February 21, 2024

Shipley battled the flu this week however nonetheless ran for 80 yards on 15 carries (Picture by Merrell Mann).


by David Hood
Senior Author

COLUMBIA – Clemson head coach
Dabo Swinney didn’t have any thought what gamers or coaches would be capable of make it to the rivalry sport after the flu bug ravaged his squad this week. It seems everybody received a bit of higher with a win over the Gamecocks.

Clemson defeated South Carolina 16-7 Saturday evening in Williams-Brice Stadium, the eighth win within the final 9 conferences for the Tigers within the collection. However Swinney didn’t know the way the week would shake out after the flu made its rounds and different accidents popped up.

“However we had so many guys that didn’t follow all week. Shipley didn’t follow till Thursday,” Swinney mentioned throughout his postgame press convention. “We had an enormous run of the flu undergo the crew. I feel we had 12 guys on IVs after the pregame, after breakfast this morning. We seemed like a dadgum MASH unit in there, simply attempting to get them to the sport. We had coaches out, damaged fingers, damaged thumbs, dangerous toes. It’s simply wild. I’m simply actually pleased with the workers and our gamers for simply discovering a approach to get it performed. It’s only a nice, nice response by all these guys tonight.”

Swinney mentioned it received so dangerous that he prevented head coach Pat Richards.

“It’s simply anyone received sick, after which one other man received sick. I attempted to keep away from Pat Richards. I might see him coming. I’d simply go one other manner. It’s dangerous information each day,” Swinney mentioned. “Each single day, we’ve had dangerous information since final week. It’s loopy. Once more, we’ve had workers out. Hunter Helms didn’t follow all week. I hadn’t seen Hunter Helms till in the present day. I take that again. I noticed him on Monday. I made him captain on Monday.

“I didn’t see him once more till in the present day. We needed to have separate automobiles come down right here, sick vans. Nick Eason was out sick, Thomas Austin out. He’s in there getting IVs. It was loopy. Will Shipley didn’t follow till Thursday. He was sick. I didn’t see him Monday or Tuesday. The primary time I noticed him was Wednesday. It was a wild week. I imply, simply dangerous information each single day. We’ve been battling, however we discovered a approach to patch all of them up and get them by means of.”

Swinney mentioned the flu really began final week.

“Yeah, I feel it began perhaps Friday of final week, after which subsequent factor you already know, was one other man or two Sunday, then Monday we had a man. Then it simply unfold by means of a few of these guys,” he mentioned. “It was a loopy week for us. I gave the sport ball to Pat Richards, our coach, you all are trying him up, as a result of we had only a few guys follow this week. It’s loopy.”

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