Written by Don Byrd
Dabo Swinney released a statement today responding to allegations that he promotes his Christian faith improperly through the football program at Clemson, a public university. A letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation suggested Christian worship was “interwoven” into the football program and requested the coach make changes, including eliminating the chaplain position.
In response, Swinney did not respond to the specific allegations, but assured that all are welcome in his program.
USAToday has quotes from the statement:
“I have recruited and coached players of many different faiths. Players of any faith or no faith at all are welcome in our program. All we require in the recruitment of any player is that he must be a great player at his position, meet the academic requirements, and have good character.”
“Recruiting is very personal,” Swinney said. “Recruits and their families want — and deserve — to know who you are as a person, not just what kind of coach you are. I try to be a good example to others, and I work hard to live my life according to my faith.”