Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said NC State head coach Dave Doeren sent him a text message after he heard his comments from his Tuesday press conference, thus ending “Laptop Gate.”
“I appreciate that,” Swinney said. “He got some good humor out of it, so anyway. Onward!”
Swinney is glad they can put the situation behind them and they can move on.
The Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) have moved on to the task at hand, which is beating ACC Atlantic Division rival Florida State on Saturday in Death Valley. A win or an NC State loss to Boston College will clinch the division for Clemson, advancing them to next month’s ACC Championship Game in Charlotte.
“We have to go play a great game,” Swinney said. “That is what we have to do. We have to play a great game.”
Swinney has been very pleased with how his team has responded following last week’s emotional win at NC State.
“I think we grew up a lot last week because we played far from a perfect game,” Swinney said. “We probably played our worst game defensively. We did a lot of good things, but we were out of position and they took advantage of some things.
“Offensively, we missed some plays and special teams we kicked the ball out of bounds. So it is not like we played this flawless perfect game.”
Clemson played good enough to find a way to win, but Swinney knows they will have to play much better if the Tigers want to beat Florida State and wrap up the division title in front of what is supposed to be a packed house at Death Valley.
“They are back in here this week and they have had a good week of practice,” Swinney said. “This is Game 10. If they need me to say a whole lot to them this week then we are in trouble. They have responded well.”
Edmonds will travel. Swinney says defensive back Marcus Edmond will travel with the team to the team hotel on Friday night.
Swinney said the senior has been able to go this week and this has been the most confident he has seen him since spraining the top of his foot against Auburn in Week 2. Edmond has missed the last seven games.
“I am much more encouraged for him,” Swinney said. “Man, I hate it because it has been such a long process for him. But it is good to see that smile on his face and breaking a sweat out there.”
Fields will not play. Swinney says fellow cornerback Mark Fields will not be dressed and will not play for the Tigers on Saturday. The junior has missed the last two games since injuring his foot in the Syracuse game last month.
“He is still just not quite there,” Swinney said. “When you get those foot injuries, especially with DBs, it is just a little bit of a different deal. But everyone else should be good to go.”
Muse will play. Swinney says safety Tanner Muse will play against the Seminoles even though he had a screw put into his hand to fix a small bone earlier this week.
Muse will again wear a club to protect the left hand. Swinney said they will watch it closely and see how he does this week with it.
“He is doing well. He’s had a good week,” Swinney said. “Obviously, that is something we will have to watch,