Dabo Swinney has pretty much seen it all through his 15 full seasons as Clemson’s head coach. But on Saturday, Swinney will be a part of something new — a Clemson game being televised on The CW Network.
Set to take on NC State on Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT, the Tigers’ eighth game of the 2023 season won’t be on ESPN, ACC Network or one of the more traditional channels. Instead, Clemson (4-3, 2-3 ACC) will have its fans tune into The CW Network, where Tom Werme, Jason Bates and Treavor Scales will call the television broadcast.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Swinney had to ask the media what channel number The CW Network even is.
“I have no idea what it is. I don’t even know where it’s at. Where do I go to it?” Swinney said.
Swinney added that he doesn’t watch much TV in the first place and that the 2 p.m. start time is unusual.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and The CW Network agreed to a deal in July that gave The CW Network exclusive broadcast rights to 50 ACC college football and basketball games each season through 2026-27.
The first-ever ACC football game on The CW Network was Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati on Sept. 9.
“We are thrilled to be adding The CW to our weekly television lineup for ACC football and basketball games,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said in a press release in July. “The CW’s national distribution will directly benefit our student-athletes, teams, alumni and fans. We appreciate ESPN and Raycom working together and look forward to the partnership with The CW.”