Anyone that’s been around a football team knows that players cussing is a pretty standard occurrence, but not at Clemson.
Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney places an emphasis on developing players both on and off the field. Becoming a good football player isn’t enough when one plays for Clemson – it’s all about becoming a good human being.
To help develop a strong culture built on discipline, Swinney is tough on the players when it comes to cussing. The Clemson head coach allows his players to use just three curse words – damn, hell and ass. According to Swinney, he allows those curse words because each is listed in The Bible.
The Tigers have bought in to the rule regarding profanity. The strict policy places an emphasis on letting the play on the field do all the talking. Junior offensive lineman Jackson Carman explained the rule and kept things simple:
“We try to keep it clean at practice,” Carman said, via The Post and Courier. “We know we have recruits or administrators or former players around.”
When asked whether the players can use any profanity whatsoever, Carman replied: “Unless it’s in the Bible.”
It’s pretty rare to have a culture like this in football – especially with so many young adults in the program.
But Swinney’s recent success shadows any odd policies within the Clemson program.