In the postgame press conference following last night’s 35-31 national championship victory over Alabama, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called out some of the Clemson doubters and strawmen, including one Colin Cowherd.
Swinney was ticked off that Colin called them a ‘fraud’ earlier in the season and went on an impassioned rant that concluded in him proclaiming, “The only fraud is that guy [Colin]. He didn’t do his homework. I hope y’all print that.”
— FOX Sports Radio1340 (@1340AMFOXSports) January 10, 2017
The quote in question came from the November 28 episode of The Herd during the season. Colin said he wasn’t impressed by what he saw early from the Tigers, who were threatened with losses in 6 games, and eventually lost to 4-loss Pitt.
To be fair to Colin, at that point in the year they weren’t impressive, and absolutely no one was saying they were a lock for the title game.
“Clemson’s a fraud. They’re gonna get their ears boxed by whoever they play. They should have three losses, maybe four. I don’t buy into Clemson. “
On today’s show, Colin responded to Swinney’s postgame comments. He wasn’t mad at Swinney, he was happy for him and congratulated him on his incredible victory.
He did defend his comments to which Swinney referred. The fact is Clemson did struggle early in the year, including a 6-point win against Troy, and an overtime win at home against an eventual 6-loss N.C. State team thanks to a missed chip shot field goal.
“Tip of the cap to Clemson. They got better as the year progressed. They almost stubbed their toe a multitude of times. They lost to Pitt, and if a 33-yard field goal by an average North Carolina State team goes through, they end up in maybe the Peach or the Outback Bowl.”
He continued, “All I can say to Dabo Swinney is, you’re a hell of a coach, you made college football better. What they did last night was remarkable, great for the sport. They had great dignity. And I can take a punch.”
Congratulations to Dabo Swinney and Clemson on winning the school’s first football national title since 1981, and thanks for listening to the show.
Here’s Colin’s full response:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 10, 2017