The laptop-gate controversy may be dead, but another chapter in the back-and-forth between Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and N.C. State coach Dave Doeren unfurled Wednesday.
Tuesday, Swinney blasted Doeren for his postgame request that a laptop spotted on the Clemson sideline during the Tigers’ 38-31 win over the Wolfpack be investigated. Swinney said that Doeren needed to worry about his own team, citing defensive end Bradley Chubb’s behavior during the game — Chubb kept stealing the towel from Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant’s waistband — among other incidents.
Wednesday, in the ACC coaches’ teleconference, Doeren responded.
“Look, I’m not a politically correct guy,” Doeren said, according to TigerNet.com. “I coach with a lot of passion and our kids play with it. He (Swinney) does the same thing. At the end of the game, when you lose a game that has conference championship implications on it, sometimes things are going to be said and I don’t think it’s a big deal. I really don’t, so I’m going to move on and I’m sure he will, too. He has a big game this week.”
Swinney had joked Tuesday that the team was using the laptop to order more towels. He also called out the N.C. State sideline for “taking a swipe” at defensive back K’Von Wallace.
“I think the investigation needs to be managing his side and not worrying about ours,” Swinney said.
Doeren sought to brush the comments off Wednesday, saying he was aware of them but that the incident is “in the past.” He playfully added that he will send the Tigers some fresh towels.
“I think college football is a lot of fun,” Doeren said. “I really do. We don’t have a drone, but I will send some towels over to Dabo. We’re good.
“It’s in the past and we’re looking forward to playing Boston College.”
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