Though he's only in his first full season as Clemson's head coach, Dabo Swinney is aware of the "politics" involved in the bowl selection process.
"There's politics in every thing. That's the story of it," he said. "We had our opportunity to do something about it (Saturday) night. We didn't take care of business. We don't have anybody to blame but ourselves."
Swinney doesn't take anything away from the appearance in a bowl game. It's the second time he's led a Clemson team to a bowl game since he was named the interim head coach last season.
"We're excited to be in a bowl, first of all. There are a lot of teams that don't make it. It's always a good thing to be able to represent Clemson," he said. "We'll get that team ready. I promise you. We'll be ready."
Swinney has yet to put together plans for bowl practice, departure dates, times, all of which will be ironed out before he hits the recruiting trail Monday night.
Clemson lost in disappointing to Kentucky in 2006 when the Tigers fell 28-20 to the Wildcats. He guards against another let down in Nashville just like he's done all season.
"It's the next game. I'm not worried about three years ago. That's for sure…we just go play where they say go play," Swinney said.
With the plans finalized just prior to his teleconference on Sunday night, Swinney's yet to spend hardly any time preparing for Kentucky.
"Hopefully, we can play well on offense (against Kentucky). If we can do a little bit better job on defense, we'll pull it together from a team standpoint," he said.
Mason Cloy will have surgery on his right leg in the early part of this week after injuring his leg on Andre Ellington's touchdown run in the ACC Championship. Swinney said the surgery is one that's similar to what Jacoby Ford experienced a couple of years ago. Swinney doesn't think Cloy will be able to participate in contact drills this spring.
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