Clemson coach Dabo Swinney added to his collection of colorful quotes when he told Mike & Mike earlier this week:
"We’re the rednecks who moved into the nice neighborhood, but we belong."
It is safe to say Swinney has earned Quotable Coach of the Year honors in addition to his various Coach of the Year awards. This season alone, he introduced B.Y.O.G. -- and that has become a catchprahse that landed on T-shirts that are now a constant presence at Clemson games.
He schooled Aaron Taylor on the definition of lugubrious after the win over the Irish.
"I don't know who Aaron Taylor is, but I guess he is analyst or commentator," Swinney said. "The comment was we were not going to be ready. Clemson wouldn't be ready, and our crowd was going to be lugubrious when the game was over. I don't know how to spell that. I'm hooked on phonics. I just sound it out. Lugubrious. But I did look it up and lugubrious means to look sad and disappointed."
"So I want to wish Notre Dame and their lugubrious crowd safe travels back to South Bend. And we will show up in 2020. We look forward to that trip. So I appreciate the education that we got this week - the vocab lesson. The first thing our players said to me when they came to the locker room was 'man that leprechaun was a little lugubrious looking.'"
He went off on 'Clemsoning.'
But there are three core phrases you will hear Swinney repeat over and over again if you hang around him long enough. So during the next few weeks as the Tigers prepare to play Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl, watch for these three go-to phrases:
"All In." Swinney actually coined this during his introductory news conference when he was named interim coach in 2008. It's worth going back and watching Swinney back then. Nothing about him has changed.
"Don't buy the lie." This has become so ingrained, his assistant coaches and players also use the phrase, too.
"Do common things in an uncommon way." This is a take from a George Washington Carver quote, and first appeared back in 2011, when Clemson started enjoying its first bit of extended success under Swinney. It's one of his favorite quotes.
So when Clemson players have made sure they are "All In" by doing things in an uncommon way and not buying the lie, they can celebrate like this.
Or, like this: