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Dabo Swinney’s behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic under scrutiny
Dabo Swinney, Clemson University’s head football coach, considers his Easter travel plans. South Carolina, where Clemson is located, is among the few states without a stay-at-home order in place. Getty Images

Dabo Swinney, Clemson University’s head football coach, considers his Easter travel plans. South Carolina, where Clemson is located, is among the few states without a stay-at-home order in place. Getty Images

DRC core faculty Jennifer Trivedi discusses messaging, disasters, and college football.

By Jennifer Trivedi, MarketWatch: Outside the Box

Published: April 6, 2020 at 7:37 a.m. ET

Many American college football coaches have been speaking out about the importance of listening to official instructions about the coronavirus and its resulting COVID-19 illness — instructions like washing hands and staying home whenever possible.

Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney seems to be bucking the trend. Not only has he not released a public service announcement asking people to stay home, but he has openly discussed his own vacation and holiday travel plans, as Dennis Dodd described on CBSSports.com:

“The coach also noted that his family has traveled once to Florida via private plane for vacation and may do so [again] for Easter. ‘The plane was sanitized,’ he said. ‘We don’t have any concern.’ ”

Coach Swinney’s commentary and actions not only put himself and his family at risk, but also all of the people with whom they interact on their travels. It is unclear whether the coach has abided by South Carolina’s recommended two-week post-travel quarantine.

He has also put his fans at risk. Read more at MarketWatch: Outside the Box.

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