Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney Discusses Players Who Consumed Banned Substances

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Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney seems to think his players might have consumed banned substances by accident.

Multiple players for the Tigers tested positive for the banned substance ostarine shortly before the college football playoff, and they all missed the game. Judging from some recent comments, Dabo seems to think there might not have been any malicious intent. (RELATED: NCAA Reveals If Clemson Players Will Remain Suspended)

The legendary college coach told The Post and Courier the following in an article published Saturday:

Oh yeah, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything. They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.

I love this line of reasoning from my guy Dabo, and he should stick to it no matter what. I don’t care if those guys ingested ostarine on purpose or not. Once you get caught for that, you have to hold the line at all costs.

Besides, they still won the title without their suspended players. It’s not like the NCAA had any impact on the absolute beatdown Clemson gave Alabama by putting three of the Tigers on the bench.

At this point, Clemson has to pretty much throw out every and any excuse possible for why that drug was in the system of players.

Pretty much, this is now a run out the clock situation. They just need to get to next season, and have this whole issue just get lost in the news cycle. (RELATED: Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title)

Now, is Dabo talking about it a good idea? Probably not, but at least he’s swinging for the fences with his excuses.


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Besides, there isn’t anything that’s taking away that national title trophy at this point. Go, Dabo, go!

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