Football Dabo Swinney to attend Alabama-Arkansas game on Saturday


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Dabo Swinney to attend Alabama-Arkansas game on Saturday

Dabo Swinney is coming back to Tuscaloosa ... if only for one night.

A Clemson spokesman confirmed the Tiger head coach will travel to Alabama for Saturday night's commemoration of the 1992 Crimson Tide national championship team. The school is honoring the 25th anniversary of the title claimed with a Sugar Bowl upset of No. 1 Miami.

Swinney will fly in Saturday afternoon after his Clemson Tigers play at Syracuse on Friday night.

A Pelham product, Swinney began as a walk-on at Alabama. He lettered three years from 1990-92 as a receiver. After getting his degree, Swinney was a graduate assistant at Alabama from 1993-95 and coached a number of positional groups from 1996-2000.

The Clemson head coach since 2008, Swinney won his first national title in January by beating his alma mater 35-31 in Tampa.
They won't be introducing players from that team (they stopped doing that a few years ago). I'd be curious to see how many people cheer and how many boo if they did introduce the attendees.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will be in attendance for Arkansas-Alabama
The former Alabama WR and current Clemson coach will be honored with the 1992 Crimson Tide

Ten months ago, Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers stunned the Alabama Crimson Tide to claim Clemson's first national title since 1981. Saturday afternoon, Swinney will be celebrating one as a member of the Crimson Tide.

Swinney will be in attendance Saturday night in Tuscaloosa when the Crimson Tide hosts Arkansas, along with many of his teammates from the 1992 Alabama national championship team that topped Miami in the Sugar Bowl, a Clemson spokesman confirmed to

A Pelham, Alabama-native who was born in Birmingham, Swinney walked on at Alabama and caught four passes for 48 yards during the 1992 season.

"I always tell everybody, I was a crawl-on," Swinney said prior to the playing Alabama in January. "I was one notch below a walk-on. I crawled on the field out there. I had to go through -- they didn't invite me to come out. I had to go through Rich Wingo's weight room program. But it was an unbelievable experience for me. My very first spring in the fall of '88, I was in the weight room, and went through this – they'd put us all in jail today, this program. But to get to go out that spring and be a part of the Crimson Tide was unbelievable for me. I mean, grew up in a small town, first one to go off to college, and I was one of those kids that watched the Bear Bryant Show every Sunday, and every time Alabama was on or on the radio, I was listening, fight you in school if you talked bad about them."

As Swinney's Alabama career progressed, so did his goals as a player.

"It was surreal for me to finally be in the room and to be introduced to the team, guys that I went on to the teammates with and great friends with to this day," he said in January. "So at the time I just wanted to be on the team, and then it was – I just wanted to gain some respect. Then I wanted them to learn my name. Then it was, okay, I want to play. Then I want to get a scholarship. So it just kind of went from there. It was an incredible journey for me to be a national champion my senior year and to be a part of an incredible senior class."

Will he be scouting for his current team, just in case we do get Alabama-Clemson Part III in the College Football Playoff after this season. Surely he'll take a look on the field to see what has changed while enjoying the time with his old teammates.

Swinney and the Tigers play Syracuse on the road Friday night. The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks are set to kick off Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. ET at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will be in attendance for Arkansas-Alabama