If there's one thing Dabo Swinney can't abide, it's negativity.
Not from himself, his players, his coaches, or even in what his listens to during his 'leisure' time.
Sunday night, Swinney sat down to watch the ESPN replay of the Tigers' victory over Maryland and he couldn't believe his ears.
He told a participant on Monday night's Tiger Calls radio show that when he listened to the commentary, "you'd have thought we were down 39."
"It was just real negative - so I just turned it down," Swinney said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday. "I'm going to control what gets in here (tapping his head). Something I tell my players all the time, it's one of my favorite quotes ever: 'Don't let anybody walk through your mind with their dirty feet.' I try to live by that.
Tigers doing a lot of good things
"I wanted to see the game perspective, but I just turned the sound down. It was negative, and it has nothing to do with me or our football team. It's all about doing things the right way and finding ways to win games."
Incidentally, Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham, who called the Maryland game, will again be in the booth for this week's game against Virginia.
Swinney has no problem pointing out the negative aspects of his team's play; but he says critique and criticism shouldn't steal the headlines from what may well be a special season in progress.
"I know everybody wants us to be up 35-0 in the first quarter of every game, but that's not really realistic," Swinney said. "It's a four quarter game, and we're on the road against a team with a lot of pride and good players, as well.
"The biggest issue that I have with us right now are the turnovers. As I look back at where we were this time last year compared to now, that's the biggest glaring difference. This time last year we had one fumble. We have eight this year.
"So it's the turnovers, and we're a little bit off on third down. We're not bad, but we're not quite as good. Those are my main issues. The fumbles are like a virus, and hopefully it's run through us...We just need to clean up some things and correct our negatives."
On the positive side, Swinney said "there are a lot of good things happening."
"You don't have the consistency of performance that this team has had for the past couple of years without being committed, without practicing the right way, without believing in what you're doing, without great effort, and without attention to detail," he said. "But we're not perfect - we've not coached or played any perfect games."
Swinney said sports information director Tim Bourret (Mr. Clemson Google, he called him) often surprises him with new facts and figures on Clemson's accomplishments.
"Tim puts stuff in front of me and I'll just look at it and say 'really...wow?'" Swinney said. "Like our road winning streak. We've got the longest road winning streak here in 35 years. If that was easy to do, then how come it's been 35 years?
"But it seems like nobody wants to talk about that, and give our guys credit. And how about the fact that we've had 15 straight wins by double digits over unranked opponents? There's only one other team that's done that, and that's Alabama."
Swinney said there other mileposts that catch his eye.
"For 39 weeks, we've be ranked, and there are only six other teams in the country that can say that," he said. "It's hard to maintain that type of consistency. But that is what we have to become as a program.
"We've been in the top 15 for 21 weeks, and the school record is 25. And the one I'm most proud of is that we've been in the top 10 for 10 straight weeks. We have the fourth longest streak in the country: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Clemson."
Swinney acknowledged that pressure and expectations come with the territory.
"That's what we want," Swinney said. "We want to be a team that people expect to be the best. That's what we want our players to think, that's the way we want our fans to think, and that's how we want to perform."