Tigers cel­e­brate ti­tle amid cheers and dough­nuts

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Sports -

Clem­son is cel­e­brat­ing its sec­ond na­tional foot­ball ti­tle in three sea­sons with a pa­rade and rally be­fore thou­sands of fans on a chilly, over­cast morn­ing.

Spec­ta­tors stood seven or eight deep along the route, with All-Amer­i­can de­fen­sive tackle Chris­tian Wilkins dis­play­ing a vic­tory cigar and toss­ing dough­nuts to the crowd. Quar­ter­back Trevor Lawrence rode a flat-bed truck with dozens of team­mates.

The pa­rade ended out­side Clem­son’s sta­dium. Coach Dabo Swin­ney ac­cepted the Cot­ton Bowl tro­phy and the na­tional cham­pi­onship prize to the cheers of a mostly full arena.

Wilkins, Clem­son’s heart and soul this sea­son, apol­o­gized for cry­ing on tele­vi­sion fol­low­ing the 44-16 rout of Alabama in the ti­tle game that left Clem­son with an un­de­feated sea­son.

No­table

Alabama: De­fen­sive line­man LaBryan Ray has been ar­rested on a pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion charge.

Tuscaloosa Po­lice spokes­woman Lt. Teena Richard­son says Ray was ar­rested Fri­day at about 7 p.m. after re­fus­ing to leave an es­tab­lish­ment at Mid­town Vil­lage. Se­cu­rity de­tained him un­til po­lice ar­rived.

Cor­ner­back Saiv­ion

A Smith is en­ter­ing the NFL draft. He is the fifth Crim­son Tide un­der­class­men to turn pro this week.

Mi­ami: The Hur­ri­canes an­nounced the hir­ings of run­ning backs coach Eric Hick­son and of­fen­sive line coach Butch Barry on Satur­day.

Hick­son is a na­tive of nearby Fort Laud­erdale.

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