Dabo Swinney doesn't relish playing a team of Georgia's caliber, any time, any place.
But he appreciates the value of rivalry, and knows the history of the Tigers' long-running backyard feud with the Bulldogs.
So he's willing - any time, any place.
Apparently, the series will go ahead as scheduled - despite the obstacles, including a significant financial blow, presented by the ACC's decision to play a nine-game conference schedule once Pittsburgh and Syracuse come on board, most likely in 2013.
"It's going to happen," Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips confirmed on Friday, following a ceremony symbolically 'breaking ground' on the Tigers' new indoor football practice facility.
Georgia will visit Death Valley in 2013 and the Tigers will return the visit to Athens in 2014 - although the short trip will almost certainly cost Clemson a seventh home game, which Phillips has previously described as being foundational to the athletic department's financial well-being.
While the renewal of the Clemson-Georgia series will go on, the future of subsequently scheduled home-and-home series with Mississippi and Oklahoma State is uncertain, at best.
Swinney said he's glad that the Clemson-Georgia series will be played.
"I ain't fired up about playing one of the top teams in the country, and we've got plenty of tough opponents, and certainly it's a game that could go either way," said Swinney. "But that's a game that I grew up watching. I've heard so many stories about Clemson-Georgia, and I'd love to be a part of it and have a chapter of that history.
"It's exciting for our fans and our staff and our players to play one of the best teams in the country, and a school that we're obviously close to, proximity-wise.
"It's something that people have been looking forward to for a while...I'm certainly for keeping that game. It's a great gauge for where we are as a program, and it's something that our fans want to be a part of."