Regretfully CLEMSON” HC,Dabo Swinney received 4 Weeks suspension after wrong deal

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees normally friendly faces avoiding his gaze around town. He also is getting plenty of “praying for you” texts and random letters in his mailbox, some from people he has never met.

That’s what happens when a national football championship contender is struggling to stay above .500.

It’s “like I’ve got the plague,”

The six-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions have already lost two league games and will need significant help — plus improved play — if the Tigers hope to keep that streak going.

It’s a very different experience for fans of the program. Though Swinney said he’s not worried.

“It’s like you got a stink on you and nobody wants to be around you,” he said this week. “We are going to be fine, I promise you.”

Swinney hopes Clemson (3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shows that Saturday against a revived Florida State (3-4, 2-2). The Seminoles went through an 0-4 September where coach Mike Norvell’s short tenure was already being debated by fans.

“We’re still our own work in progress,” Norvell said. “We’ve seen some positives. We’ve seen some confidence that is being built.”

The teams have been heading in varying directions the past month. Clemson the runaway favorite this summer to once more win the ACC title and advance to the College Football Playoff — both for the seventh straight times.

Florida State had a disastrous opening month of defeats, including an unlikely, last-minute home loss to FCS opponent Jacksonville State. The calls for Norvell’s job were loud with many Seminoles pleading to hire College and NFL Hall of Famer and Jackson State coach Deion Sanders.

But Norvell’s quelled much of fire with this three-game win streak, its first in four years.

“This is a good football team across the board that is way better than their record, that’s for sure,” Swinney said.

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