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“But, hopefully, people can respect our young men and what they believe in…”

You may say Dabo Swinney’s a dreamer

Clemson football players attempted to promote unity and acceptance.

It had the opposite effect on some fans.

The Tigers for Saturday night’s season-opener at Wake Forest wore helmet decals that read “Love,” “Equality,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Put a Stop to Racism.” The team’s official Twitter page, @ClemsonFB, put out a photo showing all for with the words “Playing with a purpose.”

And it created quite a division on the social media platform, plenty of praise but also things like this:

“Love I can support. BLM? No.”

“Done with Clemson football. This is (expletive deleted).”

“Never watching again. Selling all my Clemson merch and donating it to the local PD. You can have the Marxism and lose a fan.”

Just win, baby.  That’ll take care of the dissent.


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“I’ve always said it’s the modernization of the scholarship.”

Look who’s changing his tune.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he supports requests by Pac-12 players for revenue sharing in college football, as long as it’s tied to graduation.

Swinney has long been a critic of paying college players, but he said Thursday that, among other issues raised by a number of players from both the Big Ten and Pac-12 in open letters demanding changes in college football, he would be in favor of a plan that would offer financial payouts to players upon graduation.

“I’ve always been in favor of giving guys a lump sum,” Swinney said. “I just want to tie it to graduation.”

Sure, Dabo.  And Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

If you’re wondering what’s caused his heart to open…

Swinney has been criticized for his outspoken stance against paying players outright; he once suggested he might move to the NFL if college players were paid. However, in recent years he has said that he would be open to payment for name, image and likeness rights, and he said Thursday that Clemson already has hired an outside firm that can help with marketing players should an NIL rule come to pass.

Recruiting is undefeated.


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Rahm Emanuel, Clemson edition

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

IPTAY, bitchez!

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“If you’re hesitant about letting us continue to spend your money like drunken sailors, please, think of the children.”


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TFW life doesn’t come at you fast enough

Life with Dabo, a play in three acts:

Okay, true, he’s still got a couple of months to go…


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If nothing else, they eat well.

I recognize that Dan Wolken is one of the more polarizing practitioners of the journalistic arts these days and that he rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but, still, if this is the best rebuttal a Clemson fan can come up with in response to Wolken’s criticism of Dabo Swinney’s stance on player compensation (criticism he’s far from alone in making, for what it’s worth)…

They are paid with dining opportunities not afforded to the normal student. They are paid with an education that leaves nearly every other student on campus with an amount of debt that many will never be able to repay. They also are afforded opportunities to travel, the P.A.W. Journey, clothing, shoes, bowl gifts, rings and a platform on which they can showcase their talents for the scouts and GM’s — along with many other things that a normal student would love to have.

Sii the richest contract in college football history, let’s not forget that he began 10 years ago with one of the smallest — a mere $900,000 to take over a storied program.

So instead of punishing Swinney for rising above the ashes of his childhood, can we not celebrate a free-market system that should show every player, man, woman and child what you can do with a little hard-work and faith.

… a simple “you suck, Wolken!” might work better as a retort.  I mean, the idea that “dining opportunities not afforded to the normal student” and poor ol’ Dabo’s “mere $900,000” can be discussed in the same breath because college football compensates everyone is almost as funny as pretending that Dabo and his players are working in the same free market system.

Basically, the author makes Wolken’s case for him.  Well played.


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“We all have to accept the challenge.”

If you’ll indulge me with a tortured analogy of my own making, it seems like every time Dabo Swinney opens his mouth, the results are similar to what Vince Dooley used to say about throwing the ball:  three things can happen and two of them are bad.

The difference is that Dabo doesn’t seem to appreciate the odds.

Take, for example, his wisdom about the death of George Floyd and the protests that have consumed the country:

… Swinney courted controversy in 2016 when he suggested people who protest during the national anthem should leave the country.

“I don’t think it’s good to use the team as a platform,” Swinney said at the time. “I totally disagree with that. I just think there’s a right way to do things. I don’t think two wrongs make a right. Never have, never will. I think it just creates more divisiveness, more division.”

On Monday, Swinney was asked about those comments and said they were “probably a harsh statement, for sure.”

“Probably”?  Amazingly — or maybe not, considering the source — Dabo had actually taken his time before making a public statement on the subject.

Swinney may have thought his comments would be the end of the matter (“We all have a choice as to how we think, how we love, how we respond and how we forgive” is the kind of deep insight these hard times need), but, as is often the case in moments like this, reality set in.


When I saw that tweet, I dismissed it as coming from a disgruntled former player.  Such was not the case, it seems.

Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman apologized Tuesday after word spread on social media of an incident in which he used a racial slur during a practice in 2017.

After several former Clemson players noted the incident Tuesday on Twitter, former tight end D.J. Greenlee confirmed an account to The State newspaper in which Pearman, the tight ends and special-teams coach, overheard players using the term and repeated it himself.

“It was just a heated argument during practice, basically. Me and the coach got into it, and I was speaking with one of my teammates. He heard me use the N-word, basically, and basically tried to correct me by saying the N-word back,” Greenlee told The State.

Pearman, who coached with Dabo Swinney at Alabama before joining the Clemson staff in December 2008, offered an apology in a statement from the school after Greenlee confirmed the incident.

“Three years ago on the practice field, I made a grave mistake involving D.J. Greenlee. I repeated a racial slur I overheard when trying to stop the word from being used on the practice field. What I overheard, I had no right to repeat,” Pearman said in the statement.

Yeah, that’s not a good look.  But I’m sure all will be forgiven on the recruiting trail.


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“Listen, we’re going to rise up and kick this thing right in the teeth.”

If you’re looking for an unbridled shot of optimism about the start of the 2020 college football season — and, boy, do I mean unbridled — then Dabo Swinney is your man.

I think it’s got something to do with the iPhone and driving on Mars, but I’m not positive.


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Today, in “damn, son, I don’t think I’d have said that”

Tales from the coronavirus times:

I guess you had to be there.


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An old, familiar face returns

Well, now.

I’ll take it, although home-and-home would be better.


UPDATE:  This is an unmitigated bitch, though.

Not exactly top of the line.


UPDATE #2:  I wonder who’s picking up this tab.


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“We find Popeyes every state we go in.”

I can think of worse pre-game preparations.

It’s part of a family ritual for certain road games: While Travis is getting ready for the game, his mom  heads to Popeyes so she can buy him one of his favorites – either a chicken sandwich or chicken tenders. Then she brings him the food at his hotel the day before the game.

“We make a joke: that chicken gives him wings,” Donnetta Etienne said.

Only question unanswered:  spicy or mild?


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