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Here’s how the Clemson band showed Ohio State it’s never too late to troll

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after the team's 31-0 Fiesta Bowl win against Ohio State on Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Saturday, the Clemson band celebrated that win and the national championship as well.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney celebrates after the team's 31-0 Fiesta Bowl win against Ohio State on Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Saturday, the Clemson band celebrated that win and the national championship as well. AP

It’s been eight months since the Clemson Tigers rolled over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Still a a nationally televised (ESPN) home opener Saturday against another Ohio school was reason enough for the Clemson band to use a formation to commemorate the College Football Playoff semifinal win at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Clemson band focused on the score, 31-0, a solid beating administered by the eventual national champions that no doubt left many Buckeyes embarrassed enough already.

The Ohio State band is known for its precise formations, especially its ability to spell out “Ohio” in cursive letters and making other cool shapes. But Saturday, the Clemson band showed its prowess.

It followed up the 31-0 formation by spelling out “Dabo,” for its coach Dabo Swinney, and “Champs,” because that’s what the Tigers are after beating Alabama 35-31 in the Jan. 9 national championship game in Tampa, Florida.

Saturday’s fun was part of a halftime show meant to commemorate the national championship season, according to ESPN’s David M. Hale.

Clemson won Saturday’s game 56-3, and that three points for Kent State apparently is another reason to tease the Buckeyes faithful about that Fiesta Bowl shutout.

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