Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney responded publicly for the first time since being accused of promoting Christianity and violating the separation of church and state in the first amendment of the Constitution.
On April 10th, the Freedom From Religion Foundation based in Madison, Wisconsin sent a letter of complaint to Clemson accusing Swinney of organizing religious activities for players while acting as a state employee.
Swinney released the following statement through the University on Wednesday:
"Over the past week or two, there has been a lot of discussion of my faith. We have three rules in our program that everybody must follow: (1) players must go to class, (2) they must give a good effort and (3) they must be good citizens. It is as simple as that.
I have recruited and coached players of many different faiths. 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. 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 FFRF is looking for Clemson to remove its team chaplain, James Trapp, as well as stop team prayers, sermons, Bible studies and group church attendance by the team.