This guy has been ratcheting up leading to the game. The disrespect card. Whining about this and that. Maybe he's motivating his players, but he's finally being seen nationally as the clown we've known for years.
In this year's college football national championship game, LSU has the rare yet opportunistic advantage of a school playing for the title in its home state, as the Tigers needed to travel only 60 miles south from Baton Rouge to New Orleans for their Monday night matchup with Clemson.
Enter Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who fashions himself as motivator-in-chief of his program. In his team's preparation for the battle of undefeated teams in what is expected to be an LSU-favored crowd, given the proximity, Swinney is telling his team to embrace the role of fictional heavyweight prizefighter Rocky Balboa — particularly the character's quest to defeat the villainous Russian Ivan Drago in his home country in "Rocky IV."
"Coach Swinney loves to compare us to Rocky movies. I guess he’s just the biggest Rocky fan," Clemson offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum said Saturday on ESPN during media day. "He said going to Louisiana is like going to Russia and we’re playing Drago."