Clemson, Georgia will play in 2013, 2014 despite scheduling obstacles

Dabo Swinney: 'That's a game that I grew up watching...I'd love to be a part of it and have a chapter of that history'

Clemson Football - Dabo Swinney

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Clemson Football - Dabo Swinney

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.

Thoughts on 9-game schedule, affect on future OOC scheduling

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"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."

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Terri (Inactive) writes:

Here's to you, TDP. Now go form a coalition of non-North Carolina schools and eliminate the nine game conference schedule malarky

Noone, to my knowledge, has ever articulated the reason it is necessary. It may be, for some reason. But someone needs to tell the teams' supporters why.

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