Clemson players sticking with Swinney

PINEHURST, N.C. -- If there is any doubt surrounding Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s job security following last year’s 6-7 season, it’s not coming from within Death Valley.

About three weeks ago, Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips told a local radio station that Swinney wasn’t going anywhere. It was a message the players took seriously and appreciated -- but also said they didn’t need to hear.

“There was never any question in our mind,” said center Dalton Freeman. “We believe everything is being handled the right way. Fans, they just expect everything to change overnight and we know that’s not real life. That’s not the real world. For coach Swinney to continue to bring in the nation’s top recruits and the nation’s top coaches, it’s just unbelievable. We have all the confidence in the world in him. We really believe once he gets all of his people in his system, set up the way he wants it -- not from another coach, not players from another recruiting style, -- once we get his guys, we’re going to be pretty special.”

Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson said there was no need for any reassurance.

“No one in the locker room feels that way,” he said. “We love coach Swinney, coach Swinney loves us, and we’ll stick with him through the end.”