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Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney Says He Doesn’t ‘Pay Any Attention’ To Alabama Speculation

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Dabo Swinney doesn’t sound too interested in discussing a potential opening at Alabama down the road.

There has long been talk that the two-time national championship winning coach would return home to Alabama after Nick Saban retires. If that’s in the cards, Clemson’s head coach isn’t letting anybody know.

“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,” Swinney recently told ESPN when discussing noise surrounding him and the potential of replacing Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide. (RELATED: Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney Gets $93 Million Extension)

 

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I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had this debate in the office. Do I think Dabo would have left for Alabama four years ago?

Absolutely, but he’s won two national titles since then, and he’s turned the Tigers into arguably the best program in America.

He might have previously played and coached with the Crimson Tide, but we’re in a different era now. Clemson football will always have Dabo as their face. Given the fact he has a great shot to win more titles with Trevor Lawrence in these next two years, I think there’s next to no chance he leaves for Alabama.

I fully expect Dabo to stick around with the Tigers for the long haul, and the $93 million deal they handed him should be more than enough to help get the job done.

Again, he might have dipped out to his alma mater a few years ago, but he’s too engrained at this point with the Tigers to leave. Dabo Swinney is Clemson football. He’s not going anywhere.

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