Clemson's Dabo Swinney dismisses possible coronavirus delay: U.S. will kick COVID-19 'in the teeth'

Written By Jacob Hancock
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March Madness, MLB Opening Day, the NFL Draft — everything in the world of sports has been thrown off because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But will the virus delay the start of the college football season? Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sure doesn't think so.

Swinney, in fact, has complete faith that there will be games in late summer after the United States opens up a can of whoop-ass on the coronavirus, because 'Merica.

"I mean, this is America, man," Swinney told local reporters Friday via Zoom. "We've stormed the beaches of Normandy, we've sent a car that's driving around Mars, we've walked on the moon. This is the greatest country and the greatest people in the history of the planet. We've created an iPhone where I can sit here and talk to all you people in all these different places. We've got the smartest people in the world.

"Listen, we're going to rise up and we're gonna kick this thing right in the teeth and we'll get back to our lives."

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If all of that doesn't make you want to shotgun a beer and ride around on a lawn mower screaming, "U-S-A! U-S-A!", then nothing will.

Swinney was building to that crescendo with the first part of his answer.

"My preference is, let's get to work and let's go play," he said. "That's the best-case scenario and I think that's what's going to happen. I don't have any doubt. . . . I mean I have zero doubt that we're going to be playing. The stands are going to be packed and (Clemson's Death) Valley is going to be rocking. Zero doubt. That's the only thought I have, right there. All that rest of the stuff, I don't think about any of that."

"So that's just my mindset — I've got one plan, and that is to get the Tigers ready to play come September or late August or whatever. These guys are all training. So that's my preference is that we have camp August and and get on and play the season. I don't have any doubt that's going to be the case. I have zero doubt."

It's understandable that Swinney would take that approach. If the season does start on time in September, then he needs to make sure his team is ready to play. The Tigers are scheduled to open their season with ACC games at Georgia Tech and vs. Louisville.

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