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Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney on CFP Championship: ‘All the Credit, All the Glory, Goes to the Good Lord’

By Michael Morris | January 8, 2019 | 10:12am EST
Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney speaks with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi following the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Screenshot)

Following last evening’s College Football Playoff National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama, which saw Clemson victorious by a score of 44-16, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said, “All the credit, all the glory, goes to the Good Lord” and noted that he finds joy in “focusing on Jesus.”

“Well, that’s been my word all year, and I’ve just tried, I’ve tried to be intentional with that,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney about where he finds joy. “For me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others, then yourself.

“We beat Notre Dame and Alabama,” continued Swinney later in the post-game interview. “We left no doubt, and we walk off this field tonight as the first 15-0 team in college football history. And all the credit, all the glory, goes to the Good Lord, number one. And number two, to these young people, when you get a young group of people that believe, are passionate, they love each other, they sacrifice, they’re committed to singleness of purpose, you better look out. Great things can happen, and that’s what you saw tonight.”

Swinney’s comments came after the Clemson Tigers (#2) used big moments to defeat the reigning College Football Playoff Champion Alabama Crimson Tide (#1) in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Santa Clara, California.

According to the College Football Playoff website, “Clemson needed a big performance to unseat defending champion Alabama,” and Dabo Swinney’s Tigers “got plenty of them from start to finish” while on their way to “a 44-16 victory Monday night to win its second national title in three seasons – both over powerhouse Alabama.”

Below is a transcript of a portion Dabo Swinney’s post-game interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi following Clemson’s CFP Championship victory:

Tom Rinaldi: “Dabo, there are few coaches in any sport who show more joy than you do. How do you describe the joy of the moment?

Dabo Swinney: “Well, that’s been my word all year, and I’ve just tried, I’ve tried to be intentional with that. For me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others, then yourself.

“And man, I mean, you know, very few people— There are so many great coaches that are so deserving of a moment like this that never get the chance to experience it. To get to do it once, and now to get to do it again, you know, I’m just, it’s just a blessing. And it’s just simply the grace of the Good Lord to allow us to experience something like this.

“And I’m so happy for our team, our fans, our administration, our former players that love the paw. And you know, there ain’t never been a 15-0 team, and I know we’re not supposed to be here, we’re just little ol’ Clemson. And I’m not supposed to be here, but we are, and I am. And how about them Tigers, man?

“I’m so proud of our guys, these seniors. We beat Notre Dame and Alabama. We left no doubt, and we walk off this field tonight as the first 15-0 team in college football history. And all the credit, all the glory, goes to the Good Lord, number one. And number two, to these young people, when you get a young group of people that believe, are passionate, they love each other, they sacrifice, they’re committed to singleness of purpose, you better look out. Great things can happen, and that’s what you saw tonight.”

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Rinaldi: “You’ve been saying for a long time that Alabama has been driving the bus in this sport. They’ve been in bus one, bus two, bus three—

Swinney: “Hey, don’t even go there. Listen, we drove the ROY bus all the way out here to wherever the heck California we are, alright, to play a football game in a beautiful stadium, in a beautiful place, and we’re …

Rinaldi: “Who’s driving now?”

Swinney: “… we’re proud members of the ROY bus. So, for all them other teams out there on that bus, hey, listen. I hope that you get a little hope from us and a little inspiration, that hey, if we can do it, anybody can do it. And I mean that.

“Listen, if a guy like me— I said this two years ago. I mean, you can’t write a Hollywood script like this. Only God can do this. And that’s a fact. And people may think I’m crazy or quacky or whatever, but only God can orchestrate this. You can’t, no Hollywood producer can write it. But I’m just telling you, if I can do it, if these Clemson Tigers can do it, hey, anybody can do it, if you have a belief in yourself and what you’re doing and you surround yourself with a bunch of great young people that are passionate about winning.

“And tonight, we conquered a mountain that ain’t never been conquered. The flags on the top, and man, I just can’t wait to celebrate. I can’t wait!”

Rinaldi: “Congratulations, Dabo. Do it with your team. Well done.”

Swinney: “Thank you. Thank you. And God bless, everybody.”

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