Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Tide and Tigers: The Boca Grande Bowl? | Alabama's Saban, Clemson's Swinney Each Have a Home on Gasparilla Island

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Tide and Tigers: The Boca Grande Bowl? | Alabama's Saban, Clemson's Swinney Each Have a Home on Gasparilla Island

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

BOCA GRANDE -- College football fans on Gasparilla Island are awaiting Thursday's national championship semifinals, with Clemson and Alabama getting a fair share of support in games against Oklahoma and Michigan State, respectively.

Clemson's head coach is Dabo Swinney, who owns a vacation home on the island, which is better known for the village of Boca Grande. Alabama's head coach, Nick Saban, also has a residence on the island.

Wins by the 13-0 Tigers, in the Orange Bowl, and 12-1 Crimson Tide, in the Cotton Bowl, would pit Swinney against Saban in what could be called the "Boca Grande Bowl," at least on the insular resort island. Elsewhere, it will be known as the college football championship game, on Jan. 11 in Glendale, Arizona.

Perhaps the losing coach will have to buy dinner for the winner at The Temptation restaurant here. …

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