National Signing Day is typically a day loaded with good news for college football programs around the country. South Carolina football added a bevy of blue chip players and some lower-rated prospects who could end up just as good. The rival Clemson Tigers did the same.
However, a secondary storyline was hanging over the Clemson football program on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Clemson Ring of Honor member Terry Kinard accused head coach Dabo Swinney of targeted verbal abuse of his son Jaden, a (now former) member of Swinney's football team.
According to a long Facebook post by Kinard, after Jaden made the decision to transfer from Clemson, Swinney made it a point to bully him as he tried to finish out the season.
Kinard's entire post can be read in the link below:
Kinard alleged that Swinney "purposefully belittled" and "insulted" the younger Kinard and "called him names" in a "two-day public onslaught" in front of his teammates. Swinney came out on Wednesday and denied the allegations.
Kinard, a Clemson legend and great player for the New York Giants in the NFL, as well, understands the tough nature of coaching (he played for Danny Ford and Bill Parcells!!!!), but he claims that Dabo Swinney went way beyond what is acceptable in coaching in his handling of his son.
To be fair, this is just one side of this story. If what is alleged is true, then Dabo Swinney should face some form of consequence. Plus, the sheer stupidity of doing this to the son of a Clemson football Ring of Honor member like Kinard adds another level to this story...if it is true.
However, until and unless more details come out regarding what happened, reserving judgment is wisest.
For Terry Kinard, though, no further judgment is needed. He went as far as to say that the whole ordeal has caused him to disavow his alma mater: "The Kinard family are no longer loyal Clemson football fans!"