For the second consecutive year, Dabo Swinney has his Clemson Tigers playing for the National Championship (coincidentally against Nick Saban and Alabama again). Dabo’s approach is perhaps a bit hokey and corny, but it has obviously been quite successful in turning the Tigers into a national power. Part of Dabo’s lore has been his use of colloquial phrases he’s always using with players. My favorites are listed below and Yahoo did a neat video asking Clemson players which Dabo-ism was their favorite (LINK). Beneath the Dabo-isms are some of my favorite articles detailing his approach.
-BYOG Game : Bring Your Own Guts Game
-Bloom where you’re planted
-Be All In
-It’s not about W-H-O we play. It’s about H-O-W we play. It’s about Clemson.
-We work too hard to be miserable
-Champions are made when the stands are empty
-Average as grits
-There’s no elevator to success. You gotta take the stairs.
-This ain’t no beauty pageant. It’s about finding a way to win.
-Until we win a couple of national championships, we will always be little old Clemson. We need to stick a flag in that mountain
-He’s a five-star recruit but a ten-star person
-It’s only unthinkable if you don’t think it
-We’re just the rednecks that moved into the nice neighborhood
-Do what I can, while I can, so that when I cannot, I will not wish that I would have when I could have
-Best is the standard
-If you’ve got hope, that gives you power in the present
-Ducks quack and eagles soar
-Be the Example
For more on Dabo:
-For Dabo, “All In” is not just a slogan – it’s a leadership philosophy (LINK)
-It’s how you win that matters (LINK)
-Dabo emphasized more than X’s and O’s to turn around Clemson (LINK)
-How Dabo turned Clemson into a model program by not being Alabama (LINK)
-You don’t know Dabo (LINK)