Is it time to start worrying about the state of Clemson football and Dabo Swinney as head coach?
Those are some of the questions being asked with longtime defensive coordinator Brent Venables leaving to become the next head coach at Oklahoma and talks of Tony Elliott being in discussions with Duke and Virginia. Not to mention the very real possibility of AD Dan Radakovich leaving for Miami.
While those things are obviously concerning to fans, Swinney hasn’t appeared all that worried. The head coach was in Las Vegas on Sunday hanging with Richard Petty before watching some of his former players with the Raiders.
Some on social media have been critical of this, seeing as Venables was finalizing the deal to become the next head coach at Oklahoma. However, Swinney’s stance is to not stand in the way of his coaches interviewing for other jobs in an effort to do better for themselves and their families.
Swinney is in Las Vegas to attend CJ Spiller’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. It wasn’t like he just decided to go on vacation while the stuff with Venables was going on. He’s not going to let that stuff affect his plans to support one of his former players.
Don’t let Swinney’s glowing smile and outward personality fool you, though. There is no doubt that he loves Clemson University and winning. A down year, nor losing coaches will change that.
You can expect Swinney, just as he has done since becoming Clemson’s head coach, to put a staff in place that will have the Tigers ready to compete not only for ACC championships but also for a playoff berth and more national championships. In other words, you can best bet Swinney has a plan in place. He’s been preparing for this for years.
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