CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney mentioned Tuesday neither he nor his gamers are in favor of an expanded 12-team Faculty Soccer Playoff, however he additionally is aware of that change is inevitably coming to the format.
In his first information convention for the reason that CFP board of managers approved commissioners to maneuver ahead with increasing from 4 to 12 groups, Swinney mentioned he was not stunned on the transfer so as to add extra groups, noting he was additionally in opposition to a four-team playoff.
“I knew when it went to 4, it was going to grow to be all concerning the playoff, and when it goes to 12, it will grow to be extra concerning the playoff, nevertheless it’s inevitable,” Swinney mentioned. “Some individuals will say, ‘Effectively you’ve got been within the playoff. If we will get in with 4, we will get in with 12.’ Our odds aren’t going to go down, so it is not about that.
“Our staff is not for it. They do not wish to play extra video games. And to be trustworthy with you, I do not know if there’s 12 groups adequate. So you are going to play extra video games simply to play extra video games. And I feel the extra you broaden it, the much less vital the season turns into and the extra you grow to be the NFL, so far as all proper, you are within the playoffs? Effectively, you recognize, why play Trevor [Lawrence] on this sport in case you’re already in? Hastily you are not within the prime 12 and youngsters simply aren’t enjoying.”
Clemson has thrived within the Faculty Soccer Playoff period, with six straight appearances and two nationwide championships. Clemson president Jim Clements additionally serves on the CFP board of managers, which has closing say over growth. ACC athletic administrators are scheduled to satisfy earlier than ACC kickoff begins Wednesday and listen to the 12-team growth presentation from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to allow them to carry extra info again to their coaches and gamers.
After the CFP agreed to maneuver ahead with growth, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips requested all coaches to get suggestions from their gamers. North Carolina coach Mack Brown mentioned earlier this month his gamers have been additionally in opposition to a 12-team playoff. Swinney mentioned he thought his gamers’ perspective was vital as a result of they already know the way it feels to play a 15-game season.
However he additionally is aware of that change is coming regardless of how they really feel, and as gamers get extra used to the thought, maybe they’ll change how they really feel about growth.
“It is only a difficult adjustment for everyone,” Swinney mentioned. “However there is a bunch of good individuals engaged on it. They’re going to determine it out, provide you with one thing good for everyone. However from our guys, they have a variety of expertise, and so they have an excellent perspective of the schedule, and what it takes.”
As Clemson approaches the season with one other journey to the playoff in its sights, Swinney was requested concerning the present standing of participant vaccinations on his staff.
Swinney mentioned he was vaccinated in March, and although his staff isn’t 100% vaccinated, it was “headed in an excellent route.”
“I feel there’s extra motivation for all these groups, as they get again going,” Swinney mentioned. “We have carried out every little thing we will to coach and supply nice info, and encourage these guys to speak to all of the medical doctors. That was the most important factor for me. I do not know a single physician that I talked to that mentioned do not get it. All of them mentioned it’s essential get it, and I belief my physician. In order that’s a choice all people’s obtained to make. Our staff’s in a great spot. Not fairly the place we must be, however I feel we’ll get there.”