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Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson


  by - Senior Writer - Tuesday, June 12, 2012 3:51 PM
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CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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has a message for everyone that thinks Clemson might be moving to the Big 12.

It’s not gonna happen.

Swinney spoke with TigerNet Tuesday afternoon prior to the opening drills of his annual high school camp, and he made sure his thoughts were heard loud and clear.

“Going to the Big 12 is something I don’t think is best for us, and I know for a fact that we are 100 percent committed to making this the best program and best conference we possibly can,” Swinney said “It has been a real distraction. I am a football coach, I don’t run the university and I don’t want to run the university. That isn’t my grass to mow. If they tell me we are going to play in the Japanese League, then I am going to get the team ready to go play. My job is to please President Barker, Terry Don Phillips and the Board of Trustees. That’s my job. Period. The end.

“Certainly as the head football coach I have an opinion, and you know it has been very frustrating. Quite frankly, I think there has been a lot of irresponsible reporting or blogging. We live in a world where someone hears something from a guy in the third stall down in the bathroom, and it is like, ‘That’s the fact. That’s the way it is.’ But it is so far removed from reality and it just takes a life of its own. It has been a real distraction. We are 1000 percent committed to the ACC.”

Swinney then said that Clemson isn’t going to be left out of any title discussions.

“There’s one thing I know- I think every major team in the country with the uncertainty out there, ACC, SEC, Big 12, has to pay attention to what’s going on,” he said. “One thing I know for sure is that Clemson isn’t getting left out. This is an elite program. This is a program that has incredible grassroots, incredible and passionate fans, incredible tradition, can recruit at the highest level, can win at the highest level, has great resources. There’s one thing I know- if there was an implosion in college football or a great restructuring of college football, Clemson is not getting left behind. There are a lot of teams that will get left behind, but Clemson is not one of them. That I know.”

Swinney said that such a move would not be beneficial for Clemson.

“In my opinion, going to the Big 12 would be the worst thing we could do as a football program,” Swinney said. “It makes zero sense. We are the ACC. This is a program that has just won the championship and we’ve won it more than any other team in the conference. We can fulfill any goal and dream we have right here in this conference. We have a tremendous footprint to recruit in, to play in.”

He said that recruiting has received negative attention because of all the talk.



“If you want to know how going to the Big 12 is going to affect Clemson, I’ve lived it for about the last month,” he said. “It has been very negative, very negative. It has impacted and affected our recruiting. I’ve had to spend a lot of time re-recruiting guys and assuring them that we aren’t going to the Big 12. It has been a big distraction and it has been negative, quite frankly. I’m speaking from the front lines. My job is to coach the team, and we’ll coach them wherever. It has been irresponsible on a lot of people’s parts on some of the stuff that has been put out there. I know for a fact that we are committed to making this the best league that it can possibly be and committed to making Clemson the national champion.”

He was told that his presence at this week’s Board of Trustees meeting is seen as a sign of an impending move, and he said he couldn’t change people’s perceptions.

“That’s the world we live in. We have a great board [of trustees]. They are my bosses,” he said. “The president is my boss. The AD is my boss. My job is to please them. That’s just something that is not going to happen. If they came and said, we are going to play in Japan, I would say, ‘alright.’ I just don’t think that is anywhere close to reality. That would be very negative for Clemson, in my opinion. We would have to change our footprint. We have a footprint at Clemson University that has been established for a long, long time from a recruiting standpoint. The fact of the matter is that other conferences may like to have us, I don’t know, but we would have to go recruit on their territory. This southeast footprint- not that you don’t get a guy out of there from time-to-time, but this southeast footprint has been our bread and butter. That’s what has made Clemson. People don’t want to leave here. They want to play in this footprint and that’s a fact. I just don’t think it would be a wise decision, but that’s just the football coach’s opinion.”

He then said that the ACC simply has to play better on the national stage.

“What we need to do is take care of business at Clemson,” he said. “Look at last year, we weren’t even ranked and we wound up ranked fifth in the BCS. We have to continue to build our brand. This is an outstanding conference, a conference on the rise. Very balanced. We have not produced that 13-0, 12-1 team. It just hasn’t happened. The SEC has earned the right to play for it, and we haven’t done that. If we take care of our business at Clemson, then we will have a seat at that table. We can achieve everything right here. Our conference is on the verge, and my goal is for Clemson to be the team to get the conference back on the national scene. “




