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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney kisses the championship trophy after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. Clemson beat Alabama 44-16.

SALT LAKE CITY — Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney’s victory speech after the College Football Playoff National Championship game made sure to mention God.

Swinney’s No. 2 Tigers stomped on No. 1 Alabama at Levi’s Stadium Monday night, cruising to a 44-16 victory. Clemson ended the season with a 15-0 record, which is the first in modern college football history under the playoff system.

Swinney said after the game that God influenced the win, according to For The Win.

  • “There are so many great coaches that are so deserving of a moment like this and never get the chance to experience it. And to get to do it once and then to get to do it again, it’s a blessing, and it’s just simply the grace of the good Lord to allow us to experience something like this,” he said.
  • He added, “And all the credit, all the glory goes to the good Lord, No. 1, and No. 2, 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 a single purpose, you better look out. Great things can happen, and that’s what you saw tonight.”

Swinney said he hoped the win would give people inspiration and motivation, too.

  • “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. If a guy like me — I said this two year ago — 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. No Hollywood producer can write it.”
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Flashback: Back in July 2018 before the season began, Swinney said God has always been there to help him.

  • “It’s hard to survive and thrive in this world if you don’t have a spiritual foundation,” he continued. “For me, God has always, in my relationship with Christ, has given me hope and peace. … If there’s hope in the future, there’s power in the present to deal with whatever mess you’re dealing with in your life, (and) what Christ did for me, it gave me a hope and a belief beyond my circumstances.”