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              Fans wait for the start of the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff national championship (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

Clemson is back home in South Carolina after winning the national championship.

Thousands of fans met the team on campus late Tuesday night, and coach Dabo Swinney promised them a week of celebrations ending with a parade for the champions on Saturday.

The Tigers beat Alabama 44-16 on Monday night to win their third national championship and second in the past three seasons.

Swinney bragged about his team’s academic accomplishments and several players thanked the fans for their support, including freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The parade Saturday morning will end in Memorial Stadium just before the Clemson men’s basketball team plays No. 4 Virginia.

The Tigers’ plane was given a water cannon salute as it landed at the airport near Greenville.