Comedian Stephen Colbert recently stopped by Wake Forest to deliver a hilarious commencement speech. While the speech spread on social media and generated plenty of laughs, one person who was not amused was Demon Deacons head football coach Dave Clawson.
The joke that really stung Clawson was when Colbert mocked the Purdue tradition of covering the quad on campus in toilet paper after big wins.
“This is actually an eco-friendly tradition because, looking at this season’s win-loss record, you guys saved a lot of paper,” Colbert said.
Last season, Clawson’s team went 1-7 in conference play and 3-9 overall. Obviously, the school had very little to celebrate.
As far as Clawson is concerned, Colbert’s joke was made in bad taste. Because Clawson was not entertained by Colbert’s joke, he plans on boycotting the comedian for the foreseeable future.
“I won’t be watching his show for at least a year,” Clawson said on the David Glenn Show. “You invite someone like that, and I’m sure they paid him a fairly healthy sum to be our speaker, and it was not needed and not appreciated.”
There is some good news, however.
Because Colbert’s comments did have truth behind them, Clawson and his team seem to be prepared to use that as motivation.
“He got some laughs out of it, which was his goal, but — it is what it is. He spoke the truth. We did not have a good record last year,” Clawson added. “Our students didn’t get to roll the quad as much as we want. The bottom line is that it’s our job to change that, and we’ll get that changed, and I”m fully confident that will happen. Did I like that he said it? No, but he spoke the truth. We need to win more football games here, and I’m very confident that we’ll do it.”
We will have to wait and see whether that motivation leads to more wins and better results in 2015.
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