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Clemson Coach Swinney: ‘Zero Doubt’ Football Will Start on Time Because ‘This Is America, Man!’

By Craig Millward | April 6, 2020 | 1:03pm EDT
Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney
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(CNSNews.com)- Clemson University Head Coach Dabo Swinney says he has “zero doubt,” that the college football season will start on time – because “This is America,” “the greatest country in the history of the planet.”

“And I don’t have any doubt that’s going to be the case. I have zero doubt,” Swinney told reporters at a teleconference on Friday:

“I mean this is America, man. I mean We've stormed the beaches of Normandy. We've sent a car and drove around on Mars. We walked on the moon. This is the greatest country and the greatest country in the history of the planet.

“We’ve created an iPhone that can send an - I can sit here and talk to all you people in all these different places. We've got the smartest people in the world. Listen, we’re going to rise up and we’re going to kick this thing right in the teeth and we’ll get back to our lives.”

Swinney was asked by David Hale of ESPN.com: “Would you - if push comes to shove- would you prefer to see a season start on time with an abridged preseason camp and summer or delay the season, or push until spring so that everything can kind of be on a full schedule. Is there a preference in your mind or what would work best for coaches and players?”

“Oh, absolutely my preference is to, you know, let's get to work and let’s go play," Swinney said. "That's the best-case scenario and I think that's what's going to happen. I don't have any doubt. I mean I have zero doubt that we're going to be playing. That the stands are going to be packed and the valley is going to be rocking and we’re going to be back at it.”

Listing some of America’s most extraordinary achievements, Coach Swinney said he’s going to leave it to “all of them smart people to figure out all them doomsday scenarios.”

But, as for him, he’s got only one plan, one scenario – and that’s to play football, because he’s confident “We’re going to kick this thing right in the teeth and we’ll get back to our lives”:

“I don’t have any doubt. That’s the only thought that I’ve got is that thought right there. All that rest of that stuff, I don’t think about any of that. We can- it goes back to when I first became a head coach, I had a lot of people tell me that I need to have a plan to win and a plan to lose. You know I did that early on, and then I haven’t done that in a long time. I got one plan and that’s plan to win. And if it [doesn’t] go that way, well I can figure that out in about three minutes. So, that’s just my mindset. I've got one plan, and that is to get the Tigers ready to play come September, or late August, or whatever. And these guys are all training. Obviously, so that’s my preference is that we have camp in August and get on and play the season. 

“And I don’t have any doubt that’s going to be the case. I have zero doubt. I mean, this is America, man. I mean, we've stormed the beaches of Normandy. We've sent a car and drove around on Mars. We walked on the moon. This is the greatest country and the greatest people in the history of the planet. We’ve created an iPhone that can send an - I can sit here and talk to all you people in all these different places. We've got the smartest people in the world. Listen, we’re going to rise up and we’re going to kick this thing right in the teeth and we’ll get back to our lives.”

“That’s a long time away, man. This is April the third. So, I got one focus and that’s getting the Tigers in camp in August, and getting ready for Georgia Tech and getting in the valley in September and I can’t wait to celebrate with all the Tiger fans. 

“In fact, we got us an acronym for TIGERS. And it stands for ‘This Is Gonna End Real Soon.’ So that’s the only mindset we got. All the rest of that stuff, I’ll let everybody - all of them smart people to figure out all them doomsday scenarios. I got one scenario, and that is running down that hill and kicking it off in the valley.”

As CNSNews.com has previously reported, following a conference call with 12 commissioners of America’s professional sports leagues, President Trump said in his press briefing on Saturday that he would like to see fans back in arenas and stadiums. 

“And the fans want to be back, too,” Trump said. “You know, they want to see basketball and baseball and football and hockey. They want to see their sports. They want to go out onto the golf courses and breath nice clean beautiful fresh air.”

Trump didn’t commit to a specific date but said, “I think it is going to be sooner rather than later.” 

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