Nick Saban pays off bet with Dabo Swinney


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Swinney is congratulated by Saban after Clemson's 35-31 win in the title game (Photo by Kirby Lee, USAT)

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney have had friendly wagers the past two seasons, with Swinney paying up after Alabama defeated Clemson in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Saban has now returned the favor after Clemson defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff title game.

"Absolutely. He paid up on my spring break," Swinney told Mark Packer on College Sports Today Friday. "His spring break was the week before mine. He got me a really nice dinner certificate to a place called Temptation down in Florida. We had a great - probably the best meal I’ve ever had. It was awesome. We had appetizers and dessert to go with it. It was great. I did have to dip into my pocket for 50 bucks, though, but it was all good."

Swinney said Saban has been "gracious" since the game in January.

"He was very gracious in that regard. With our fundraiser we’re having tonight, he actually signed a couple of helmets for me," Swinney said of his All In Ball. "I really appreciate the graciousness of Coach Saban. I’ve seen him a couple of times and will be with him later on in May. He’s been nothing but very gracious. It was a heck of a football game. It was just like last year. A couple of plays like it was last year. Let’s do it again next year. Rubber match, let’s go."

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