Dabo Swinney on SEC's aura of superiority: 'We don't buy that'

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Several hundred fans packed Jervey Gym for the 7th annual Fort Hill Clemson Football Recruiting Wrap-up dinner - Dabo Swinney

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Several hundred fans packed Jervey Gym for the 7th annual Fort Hill Clemson Football Recruiting Wrap-up dinner - Dabo Swinney

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."

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YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

But see, the problem is that the only championship Dabo can sell is the ACC championship... and that trophy gets smaller and smaller every year. If you want to play for a national championship, you go to the SEC. They've won the last 7. If you want to play at the highest level of college football, you go to the SEC. Dabo can rave all he wants about this class but it would've been the 7th best class in the SEC. 10 of the top 25 recruiting classes are in the SEC. You can go to an SEC school where every single game is huge and in front of 80k+ people. Or you can go play road games at Duke, Wake Forest, and Boston College. Add now you can add Pitt and Syracuse to that list. Should've call Bob Bowlsby when you had the chance. The Big 12 offers a lot more opportunity.

33dtb writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

But see, the problem is that the only championship Dabo can sell is the ACC championship... and that trophy gets smaller and smaller every year. If you want to play for a national championship, you go to the SEC. They've won the last 7. If you want to play at the highest level of college football, you go to the SEC. Dabo can rave all he wants about this class but it would've been the 7th best class in the SEC. 10 of the top 25 recruiting classes are in the SEC. You can go to an SEC school where every single game is huge and in front of 80k+ people. Or you can go play road games at Duke, Wake Forest, and Boston College. Add now you can add Pitt and Syracuse to that list. Should've call Bob Bowlsby when you had the chance. The Big 12 offers a lot more opportunity.

can you not afford to log into the cheapskate State paper's gamecock "fish wrapper" ?????

radtiger writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

But see, the problem is that the only championship Dabo can sell is the ACC championship... and that trophy gets smaller and smaller every year. If you want to play for a national championship, you go to the SEC. They've won the last 7. If you want to play at the highest level of college football, you go to the SEC. Dabo can rave all he wants about this class but it would've been the 7th best class in the SEC. 10 of the top 25 recruiting classes are in the SEC. You can go to an SEC school where every single game is huge and in front of 80k+ people. Or you can go play road games at Duke, Wake Forest, and Boston College. Add now you can add Pitt and Syracuse to that list. Should've call Bob Bowlsby when you had the chance. The Big 12 offers a lot more opportunity.

I agree with you and of course Dabbo isnt going to admit that the ACC is equivalent to minor league sports because he has to keep lying to the fans (to keep his job) and pumping them up for disappointment year after year, hes in denial along with the fans that continue to feed in to his crap.We will lose against FSU, SCaR, Georgia, Syracuse,Pitt and probably beat the other 7 DWRAFTS that we play every year.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Great job of recruiting...8 SEC schools are upset CU got higher rated recruits than them including SC. Just shows the strength the program is gaining. Keep it up Dabo!!!!

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