Swinney Not Bothered by Interviews

CLEMSON - While it has to be an uncomfortable question to answer, interim head coach Dabo Swinney sure seems to have no problems doing it.

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Swinney was asked Wednesday after practice about his thoughts on coaching candidates being interviewed by Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips, and he said he can't concern himself with the idea.

Keep in mind this comes less than 24 hours after it was learned Phillips met with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables in Oklahoma City.

Phillips also met with former Oakland Raiders head coach and Southern California offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin Friday in Detroit, according to sources.

"Terry Don hired me to go coach this football team," he said. "That's what I have to do. He has a job he has to do. That's go and evaluate and hire the best coach he can hire for this job.

"I don't worry about that all. My job is to try and get this team to beat Duke this Saturday and try to put a good product on the field. That's all my focus is."

Later he was asked if he just accepted the fact that interviewing other coaches was part of the process he knew he would go through when he was hired on Oct. 13.

"Newsflash! That's just part of it when you have a coaching change in the middle of the season," he said. "You are going to have all that kind of stuff. Heck you have that when there is no coaching change. What's different? It's just another year."

HAIRSTON BACK: Good news on the injury front with tackle Chris Hairston, who was back at practice after missing Monday, Tuesday and the second half of the Florida State game with a concussion. "He was able to go today and looked good. That was a nice shot in the arm for us," he said.

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