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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney enjoys a different kind of offseason win streak

It’s good to be Dabo Swinney.

In the four months since the Clemson coach led his Tigers to an unprecedented 15-0 season and the program’s second national championship in three years, Swinney has been enjoying the spoils that come with leading one of the top programs in college football.

He recently signed a 10-year contract extension worth $93 million, making him the highest-paid college football coach, and last week, he took his family on the road for a whirlwind sports tour that continued his stretch of good luck.

It all started in Houston on May 4 when the 49-year-old Swinney was on hand to see the Rockets defeat the Golden State Warriors in overtime in Game 3 of their NBA second-round playoff series. Then it was up to St. Louis on May 6, where the Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies. On Tuesday, he was in Toronto, where he watched the Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their playoff series. He was even invited to take to the court prior to the game for a quick two-on-two game.

“I was hoping you were going to tell me that some teams might need a 10-day-contract guy when you saw my jumper,” Swinney joked when asked about the pick-up game during this week’s ACC spring meetings.

“We had a blast. It was me and my sons and it’s something that we’ve done for a couple of years now. This year, everywhere we went, someone is taking your picture. Next thing I know, people were following me everywhere we went.”

The following day, he was in Milwaukee, where he witnessed the Brewers defeat the Washington Nationals before heading over to watch the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their playoff series.

On Thursday, he was in Chicago to watch the Cubs beat the Miami Marlins, giving him a sweep (6-0).

Swinney said this year’s trip was no different than what his family has done in the past.

“What do you do with grown boys? We like to watch sports, we like to eat and we like to work out,” Swinney added. “It was pretty cool that every team won. We were like, 'Dang, boys, we’re 3-0; we have a streak going."

Swinney said one of the highlights of the trip was when he met Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo before their game against the Marlins.

“I told Rizzo before the game, ‘Hey man, I’m just telling you, we’re 5-0 now, I expect the ball to fly off the bat today,’ and sure enough he hits a home run. As he’s running off the field, he looks up at me and says 6-0," Swinney recalled, laughing.

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