigers missed out on a spot in the College Football Playoffs, ending the 2022 season by losing three of their final six games. ”

So is his program slipping?

“We’re 11 to 3,” Swinney said. “I wish we were unbeaten, but we have won Ligue 7 in the last eight years and have been pretty consistent. Nobody has higher expectations than what we have, I promises it.

Therefore, do not think that Mr. Optimism portends doom and darkness.

“People say what they want. Always have, always will,” Swinney said. “Seasons come and go, and each year is a new journey. We will continue to learn and improve from Hold your first team meeting and begin your 2023 journey. ”

Senior defensive end KJ Henry expressed reflection and perspective while Swinney showed positive direction for the future.

“I had 11 good days and 3 bad days,” Henry said. “But I’m not going to do anything in exchange for being on this year. It’s all about relationships. I’ve been part of many great teams here and this will remain one of them.”

The rest is popcorn.

“I always remember the free popcorn when we went to the movies before the game,” Henry said. “I love popcorn and am grateful to Sweeney for allowing it for the team.”

Free free popcorn has a way of turning a bad night into a pretty good one.

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