Tavien Feaster is far from the first high profile player to grad transfer from a national champion. Most don’t go over to a hated in-state rival, though.
The former Clemson running back leaves the national champion Tigers for the South Carolina Gamecocks. After the decision, which came down to SC and Virginia Tech, he received a ton of support from his former Tiger teammates online.
It sounds like Dabo Swinney remains on his side as well…at least, until his staff has to gameplan for him in November.
Tavien Feaster spoke to the media for the first time as a South Carolina Gamecock today, and revealed what Dabo Swinney told him after the decision.
Feaster says that a day before he graduated from Clemson, Swinney reached out to him with a pretty cool message.
From The State:
“He actually texted me the other day, a day before graduation,” Feaster said of Swinney. “Me and him had some kind words and I’m very thankful for him. He gave me an opportunity to step on a college football field and I’m forever grateful for Coach Swinney.
“He just told me nobody gave me anything, I earned it. That put a big smile on my face.”
Swinney has become a pretty divisive figure within college football. As far as coaches go, he runs a pretty open program and is appreciated by the national media for it. He’s also made some pretty controversial statements and decisions, especially in an era where the debate about player compensation appears to be moving farther in the direction opposite the classic amateur model of college football.
However you feel about him, with regard to the Feaster situation, it seems like he’s handled things pretty well.