Back in November, Colin Cowherd went on his Fox Sports radio show and said that he didn’t think there was any way Clemson was going to compete for the College Football Playoff national championship this season. He went as far as to call the Tigers a "fraud" while saying that he wasn’t buying into the team.
"Clemson’s a fraud," Cowherd said. "Clemson is going to get their ears boxed by whoever they play. They should have three losses, maybe four. I don’t buy into Clemson. They’re the New York Giants of college football. I don’t care what their record is. I don’t buy into them. And I had Clemson in the final four, so I should be rooting for them. I got no dog in the fight here. I think USC is the second-best team in the country, and Vegas agrees."
On Monday night, Clemson proved that they were most definitely not a fraud this season. They beat Alabama 35-31 in the CFP title game, thanks to a legendary performance from their star quarterback Deshaun Watson. And after the game ended, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney went out of his way to call Cowherd out for what he said almost two months ago. He said that he thinks Cowherd is the one who is a "fraud" during a fiery postgame interview.
"At the end of the day, we left no doubt tonight," Swinney said. "We wanted to play Alabama, because now y’all got to change your stories. You got to change the narrative. Y’all got to mix it up. The guy that called us a fraud, ask Alabama if we’re a fraud. What’s his name? Colin Cowherd? I never met him, I don’t know him. Ask Alabama if we’re a fraud. Ask Ohio State if we’re a fraud. Ask Oklahoma if we’re a fraud. The only fraud is that guy, because he didn’t do his homework. I hope y’all print that."
Wow. How long do you think he’s been keeping that inside?
Cowherd hasn’t responded to Swinney’s comments yet, but he’s a guy who gets paid a lot of money to talk on the radio everyday so you would think he will have something to say later Tuesday.
Cowherd wasn’t the only person Swinney targeted during his postgame interview, either. He also ripped those who chose not to vote for Watson for the Heisman Trophy this season. "He didn’t lose out on the Heisman," Swinney said, "the Heisman lost out on him. They lost out on an opportunity to be attached to this guy forever. But this guy, his class, this was his Heisman tonight, and this was really what he wanted. This is what he came to Clemson to do."
You’ll have to excuse Swinney for feeling himself at the moment. Outside of the high that comes along with winning a national championship game, Swinney also became just the fifth coach to ever beat fellow coaches Nick Saban and Urban Meyer in the same season—and he did it in a matter of less than 10 days. So something tells us he’s going to enjoy every second of the victory parade that's going to be thrown in his honor over the course of the next week.