Unhappy with a question following Saturday’s 55-10 victory at N.C. State, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney accused a reporter of “trying to start something” after he was asked about his postgame handshake with Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock on a bitter night for the home team in Raleigh, Swinney and Doeren didn’t speak at midfield and barely grazed hands after the Tigers scored a 1-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left to eclipse 50 points.
Swinney was asked after the game why his team was throwing the football with a huge lead in the fourth quarter and he said he was simply trying to get players at the end of the bench some action in the contest.
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Swinney took exception to a reporter who asked about his “frosty handshake” with Doeren.
“Frosty handshake? Yeah, it was freaking 30 degrees … there’s nothing … I mean, what kind of question is that? What was frosty about it,” Swinney said. “Most of the time I don’t hardly ever get to spend 10 seconds with the coach. If you’re at Clemson, it’s mad dash to the paw to sing the alma-mater. Dave and I have a great relationship. You’re just trying to create something.
“Wasn’t anything frosty. Great game, good luck the rest of the way. He was very nice. I was very nice. A game like that, you’re not going to stand out there and sing kumbayah. I’ve been on both sides of it.”
Doeren called timeout with 25 seconds left and Clemson inside N.C. State’s 5-yard line in a game that was a 42-point margin at halftime.
“The bottom line is we can’t turn the football over and win a football game,” Doeren said after the game. “We turned it over three times in the first half against a team that’s as good as anybody we’re going to play every year. You just can’t do that.”
Swinney left the media room and muttered “unbelievable” as he was walking out, per Clemson247.