Following the loss to North Carolina the media gathered in a tent with gravel on the ground to wait for Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney to discuss the loss to the Heels.
There was a feeling of deja vu as last year after the Tigers were upset by Maryland the media also awaited coach Swinney in a tent. For the second year in the row the Tigers had lost a game on the road to a team they should have beaten. For the second year in a row the Tigers sat at 2-3 and looked to be moving backwards instead of forward.
Following the press conference there was even more of a feeling of deja vu. Last year after the Maryland loss first year head coach Dabo Swinney took the blame for the loss and the teams tough start on the season. Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill once again Dabo took the blame for the loss and said the Tigers are a “poorly coached team”.
In 2009 the Tigers went on a six game winning streak and won the ACC. This year the task will b much tougher. While the Tigers remain a team of underachievers, Florida State and NC State are much improved from 2009. There is no C.J. Spiller to save the Tigers in 2010. The only path to the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte will involve the Tigers running the table in the ACC.
Can Dabo and the team turn things around for the second year in a row? We won’t know that answer until November, but what we know now is that in year two of Dabo Swinney things appear to be very similar to what Clemson fans have seen for the past twelve years.
Watch last year’s press conference following the loss to Maryland and the press conference from Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill.