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Dabo Swinney: ESPN Cuts Coach’s Epic Speech To Anchors On iPads — Awkward Video

Sun, October 4, 2015 1:02pm EDT by 2 Comments

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was right in the middle of an epic speech after his team beat Notre Dame on Oct. 3 when the camera cut to the SportsCenter studio, and the two hosts were just playing on their iPad and computer and completely unaware they were on camera! Click to WATCH!

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Well, ESPN SportsCenter anchors Jay Harris, 50, and Kevin Connors, 36, were being watched by millions when the network’s interview with Dabo Swinney, 45, was cut short after Clemson and Notre Dame’s college football game and cut straight to the studio where the two hosts were not at all ready for on camera action. So awkward!

The unfortunate calamity occurred when after No. 12 Clemson edged out Notre Dame 24-22 in a thrilling game at home, and head coach Dabo broke into a post game speech. ESPN’s coverage unexpectedly cut to the SportsCenter set, and Jay and Kevin didn’t have a clue they were on camera! In fact, they were awkwardly seen pressing on their iPads and computers, surely thinking that Swinney’s interview was being aired.

As for the game, which seemed like it featured an appearance from Hurricane Joaquin, Notre Dame staged a late comeback coming from 18 down but just fell short. Swinney gave an emotional interview after the game that was worthy of an Oscar-winning speech.

“What I told them tonight was, listen, we give you scholarships. we give you stipends, and meals and a place to live. We give you nice uniforms,” he told ESPN. “I can’t give you guts, and I can’t give you heart. Tonight, hey, it was BYOG — bring your own guts. And they brought some guts and some heart, and they never quit until the last play.”

The coach added that he and his players would be hitting the dance floor after their epic win. “We’re gonna do the Whip and Nae Nae tonight!” he added.

ESPN has apologized for cutting Dabo’s brilliant, inspiring interview short and blamed it on technical difficulties. Maybe the torrential rain messed with the mechanics! Either way, they made up for their epic fail by broadcasting the whole interview later that night.

All’s well that ends well, folks. But how hilarious is this video, HollywoodLifers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

— Jon Boon