I don’t champion myself a Clemson fan.
But I’m sure as heck a Dabo Swinney fan.
It seems every couple months there becomes more reason to like the Tigers head coach. Take this past week, for example. One of the best coaches in the country, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, found himself in hot water and now his job is hanging in the balance due to a lie (and possibly more lies to come out later) and perhaps a cover-up.
Yes, the man who leads a Buckeyes team that many believe has a shot to win it all this year is in limbo after originally saying he knew nothing of former assistant Zach Smith’s alleged domestic assault of his wife before changing course. He then said he’d reported it and operated under proper protocol.
It may be a couple weeks before we find out what’s true and what’s not, but it’s not a good look either way.
That gives even more reason for Clemson fans to be thankful to have Swinney in place. He’s a guy who seems to do all the right things while winning with a smile on his face. He’s no Urban Meyer, a man some people believe to be a fraud.
Meyer is hated by Florida fans despite winning two national titles there. Right now, he’s still loved by Buckeye fans who, led by Surfside Beach resident “Tennessee Jeff” Hamms, rallied at Ohio Stadium in his support Monday evening.
But what if he does ultimately get canned, especially during a season that was supposed to have so much promise? The hate would start seeping out of Columbus and all across the country (if it hasn’t already despite the fact we don’t know all the facts).
Clemson fans, aren’t you glad you’ve got a guy in place who seems unlikely to wind up in such a situation?
But there’s even more reason to praise Swinney at times like these. Think about the situation Alabama is in now, with a quarterback conundrum that has gotten out in the public. That’s not the type of situation the usually stone-faced Nick Saban allows to become a story; he usually does a great job of keeping things in house.
The Tigers have somewhat a similar situation right now, though. Incumbent quarterback Kelly Bryant has freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence on his heels, yet there doesn’t seem to be sour grapes going public.