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If Levi’s Stadium was supposed to put Santa Clara on the map … well, it’s not quite working.
After destroying Alabama in the national championship Monday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney joyfully spoke on the broadcast, referring to Santa Clara as “wherever-the-heck [in] California we are.”
To be fair, Levi’s Stadium is geographically confusing on national broadcasts. On Monday, the halftime show was staged on Treasure Island, some 46 miles away. And don’t forget about all the glamorous shots of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. If you didn’t google Santa Clara’s location, you’d assume it’s just down the street.
California got a different type of shoutout from the South Carolina team’s players. On the winners’ podium, Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell gave their version of the famed Death Row speech from the 1995 Source Awards. Delivered by Compton’s Suge Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, the speech took aim at East Coast rival Puff Daddy, who Knight portrayed as weak and fame-hungry.
“Anyone out there who wanna be a recording artist and wanna stay a star, but don’t have to worry about the executive producer trying to be all in the videos, all on the records, dancing, come to Death Row,” Knight said.
The Clemson version, shouted from the field at Levi’s Stadium, went like this:
“We on the West Coast so a lot of y’all might understand this,”Ferrell said. “For any recruits out there, if you wanna come to a program where you ain’t gotta worry about your coach all up in the locker room, dancing, come to Death Valley.”
Death Valley is the nickname for Clemson’s infamously hostile home stadium.
The Tigers rolled over the Crimson Tide 44-16 to become the first top-division team to go 15-0 since Penn in 1897.
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