Rising senior defensive lineman Scott Pagano will transfer from the school in order to play a final graduate season elsewhere, likely closer to his native Hawai’i.
Pagano had 31 tackles in 12 games this past season, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks.
Head coach Dabo Swinney offered this statement Friday.
“I met with Scott Pagano yesterday,” Swinney said. “We had a good talk and he told me about his intentions to be a graduate transfer for his final year of eligibility. I told him to think about it overnight.”
“We all wanted him to stay, but he said he had accomplished everything he wanted to do at Clemson. He came here to graduate and win a national championship and he achieved both within the last two months.
“He indicated to me that he wants to start his graduate degree and play his final year of college football, probably on the West Coast (Pagano is from Hawaii).
‘“I wish him nothing but the best. Scott Pagano has been a fully committed person to the program. He has always been committed to do the best he could in everything. We will miss him and he will always be one of my players and will be a part of our Clemson family.”