Dabo Swinney hints at Clemson’s eventual departure

When asked about the future of the ACC, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney hinted he would be long gone before that happened.

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is a character who can be both funny and unafraid to mince words when asked difficult questions. So when asked by several teams about the future of the ACC in light of the conference’s realignment, Swinney offered an, shall we say, interesting answer?

Hmmm. What exactly is to be thought of this? It’s likely that by 2036, Swinney will have given up his coaching headset for retirement and vacations. Still 2036? It sounds like a time when there might be four conferences and each conference winner makes the playoffs.

We recently saw the Big 12 conference bring in four new members due to Texas and Oklahoma leaving the SEC. The Big Ten welcomed USC and UCLA to the party and left questions about the Pac-12.

Meanwhile, in the ACC, there’s a chance that teams like Miami or even Clemson could find their way to another conference if this whole realignment goes ahead. Again, the focus is on Swinney, and it sounds like he’s retiring before the ACC changes completely.

Clemson Football: Dabo Swinney on Potential Retirement

For this argument, let’s assume Swinney retires. He certainly has a spectacular resume as head coach at Death Valley – we’re talking two national championships after the 2016 and 2018 seasons – against both Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Additionally, Swinney has sent many players to the NFL, including Deshaun Watson, Trevor Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, and Sammy Watkins.

However, his most significant moment may have come in the 2019 championship game against Alabama. Before the game, much of the talk revolved around the Crimson Tide, with ESPN’s Stephen A Smith boasting that the tide was popular.

Needless to say, Swinney (a notable Smith impersonator) and his players responded by not one, not two, not three, not four, but five offensive touchdowns and a pick-six while taking the tide along the way 20 points held up to a 15-0 season.

One day Swinney will finally retire from coaching, and who knows? Perhaps the ACC will join the party and refocus, and its members will postpone conferences. For now, we’re taking everything as it comes, including Swinney’s entertaining answers to questions.

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