Aw, shucks.

Jeez, this cornpone act isn’t fooling anyone, is it?

“We’re not supposed to be here,” Swinney said as he held the trophy amidst the shower of confetti on a cool California night. “We’re just little old Clemson and I’m not supposed to be here. But we are and I am.”

Dude, you and your staff thoroughly outcoached a legend last night.  It’s okay to take a victory lap without sounding like Gomer Pyle.

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52 responses to “Aw, shucks.

  1. paul

    You would think Alabama would have learned from us that when the other team knows you’re going to run the fake, don’t run the fake. I went to bed at that point, knowing they were totally screwed.

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    • Dawg1

      Misery loves company.

      The kick six really helped us in 2013, the fake fg really bails Kirby out a bit this year, with an assist to Mike Tomlin!

      That’s why they play the games!

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    • Bulldog Joe

      No doubt it was Nick Saban’s ‘hold my beer’ moment.

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  2. I guess we recruited the wrong Georgia high school quarterback again.

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    • They recruited Lawrence hard.

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      • I don’t think Kirby and Chaney did. I can’t remember if he had already committed to the Tiggers by the time Kirby came on board.

        I guess we can blame Schitty for that

        The bottom line is there were 3 5-star QBs in Georgia last year (Fields, Lawrence and Jones). None of them attend college in Athens as of today.

        It feels like Deshaun Watson all over again.

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        • I’m wrong about the first sentence.

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        • back9k9

          I watched HS freshman Lawrence lose to Buford in 2014 state semis only to come back and beat them in the finals the next year. Obvious then he was special, but…
          QB depth probably made UGA a bad fit Lawrence. At the time he committed…
          (1) Kirby had just finished his first year at UGA.
          (2) We already had 5 star Eason finishing up his freshman year and
          (3) 5 star Fromm committed (a year ahead of him).

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    • CB

      We signed the wrong one, but Lawrence was the top priority for Kirby. After he chose Clemson we moved on to Fields. Lawrence even said Georgia was a close second but he ultimately chose Clemson because when he committed in 2016 Clemson was 12-1 and Georgia was struggling in Smart’s first year.

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    • dawgman3000

      Kirby started recruiting Fields after Lawrence made it clear that he wasn’t coming to UGA. If he had chosen UGA, I wonder would Lawrence have stayed if he lost the job to Fromm?

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  3. Spike

    I thought that was a little odd too when he said that. But, kudos to the Tigers.

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  4. spottieottie

    Yep, little ol’ “spend tens of millions of dollars on our football program” Clemson.

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  5. CB

    On January the 7th 2019 Dabo Swinney finally earned my respect as an elite coach and Clemson earned my respect as an elite program. Probably been a long time coming, but I really felt like Dabo struck gold with Deshaun Watson and that Clemson would probably regress back to the same old let down team that they were before. I was wrong.

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  6. Butler Reynolds

    Not supposed to be there? Ever since the preseason all I’ve heard is that Clemson was going to be there.

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  7. Obviously he is an excellent coach but he always insists on saying stupid things when in front of a microphone.

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    • I recall after winning the first one he was indignant and defiant towards the doubters. Now he plays the cornpone act? Time to buck up and accept the fact that you you’ve done a great job and puff your chest out a wee bit. It’s ok Dabo

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  8. dawgman3000

    I thought that Dabo was mediocre hire at best. Turns out that he is pretty good coach.

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    • They were getting ready to run him out of Clemson after WVU hung 70 on them in that Orange Bowl. Then he hired Brent Venables. Good move, but he’s the guy who has figured out the CEO-role type of coach. Focus on recruiting and the political stuff with the administration and donors, hire good coordinators and get the hell out of their way.

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      • Macallanlover

        That was the key decision that has paid huge dividends. Dabo has built a monster, been great with recruiting, and established a fun environment, but Venables is the one who made them a contender. And the great thing is, he looks like he is content to stay as a well paid DC. Might change when his son graduates but Dabo will continue to make it easy for him to stay. Look at the “come and have fun” atmosphere he promotes versus the “it’s bidness” grind that Saban and Kirby seem all about. Take off the R&B blinders, which looks like the best job atmosphere? Venables may stay there for a while, which makes getting top defensive players more difficult for UGA.

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        • The work environment was something I was just talking to a friend about. Dabo has made Clemson a good place to work and lets his coaches do their thing. It seems (with the exception of Kirby when Richt came calling) that guys try to get away from Saban as soon as the opportunity arises.

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  9. Salty Dawg

    First and foremost: ha, fucking ha, Alabama! Second: this is the way it’s done, Kirby. Excellent preparation, coaching and play calling. I think our coaching staff needs some shaking up and I hope Kirby sees that. I am grateful to Clemson for the ass pounding they gave AL, but I had to turn off Dabo after a few minutes postgame. It’s too much, Dabo.

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    • LakeOconeeDawg

      Agree 100% Kirby better had took notes. Clemson never took their foot off the gas. I kept thinking in the 3rd Qtr…..We would have run, run, pass, punt.

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      • Brandon M

        Actually, Clemson ran the ball on 1st down on every 1st down they had in the 2nd half. Funny how nobody complains about run, run, pass when the running game is working, or when you get bailed out completing the pass on a couple 3rd and longs like Clemson did.

