Clemson's players will turn the page this week by hitting the books in preparation for upcoming academic exams.
Meanwhile, Dabo Swinney and his coaches are hitting the road, with an eye toward the future while putting the finishing touches on their 2014 recruiting business.
Swinney joined area recruiters Robbie Caldwell and Jeff Scott Monday in Tennessee, first for the state's Mr. Football banquet in Murfreesboro, and then for a final in-home visit with four-star, 2014 wide receiver Josh Malone in Gallatin. Malone is expected to announce his college choice on Wednesday from among Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State.
Swinney and his staff will be checking in throughout the week on Clemson's 2014 commitments and remaining uncommitted targets, plus visiting numerous 2015 and 2016 prospects.
In the the only media availability scheduled this week, Swinney reviewed Clemson's 31-17 loss to South Carolina during his Sunday evening teleconference.
"It was just a very frustrating and disappointing loss," Swinney said. "I was very proud of how our guys fought to overcome some obvious critical mistakes we had in the game. Our effort was good. They played hard and we almost overcame the mistakes, but there were just too many. You just can't win with that many turnovers."
Swinney said bright spots in the game included the overall play of the offensive line, the running of Rod McDowell, the defensive impact made by Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley, and the play of Tajh Boyd except for his critical second-half fumble.
The Tigers' secondary play was inconsistent, Swinney said, and he lamented Clemson's inability to stop the running of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw.
"We got down 10 points and it was great to see our team respond on the road and to get momentum going and to come out and win the third quarter, tie the game up and have it tied going into the fourth," Swinney said. "So I was glad to see us fight back. But again, we just made too many mistakes in critical situations. The score and the finish aren't what we wanted, but there were some positives.”
Swinney said that in his meeting with his players on Sunday, he stressed the positives.
"We had two painful losses, and we can't ignore that," Swinney said. "But as we catch our breath, we need to celebrate our success and not magnify our failures. We're a 10-2 team that's had a very good season, still in the top 15 with a chance to win our 11th game and get back in the top 10.
Swinney said the Tigers, who came out of the South Carolina injury free, are hoping for the best possible bowl game against the best possible opponent.
"We're still one of the best teams in the country, and that's a fact," Swinney said. "We're one of the most consistent teams in the country. I wish we could win 'em all, but there are only a couple of undefeated teams, and we've got two really tough losses. And in those two losses, we've had 10 turnovers.
"We want the best post-season that we can get. I think we should be in the BCS. We were in the top 10 for 14 straight weeks this year, which is a school record, and we're just out of the top 10 now.
"Our losses have been to two really good teams, one of them probably playing for the national championship. We're a team that's exciting to watch and a team that can play with anybody in the country.
"We want to be in the BCS, and we believe we deserve to be."