SI: Reborn in Death Valley


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From SI:

Dabo Swinney, the young Clemson coach, was talking to a group of old players last Friday night at a reunion of the 1981 Tigers, the only Clemson team to win a national title. The players, most of them, had seen 50 come and go, and a few were wearing pleated Dockers with cellphones on their belts and championship rings on their thick fingers. Full onset middle age. Danny Ford, an even younger coach himself 30 years ago, sat on a sofa and listened as Swinney suddenly found himself talking about ... Steve Jobs.

"Steve Jobs?" Swinney asked the room. You could hear his mossy boyhood near Birmingham in the way he said the name. Dabo got his own moniker from an older brother who called the new kid in the house, christened Christopher, a variant of dat boy. "The Apple guy?" Yes, of course: Steve Jobs, the Apple guy. The whole room knew, but Swinney understands the wisdom in taking nothing for granted. "I heard a quote about him from President Obama. President Obama says, 'This was a man who was brave enough to think differently.'"

Ford, now 63, and his Clemson team were brave enough to think differently, Coach Dabo said, and they won the national title. The 41-year-old Swinney (pronounced SWEE-nee) was challenging himself and his team to do the same—and make the Tigers, who have not won even an ACC championship in 20 years, special again.

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spacer Football Update: SI: Reborn in Death Valley
B-Meist®
spacer "You are on the verge of greatness..."
GraniteTiger99
spacer Full-length feature in this week's SI?
uproar84®
spacer Re: Full-length feature in this week's SI?
GraniteTiger99
spacer I wouldn't think we are...
uproar84®
spacer Re: I wouldn't think we are...
GraniteTiger99
spacer Its a baseball cover
AdamD021
spacer Who cares? We've exorcised so many demons this season
darkhuntingtiger
spacer The only SI I have has Tuttle on the Cover
Neal in NC®
spacer Here's to hoping Dabo isn't a fan of Obama
CloerTiger
spacer Re: Here's to hoping Dabo isn't a fan of Obama
Dugatiger®
spacer 4 more years! 4 more years!
Filo Betto
spacer And Steve Jobs told Obama he's headed for a one term
foy13
spacer Re: 4 more years! 4 more years!
Dugatiger®
spacer Re: Here's to hoping Dabo isn't a fan of Obama
burt864
spacer Re: Here's to hoping Dabo isn't a fan of Obama
Dugatiger®
spacer Who gives a crap what he thinks politically?
darkhuntingtiger
spacer He didn't think anything politically. He just quoted what
Filo Betto
spacer Oh I know...the other guy wondered if Dabo liked him
darkhuntingtiger
spacer Of all the things in this article that you choose to comment
gobosox921
spacer That's a really great article***
striperfan
spacer Wouldn't trade our Head Coach for any body . . .
Rocky the Tiger®
spacer Re: Wouldn't trade our Head Coach for any body . . .
ikadelic32
spacer His name is pronounced SWEE - NEE?
TigerPress
spacer It's pronounced like "Sweeney" even though it is spelled
clemsonsuzi®
spacer Great article. Special team.***
MDT1GER
spacer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3trEzCusvc&feature=related***
brenttCU15
spacer Tried to make that middle paragraph way too fancy.
sh3nry16®
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