Swinney on Clemson’s championship run: ‘The best is yet to come’
Two years ago, it took until May for things to be set for Clemson football’s White House visit.
After the 2019 College Football Playoff title, it took less than a week to announce and will happen eight days after the game.
President Donald Trump announced Dabo Swinney and his Tigers will visit Washington D.C. on Jan. 14th. The Tigers topped Alabama 44-16 on Monday in California.
During the 2017 visit, around a dozen Tigers were invited to the Oval Office.
“All of you played with such tremendous heart and determination. You never, ever gave up,” Trump said. “You can never give up in life. And it all paid off. With your grit and resolve, you proved one of the most important truths in life: that success is about how hard you are willing to fight in order to overcome and in order to win.”
Trump was the first president to host the Tigers since Ronald Regan and will do it twice.
Clemson became the first team to go 15-0 in college football history. No team has come within 20 points of the Tigers since September and they have gone 55-4 the past four seasons.
During the ceremony in 2016, winney noted he’d been as a player with Alabama, and not got a chance for a return.
“I really thought we were going to be here last year, but we came up short,” Swinney said of Alabama’s 45-40 win in 2016. “I’m so thankful and glad my players and my staff got a chance to experience what I experienced as a player as a part of the Alabama national championship team in 1992.”
Now, he and his squad will get to do it all over again.