Some of the time, when a player leaves a team midseason and that team later winds up winning a championship, the coaching staff decides to give the player a ring for his contributions to the program. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will not be doing that with former quarterback Kelly Bryant.
Swinney revealed Wednesday that the Tigers will not be rewarding Bryant with a national championship ring for the 2018 season. Bryant started at quarterback for the team’s first four games before being benched for freshman Trevor Lawrence.
Bryant, after the demotion, left the team and announced he’d be transferring. He wound up choosing Missouri ahead of the 2019 season.
Swinney explained to ESPN why he made the decision:
“He wasn’t on the team. You’ve gotta be on the team to get a ring,” Swinney told ESPN. “I love Kelly and appreciate what he did for us, but he decided to move on.”
Lawrence, as we all know, took the starting job and ran with it. He improved as the season went on – eventually dominating both Notre Dame and Alabama in the College Football Playoff.
While we’re sure Bryant is disappointed, he’s likely focused on his new program and teammates.
Clemson fans – did Dabo make the right decision here?