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Nikki Haley makes Saturday a Clemson holiday

Once Clemson's football team clinched its first national championship in 35 years late Monday, an orange Tiger paw was raised over the dome of the SC State House.
Once Clemson's football team clinched its first national championship in 35 years late Monday, an orange Tiger paw was raised over the dome of the SC State House. tdominick@thestate.com

Just before the national champions are set to take their victory parade, Gov. Nikki Haley has made Saturday an official celebration.

On Friday, Haley, a Clemson grad, officially proclaimed Saturday as “Clemson Tigers National Football Champions Day” in South Carolina.

The Tigers will hold a victory parade Saturday in Clemson after their 35-31 victory over Alabama in the national championship game, securing their first national football title in 35 years.

In her proclamation, Haley “encourages all South Carolinians to join together in congratulating the Clemson Tigers football team and Head Coach Dabo Swinney for their outstanding performance in the 2017 College Football Playoff.”

“Clemson showed their heart and humility throughout the entire season,” Haley said, “and in an unforgettable national championship victory, they reminded us that, with faith and hard work, anything is possible.”

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