Dabo Swinney doubles down, says critics won’t ‘steal my joy’

from a day earlier, saying too many fans had grown unappreciative of winning and insisting he would not allow the criticism surrounding the Tigers’ 4-4 start to”steal my joy.”

“But I’m not going to let anything steal my joy of what I do. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, but I’ve got a lot of joy in what I do. I’m not going to let winning become a relief. I’m not going to allow that to happen. The fun should be in the winning, and if it gets to where it’s not fun anymore, hey, we’ll go from there.”

“I’m not going to let one season, when I know exactly what the issues are, and a bunch of great kids and great coaches, I’m not going to let one season dampen that,” Swinney said.”I’m going to fight for this program, and hopefully we can get back to some appreciation around here. headtopics.com

Swinney emphasized that he believed the vast majority of Clemson’s fans remained supportive of him and the program, but enough had grown vocal about their frustrations that he felt it was impacting the program.

Swinney has endured significant criticism for, among other things, his lack of use of the transfer portal to address roster weaknesses as well as hiring a coaching staff comprised almost entirely of assistants with little experience outside of Clemson. headtopics.com

“I always do what I think is best for the player, what is best for the long term of our program, and do what’s best in the moment. Ain’t nothing going to change,” Swinney said.”Some people say I’m stubborn but I say I’m convicted in my beliefs, and there aren’t enough people convicted in their beliefs.

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