Dabo Swinney Issues Statement On His Faith

Statement from Clemson University Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney: Over the past week or two, there has been a lot of discussion of my faith.  We have three rules in our program that everybody must follow: (1) players must go to class, (2) they must give a good effort and…

Statement from Clemson University Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney:

Over the past week or two, there has been a lot of discussion of my faith.  We have three rules in our program that everybody must follow: (1) players must go to class, (2) they must give a good effort and (3) they must be good citizens. It is as simple as that.

I have recruited and coached players of many different faiths. Players of any faith or no faith at all are welcome in our program. All we require in the recruitment of any player is that he must be a great player at his position, meet the academic requirements, and have good character.

Recruiting is very personal. Recruits and their families want – and deserve – to know who you are as a person, not just what kind of coach you are. I try to be a good example to others, and I work hard to live my life according to my faith. I am proud of the great success we have had in developing good players and good men at Clemson. We win at the highest level and we graduate players who excel on the field and in life because of their time in Death Valley. I want to thank Clemson University and all the people who have reached out to offer their support and encouragement over the past few weeks.

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Smirks April 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

We win at the highest level

High five, Dabo!

Cush April 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Clemson has had more top 25 wins in the last 3 years than any other program in the same time span…. More than FSU, UGA, Texas, OSU and yes even SCAR.

Todd April 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Cool story bro. Your taters haven’t beaten the Gamecocks since the Bush administration.

Cush April 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Bush left office in 2009. Coincidentally, that was the last time the phrase “cool story bro” was funny.

carls jr April 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm

The comparison to Bush should revolve around his use of the phrase “fuzzy math” and your stats above.

Bible Thumper April 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Another reason we need get Obama out of office.

OhMy! April 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Congratulations on some fine research.

too bad its all wrong April 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Hey Cush, what the fuck are you smoking? The taters beat only 1 team to finish in the top 25 last year, USC beat 5 from the top 25 with 3 in the top 10 alone . 2 years ago it was 4 for USC to 2 for the Taters and 3 years ago it was 2 -1 edge USC That means USC has 11 wins in the last 3 years over top 25 teams and Clemsux only 4, You sir are full of shit, and cant add either.

Tater logic I guess April 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I guess its like all that BS they teach up there like they “play in the SEC south” since 3 weeks in a row the played USC, LSU and UGA. No you didn’t, it was in 2 different years. Another distorted fact from Dabo and the Tater nation. If you cant really do it, make it up.

Slabn April 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Angry much. I bet your dick is dry as the desert.

too bad it's all wrong April 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

No your girl keeps it nice and wet for me!

Cush April 24, 2014 at 2:26 am

Because nothing turns on women more than some d-bag running their yap on fitsnews.

too bad it's all wrong April 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

I guess that’s why you can’t get a girl then huh?

OhMy! April 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I hope you realized I was attempting sarcasm. Cush might want to count up CU wins against USC and FSU over the last three years. Or five.

Manray April 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Hmmm…so being a protestant Christian makes you a “good citizen?” Dabo’s “Developing good men” is dependent on his faith? It all seems rather medieval to me.

Barbarossa April 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

“so being a Protestant Christian makes you a good citizen?”… um, yeah, basically… and certainly better than non-believers who grow up to be purposeless, unethical, worm rot… seriously, when was the last time you heard about a devout Christian shooting up a school? I’ll wait for your answer.

dsmith April 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Born again Christian GW Bush invaded a sovereign country based on what he knew was faulty intelligence about WMDs(Read the Lie Factory by award winning journalist Robert Dreyfuss and The Stovepipe by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh). His actions resulted in the unnecessary deaths of over 5000 US soldiers with another 35,000 maimed for life. The US military said it didn’t keep up with the number of Iraqis killed but estimates place it at over 100,000 with millions displaced because of sectarian violence.

Forget the deranged students who shoot up a school, the Christian GW Bush is in the Hilter/ Stalin category.

Barbarossa April 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Bwahahahaha…. what a funny response…. more GW Bush is evil incarnate speak… you’re so 2008….

Scooter April 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

That’s all he has. Very original.

dsmith April 24, 2014 at 5:38 am

“and certainly better than non-believers who grow up to be purposeless, unethical, worm rot”…like the brilliant Einstein or the biologist who cracked the human genome? I know they don’t hold a candle to Pat Robertson who last week predicted Jesus is sending an asteroid to kill everyone, but we get along.

