AUDIO: USF 31 Clemson 26

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Listen to interviews with the coordinators, Kyle Parker, Tajh Boyd, Brandon Ford and other players.

DABO SWINNEY: (4:57)
"First of all, I'd just like to congratulate South Florida, they were well prepared and played well. They took advantage of some turnovers and capitalized well and you have to give them all the credit. The only thing really positive to say on our end is that we didn't quit. They kept battling and kept competing until the end. We were half yard short of coming up with the other onside kick and who knows what would have happened. I'm proud of those guys for their "never quit" attitude, that's a great quality and I told them that after the game. I appreciate our seniors and all those guys who will be moving on in different directions, I appreciate their contributions. We're going to miss those guys. Obviously we're very disappointed with the outcome of the game and the way we played but it's about moving forward for me. I'm going to do everything within my power to make sure that I get us better as a football team and that this never happens again. We have to live with it and it's nobody's responsibility buy mine. We're going to move forward from this point.

ON UPSET FANS: "I don't blame them for being upset, they should be upset, I'm upset and it's nobody's fault but mine. If I was in the fans' shoes, I would be questioning me and doubting me too. We lost our confidence somewhere along the way and it's been a tough year, but it's going to be a new year starting tomorrow and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that this never happens again. This is just a valley that we can all look back on and remember one day but we can come out of it and grow from it. I don't blame the fans one bit for being ticked off, they should be ticked off. I'm going to do everything I can to get us better."

POSSIBLE CHANGES IN STAFF: "As I said earlier, I'm going to do everything I can to make this program better. That includes anything and everything within my power. I'll speak any further on that at a later date."

KEVIN STEELE: (2:26)

BILLY NAPIER: (7:49)

KYLE PARKER: (2:59)
"I think we had some high expectations this year, but we've had to learn a lot of lessons. It's been a tough season. I'm going to miss Clemson. I enjoy playing football and that's going to be the toughest thing for me to give up.

"I don't think the one broken rib is going to really affect my baseball game; at least I don't have to worry about taking shots from 300-pound guys anymore. I don't think I'm going to be able to swing the bat for awhile.

"I thought at first it was the same injury that I had at Auburn where my whole side was just bruised. It felt the same. I was just expecting to get a shot at halftime, but after the x-ray, there was nothing we could really do."

DA'QUAN BOWERS: (2:05)
"This game really doesn't have any impact on whether or not I decide to leave early (to go to the NFL). I've lost before; this isn't the first time and it definitely won't be the last. I just have to make the best decision for me and for my family. I'm going to sit down and think about it long and hard, and then come up with my decision.

"It's really tough knowing that we were the first team to have a losing record since 1998. We really don't want to be associated with that negativity. We really wanted to be able to get it done this season, and just weren't able to. The coaches are going to sit down and analyze why we weren't able to do what we wanted and we'll start fresh in the spring."

"The main thing we have to do to improve is just have a great off-season. We have to get back in the weight room and have a strong summer. It starts then. We start back in about two weeks. We have to start the next season now."

TAJH BOYD: (3:47)

BRANDON FORD: (2:12)

BYRON MAXWELL: (1:26)


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