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Dabo Swinney might not be the most popular guy in the Clemson locker room if he goes through with a plan to rescind scholarships.
The Clemson Tigers are three scholarships over the 85 limit, and that means cuts have to be made somewhere.
Swinney, who has two national titles with Clemson, made it clear the first place the team will start is with three former walk-ons who previously earned scholarships.
“Last year we were able to put (Holden) Caspersen, the snapper on. He deserves it. Hunter Helms, and then Domonique Thomas. Those are three guys that came here as walk-ons, and all of those guys we felt earned scholarships. But in a situation like this, that is where you would have to start. Who knows, though, what will happen? We have until August. Somebody may leave, I don’t know. We’ve got a plan and we will be at 85 when we get to September,” Swinney told the media when talking about needing to potentially cut some scholarship from former walk-ons, according to TigerNet.com.
“We tell them up front. We can’t guarantee you this next year, but hopefully, we will be able to keep you on. It’s always a year-to-year thing,” the Clemson coach further told the press.
Swinney is also speaking a bit from experience. He started his career at Alabama as a walk-on before earning a scholarship.
Is Dabo Swinney the bad guy in this situation?
It might sound harsh to hear, but this is the reality of major college sports. It’s not a charity. It’s a de-facto business.
We can all pretend it’s not, but that’s just the reality of the situation. There are rules and standards that have to be met.
Swinney is taking a bit of heat online, but he’s simply telling the truth about the reality Clemson is facing.
Nobody wants to see a young man lose a scholarship after earning one as a walk-on. That’s a tough conversation to have, but it’s a necessary one.
It reminds me of the scene in “Miracle” when Herb Brooks had to cut Ralph Cox after all the hard work he put in.
You better believe Dabo Swinney is hoping a couple kids outside of the playing rotations transfer and solve this problem for him. That would save him a lot of awkward conversations. If not, there’s no doubt he’ll pull walk-ons’ scholarships like he’s stealing candy from a baby. It’s the nature of the beast.
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OR …. $$$ from Clemson’s Collective could be funneled to the former walk-ons to cover their tuition, etc costs. That is totally outside the NCAA’s 85 limit. How the costs are covered is irrelevant so long as it does not come from the kids or their parents. … Next problem!
Should the headline be “…-_From_ Former Walk-Ons”?
I feel bad for the kids but not everyone can get a participation trophey. Every College team has to make tough decisions and play they best players.