Swinney on Al Golden losing his job

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had his weekly press conference on Tuesday and discussed his take on Miami officials firing their head football coach Al Golden on Sunday.

"He was very gracious after the game," Swinney said. "I hate it, but it’s a sad state of affairs. It comes with the territory. Social media gets people hired, fired and retired. Unless you have people with thick skin in those decision-making roles, it happens all the time. When have you ever seen this many coaches without jobs in the middle of a season? It’s like the trend now. “It’s sad, but that’s the way it is. Every coach knows when you get in this business; you’re going to be criticized to the nth degree. You are never going to make people happy, so you better have some thick skin. You’re only as good as your last win. At the end of the day, these are people."

Swinney thinks that it is a very difficult situation to be on the hot seat and get fired in front of the whole sports world.

"Al Golden is as good of a man as there is in this business," Swinney said. "He’s a good person. He’s a really good football coach. He has a great family. You hate to see things like that play out on a big stage."

Golden was 35-25 (17-18 ACC) in five seasons with the Hurricanes.

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