Since taking over the Clemson football program, head coach Dabo Swinney has managed to keep controversy to a minimum both on and off the field. That all changed during the Tigers’ game against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday. That’s because Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. decided he was going to take matters into his own hands…literally.
After throwing a punch in the third-quarter, the freshman was ejected from the game. For his punishment, Swinney insisted the player ride a bus home 450 miles with the team managers instead of on a plane with the rest of the players.
During a special teams play, Booth clashed with Louisville’s Trenell Troutman and wrestled him to the ground before throwing a punch. Before officials could eject the corner for unsportsmanlike conduct, Swinney had already dismissed him to the locker room.
According to ESPN, Swinney said, “That’s not who we are and that’s not who he is,” while also mentioning, “He is disappointed in himself, embarrassed. He has apologized to our team and our AD. He’s been extremely remorseful. What happened is way out of character for who he is. Very pleased with how he has taken ownership. He had a long bus ride home last night and plenty of time to think about it.”
The Tigers program wasn’t short on apologies following the incident. First, Swinney showed remorse for Booth’s actions by apologizing to Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield. Then, the freshmen corner apologized to his teammates, coaches, and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich.
Regarding Booth’s discipline following the bus ride, Swinney said, “He rode back on our manager bus. That’s where it started. The rest of it will be handled in-house.”
Clemson remained undefeated after winning the game by a score of 45-10. The Tigers improve to 7-0, and are currently ranked fourth in the nation after being jumped in the polls by Ohio State.
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