Finding the ” Soul” in Sports

Dear Reader:

I have a strong suspicion that this particular college football season has tried many players, fans, and coaches’ souls across the country.

And for me, personally, Clemson has certainly experienced one of their most challenging seasons of late. No doubt a lot of soul searching has commenced among all the different ” players” involved including, not just the players, but the whole ” family ” who are the souls of the team-coaches, athletic personnel, administrators, parents, and the whole Clemson community.

In complete honesty I doubt few people didn’t suspect that this year would be different from the top national award-winning teams that preceded it… but I doubt to the extent of the depth of the ” drop. ”

If anybody’s soul has been tried, the most likely candidate would be Dabo… and no doubt he wonders how his team and the escalating injuries continue to fall under the category of ” snake bitten.” But then Dabo and his outlook on life differs from many of his coaching colleagues/ opponents. There is just something spiritually amazing about this man of faith-love of family and team-in fact the two becoming synonymous. For example:

Bad things happen in life… but it is how you respond that counts and Dabo is mentoring this philosophy everyday!

In other words, everyone can be ” Mr. Nice Guy” when things are going great-but what about when they aren’t? This year the Clemson team is told everyday that ” It doesn’t take talent to be a great team-just be a great human being and everything else will fall into place.

In other words Dabo’s love and affection hasn’t wavered because Clemson is struggling with an uncharacteristic “off-season” – Dabo never takes a day off encouraging and loving his players because the struggles are bonding the team closer personally.

There is no one big name now defining who Clemson is… Clemson is the whole team and all who love them through good times and tough ones.

So until tomorrow… I have no doubt that several upperclassmen players now fully understand and appreciate Coach Dabo’s favorite quote:

Let the light that shines IN you-be brighter than the light that shines ON you!”

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Military Recognition Day and a wonderful appreciative win for Clemson -We love ❤️ you Dabo!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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