Clemson head football coach talks teamwork with lawmakers

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Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney got the chance to address the state’s General Assembly, telling them they don’t have to like each other all the time — but they need to be a team.

Swinney was invited to speak to a joint session Tuesday in Columbia, welcomed by a round of applause after his Tigers won the national championship.

“They won 13 out of 15 games by 20 plus, 20 plus, including beating Alabama by four touchdowns. That is, I don’t know when that’s happened,” Swinney said, followed by a standing ovation. “Y’all gonna get me in trouble. Y’all better sit down!”

Lawmakers also passed a resolution congratulating Swinney and his team on their 44-16 win over Alabama on Jan. 7.

Swinney went on to say that football unifies people across all races and ages.

He told lawmakers that his team disagreed at times last season, like when he chose to start Trevor Lawrence over junior Kelly Bryant against Syracuse.

Swinney says it is OK to disagree as long as you aren’t disagreeable.

The coach told the lawmakers he knows every one of them loves South Carolina and if they could work together despite their differences, they could make the state an example for the rest of the nation.

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