Coach Swinney: 11th-ranked Tigers remain focused

Coach Swinney: 11th-ranked Tigers remain focused

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's message to his players all year has been for them to focus on each other. He doesn't expect the 11th-ranked Tigers to change their approach now.  

Swinney says Clemson (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) has played to a strict standard during its six-game winning streak. The Tigers hope to continue to play with the same discipline and attitude against North Carolina State (6-4, 3-3) Saturday at Death Valley. 

The coach says it would've been easy for the Tigers to lose direction at several points this season, particularly after their 49-37 loss at Florida State. That defeat likely will keep Clemson from playing for a second straight ACC title. 

Instead of folding, Swinney says his players learned how to be consistent winners, which will pay off later.
 

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