Latest Dabo Swinney News

Swinney: Not in favor of social justice messages on uniforms

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney does not support messages of social justice or other issues on player uniforms. Swinney said Tuesday his stance is solely because he's a college football traditionalist who values the historic look of jerseys, not because he disagrees with efforts to combat social injustice. ...

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi talks wit Damarri Mathis during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Austin Peay, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Defense ahead of the offense early in ACC season

Sep. 23, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

Defense seems to have the early edge in the Atlantic Coast Conference after the start of this pandemic-affected college football season. There are 11 ACC teams among the top 40 in defense nationally, and that’s with Virginia and Virginia Tech sidelined so far due to COVID-19 postponements. Still, the ACC...

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks with players after a defensive stop against Wake Forest during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

No. 1 Clemson, Swinney worried about COVID during bye week

Sep. 21, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has few worries about his football team on the field. Off it? That's another story. Swinney is concerned that the top-ranked Tigers' bye week — especially with players getting Friday and Saturday off — could result in the team having more contact with people and increase...

Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson overwhelm The Citadel 49-0

Sep. 19, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence threw nine passes Saturday. Three of them went for touchdowns. It was that kind of day for No. 1 Clemson. Lawrence and star running back Travis Etienne got plenty of rest as the top-ranked Tigers rolled to a 49-0 victory over The Citadel. Lawrence was 8 for 9 for 168...

Book, No. 7 Notre Dame run by USF 52-0 to extend home streak

Sep. 19, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book just needed to stick to the routine against South Florida. Notre Dame quarterback ran for three first-half touchdowns as the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish rolled to their 20th straight home victory 52-0 over the Bulls on Saturday. “I don't need to make any super-hero...

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks with players after a defensive stop against Wake Forest during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Citadel embraces shot at No. 1 Clemson in revamped schedule

Sep. 17, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

Citadel coach Brent Thompson wasn't sure his team would ever get the chance to play this season, let alone take on the nation's top-ranked team. But he said the school stayed patient as the coronavirus pandemic altered the college football landscape and was ready to strike when the opportunity came to play at...

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the defense after a Wake Forest turnover in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

No. 1 Clemson building depth with highly touted newcomers

Sep. 15, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Like college coaches around the nation, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is always looking to build on his team's depth. That wasn't hard to do in the top-ranked Tigers opener as several highly-regarded freshmen played early and often in a win against Wake Forest. Defensive linemen Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy combined...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Ohio State plays against Florida A&M at Ohio Stadium during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. What is most commonly referred to as major college football (aka NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision or FBS) is compromised of 130 teams and 10 conferences. Seventy-seven of those teams are scheduled to play throughout the fall, starting at various times in September. The other 53, including the entire Big Ten and Pac-12, have postponed their seasons and are hoping to make them up later. That means no No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Oregon and six other teams that were ranked in the preseason AP Top 25. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: When streaks end, but not really

Sep. 14, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198. Of course, in this strange season of COVID-19, Ohio State's streak was neither extended...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence scores against Wake Forest during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson dominate Wake Forest again, 37-13

Sep. 13, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he's worked this offseason on being patient and taking what the defense is giving him instead of looking for the big play. It paid off Saturday night. Lawrence completed 22 of 28 passes for 351 yards and combined for three touchdowns, and...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence looks to pass against LSU during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. The top-ranked Tigers are 29-1 over the past two seasons and have won five straight ACC championships. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Trevor Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson begin another title chase

Sep. 10, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

Trevor Lawrence has only lost one game since taking over as Clemson’s starting quarterback in 2018. But that one defeat was a big one — a lopsided 42-25 loss to Louisiana State in last year’s College Football Playoff championship game — and certainly one that has the potential No. 1...