Road trip: Dabo Swinney had unique punishment for Clemson player ejected during Louisville game
Clemson CB Andrew Booth Jr. was ejected from the Louisville game when he punched a player during the third quarter. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney was not happy with Booth – to put it mildly.
On his Sunday teleconference with the media, Swinney revealed that Booth was forced to ride the managers’ bus back to Clemson instead of joining his teammates on the plane.
“He rode back on our manager bus. That’s where it started,” Swinney said, as transcribed by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “The rest of it will be handled in-house.”
Booth had a long time to think about his actions. The ride from Louisville, Kentucky to Clemson, South Carolina is about 450 miles.
Swinney, who personally apologized to Louisville coach Scott Saterfield for Booth’s actions, said he is pleased with how Booth has handled himself since the ejection.
“[He] has responded well,” Swinney said, per Schlabach. “He is disappointed in himself, embarrassed. He has apologized to our team and our AD. He’s been extremely remorseful. What happened is way out of character for who he is. Very pleased with how he has taken ownership. He had a long bus ride home last night and plenty of time to think about it.”
Booth’s teammates will probably make sure they avoid making the same mistake and avoiding the long bus ride.