SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have had an incredible 2019. They’re the undefeated national champions and recruiting at a historically good level. But ESPN’s Paul Finebaum pointed out a controversy involving Kelly Bryant that could haunt Dabo Swinney and company.Earlier this week Swinney revealed that the team had no intentions of giving a national championship ring to former starting quarterback Kelly Bryant. Swinney reportedly told Sports Illustrated, “You’ve gotta be on the team to get a ring.”Finebaum took some offense to the comment from Swinney, calling his stance “petty and vindictive.” He added that the statement may “come back to haunt him in recruiting.”Bryant left the Tigers in the middle of the season after being benched for true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence would go on to lead the Tigers to a national title win over Alabama. It is difficult for Dabo to appear more petty and vindictive. This will come back to haunt him in recruiting. https://t.co/1EeJc1GD3n— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 8, 2019Whatever one may feel about Bryant’s decision to leave the team in the middle of the season, it would be unfair to suggest he didn’t play a factor in the team’s title win.Bryant started Clemson’s first four games, winning both against Furman and Texas A&M. He may not have seen the season through to completion, but he should still get props for his role in four of Clemson’s 15 wins.Bryant has since transferred to Missouri.
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