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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney fires back at Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd for calling Tigers ‘a fraud’
Clemson proved all the doubters wrong Monday night and head coach Dabo Swinney had a special message for one media member.
Following the team's 35-31 National Championship upset win over Alabama, Swinney spoke about the media’s need to change the narrative about a Crimson Tide team many thought the Tigers couldn’t beat. He said they “left no doubt” during the game and he called out Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd, who called Clemson “a fraud.”
“The guy that called us a fraud, ask Alabama if we’re a fraud. Was the name Colin Cowherd? I never met him, don’t know him. Ask Alabama if we’re a fraud. Ask Ohio State if we’re a fraud. Ask Oklahoma if we’re a fraud. The only fraud is that guy, ’cause he didn’t do his homework. I hope y’all print that,” Swinney said.In November, Cowherd called the team a fraud on his radio show “The Herd.” At the time, he thought that USC was a better team and did not believe in the Tigers.
“Clemson’s a fraud. Clemson is going to get their ears boxed by whoever they play. They should have three losses, maybe four. I don’t buy into Clemson, they’re the New York Giants of college football. I don’t care what their record is, I don’t buy into them,” Cowherd said. “And I had Clemson in the final four, so I should be rooting for ’em. I got no dog in the fight here. I think USC is the second-best team in the country and Vegas agrees.”Cowherd’s comments apparently served as bulletin-board material for Clemson. The team shocked the world by overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Down 28-24 late in the game, quarterback Deshaun Watson led the Tigers down right down the field against the best defense in college football. He found receiver Hunter Renfrow in the end zone for the game-winning two-yard touchdown with one second remaining.
The National Championship win was the second title in the history of the program. It was Clemson's first since winning it all in 1981.
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