Dabo Swinney indicated his departure from Clemson was possible after heavy criticism has surfaced regarding the team’s performance this season. Clemson went 11-3 last season but failed to make it to the College Football Playoff in their program’s first season after Trevor Lawrence went to the NFL.
The Tigers had high expectations coming into this season. But they started off the season with a loss to Duke. Clemson is 4-4 heading into a matchup with Notre Dame on Saturday.
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Some fans were asking for Swinney’s ouster following Clemson’s loss to North Carolina State. Swinney has been a controversial figure to some people in the sports world for his comments , which can often be taken as insensitive.
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According to David Hale with ESPN, Swinney was asked by reporters Tuesday about fair and unfair criticism. Swinney hinted at the possibility he could leave Clemson in the near future. Swinney has said he wants to continue to coach, even if he’s not with the Tigers:
“I’ve got a long way to go in this profession,” Swinney said in response to a question about the difference between fair and unfair criticism. “If they want me back here, I’m going to fight like crap to get this back to the standard.
“But I’m not going to let anything steal my joy of what I do. It doesn’t mean I’m happy, but I’ve got a lot of joy in what I do. I’m not going to let winning become a relief. I’m not going to allow that to happen. The fun should be in the winning, and if it gets to where it’s not fun anymore, hey, we’ll go from there.”
Swinney ranted Monday night against a caller to his radio show, who introduced himself only as “Tyler from Spartanburg,” about a lack of appreciation after so many years of success — a tirade he referred to as “an Old Testament answer” to an “Old Testament question.” Swinney later suggested he would continue coaching for another 15 years, even if that wasn’t at Clemson.
Swinney would be hard for Clemson to replace. He’s a two-time national championship-winning head coach. And even one-time national championship-winning head coaches are hard to come by.
Swinney has won a lot of games in Clemson. He’s 165-43 as a head coach with the Tigers. Clemson has had 12 consecutive seasons with ten or more wins coming into the 2023 season. They won’t get to ten wins this year, but Swinney should get the opportunity to try again in 2024.
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