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.”
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.”