Dabo Swinney on Ranking Ohio State No. 11: “I Don't Regret Any of That”

By Kevin Harrish on January 2, 2021 at 1:21 am

Dabo Swinney has no regrets.

The always-outspoken Clemson head coach made headlines this week, ranking Ohio State No. 11 in his final coaches poll. And even after taking a blowout 49-28 loss to that team he ranked outside of the top-10, Swinney is sticking to his guns.

"I don't regret any of that," Swinney said in his post-game press conference. "Polls have nothing to do with motivation. Both teams were highly motivated to play.

"They're a great team," Swinney continued. "As I said, that had nothing to do with Ohio State. I said they were good enough to beat us, good enough to win the whole dang thing. I didn't think anybody that didn't play at least nine games – in my poll – I wasn't going to put them in the top-10. So I wasn't going to change that just because there was a chance we could play them."

Intended slight or not, Ohio State's players clearly felt disrespected as they flooded social media with messages blasting Swinney for ranking them No. 11 following the game.

But Dabo made it clear his only regret is what happened on the field.

"I don't have any regrets about that," Swinney concluded."Only thing I regret is I obviously didn't do a good enough job getting my team ready. But I don't regret anything about that at all."

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