Clemson celebrates latest title amid cheers and doughnuts
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.
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.
Ray was a backup last season as a sophomore but had 39 tackles, six tackles for loss and 21⁄
2 sacks. The former fivestar recruit from Madison, Alabama, is likely to contend for a starting role next season with Quinnen Williams and Isaiah Buggs leaving.
Cornerback Saivion A Smith is entering the NFL draft. He is the fifth Crimson Tide underclassmen to turn pro this week. The junior college transfer played in all 15 games during his lone season at Alabama, starting 12. He had 60 tackles, three interceptions and eight tackles for loss.
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 and spent 2018 as running backs coach at Kansas State. Barry spent the last four years as the assistant offensive line coach with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He served the previous five seasons at Central Michigan under new Miami offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
Hickson played at Kansas State, rushing for 2,537 yards and 25 touchdowns. He previously coached at two high schools in South Florida.
Barry played his college football at Central Michigan.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney speaks after a parade for their win over Alabama in the national title game on Saturday in Clemson, S.C.