Paul Finebaum mocks Dabo Swinney for taking 'victory lap' after Clemson beat Notre Dame
Paul Finebaum was not amused by Dabo Swinney’s reaction to beating Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in Death Valley.
The Tigers survived a late comeback attempt from Notre Dame to win 31-23 over the Fighting Irish, moving to 5-4 on the season. It’s been a tough year for Clemson — and a tough week after Swinney’s run-in with Tyler from Spartanburg — but Swinney sent a message in his walk-off interview with ABC after the game.
“I know we’re down and everybody is throwing dirt on us, but if Clemson is a stock you better buy all you freakin’ can buy right now,” Swinney said. “Let’s go!”
Finebaum, however, was unmoved by Swinney’s suggestion. Here’s his response via the Matt Barrie Show on Sunday:
“I was entertained by that. I was watching it on a plane,” Finebaum said. “And I’m like, ‘OK, great, Dabo.’ You beat Notre Dame, which a lot of people expected you to do at home and you should have done at home. And you beat down a caller to your radio show. You’ve had a great week. Go take a victory lap.
“And by the way, when we’re all at the College Football Playoff this year in Pasadena, New Orleans and later in Houston, you’ll be watching it on TV unless ESPN is nice enough to bring you out there as an analyst.”
Last week after Clemson’s loss to NC State, Finebaum questioned whether or not Swinney could ever get Clemson back to being an elite program again.
Clemson is now 5-4 on the season and will face Georgia Tech in Week 11.