Dabo Swinney was born and raised in SEC country.
He grew up as an SEC fan.
He walked on at an SEC school.
Part of the SEC's national championship legacy is his own legacy.
But while in these and surrounding parts the SEC may have hung the moon, Swinney says the SEC didn't invent the game of football.
After rolling up his sleeves and doing head-to-head battle with the SEC over the past nine months, Swinney and his Clemson football program emerged as triumphant as anyone on signing day, having claimed their share of the best, while competing against the best.
During his signing day press conference on Wednesday, Swinney was asked if he looks for a 'different kind of player' being in the ACC, as opposed to the SEC.
"No - you just want great players," Swinney answered. "The SEC would maybe want you to think that, and that they invented football, and that you just can't be successful if you don't play in their league.
"We don't buy that. And thankfully, the recruits that we've been bringing in for three years in a row don't buy that lie either. They're more focused on bringing a championship back to Clemson.
"That's all we're focused on - just trying to get the best players."
Swinney said that his recruiting criteria doesn't include who else is or isn't recruiting a prospect.
"It don't matter who's recruiting them or who's not recruiting them - we have a criteria for each position and an evaluation process that we go through early," Swinney said. "Sometimes people that we really like, a lot of people like; and sometimes guys we really like, there's not many like, for whatever reason. I don't know why."