Coach Swinney has had a good week for “quotability”. First he fired back at Steve Spurrier’s claim LSU has the “real” Death Valley:
“I can see where (Spurrier) might have a little confusion,” Swinney told reporters. “Our guys have never been to USC. California is a long way from here. I can see where there can be a little confusion there. There are two Death Valleys and two USCs. There’s only one real one.
Swinney quipped that “Carolina is in Chapel Hill, USC is in California and the university in this state always has been and always will be Clemson” to begin an extended, now-infamous rant.
Coach Swinney then had a good response for Alabama coach’s Nick Saban’s issues with no-huddle offenses:
“I don’t agree with that,” said Swinney. “I think that we have a play clock, and if you look at us, we substitute all the time. We play fast, but we’re constantly changing personnel, constantly multiple formations and shifts and personnel groupings.
“When you do that, the defense has to be allowed to change personnel, and that’s the refs’ job, to manage that part. But we don’t just put the same 11 guys out there and play them for 80 plays. You know, I don’t know if there’s a lot of teams that do that.”
“To me, if you look around, what makes college football fun is you have a lot of variety,” Swinney said. “You see different things from week to week, whether it’s the spread or the “I” or the triple option or whatever, and I think that’s one of the things that makes it an incredibly popular game is that you just really never know from week to week.
“If you really want the same old thing and everybody to be conformed, then you’ve got that in the NFL. That’s what Sundays are for, in my opinion…
It is pretty easy to see why guys want to play for Coach Swinney.