The crowd at Clemson’s home opener against Furman was a little underwhelming.
Not only were there empty seats galore across both upper decks, those that were there weren’t as lively as the typical Clemson crowd.
The fact that rain was in the forecast and the opponent was an FCS school were no doubt factors in the place not being close to full, but head coach Dabo Swinney is hoping for a better turnout on Saturday night when La Tech comes to town for the Tigers first home night game of the season.
“We need a great crowd,” Swinney said. “We don’t need to take for granted how hard it is to win. It’s hard to win. We have won a bunch of games at home and have beaten a lot of people but our environment is one of the main reasons. Let’s show up and have an unbelievable environment.”
Another reason for the lackluster environment could have been the fact that Clemson’s defense was just not very good against the Paladins. The Tigers were outgained by Furman and could not get off the field on third down.
Clemson was playing on just four days of rest after defeating Georgia Tech last Monday night in Atlanta, and Swinney is glad his team will finally be working with a normal week.
“There’s a reason why you don’t see many people play on Monday night on the road and then play again on Saturday,” Swinney said. “I’m thankful we can have a normal week. This will be our first normal week of the year. We haven’t had a normal week yet.”
After watching Notre Dame lose to Marshall and Texas A&M lose to App State over the weekend, Swinney doesn’t want to see his team suffer the same fate, and he’s hoping the crowd will do their part. In return he is promising his team will do theirs.
“Absolutely, they’re young people,” Swinney said. “They’re told how great they are. That’s one of the things I hate about the recruiting process, the rankings and all that mess. You have to show up and compete. Yeah, it helps, to answer your question. As fans, you get reminded that you cannot take anybody for granted. Marshall was plus 3 in the turnover margin. App State was plus 3. Next thing you know, a tight game and you lose. Talent only gets you so far. Talent is just part of the equation.”
“We’ll get our guys on our end to show up as well.”
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