Earlier this week in Florence, S.C., Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had his last Prowl & Growl event of 2017. With the IPTAY touring season now complete, Swinney can turn all of his attention to the preseason work that needs to be completed before the Tigers start Dabo Swinney’s Football Camps which will begin in June.
“We have a lot to do here in these next few weeks as a staff,” Swinney said. “We have a lot of preseason stuff we have to finish up with the first few opponents. We have camps coming up and we’re finishing up on our recruiting so we have a lot going on.”
After the summer camps are completed the coaching staff will take their much deserved vacations with their families before reconvening in mid-July as they prepare for the start of the 2017 season. It’s the time of year Swinney admits he looks forward to the most.
“I’m looking forward to practice and just getting back out on the field,” he said. “I just love the season. That is the most-sane time of the year for me. It really is.”
From the time fall training camp begins in August until the clock hits zero on the last play of the last game, which the last two years has ended in the national championship game, Swinney just loves coaching and being with his players every day.
“I love the structure of the season,” he said. “I like being with the guys every day. I like practice and I like competition every week and the challenge of trying to get a team ready, putting a game plan together and getting a result each and every week.
“So I’m just excited to get back out there and start over. It is a new challenge, it’s a new journey, let’s go see what we can get done.”
Clemson will kick off defense of its national championship on Sept. 2 against Kent State in Death Valley. The game will be a noon kickoff and will be televised nationally by ESPN.