Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was on a roll in his postgame interview, then he got cut off.
After No. 12 Clemson held on in the pouring rain to beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 24-22, the head coach boasted afterwards about his team, dropping gems such as “BYOG,” which Swinney said stood for “bring your own guts.”
Swinney proceeded to thank God and his father before the passionate coach’s interview was cut to the SportsCenter studio which awkwardly showed its two anchors scrolling through their iPads as they prepared for the upcoming show, unaware they were live on air.
The unusual gaffe lasted for 14 seconds, but seemed like forever, before ABC returned to its interview with Swinney.
While some speculated that Swinney used foul language or that ABC was trying to censor his mention of God, Deadspin uncovered the cut footage, which revealed Swinney simply answering a question about what he told his team at a specific point in the game.
ESPN senior director of PR, Kerri Potts, later clarified the technical difficulty in a tweet.
“As a result of an error in TV transmission, we inadvertently missed 12 seconds of Dabo Swinney’s postgame interview,” Potts tweeted. “We apologize.”
Whatever the cause, it made for some awkward television.