Dabo Swinney and Deshaun Watson formed one of the most formidable duos in recent college football history.
In 2015, the pair led Clemson to a 12-0 regular season record, an ACC championship, and a slot in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Alabama. Although they would go on to lose to the Crimson Tide that year, they got their revenge one year later.
Because of how much success Watson and Swinney experienced together, there was even some chatter at one point about them teaming up once again at the NFL level. That didn’t end up materializing, but it did speak to the bond they shared.
Understandably, this week, in light of Watson’s many legal woes, Swinney was asked about his former quarterback during a press conference.
“I’ve communicated with Deshaun over the last year or so quite a bit,” Swinney said, as transcribed by 247 Sports. “He’s kind of at the back end of it. He’s been through all the legal stuff and now he’s kind of dealing with the last part of it. Not quite finality of it, but eventually it will be and he’ll move forward.”
It seems like things between Watson and Swinney are fine, despite the issues the quarterback has faced. Much like Watson’s girlfriend, who doesn’t appear to care much about everything that has happened, Swinney too doesn’t appear to be too rattled about the allegations made against his former pupil.
While some of the disturbing messages between Watson and his accusers that came out turned a portion of his one-time supporters against him, others have remained firmly in his corner despite them.
Things were further complicated when a son recently emerged and told officials that his mother had lied in her claims against Watson.
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So in that vein, Swinney’s continued support for Watson is unsurprising.
Will Watson continue to slowly gain back favor now that he, as he himself has said, is on the “back end” of this entire process?
Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.