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Author: Jon Kuzma
With Clemson steamrolling Alabama 44-16 in the national championship it feels like it’s the perfect time for Dabo Swinney to make the jump to the National Football League. Swinney is still under contract until 12/31/2024 and it will take a $4M dollar buyout in order to get him out of that deal. However Oakland just signed Jon Gruden to a $100M dollar agreement so money isn’t a problem at all. A franchise like the Jets, Cardinals, Bengals, or Browns could easily payoff the university and hand the keys to Swinney. Based off everything he’s been able to accomplish in the last three years (2 national championships) that’s what every team without a coach should be trying to do. It’s unlikely that Swinney would leave Clemson considering he just built that program into a perennial powerhouse. Although you know it’s crossed his mind and the NFL is a step up in terms of prestige. Clemson has games against Wake Forest and Boston College which aren’t going to draw as much interest as a match-up between two pro football teams. So if Swinney really wants to be the best coach in the world he has to take the next step and prove himself worthy of the challenge. Can you imagine the Jets with the type of culture that this guy has been able to implement down there in South Carolina? New York would instantly become a desirable destination and it’s not hard to see why. Dabo Swinney is all about making the process fun and his enthusiasm is something his players respond well to. If a team hires the 49 year old (Swinney) then they’ll become a frequent landing spot for free agents. Not to mention all of the former Clemson players (DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, Vic Beasley , etc.) might consider a reunion with their former mentor. Everyone is discussing Kliff Kingsbury and the interest he’s drawing and that makes you wonder why someone like Urban Meyer or Swinney isn’t taking a crack at the NFL? Especially when you take into consideration how much an owner would pay to land such a premier talent.
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Nothing left to prove. Dabo Swinney has already dominated college football and now it’s time to move up to the pros.