Dabo Swinney Suggests He’d Leave Clemson If Players Get Paid
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, ESPN’s college football writer David Hale published a piece profiling Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.The crux of his piece focused on a new clause in Swinney’s contract that increases his buyout if he leaves for a certain team: Alabama.Speculation of Swinney-to-Alabama has run wild after he turned the Tigers into a dominant program.However, lost in the article was a controversial comment Swinney made.The Clemson head coach has long maintained that he thinks collegiate athletics should remain amateur programs where players don’t receive payment.He doubled down on that thought when he suggested he might leave the college game if players are paid.“Who knows what’s going to happen down the road? I have no idea. 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.”Swinney’s comments, combined with his lucrative new contract, drew the ire of college football fans.Clemson handed Swinney a $93 million deal, but wants to see college sports remain an amateur enterprise.