Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Billy Napier both downplayed a disagreement from last Wednesday's practice that drew speculation of internal dissent.
Coming of a 24-21 loss at Maryland, Swinney said Tuesday morning there wasn't much to be pleasant about at practice last week. And with no game to look forward to at the end of the week and a 2-3 record to stew on for an extra couple of days, emotions ran high on the practice fields all week.
"I probably picked a bad day to invite people practice last Wednesday," he said. "Sometimes there comes a time when you need to motivate your football team and you need to motivate your coaches."
Napier said the incident "was no big deal" and that it was a good thing, something players have fed off of in the following practices.
"Sometimes you have to do things to catch the attention of players," he said.
With a group of visitors who haven't spent much, if any time watching a college football practice, he believes the disagreement could come off as a bit surprising. The loud, passionate words may have seemed a little too harsh.
"Coach Swinney has to do his job as a head coach to motivate not only the players but the staff," Napier said. "It was a very intense open date. A very intense Wednesday practice, very typical of some we've had around here in the preseason and spring practice."
Napier believes that's what one could expect to hear at any given practice at any given school across the country. Emotional disagreements are just another part of football.
"Football practice sometimes isn't for the faint of heart. There are some things that happen on the practice field—it's just football," Swinney said.
He wondered why there wasn't anything blogged about run-ins with Danny Pearman, Brad Scott, Andre Powell and Kevin Steele.
"I got a piece of all of them too," Swinney said, "and every one of them players."
No bad blood here
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