Dabo Swinney continues to downplay the possibility that he will replace Nick Saban at Alabama
In case you were wondering, Dabo Swinney hasn’t changed his mind since last week when he was asked about the possibility of replacing Nick Saban at Alabama.
Believe it or not, the Clemson coach remains committed to the school that just gave him a new 10-year contract worth $93 million.
That’s the word from ESPN’s Dave Hale, who caught up with the Clemson coach recently. Here is what Swinney had to say after being asked about being Saban’s eventual replacement at Alabama:
“People always like to say one plus one equals two, and it’s a simple thing. I don’t pay any attention. I was at Alabama 13 years. I love Alabama and always will. That won’t change. But I’m going on my 17th year at Clemson, my 11th as head coach. I love where I am, love what I do.”
Following up that comment, Swinney then offered up a somewhat confusing statement, essentially saying no one knows what the future holds — which isn’t exactly the best way to keep this question from being asked next week.
“Who knows what’s going to happen down the road? I have no idea,” Swinney said. “I just try to be great where my feet are. That’s my focus every day. Who knows? They may do away with college football in three years. There may be no college football. They may want to professionalize college athletics. Well, then, maybe I’ll go to the pros. If I’m going to coach pro football, I might as well do that. I may get a terrible president or a terrible AD one day. I don’t know. I have no idea what’s down the road. But I know what we have at Clemson is special, and I wanted to make a commitment to the university. That’s what the message of the contract was.”
We will keep you posted on what he has to say about the subject next week.