Bible Thumper April 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

He never said that

jimlewisowb April 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I would venture that most kids would say that if their coach looked like a wasp duck, walked like a wasp duck, quacked like a wasp duck and prayed like a wasp duck then they would feel compelled to do the same if they wanted to be a duck

Dabo and the rest of his wasp duck clan need to leave their religion at the entrance to Death Valley

God (the Christian one) April 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

“What would I do, for all eternity, if I didn’t have dumb dick college football coaches prayers to listen to all day? Especially from shitty, mediocre schools in the middle of bumfuck. Every good Christian knows I only created the Earth, and everything on it, to facilitate college football. And I created college football to help GrandTango keep his mind off the incredibly tiny and impotent penis I blessed him with. You don’t think I’d allow that turd to procreate, for I so loved the world!”- The Holy Ghost, God Almighty

odear April 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Intolerant, militant, atheist zealots should practice their lawfare elsewhere…why not sue those charter schools in Dearborn where menstruating school girls are forced to sit in the back of the class?

Robert April 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

As a Carolina fan, and non-Christian, I have no doubt that Dabo Swinney is a dedicated Christian. And he walks his faith, not just talks it. I don’t believe he consciously pressures his players or staff. But Clemson does need to get him to understand that having baptisms at practice does cross a line. And I have no doubt that the group targeting Clemson was alerted by someone associated with Clemson.

Godslayer April 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Good for you. Now keep your filthy religion to yourself.

CharlesDikkens April 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

“Dear Cute Lil Baby Jesus,
Please please please get me some players who can beat Steve Spurrier’s ass. I hate that motherfucker, I can’t believe I have to be nice to him and laugh at his stupid jokes. And I don’t care if they are Baptist or Methodist or Captialist or Budda or whatever. But no Jews please. I mean I know you was a Jew and all at first but you stopped being one when you became a Christian, cause you went all in. You laid it on the line. And that is what we are going to do, go all in and give it 110% percent. Please don’t let nobody talk Chad Morris into leaving even if we have to pay him more than me. Well not more than me, but alot. And Jesus, please make our black players I mean African Americans but hey we are all Americans right except for that African kid who fucked us and went to Mississippi, but ha ha the joke is on him, they got way more red necks there than here. That mother of his is one more uppity…Um I lost my train of thought. Shit. HONEY, SHUT UP THEM DOGS, I’m praying for Christ sake. What in the fuck are they barking at…Ok where was I – please keep the bucks from smokin’ pot or getting arrested or stealing shit or beating up their girlfriends. What is up with that? Oh and while I am at it thank you for making that Chad Kelly punk ass motherfucker go all postal and give us a reason to kick his ass out. I hated that kid. And please turn Cole into a decent player and please please please don’t let that Watson boy get hurt again. PLEASE. And please find me a running back and someone who can block those fucking animals at FSU and please make it rain like a son of a bitch when we play them so we can keep it under 50 points. How much did we lose that game by? Shit I can’t believe we have to play them year after fricking year. Please put them in another division or something or hell let them go to the SEC where they belong. Or have that Jaimus kid rape another girl or something shit they are going to kill us again. And please please please let me get interviewed again by Erin Andrews, shit fire she is fine…MMM mmm. Damn. Ok lost my place again. HONEY! SHUT UP THEM DOGS. How many times do I have to say it god damn it. I’m PRAYING IN HERE god dammit. Um ok and thank you for my family and my pretty wife and my job. can you fucking belive how much money I make holy fucking shit. Thank you Tommy Bowden for making him a dumbass. and somebody please draft Taj so I don’t have to put up with him no more. OK gotta go sign posters at the Kroger. Amen and go Tigers later Jack I mean Jesus, little Baby Jesus Amen. Ok on 2.”

Slab April 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Dear 6 pound 3 oz 3 week old Jesus,

Please show some people the light… and please have these same people leave the comedy to people who are actually funny.


God's Country April 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Has anyone ever heard a suspicion that born-again fundamentalists have an inside track to employment at Clemson, including faculty positions? I have over the years sure met more than the normal proportion of such among faculty there. A degree of public activism was also seen among them, for Christian homeschooling and religion in politics for example. Maybe it was just happenstance, but it has long piqued my curiosity.

nitrat April 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

I would hate to think that God and/or Jesus give a rip about any American sport and who wins.
If there is anything about American high school, college and professional sports that would give God and/or Jesus pause, it has to be the incredible moral corruption that defines sports. But, I sure don’t think they care who wins.

Dabo's Weeny Sucks April 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

didn’t he get a cop fired over an incident in which he was speeding thru Pickens? gotta luv them Christians……..


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