Dabo Swinney Says Clemson Doesn’t ‘Need An Apple Watch’ To Know Players Are Working Hard

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Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney appeared to take a shot at Alabama with a recent comment.

With players not allowed to practice because of the coronavirus pandemic, programs have had to find creative ways to make sure athletes are putting in the work. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

According to David Hale, Swinney told the press Friday, “We don’t need an Apple Watch to know our guys are doing the right thing.” It appears to be a direct shot at Alabama using the watches to track players.

I love these comments from Swinney. I absolutely love them. I know the world of sports has come to a grinding halt at the moment, but that’s why we need trash talk more than ever.

Swinney has already made it crystal clear he expects the season to start on time, and he’s not worried about coronavirus derailing things.

If you expect the season to start on time, then you have maintain a high level of energy. Talking trash to a main rival is a big part of that.

Alabama and Clemson have dominated college football over the past decade. The two programs have been borderline unstoppable and have won multiple titles over the past few years.

Dabo Swinney vs. Nick Saban is one of the best rivalries in all of sports, and you’re insane if you think they’re not going to take shots at each other just because a pandemic is happening.

Now, more than ever, we need a sense of normalcy. That means we need college football going after their rivals.


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If anything, Swinney should be applauded for going after Saban. It means society is slowly returning to normal. Now, let’s hope we see these teams playing 2020!