When schools have as much success as Clemson has had in recent years, having guys transfer out isn’t all that uncommon.
Although, having a starter announce that he’s transferring out is something that isn’t seen all that often. Yet, that is exactly what happened when Mike Jones Jr announced he would be transferring from Clemson to LSU.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney met with the media on Wednesday and detailed the reasons behind the transfer and how the conversation went when Jones informed him of the decision.
“The conversation was great,” Swinney said. “I mean Mike is just an awesome kid and unbelievably committed and did a great job. He’s graduating in May and he just, I think, wants a little different experience.”
“Wants to move inside the box and this is just what he felt like was best for him,” Swinney said. “And again, my things always been about graduation. I think when a young man graduates, that’s to what it’s all about. And if he’s ready for a different experience, then we wish him well.
Swinney said that while he hates to see the veteran leave, he certainly doesn’t harbor any ill will over the decision and his feelings towards Jones have not, nor will not change.
“Hate to see him go, but did everything asked of him,” Swinney said. “Incredibly committed and again you know he finished from an academic standpoint, and proud of him, love him and know he’ll do great. So that’s that.”