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        • Macallanlover

          I never complain about a run attempt to get ahead of the chains, although a straight dive between the tackles isn’t always what you should try, and mix in a few 1st down passes, which we do. If you get ahead of the chains as you are trying to take time off the clock, run it again. But if you pick up zero to three yards, throw some passes in on 2nd down before you get to the “last gasp” 3rd down where the pass is expected and anticipated. This also applies to 1st and goal situations, in many cases you end up with 3rd down and only one chance, and when the defense is prepared for it. Against cupcakes that your offensive line can probably manhandle, the 2nd and mid length situations might warrant staying on the ground. Clemson didn’t hesitate to go to a 2nd down pass when their 1st down run got stuffed.

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  10. Jack Burton

    His “praise be to allah” shtick makes me want to puke.

    Lawrence would be the #1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

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  11. Russ.

    He didn’t annoy me last night. But I’m going to hate his act next year when we’re getting ready to play them for the NC.

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  12. Faulkner

    Being able to rush 4 and get great pressure is helpful. Having a bunch of guys come back for their senior years is as well.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      And for most of the game clemmons went with their 5 man OL and an RB in case of a blitz. Not sure they played a TE, let alone two of them, for additional blocking. Their lines on both sides of the ball were rock solid.

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  13. tbia

    He is beginning to turn into a douche.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Dabo has never left douche land, but he deserves credit for learning a valuable lesson on managing quarterbacks that night in Athens.

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  14. Derek

    The rest of Dabo’s speech was essentially that God likes him more than Mark Richt. Why is it so hard for people to grasp that good things happen to bad people and that bad things happen to good people and there is no rhyme or reason? God isn’t picking football games, Dabo. Too busy filling up children’s cancer wards I suppose.

    Sorry, but I just can’t stand that shit. What do you tell a mom with a 4 year old dying of brain cancer? That God was too busy leading Clemson to a natty?

    I hate stupid so very, very much. Thank God for the talent and/or for the opportunity, not for the W.

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    • Greg63

      I feel like you’re either all in or all out with his shtick. I’m with you. I’m all out. Between the God loves me so that’s why we won & the little ole Clemson wasn’t supposed to be here routine I was pretty disgusted.

      Good coach, good program. He’s just sorta gross.

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    • CB

      “Thank God for the talent and/or for the opportunity, not for the W.”

      I’m usually the first to rail on Dabo for saying stupid things, but if I’m not mistaken he did thank God for the opportunity. Really you’re just splitting hairs with this one, and the whole children with cancer example is dramatic at best. Stupid people don’t accomplish what he has, and I promise you I was the #1 Dabo hater in the country 24 hours ago.

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  15. Bulldog Joe

    “I also want to praise Ostarine, Pastor Perry Noble, New Spring Church, Goober down at the supplement store, and Thelma Lou who passes the tax-free collection plate to keep these juniors and coaches here in lil ol’ Clemson.”

    “Th-that’s all, folks!”

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  16. Hobnail_Boot

    Y’all are some salty folks today. Cheer up.

    I suspect that the majority of people still watching at that point were endeared by Dabo and found him to be genuinely refreshing as compared to the usual robotic lines given by most coaches and athletes.

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  17. Brandon M

    Dabo has struck gold over there. Built a juggernaut in the weakest conference in America. They get 13 weeks of practice to prepare for 2 games each year.

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  18. Union Jack

    I just thought it was funny that Dabo couldn’t remember what city he was in …

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  19. Debby Balcer

    Dabo is who he is it is no act. Living in Greenville SC exposes me to a lot of coverage of Clemson football. I truly believe he is exactly what you see a poor country boy who can not believe he is living the dream. He works hard but he has not forgotten his roots.

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    • Coweta Dawg

      I agree. I don’t think Dabo is schtick, but genuinely who he appears to be. And after he led a team to beat this year’s Bama juggernaut, then IMO he earned the right to be himself unapologetically.

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  20. 86BONE

    Clemson beat Bama like a rented mule AND a tied up goat!! We have had two chances to do the same and have fallen short both times.
    Houston….we have a problem

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    • CB

      Kirby hasn’t been able to accomplish in three years what Dabo has in ten years. Abandon ship.

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    • Doug

      After three full seasons at Clemson, Dabo was 29–19 with one ACC title and zero top-20 finishes.

      After three full seasons at Georgia, Kirby is 32–10 with one SEC title, two top-10 finishes and one national championship appearance.

      Panic if you like, but I’ll sleep just fine tonight.

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  21. 86BONE

    I have played several rounds of golf w Dabo during Clemson’s fundraising for their West Endzone project. He is an outstanding guy to be around. Very down to earth and “real”. I can see how he recruits at such a high level with young men.
    BTW…he cleaned gutters to help pay his way thru Bama, while his mother was living in his dorm room! He has come a long way, and his giving all Glory to God is heartfelt and sincere.

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  22. CEPH

    But he is Gomer Pyle reincarnated except uglier. The ugliest coach and qb in America. Ironic that they are on the same team!!!!!!!

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  23. FlyingPeakDawg

    I did like his statement very early in his immediate post-game interview that a lot of quality coaches have never had the chance to win a National Championship. Very true, and very telling that a whole lot more than X’s & O’s plus Jimmie’s and Joe’s have gone into who has had their shot.

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  24. Hal Evans

    I think Derek has some serious problems with anger towards God. Through him ALL things are possible. I just lost a very close friend to cancer. Am I angry with God? No. I am thankful for the time i got to spend with her and her family. Be thankful for what you have, not angry at what you don’t have. Maybe you should volunteer in some of those cancer wards. It may give you a better perspective on life. Will pray for you.

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