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I’ve had many conversations with friends since the loss to LSU on January 13th. Such as things that went wrong, and things that might could have been done differently. Also, how great that 29 game winning streak felt while it lasted, as well as many other things.
One thing that I have thought about a lot over the last few days, is what did we learn from that one loss? We learned that we are very fortunate to be blessed with a coach, assistant coaches, and players (both former and current) that win and lose with class, dignity, and honor.
It was a debilitating loss, and no one wants to lose the last game of the season. Clemson fans haven’t seen this side of the game very often over the last few seasons, something most are thankful for.
So when it happened last Monday night, it wasn’t expected. However, neither was what we would see over the next few days.
Our coach, instead of whining and griping about horrible officiating, told the media that they did not do what was needed to win, giving credit to LSU. Dabo thanked the LORD for blessing him with the ability and opportunity to coach this team and work with this staff.
He then promised the fans that they would come back home, and work to get better. That next season would be as good or better than this season. His players and assistant coaches would follow suit.
Before the big game we got to see video of the Power Rangers mobbing Dabo and showing support for their former teammates and coaches. We got stories of how they went into the locker room after the game, and helped console their former teammates. They gave them advice on how to get themselves ready for not only next season, but for their future in the NFL.
Meanwhile, just on the opposite side of the Superdome, there was video of a former LSU player handing out wads of cash to current LSU players and bragging about having their back.
We later got news about officers from NOPD having to enter the LSU locker room because of things that their players were doing, such as smoking cigars in a smoke free area. We found out later that an arrest warrant was issued for OBJ for his actions in the locker room.
We also got word that their quarterback, Joe Burrow, was bragging about taking money from OBJ and celebrating with him all night long, but not remembering most of it due to what he had put into his body.
I still hate the taste that the loss left in my mouth, but at the same time I am so thankful that because of the Clemson culture, we don’t have to worry about things like this inside the Clemson football program.
History has shown that Dabo does not put up with “me” first players and recruits the right people for Clemson. They win as a team, and lose as a team and they do it with class….. On and off the field!!!