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Nick Saban paid up on his national championship bet with Dabo Swinney

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The Alabama coach is a man of his word.

CFP National Championship Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

To the victor go the spoils, and Dabo Swinney got to enjoy them after Clemson won the national championship.

With vacation homes near each other in Florida, Swinney and Nick Saban made a friendly wager before the 2016 national title game. After a St. Patrick’s Day dinner cruise, Swinney bought Saban a gift certificate to live up to his side of the bargain.

This year it was payback time after the rematch:

"Absolutely. He paid up on my spring break," Swinney told Mark Packer on College Sports Today Friday. "His spring break was the week before mine. He got me a really nice dinner certificate to a place called Temptation down in Florida. We had a great - probably the best meal I’ve ever had. It was awesome. We had appetizers and dessert to go with it. It was great. I did have to dip into my pocket for 50 bucks, though, but it was all good."

With busy schedules, a gift card’s the way to go. It may be a bit surprising that Swinney still had to pay $50, but depending on the gift card amount, a peek at the menu at Temptation in Boca Grande shows how the meal could get up there even with the certificate:

Combine that with the fact that he had an appetizer and dessert as well as the possibility that Swinney could have brought his wife and three sons along, and you have a pricey night out.

We’ll see if there’ll be a third opportunity for the wager this season.