Jan 11, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney is presented with the 2014 Orange Bowl trophy during half time of the game against the Duke Blue Devils at J.C. Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Football: Dabo Swinney responds to religion criticisms

About a week ago Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney came under fire from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, who filed a complaint with the university about how much of his Christian beliefs he instills into his football program.

On Wednesday, Swinney issued this statement in response to the complaint:

Over the past week or two, there has been a lot of discussion of my faith,” Swinney wrote in the statement. “Players of any faith or no faith at all are welcome in our program. All we require in the recruitment of any player is that he must be a great player at his position, meet the academic requirements, and have good character.

Recruiting is very personal. Recruits and their families want – and deserve – to know who you are as a person, not just what kind of coach you are,” Swinney wrote. “I try to be a good example to others, and I work hard to live my life according to my faith. I am proud of the great success we have had in developing good players and good men at Clemson.

We win at the highest level and we graduate players who excel on the field and in life because of their time in Death Valley. I want to thank Clemson University and all the people who have reached out to offer their support and encouragement over the past few weeks.

The complaint also states that Swinney uses his faith to arrange bible studies, among other things, which the group contends that Swinney should not be allowed to do.

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