The college basketball corruption trial has been going a few weeks now, and various updates from the courtroom share a troubling underbelly.
One of the centerpieces of the trial has been Clemson men’s basketball assistant Steve Smith, who, while talking about the recruitment of Zion Williamson (who obviously eventually chose Duke), pulled Dabo Swinney’s football program into mix with a comment during a conversation captured on an FBI wiretap.
“That is why football is so successful, is if you do it and use resources at Clemson, like you can really keep everything tight,” Smith said.
Fittingly, Clemson announced earlier this morning that they had fired Smith.
Yesterday, at a Prowl and Growl event, Dabo responded to the allegations by Smith of his program by first sharing his disappointment.
“Just disappointed because I know how we run our program. I’m very proud of how we run our program. We’ve always been a program committed to doing things the right way, and we always will be,” Dabo shared via the Charlotte Observer.
Dabo later added that Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell reached out to apologize for the comments, and that he sincerely appreciated that.
Head here to read the full comments, and where things stand in the trial from the Charlotte Observer
Clemson football was also discussed via wiretap by Clemson basketball asst coach Steve Smith like this, in relation to Zion hoops recruitment: "That's why football is so successful, is if you do it and use resources at Clemson, like you can really keep everything tight."
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) April 25, 2019