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Clemson’s legendary coach discusses Orange Bowl bid

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MIAMI (WCIV) – When legendary Clemson head coach Danny Ford heard about Clemson heading again to the Orange Bowl, he had one reaction.

"I hope it's not a repeat of 78. It wasn't a good game," Ford said.

Ford ties together two important Clemson games.

"The Gator Bowl, my first game with great coaches, and ties in the Orange Bowl in 81. Hopefully, we will be better than last Orange Bowl and better than 78 because I think OSU will play hard," he said.

Ford says someone told him that Clemson will take on Notre Dame in 2015. Ford says he thought it was a 2014 game, something he's glad won't happen next season.

"I don't want to see them coming that fast. I'll be 70 then. I want to slow down and enjoy it,"

For now, Ford is looking at this past season and to the Orange Bowl this year.

"Everyone talks about Georgia. We talk about Georgia, good. Then boom, Florida State came and we got beat. Then we start another streak; then we got to live with the Gamecocks defeat until we possibly get a win against OSU," Ford said.

Ford says the USC games always make him a little crazy. He said he felt it was always his responsibility to win those games because everyone was miserable if they lost.

This year was tough with Clemson losing five years in a row to their rivals in Columbia. For now, he says an Orange Bowl win would help the Tiger community heal.

But there's an interesting matchup for the two teams.

"What they do well, we don't do well. We don't defend well. Both teams do something well the other has to improve on," Ford said.

And a lot of it sits on he shoulders of quarterback Tajh Boyd.

"He's good but he never beat USC. If he gets a bowl victory, he'll be one of the most outstanding to ever play at Clemson," Ford said.

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