It was one of those things that hardly seems worth mentioning, but in the big picture is worth so much.
On Saturday, Clemson will play Pittsburgh in its final home game of the 2017 season. Final home games are also generally called “Senior Day’s’, and feature a halftime ceremony in which a school honors players participating in the final home game of their career.
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney made an adjustment this week, including QB DeShaun Watson, WR Artavis Scott, RB Wayne Gallman and WR Mike Wallace in the ceremony. None are seniors, but all four players have told Swinney that this will be their last home game with the Tigers because they want to pursue NFL careers next season.
Swinney never hesitated in agreeing. “”We’ll have the guys (honored) that aren’t going to be back,” said Swinney.
It was a small act by a big time coach doing a little thing for his players. But it was significant, which is why Dabo Swinney is this week’s TMGcollegesports’ Newsmaker of the Week.