Clemson’s Dabo Swinney has ‘zero doubt’ NCAA football season will start on time with ‘packed’ stadiums

Scott Gleeson
USA TODAY

Published 3:00 PM EDT Apr 3, 2020

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he believes the 2020 college football season will kick off as planned by August despite potential hurdles created by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“My preference is let’s get to work and go play,” Swinney said during a conference call with the media on Friday. “That’s the best-case scenario, and I think that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t have any doubt. I have zero doubt that we’re going to be playing and the stands are going to be packed.”

The NCAA canceled its spring sports and every major professional league has been postponed because of the pandemic.

Clemson's Dabo Swinney has 'zero doubt' NCAA football season will start on time with 'packed' stadiums 1

Several analysts and NCAA athletic directors have raised concerns in recent weeks that the upcoming college football season will be delayed. Yet Swinney said he’s optimistic and planning as if his team will begin reporting to camp in August. He told reporters he’s created a T.I.G.E.R.S. acronym for players and coaches that stands for “This Is Gonna End Real Soon.”

“That’s just my mindset. I’ve got one plan, and that’s to get the Tigers ready to play in late August, early September,” Swinney said. “I’ll leave it to the smart people to figure out the doomsday scenarios. We’ve got one scenario, and that’s to run down that hill and kick it off in the valley.

“This is America, man. We’ve stormed the beaches of Normandy. We’ve sent a rover out on Mars and walked on the moon. This is the greatest country. We’ve created an iPhone where I can sit here and talk to people in all these different places. We’ve got the smartest people in the world. We’re going to rise up and kick this thing in the teeth and get back to our lives.”

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