Dabo Swinney ‘heartbroken’ after Clemson upset by NC State


After Clemson’s latest loss to NC State, Dabo Swinney is “heartbroken” for his squad.

Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney is forced to pick up the pieces of a rare shattered season, in October no less, as NC State football supporters celebrate their biggest win in years.

Clemson’s season is ended before the calendar flips to October for the first time in years. In Week 4, the Tigers were defeated by the Wolfpack in overtime.

If that wasn’t awful enough, the traditional foe Georgia’s Week 1 neutral-site loss still counts. Clemson can still win the ACC, but it will take a collapse by NC State to do so, as the Tigers no longer have control over their own destiny. They’re no longer in the game.

Clemson will not make the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2014.

Dabo Swinney: “It’s been a long time. It’s been a long time since we’ve been in a situation like this for sure.”

— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 25, 2021

Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney is “heartbroken” for his team

Swinney is very aware of how long it has been since Clemson has performed so badly. Not only is his team physically battered, but it is also mentally battered. While injuries are unavoidable in sports, it’s remarkable how quickly this club has withered since Trevor Lawrence got pro. This was supposed to be a playoff club that breezed through the ACC. However, this is why you play the games in the first place.

Dabo Swinney: “My heart just breaks for those guys. We’ve got a physically hurt team and we’ve got a mentally hurt team right now. And staff.”

— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 25, 2021

Clemson’s 2-2 start to the season is a vote of confidence in the whole coaching staff. Outside of Georgia, no team the Tigers will face this season has recruited as well as they have. While the defense has performed admirably, the offensive coaching staff is in desperate need of a makeover. Robbie Caldwell, the offensive line coach, and Tony Elliott, the offensive coordinator, appear to be on their way out.

It’s upsetting right now, but the reality is that Clemson’s team this year isn’t very good.

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