After a busy week, Tigers get down to Orange Bowl business

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney speaks at an Orange Bowl function (photo per Orange Bowl).

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney speaks at an Orange Bowl function (photo per Orange Bowl).

It's been a busy week for Clemson's coaches, hitting the press conference circuit, awards shows, and of course, recruiting.

There's been a mad dash across the country for big-time programs as a lengthy "dead period" for face-to-face contact approaches (Dec. 16 to Jan. 15).

In between recruiting visits, Dabo Swinney headed to Hollywood, Fla. on Wednesday for a Orange Bowl Kickoff press conference with Ohio State's Urban Meyer.

On Thursday night, Swinney, Chad Morris and Jeff Scott were on hand in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with Sammy Watkins for the Biletnikoff Award announcement.

Swinney and co. will be back in town Saturday as Orange Bowl practice gets underway on a cold, soggy day in TigerTown.

"We look at it as a one-game season," the Tigers head coach said at his Hollywood stop this week. "You play 12 and you get what you earn after that. The BCS represents the best of the best and we feel like our team is being honored as one of the best for an outstanding season. I don't have any doubt they'll be excited to be down here and represent our conference once again in this great bowl.

"I'm anxious to get back to work with them since we didn't have a championship game like Ohio State. They had a week off to finish finals so I'm anxious to get back with them and get back to work and they'll be focused and ready I have no doubt."

The two schools are alotted a double-digit number of prep sessions, which pre-Christmas break, Clemson will hold every day but Sunday through Dec. 21 (closed to the public).

"Sometimes too much time isn't a good thing for us coaches," Swinney said. "Obviously when you've got more than three days to put a gameplan in it's certainly beneficial. Ultimately it comes down to executing. It doesn't matter how much time you have to prepare you have to execute, play physical. From our standpoint, we're playing a team that's rushed the ball for over 4,000 yards so it's a very powerful offense that will be tough to prepare for.

"We'll try to strike a good balance between preparing for Ohio State and continuing to develop our football team. That's a big part of bowl practice as well. We'll have a good balance between that."

The Buckeyes hit the field Friday for the first time since the Big Ten title game loss that derailed their national title hopes.

"You have a lot of time," Meyer said, "but just like Dabo says, you have to make sure our coaches manage it. You start doing things that you're not designed to do. Clemson will probably give us the biggest challenge all year and we've had some struggles on defense. This will be a tremendous challenge for us.

"We lost our last game and we were on a two-year run. I don't want to say the loss is gone because it will be there forever, but when we found out we were in a BCS bowl game in south Florida after not going last year - they were excited. They understand who they're playing too now. We better be ready."

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TigerNE writes:

Can we expect the same kind of coverage, interviews, and videos during this longer prep period as the paper gave us during the regular season? Even though many of the interviews give little information you can still get a read of the mindset in general, in particular with the players when a tough question is asked.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Can we expect the same kind of coverage, interviews, and videos during this longer prep period as the paper gave us during the regular season? Even though many of the interviews give little information you can still get a read of the mindset in general, in particular with the players when a tough question is asked.

Yeah, we'll be hitting the Orange Bowl coverage hard starting tomorrow with an open first 40 minutes for the Clemson media Saturday. We'll have access to coaches and players most every day next week and then we'll be down in south Florida starting Dec. 30.

TigerNE writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Yeah, we'll be hitting the Orange Bowl coverage hard starting tomorrow with an open first 40 minutes for the Clemson media Saturday. We'll have access to coaches and players most every day next week and then we'll be down in south Florida starting Dec. 30.

Good job!

tigerrob44 writes:

Here the highlights of this article: It's a one game season. Got some recruiting in. Too much tine isn't good for the coaches. Got go execute and play physical. Continue to develop the team. Well, gee whiz. Golly day, you're kidding. Please tell me it ain't so!

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