Parker gets the call one last time

CLEMSON - Dabo Swinney announced Monday morning that Kyle Parker is expected to start in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against South Florida later this month.

"It's about the guy that gives you the best chance to win today, and that has not changed," Swinney said. "That's K.P."

Parker and Tajh Boyd, who's expected to take over as the starting quarterback next season, will both play in the New Year's Eve game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

"The bowl game is about trying to win," Swinney said. "The best way to prepare for next year is to win this game."

Parker finished the season 185 of 324 passing (57 percent) with 2,079 yards and 12 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

In six games off the bench, Boyd completed 20 of 40 passes for 217 yards with touchdowns and two interceptions.

Swinney shrugged off the notion that starting Boyd would be the best decision moving forward, in both the short and long-term.

"I'm not going to sit DeAndre McDaniel down and play Jonathan Meeks. I'm not going to sit Chris Hairston down and play Brandon Thomas," Swinney said. "We're going to try to win the ball game, because that's the most important thing, and that's a goal.

"We want to send this football team and this group of seniors out with a win."

And despite their run-in on the sideline during the South Carolina game, Swinney said he and Parker are on good terms.

The confrontation was "mild" and "far from ugly."

"The game of football is a game of passion, emotion, intensity, adrenaline—all of those things," Swinney said. "You take competitive people and put them in that type of environment, sometimes you have moments."

Swinney and Parker, along with his mom and dad, have since sat down to iron things out.

"It was a situation where it needed to be dealt with, and it was. It's over," Swinney said. "We had had a good conversation. That's the thing I love about my job. We get to be with young people every day and get to see them grow and mature."

Parker is 15-11 in the 26 games he's started at Clemson. One final win with Parker as the starting quarterback would be a rare achievement for a program that's seeking back-to-back bowl victories for the first-time in two decades.

Clemson beat West Virginia in the 1989 Gator Bowl and Illinois a year later in the Hall of Fame Bowl.

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