After predictably sloppy practice, Tigers turn focus to tonight's 'huge, huge deal'

The Clemson Sports Blog

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Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney yells instructions during the Tigers’ first practice on Friday, Aug. 2, in Clemson.

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MARK CRAMMER INDEPENDENT MAIL PHOTO Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney yells instructions during the Tigers’ first practice on Friday, Aug. 2, in Clemson.

Really, what else was Dabo Swinney likely to say when he walked out of the Tigers' indoor practice facility Thursday evening for his final pre-Georgia week press gathering?

"We stunk," he started.

We all knew where it was going from there.

No effort. No energy. No intensity. No attention to detail. And those pesky X&%$#! classes. Worst practice of the preseason.

Swinney is a football coach, after all. And the time was right for a bit of 'tough love.'

The real tale will be told tonight, when the Tigers hold their mock-up for Georgia, under the lights in Death Valley.

But the tale won't be told, at least not for any of us, media or fans, to hear.

Swinney's 'media availability' on Thursday was his last until his regular game-week press conference on Tuesday.

The Tigers will practice tonight, going through a normal pre-game routine and then working situationally and in a live-game setup against their reserves and scout team.

After meetings on Saturday, they'll get the rest of the weekend off "get their legs back," before kicking off their regular game-week preparation on Monday.

"I know school just started and all that - they're tired and it's been a long camp - but we wasted a day today, and we have a lot of work to do tomorrow," Swinney said. "We still have a lot of preparation to do. I know maybe for the fans it seems like tomorrow, but we have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of preparing to do with this team.

"We are really getting heavy into the game plan right now, and we have a big situational deal tomorrow night. We are going to play a mock game. We're going to throw a lot at them tomorrow night. We'll put them under the lights and see how they respond.

"It's a huge, huge deal."

Let the game-week fun begin.

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