Swinney and the Highway Patrol officer compete on the court.
Dabo Swinne is a creature of habit, but when the Tigers run down the hill this Saturday before the game against Virginia, Swinne will follow a different path to the sidelines.
When Clemson ran down the hill against the Acropolis in their last home game, things were different. The cheerleaders and the band were on the hill instead of the stadium, and the surface of Death Valley was awfully empty. Swinney did not notice – he was at the top of the hill raising his fists and enjoying the experience of another day of play.
As the cannons roared, Swinne descended the hill at his usual speed. To those watching, Swinney seemed to be leading his bodyguard, a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, to the 50-meter line. When Swinney reached the middle, he realized that things were a little different.
That means things will change this weekend.
“This is called a creature of habit. “I have to train,” Swinney told TigerNet. “I just went down the hill and something like I usually do, you run through the complex, you go down there and you turn left. Usually, I turn around and catch up with five kids as they run into the band. Well, I get down there and suddenly I turn around and I’m alone – there is no one there, and the group, like most normal people, goes right down the shortest path to the sidelines.
“Well, yes, I’ll go down the hill, but I’ll probably go a little further to the side, because it really does not make sense to get to 50 and then go left. At least our children do not think it makes sense to go through anything. So this is what we will do and it will be fun. “
Clemson takes Virginia at 8 p.m. on Saturday (ACC Network) and although there will be fewer fans at the kiosks, it is another opportunity to play a night game in Death Valley. The Tigers host Miami a week later (7:30 pm) in what will likely be a combination of the top 10 teams.
“It will be awesome,” Swinney said. “It seems we will probably have some of these night games. But I’m very excited to have any game, no matter what (time). They can tell us that we are playing at 10 in the morning and I would be just as excited. But it will be cool. It will be nice. It will be a wonderful atmosphere, from the beginning, all these things. Whatever juice our fans can bring, I know it will be in the stands, that is for sure and a lot of excitement.
“So, it’s going to be fun, it’s going to be fun to look forward to. We already had a night game at Wake, but there was no one there. Well, that would be a slightly different atmosphere for us, and in this climate and in the world we operate in, it would probably be as good as you might expect. So, this is going to be fun for our kids. ”
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