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


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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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spacer Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
B-Meist®
spacer dabo needs to stick to coaching..
tgrfan42069
spacer He continues to get loose lipped in front of cameras...
TigerGrad'93
spacer What?
deleted
spacer Fine...if we stay...If we don't he will look foolish.
TigerGrad'93
spacer Okay, so first answer is, "no, not really".
deleted
spacer Saying it would be a mistake is like saying the BOT is wrong
TigerGrad'93
spacer Not made***
josephg®
spacer Again, the first answer...
deleted
spacer He looked like an idiot in his spat with Spurrier.
TigerGrad'93
spacer Re: Saying it would be a mistake is like saying the BOT is wrong
Bryanttiger®
spacer No, because the BOT isn't pro-moving...at this point.***
josephg®
spacer He has a responsibility to speak up when it starts affecting
tplemin
spacer No doubt the Big 12 talk is having some negative impact
MackDaddy®
spacer Me doth think thou(dabo) protest too much
MackDaddy®
spacer That's what he's doing. Recruiting is part of coaching.***
josephg®
spacer Thank you , that is exactly what he is doing....
Lennon-McCartney®
spacer It all boils down to this
Tuxedo Yoda
spacer Only B12 needs a GOR, BTW when r u going to sign for 13yrs?***
Greercat
spacer We all just signed a 20 mill grant, we're not going anywhere
TigerLight
spacer ACC signed a 20m buyout and FSU & Clemson got it that low
WordUpBU
spacer Dear Dabo:
reflux
spacer True dat.***
TigerGrad'93
spacer shhhhhhhhh dabo and the acc supporters...
tgrfan42069
spacer exactly***
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer FSU doesn't need ACC. They are a national program and
josephg®
spacer why would Clemson need the ACC?***
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer HIstory, tradition of winning it, more championships than
josephg®
spacer great rivalries? I've been a Tiger fan for 40 yrs and the
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer UNC, Wake, State, Duke, UVA, BC, UMD, VT, Miami
josephg®
spacer Rivals are games the stadium is jacked up to see and full
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer Re: Rivals are games the stadium is jacked up to see and full
footballmanager
spacer Sure concerning UGA.***
josephg®
spacer Re: UNC, Wake, State, Duke, UVA, BC, UMD, VT, Miami
WordUpBU
spacer Re: Dear Dabo:
lhaselden
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Clemsurf®
spacer Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
Melclem
spacer Dabo doensn't support going to Big 12?????
courtneyb78®
spacer SO , WHO'S THE GUY IN THE THIRD CRAPPER?
clover65®
spacer That is Munson trying to get a sniff!***
tigerpaw80®
spacer Re: SO , WHO'S THE GUY IN THE THIRD CRAPPER?
bisraeljr
spacer "The Dude" !!!***
OhWiseOne®
spacer The HC would not be speaking out like this
MRTTMT
spacer Yeah, Dabo never speaks without thinking it through.
courtneyb78®
spacer Exactly. He speaks with his emotions...then his brain kicks
TigerGrad'93
spacer LOL.***
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spacer Re: The HC would not be speaking out like this
Tuxedo Yoda
spacer Re: The HC would not be speaking out like this
Sludgemuffin
spacer you could not be more wrong.
KNIGHTIGER
spacer Re: you could not be more wrong.
Bryanttiger®
spacer Or......
MackDaddy®
spacer The aggie AD & all of the coaches were against the SEC move
Tuxedo Yoda
spacer I think all this talk becomes relevant only AFTER the
clover65®
spacer You couldn't be more wrong.....
Tuxedo Yoda
spacer In your "analysis" how many one loss ACC teams were there?
TigerStyle13®
spacer A 1 loss VT team would have been in it last year
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer Nope. LSU, Bama, OSU, Stanford
WordUpBU
spacer Nope...VT was 5 going into the next to last
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer SOS figure quoted includes Clemson
WordUpBU
spacer Wrong
Tuxedo Yoda
spacer Re: Wrong
wbenham
spacer Re: Wrong
Tuxedo Yoda
spacer #### people you just can't make facts up
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer BCS formula may not be the same as the 4 team playoff
WordUpBU
spacer A 1 loss BIG 12 team DIDN"T make it last year-
MRTTMT
spacer That was for a national championship..not a 4 team playoff***
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Brad W
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bisraeljr
spacer Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
tiger230
spacer And this is where it gets sticky - and why somebody needs
Smiling Tiger®
spacer exactly..***
tgrfan42069
spacer I agree with that.***
TigerStyle13®
spacer Re: And this is where it gets sticky - and why somebody needs
tiger230
spacer Wishy washy may be a bargaining tool for Clemson
89tigergrad
spacer I do believe him. If his superiors are considering a
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
CU_Tigers4life®
spacer Re: Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
josephg®
spacer or Conf USA***
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer Re: Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
Sludgemuffin
spacer Don't really see a problem. Dabo gave his personal thoughts
Drobins
spacer Finally! A voice of reason. Go Dabo!***
Tiger_Tim
spacer I hate to use reason on Tigernet, but...
footballmanager
spacer Yes. But, no doubt Dabo has the best interest of Clemson...
Tiger_Tim
spacer TNET needs to quit running stories with huge Big 12 picture
BillgoCU
spacer Re: TNET needs to quit running stories with huge Big 12 picture
sanwt
spacer Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
Fardog
spacer poor recruiting???
tahqueb
spacer Re: poor recruiting???
Fardog
spacer Dabo has obviously not spoken with York.
Sludgemuffin
spacer Re: Front Page Story: Swinney says he thinks move to Big 12 won't happen, isn't beneficial for Clemson
bobmcc55
spacer Sounds like he talked too much.***
surroundedtiger
spacer Anyone who thinks that was JUST Dabo's opinion.....
RU4GOD2®
spacer Re: a coot working for coot 560theteam***
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spacer right... a coot IPTAY member. Hmm... that's a good one.***
RU4GOD2®
spacer RU does work for 560 The Team but anyone on here knows...
SeattleTiger
spacer Re: RU does work for 560 The Team but anyone on here knows...
CUalum79ALLn65®
spacer Re: Anyone who thinks that was JUST Dabo's opinion.....
CUdude98
spacer You're dead on. This was planned and calculated.***
SeattleTiger
spacer Dabo: I agree
SuperSam
spacer Re: Dabo: I agree
NYCtiger
spacer Re: Dabo: I agree
WhstigeR®
spacer Re: Dabo Never Mentioned or Eluded to a move to the SEC
SuperSam
spacer Translation: I just won the ACCCG. Why would I leave?
BentZero
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