A decade from now college football will likely look completely different than it does today.
Most expect the Oklahoma and Texas move from the Big 12 to the SEC to be just the first step in what will ultimately lead to the top college football programs in the country breaking away and doing their own thing. Count Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney as one of those who thinks that is where the sport ends up.
“I think ultimately longterm it’s probably… there probably will be a break,” Swinney said earlier this week. “And there will probably be 50-60 teams, 65 maybe, that can go compete for the 12 or 16-team-type playoff setting. And then the other 60-65 Division I teams that will probably kinda have their own thing. That’s probably where it’s going, somewhere. I don’t know when that’s going to happen.”
As for his program specifically, Swinney said he has no idea what the future might hold outside of the fact that he is confident that Clemson is set up for long term success.
“It’s hard for me to be excited about the future because I don’t know what the future is,” Swinney said. “Next week it might change, so I don’t really know. All I know is our future at Clemson is bright and I’m excited about that. Because we have a bunch of great, committed young people.”
“We have a great staff. We have an unbelievable administration. Just a great alignment here. Just a great university. So our future is bright here, whatever the rules are.”
Either way, no matter what happens, Swinney said his job is to get his team ready to compete and that is exactly what he plans to do.
“You’ve got entering into superconference era, and again, it’s driven by money, etc. Just tell us the rules and we’re gonna line up and be ready to go compete.”
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