Tigers Return to Site of Greatest Memory

Tigers Return to Site of Greatest Memory

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Tigers Return to Site of Greatest Memory

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen held a teleconference Sunday night to preview the Discover Orange Bowl.

Coach Swinney is excited about the opportunity to return to the Orange Bowl where the Tigers won their national championship.

“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Discover Orange Bowl.  Obviously we are really excited here at Clemson to have an opportunity to not only represent our conference the ACC, but also return to the site of our program’s greatest moment back in the 1982 Orange Bowl.  It is something we are really looking forward to,” said Swinney. 

Coach Swinney congratulated West Virginia on their outstanding season.

“I want to congratulate the West Virginia program on getting to this game in Coach (Dana) Holgorsen’s first year as head coach.  Getting to a BCS bowl in your first year is very rare. They have an outstanding team, one that is similar to ours when it comes to offensive production.”

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is pleased to have the opportunity to play in the Discover Orange Bowl.

“It is an exciting opportunity for the West Virginia football program to be able to go to the Discover Orange Bowl for the first time.  I think we have been in three BCS games in the last five years but it is the first time we have been able to come to South Florida.  It is going to be a great matchup.  We are Co-Big-East Champions and they are ACC Champions,” said Holgorsen.

Dana took time to congratulate the Tigers and believes the game will be a matchup of two great offenses.

“Congratulations to Dabo and those guys.  I think everybody in the nation was writing about Clemson after eight games and the moments they had in the postgame celebrations that I think Dabo is known for.  They play with a lot of enthusiasm and they have a lot of good players.  I think we matchup pretty good.  I think offensively we are two pretty exciting teams,” said Holgorsen.

Coach Swinney believes Clemson left tackle Phillip Price will be back for the bowl game.

“Phillip Price has kind of re-tweaked that same knee.  He will be ready to go a month from now.  That is a long time and this is just what the doctor ordered for our football team.  We can get a little time off here and we have a lot of guys it is going to benefit,” said Swinney.

What is the latest on Mike Bellamy’s suspension?

“As far as Bellamy he is just right now suspended indefinitely.  He has just not been as focused as I would like him to be.  We will try to get him dialed back in and that is really all I would like to say about that,” replied Swinney. 

This will be the second meeting between Clemson and West Virginia.  Clemson defeated West Virginia 27-7 in the 1989 Gator Bowl.

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