Clemson Mayor, alumni look foward to championship football game

Dabo Swinney
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after their 23-17 win over Florida State in an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Swinney has been named the AP coach of the year, Monday, Dec. 21, after leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and spot in the College Football Playoffs. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Clemson students of years past are perhaps more excited than the rest to see Clemson take on Alabama next week.

Residents at Clemson Downs, a retirement community in Clemson, tell 7News this team has serious potential and reminds them of the 1981 championship squad.

Harold Jones graduated with the class of 1948 and attended last championship along with fellow Downs resident Noel Garvin with the class of 1947.

They’re hoping to watch Clemson go all the way again.

Mayor JC Cook also joined the rally crowds saying the championship win would give the city bragging rights and put the city on the map to attract other businesses and more people.

Activities Director Kathy Hunter said he knows the residents are excited but so are the staff members! Hunter is headed to the game and showed 7 News her ticket stub and newspaper from the title win in 1982.

Clemson is looking for their second national title. The 1981 squad won the Orange Bowl in 1982.

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