Clemson creates winning expectation

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney felt it during his college days and he’s feeling it now with his sixth-ranked Tigers – an expectation of success.


Swinney walked on to the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, eventually working his way to scholarship status with the 1992 national champions. What set Alabama apart was the iron-clad belief that it would do what it took to win. No other outcome was acceptable.

Swinney sees the same notion taking hold at Clemson, which is 8-0 for the first time in 11 years after a 59-38 victory over North Carolina on Saturday. The Tigers (5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) try to move to 9-0 for the first time in 30 years since the school’s 1981 national championship season at Georgia Tech this weekend.

“I’m starting to see an expectation in these guys. They practice the right way,” Swinney said. “That’s all a product of winning.”

Clemson moved up to sixth in the AP and USA Today polls, its highest spot since 2000. More importantly for the Tigers, they’re now fifth in the BCS standings.

The Yellow Jackets fell out of the rankings this week from No. 20 after their second consecutive loss.


TENNESSEE: Freshman quarterback Justin Worley won’t redshirt this season.

Volunteers coach Derek Dooley put Worley into Saturday’s 37-6 loss to second-ranked Alabama with 3:07 to play in the game.


MONTANA: Police say officers used stun guns to subdue quarterback Gerald Kemp and cornerback Trumaine Johnson on Sunday morning after a game.

Sgt. Collin Rose says the two players scuffled with police officers who responded to a noise complaint at about 2:40 a.m.