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What Dabo Swinney Has Said About His Players Playing Intramural Basketball

Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, video surfaced of Clemson superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence shoving an opponent during an intramural basketball game. The video sparked a few debates over Lawrence's conduct, and whether such a high-caliber football prospect should be playing in intramural hoops at all.

So far, Dabo Swinney hasn't issued a statement about his quarterback's conduct. It seems pretty unlikely that there will be any discipline, though I'm sure its been addressed in private.

He has, however, recently discussed how he feels about his Tigers playing intramural hoops in general. While some coaches probably wouldn't be thrilled with his guys playing, Swinney is publicly supportive of it.

He argues that it helps the team bond, especially as new players enter the fold. From The State:

“Hey, it is what it is, you know. These guys need to be kids, too,” Swinney said. “They’re just having fun and enjoying being college people and doing what college kids do.”

Swinney added that intramural basketball is a huge deal right now for the football team with veteran players recruiting newcomers to join them.

There are several different teams, but one in particular with Justyn Ross, Tee Higgins, Diondre Overton and others stands out.

“These recruits, nobody really cares what they can do on the football field. What they really care about, what they’re really excited about, is who they’re going to put on their intramural basketball team,” Swinney said. “It’s a lot of fun to see that group. ... But it’s a big deal around here. It’s a big deal.”

Four-star signee Bryton Constantin is set to have an MRI on his knee after an injury suffered during a high school basketball game. There is a concern that he may have a torn ACL.

We'll see if Swinney changes his tune at all given these recent incidents. So far, he has been quiet on all accounts.

[The State]