Jim Brown? Clemson players didn't know who ex-Syracuse star is

Swinney: 'Sad state of affairs' that players don't know Jim Brown (0:58)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney joins Russillo & Kanell to respond to his players' lack of football knowledge when he tried to pay homage to Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown and he received blank stares in return. (0:58)

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney waited all season for Syracuse week so he could name Tigers long snapper Jim Brown a captain and pay homage to the great Orange and Pro Football Hall of Fame runner of the same name.

But when he told the team Monday, Swinney got blank stares.

Swinney says it was "sad beyond explanation" that the Tigers didn't recognize the former Syracuse great. Brown was an All-American at Syracuse and played nine seasons in the NFL, leaving as pro football's all-time rushing leader.

Swinney believed his team would enjoy the symmetry of Clemson's Brown as a team captain for the upcoming game. Instead, Swinney gave an impromptu history lesson on Syracuse's Brown.

The No. 1 Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) play Syracuse (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday.