Wow, Dabo went off today! It was probably his longest press conference ever at 1 hour, 5 minutes. Definitely the longest in my 9 years of covering them! He was in a festive mood on Halloween at the beginning, talking about PAW Journey week and the upcoming Orange-Out for the Notre Dame game, but the questions soon turned to his heated exchange on Monday night with an ingrate fan, "Tyler from Spartanburg." In case you missed it, a crazed fan called into his radio show last night with the complaints you've all seen from the spoiled, fair-weather fans who are disgruntled and miserable if Clemson isn't in the national championship every year with absolutely no perspective or appreciation for what Dabo has accomplished and no faith that everything in the program is fine.
"So, I’m curious. Why are we paying you $11.5 million to go 4-4?" the caller asked Swinney after questioning his coaching hires and saying he sensed "arrogance."
"You're part of the problem, to be honest with you," Dabo responded.
"The appreciation, the expectation is greater than the appreciation," he continued. "And that's the problem. We've won 12 10-plus-win seasons in a row. That's happened three times in 150 years. So if you want to know why, Clemson ain't sniff a national championship for 35 years. We've won two in seven years. And there's only two other teams that can say that – Georgia and Alabama. OK?
"Is this a bad year? Ya, and it’s my responsibility. Take 100% responsibility for it. But all this bullcrap you’re thinking and all these narratives you read … Listen, man, you can have your opinion all you want. And you can apply for the job. And good luck to you."
And what’s happened at Clemson is we’ve won so much – it used to be the fun is in the winning – now, even when you win, people like you complain, and criticize the coaches, and question everything," Swinney said.
"To answer your question, I started as the lowest-paid coach in this freaking business," Swinney added. "And I’m where I am because I've worked my a-- off. Every single day. And I ain’t gonna let some smart a-- kid get on this phone and create this stuff.
"So, if you got a problem with that, I don’t care. I work for the board of trustees, the president, and the AD. And if they’re tired of me leading this program all they gotta do is let me know. I’ll go somewhere else where there is an appreciation."
Amen, Dabo! I highly suggest watching today's press conference video in full! And if you are one of those people, maybe it will wake you up! Ironically, tomorrow is the 15-year anniversary of Dabo's first win on All Saints' Day up at Boston College. I was in the stands, freezing my tail off!
The full videos of Dabo's press conference and player interviews are below!