NCAA Football: Clemson Practice

Aug 2, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney talks with the media prior to the start of fall camp at the Clemson Indoor Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Bryant started the first four games of the 2018 season for Clemson, but the quarterback was not on the national championship game roster three months later because he opted to transfer to Missouri.

The spoils of the Tigers' championship season, including rings commemorating Clemson's national title and win over Alabama, will be limited to the players on the team, head coach Dabo Swinney said.

"He wasn't on the team. You've gotta be on the team to get a ring," Swinney told ESPN. "I love Kelly and appreciate what he did for us, but he decided to move on."

Bryant split time through four games with then-freshman Trevor Lawrence. Following the Georgia Tech game, in which Lawrence threw four TD passes and Clemson won 49-21, Bryant was informed of his demotion to second string behind the talented Lawrence.

He called his demotion a "slap in the face" and the acrimony between Bryant and Swinney began.

Swinney said he hasn't spoken with Bryant since he transferred. Bryant told ESPN in July that he keeps in touch with his former teammates but is focused on his task at hand with Missouri.

"Hopefully we'll be able to visit and sit down and have a good conversation, but he's focused on what he's trying to do and we wish him the best," Swinney said. "He's a graduate of Clemson and always will be and was a heck of a player for us, but my job is to do what's best for the team."

--Field Level Media

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