Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott under social media attack

CLEMSON — Social media’s toxicity is potent in college football.

Clemson lost its season opener, 10-3, Saturday night against fifth-ranked Georgia, and it triggered what coach Dabo Swinney has called “thumb gangsters” to emerge from the dark alleys of the Internet and fire off some shots.

Never mind that Clemson has been to the four-team playoffs six consecutive years with two national championships. Never mind that offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is a Broyles Award winner for top assistant in the country and that the Tigers just two seasons ago became the first major college team to score 650 points in back-to-back years since Yale in 1889.

What have you done for me lately? 

Not enough for some panicked fans, apparently.

Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is taking some social media heat after the Tigers lost to Georgia, 10-3.

“I’ve already got the Twitter fingers sending me hate mail,” Elliott said, “telling me that I suck and I need to be fired and I need to go back to Michelin (for which he was an engineer from 2004-05 before deciding to begin a coaching career with this week’s opponent, South Carolina State). 

“You know, it hurts. It hurts for a couple of reasons. It hurts because I know how much work this offensive staff and these players have put in. I know how committed they are to the program. I know the fans are passionate. I understand how passionate our fans are and what the expectation is here. So, I hurt for them because they’re upset that we didn’t perform well. I know what it means to them.”

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