Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made good on his bet with Alabama head coach Nick Saban after the Tigers lost to the Crimson Tide in the national championship game.
The terms of the bet were that whoever lost the game would have to buy the other coach dinner. Swinney told Hannah Storm on SportsCenter on Monday that he paid for Saban to have dinner at a restaurant, but there was still some controversy.
Swinney said he gave Saban a gift certificate to Temptations in Boca Raton, Fla., on St. Patrick’s Day while both of them were on vacation. Saban didn’t expect that.
“Then he gets mad. ‘I thought we were going to eat together,'” Swinney recalled Saban saying. “And I was like, well, I didn’t know if we’d be able to work it out. But I don’t want to owe you.”
Saban also didn’t take kindly to the note Swinney wrote on the gift certificate. It said, “See you in Tampa next year.” He was referring to the national title game in Tampa, Fla., next January.
“Of course then he starts going, ‘We’re not going to Tampa. We’re no good,'” Swinney said.
Saban trying to downplay expectations for his team is nothing new. But he probably enjoyed the free dinner all the same.