Dabo Swinney's former position coach at Alabama explains why he wouldn't leave Clemson for Bama
See what you’ve done, Paul?
Nearly two weeks ago, Finebaum stirred up a hornet’s nest in the Southeast. Finebaum told JOXFM that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is “no longer off the board” to replace Nick Saban — whenever the time comes. The SEC Network host’s comments came after spending a day with Swinney in Alabama.
“Nobody wants to replace Saban — it’s an impossible task, but I will say this, before anyone says it’s impossible to replace Nick Saban, I think the only person who can replace Nick Saban is Dabo Swinney,” Finebaum explained.
And it’s been a hot topic over the past week.
The latest to weigh in on the chatter is Swinney’s former position coach at Alabama, Woody McCorvey. McCorvey also happens to currently be Clemson’s associate athletic director for football administration. In ESPN’s Chris Low’s latest column entitled,”Dabo Swinney has built his own Alabama at Clemson,” McCorvey told Low that he doesn’t think Swinney would leave Clemson for Alabama.
“Dabo is Clemson. That’s who he is,” McCorvey told ESPN. “Dabo’s the perfect fit here. He can get on his moped and ride from the house to the office and then back to the house, and everybody just waves at him and he’s waving at everybody. Some places, you can’t do that. And then look at his kids. Clemson is all they know. The only thing they know about Alabama is that their daddy played there. They’ve grown up Clemson, and now, he’s got two sons on the team. This is their home.”
When speaking with Low, Swinney reiterated how difficult it will be for the next coach to follow Saban at Alabama.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re behind Nick or not at Alabama,” Swinney said. “Listen, I spent 13 years there, so I get it. I know exactly what that mentality is and something I’ve tried to always fight here. You don’t see that anywhere in our building, that it’s national championship or bust. Our team goals are to win the opener, win the division, win the state championship, win the conference and win the closer.”
Saban isn’t stepping down anytime soon, but no doubt Swinney will get the first call.