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Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
B-Meist®
dabo needs to stick to coaching..
tgrfan42069
He continues to get loose lipped in front of cameras...
TigerGrad'93
What?
deleted
Fine...if we stay...If we don't he will look foolish.
TigerGrad'93
Okay, so first answer is, "no, not really".
deleted
Saying it would be a mistake is like saying the BOT is wrong
TigerGrad'93
Not made***
josephg®
Again, the first answer...
deleted
He looked like an idiot in his spat with Spurrier.
TigerGrad'93
Re: Saying it would be a mistake is like saying the BOT is wrong
Bryanttiger®
No, because the BOT isn't pro-moving...at this point.***
josephg®
He has a responsibility to speak up when it starts affecting
tplemin
No doubt the Big 12 talk is having some negative impact
MackDaddy®
Me doth think thou(dabo) protest too much
MackDaddy®
That's what he's doing. Recruiting is part of coaching.***
josephg®
Thank you , that is exactly what he is doing....
Lennon-McCartney
It all boils down to this
Tuxedo Yoda
Only B12 needs a GOR, BTW when r u going to sign for 13yrs?***
Greercat
We all just signed a 20 mill grant, we're not going anywhere
TigerLight
ACC signed a 20m buyout and FSU & Clemson got it that low
WordUpBU
Dear Dabo:
reflux
True dat.***
TigerGrad'93
shhhhhhhhh dabo and the acc supporters...
tgrfan42069
exactly***
Tigerfansince1972®
FSU doesn't need ACC. They are a national program and
josephg®
why would Clemson need the ACC?***
Tigerfansince1972®
HIstory, tradition of winning it, more championships than
josephg®
great rivalries? I've been a Tiger fan for 40 yrs and the
Tigerfansince1972®
UNC, Wake, State, Duke, UVA, BC, UMD, VT, Miami
josephg®
Rivals are games the stadium is jacked up to see and full
Tigerfansince1972®
Re: Rivals are games the stadium is jacked up to see and full
footballmanager
Sure concerning UGA.***
josephg®
Re: UNC, Wake, State, Duke, UVA, BC, UMD, VT, Miami
WordUpBU
Re: Dear Dabo:
lhaselden
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
Clemsurf®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
Melclem
Dabo doensn't support going to Big 12?????
courtneyb78
SO , WHO'S THE GUY IN THE THIRD CRAPPER?
clover65®
That is Munson trying to get a sniff!***
tigerpaw80®
Re: SO , WHO'S THE GUY IN THE THIRD CRAPPER?
bisraeljr
"The Dude" !!!***
OhWiseOne®
The HC would not be speaking out like this
MRTTMT
Yeah, Dabo never speaks without thinking it through.
courtneyb78
Exactly. He speaks with his emotions...then his brain kicks
TigerGrad'93
LOL.***
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Re: The HC would not be speaking out like this
Tuxedo Yoda
Re: The HC would not be speaking out like this
Sludgemuffin®
you could not be more wrong.
KNIGHTIGER
Re: you could not be more wrong.
Bryanttiger®
Or......
MackDaddy®
The aggie AD & all of the coaches were against the SEC move
Tuxedo Yoda
I think all this talk becomes relevant only AFTER the
clover65®
You couldn't be more wrong.....
Tuxedo Yoda
In your "analysis" how many one loss ACC teams were there?
TigerStyle13®
A 1 loss VT team would have been in it last year
IPTAY FAMILY
Nope. LSU, Bama, OSU, Stanford
WordUpBU
Nope...VT was 5 going into the next to last
IPTAY FAMILY
SOS figure quoted includes Clemson
WordUpBU
Wrong
Tuxedo Yoda
Re: Wrong
wbenham
Re: Wrong
Tuxedo Yoda
#### people you just can't make facts up
IPTAY FAMILY
BCS formula may not be the same as the 4 team playoff
WordUpBU
A 1 loss BIG 12 team DIDN"T make it last year-
MRTTMT
That was for a national championship..not a 4 team playoff***
IBeWriteGood®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
Brad W®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
bisraeljr
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
tiger230
And this is where it gets sticky - and why somebody needs
Smiling Tiger®
exactly..***
tgrfan42069
I agree with that.***
TigerStyle13®
Re: And this is where it gets sticky - and why somebody needs
tiger230
Wishy washy may be a bargaining tool for Clemson
89tigergrad
I do believe him. If his superiors are considering a
Smiling Tiger®
Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
The FIGHTINGDABOS®
Re: Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
josephg®
or Conf USA***
Tigerfansince1972®
Re: Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
Sludgemuffin®
Don't really see a problem. Dabo gave his personal thoughts
Drobins
Finally! A voice of reason. Go Dabo!***
Tiger_Tim
I hate to use reason on Tigernet, but...
footballmanager
Yes. But, no doubt Dabo has the best interest of Clemson...
Tiger_Tim
TNET needs to quit running stories with huge Big 12 picture
BillgoCU
Re: TNET needs to quit running stories with huge Big 12 picture
sanwt
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
Fardog
poor recruiting???
tahqueb
Re: poor recruiting???
Fardog
Dabo has obviously not spoken with York.
Sludgemuffin®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
bobmcc55
Sounds like he talked too much.***
surroundedtiger
Anyone who thinks that was JUST Dabo's opinion.....
RU4GOD2®
Re: a coot working for coot 560theteam***
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right... a coot IPTAY member. Hmm... that's a good one.***
RU4GOD2®
RU does work for 560 The Team but anyone on here knows...
SeattleTiger
Re: RU does work for 560 The Team but anyone on here knows...
CUalum79ALLn65®
Re: Anyone who thinks that was JUST Dabo's opinion.....
CUdude98
You're dead on. This was planned and calculated.***
SeattleTiger
Dabo: I agree
SuperSam
Re: Dabo: I agree
NYCtiger
Re: Dabo: I agree
WhstigeR®
Re: Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
SuperSam
Translation: I just won the ACCCG. Why would I leave?
BentZero
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
clemsonfanest90
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
gobigorange®
Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
DerekEvans9859®

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