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Clawson worried about Clemson, not game-plan breach

Nov 12, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA;  Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson watches from the sideline during the second half against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville defeated Wake Forest 44-12.  Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

While the media is trying to figure out what happened in the breach that involved his game plan possibly falling into the hands of Louisville prior to week’s game, Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson is trying to prepare his football team for a second straight top five opponent.

The Demon Deacons (6-4, 3-3 ACC) will host No. 4 Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to getting back home this week and playing one of the very best teams in the country in Clemson. They’re having another outstanding year, explosive on offense, very athletic and talented on defense, and it will be another great challenge for us two weeks in a row of playing one of the very best teams in the country,” Clawson said during Wednesday’s ACC Coaches Teleconference.

Clawson was asked seven straight questions at one-point in regards to a story in Wednesday’s The Winston-Salem Journal about concerns of a potential security breach of the Deacons’ game plan for the Louisville game.

According to the story, Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman said, Clawson told him of the breach last Friday, the day before the Deacons lost to the fifth-ranked Cardinals, 44-12. Wellman said a member of Wake Forest’s traveling party found the documents at the stadium.

“Well, there somehow was a breach, and I’ve shared it with our AD, and we are trying to figure out what happened and how it happened,” Clawson said.

“Again, I’ll just leave it alone at that comment, and we’re trying to figure out what happened and how it happened,” he later continued. “We’re looking at all of … we’re looking at things internally first to find out how information could have been gotten out of our office. Again, I’ll leave it at that.”

Clawson was finally able to get the direction of the teleconference pointed back towards Clemson where he says they will have their hands full with both the Tigers’ offense and defense. He said Pittsburgh did not do his team any favors by beating the Tigers last week in Death Valley.

The Wake head coach thinks he will get a very determined and focused Clemson team when the Tigers’ invade BB&T Field for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game.

“I think, if Clemson wins this week, they go to the ACC Championship game. So I think, if you look at what they’ve done in the regular season over the past two years … what are they, 21-1? This is a great football team,” Clawson said. “This is a team that is not going to be perfect every week, and they played a Pitt team that played extremely well, and they almost won that game.

“So Clemson has always been ready to play our game, and Dabo’s had those guys ready every week. It’s hard to be perfect, but I’m sure they have a lot to play for, and we know we’ll get their best.”

Photo Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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