Tigers to visit White House on Jan. 14

The State - - Sports - BY BEN BREINER [email protected]­tate.com

Two years ago, it took un­til May for things to be set for Clem­son foot­ball’s White House visit.

After the 2019 Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off ti­tle, it took less than a week to an­nounce and will hap­pen eight days after the game.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced Dabo Swin­ney and his Tigers will visit Wash­ing­ton D.C. on Jan. 14th. The Tigers topped Alabama 44-16 on Mon­day in Cal­i­for­nia.

Dur­ing the 2017 visit, around a dozen Tigers were in­vited to the Oval Of­fice.

“All of you played with such tremen­dous heart and de­ter­mi­na­tion. You never, ever gave up,” Trump said. “You can never give up in life. And it all paid off. With your grit and re­solve, you proved one of the most im­por­tant truths in life: that suc­cess is about how hard you are will­ing to fight in or­der to over­come and in or­der to win.”

Trump was the first pres­i­dent to host the Tigers since Ron­ald Re­gan and will do it twice.

Clem­son be­came the first team to go 15-0 in col­lege foot­ball history. No team has come within 20 points of the Tigers since Septem­ber and they have gone 55-4 the past four sea­sons.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony in 2016, Swin­ney noted he’d been as a player with Alabama, and not got a chance for a re­turn.

“I re­ally thought we were go­ing to be here last year, but we came up short,” Swin­ney said of Alabama’s 45-40 win in 2016. “I’m so thank­ful and glad my play­ers and my staff got a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence what I ex­pe­ri­enced as a player as a part of the Alabama na­tional cham­pi­onship team in 1992.”

Now, he and his squad will get to do it all over again.

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