Thursday night notebook

CLEMSON - Head coach Dabo Swinney wraps up the final practice before Saturday's game versus Miami and quashes the rumored apology from the ACC, interview audio included.


NO APOLOGY FROM ACC: Swinney said it would be news to him if the ACC had contacted anyone at Clemson in regards to how the field goal snap was ruled in the 27-24 loss to Auburn.

Chandler Catanzaro nailed a 27-yard kick that was waived off because of a penalty by long snapper Matt Skinner, who double clutched the snap. Catanzaro missed the 32-yard attempt. Had the kick been made, Clemson would have forced a second overtime. Instead, the visiting Tigers were sent home with a 2-1 record.

"Nobody has apologized to me for anything," Swinney said on Thursday. "It was our own fault. We had every opportunity to win the game.

"Not to my knowledge…no type of apology."

MILLION DOLLAR RIBS: With the open date, Kyle Parker considered himself fortunate to have a full week to recover from the Auburn game. The most ailing of his body were the ribs in his back that received a crunching hit.

Nearly two weeks later, he's better, but still feeling the hit.

"I feel good. I'm still a little sore," he said at the West End Zone on Tuesday. "But I'm expecting by Saturday that I'll be ready to go. I participated in the whole practice [Monday]. I'm just going to get out there and keep working."

Parker will be wearing extra armor around his ribs during Saturday's game against Miami.

"That's just the smart thing to do so we can go out there and play like I normally would do," he said.

SKILL AT THE U: Matching up against good skill guys is nothing new to Marcus Gilchrist.

"We play in the ACC where we see a lot of good receivers," he said on Tuesday. "Obviously, it's Miami. They've got three or four good receivers. We've got a lot of good guys with the same kind of talent here that we go up against in practice every day."

Gilchrist is very familiar with the Hurricane wide receivers from last year's 40-37 win at then Land Shark Stadium.

Leonard Hankerson had a team-high 5 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. Travis Benjamin had 3 catches for 82 yards and a score.

Hankerson leads the team with 16 catches for 241 yards and 3 scores.

"They're just more polished players than last year," Gilchrist said. "Better route running than last year. Overall, I feel like they're just more polished."

The guy throwing to them is pretty good, too. Jacory Harris has completed 64 percent of his passes for 690 yards and 6 touchdowns.

"He has an extraordinary arm. He can make all the throws on the field. He's better with his decision making, opposed to a year ago," Gilchrist said. Top Stories