Dabo Swinney Talks Sign Stealing, Clemson Injuries, NC State Rivalry

Dabo Swinney said he’s never seen anything like what Michigan football is accused of doing this week. 

The Clemson head coach said sign stealing is “a part of whatever game you’re in,” but the Wolverines, according to media reports, were having a staff member attend games and record the sidelines of opponents to learn the way they call plays. 

“You’re always looking at the other sideline,” Swinney said. “If you figure out something in-game, that’s part of the game. It’s hard to do. 

“As far as all the other stuff, that’s a new one. I don’t know any specifics. You certainly can’t have in-person scouting and videos and all that type of stuff.”

The NCAA is reportedly investigating Michigan for breaking the rule of not having someone at games to scout opponents. 

Here’s what else Swinney had to say Wednesday, his final address to the media before Clemson plays at NC State on Saturday at 2 p.m.:  

  • On safety depth with RJ Mickens out this week: (Khalil) Barnes has played a ton this year. We’ve got Barnes, we’ve got Kylon (Griffin), we’ve got (Sherrod) Covil. We’re fortunate we’ve got some depth we feel good about.”
  • On Clemson’s injury report: Swinney said DE Justin Mascoll is still day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Cornerback Jeadyn Lukus is “working through an injury” as well, but Swinney gave no details.  
  • On what makes the rivalry with NC State (also called the Textile Bowl) unique: “This is actually one of those games where the winning team gets a trophy. It’s a game that’s meant a lot to a lot of people for a long time. NC State is an outstanding program. They’ve got good players. Dave and his staff do a great job. It’s a tough game.” 
  • On what Swinney remembers from Clemson’s last trip to Raleigh, a 27-21 double-overtime loss: “They made one more play than we did. It was a tough loss for sure. A great win for them. We had opportunities.”
  • On Mitchell Mayes getting the bulk of the snaps over Harris Sewell at Miami last week: “We just kind of went with the veteran guy there in a tight ball game. Neither played well.” It’s a position they need to get more out of.

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