I love coaching rumors as much as anyone. I follow the flight trackers, read the message boards, all of it. It’s almost as fun as the actual sport of college football to me.
But man is this latest rumor just full of hot air.
Matt Mosley, who contributes to SportsDayDFW, speculated Tuesday that if Kevin Sumlin is fired at Texas A&M (which I’d say has about an 80% chance of happening by the end of 2017), that Dabo Swinney would be the Aggies’ top choice.
I’m not discounting Mosley’s sources or information. As he very clearly says, there’s no guarantee that Swinney would want the job, but it won’t stop Texas A&M from trying.
I’ll go one step futher: there is a ZERO POINT ZERO chance Swinney is leaving Clemson for Texas A&M. He has turned Clemson into one of the five best jobs in America. Clemson is a better job than Texas A&M. He has the resources to compete and win national championships every year. He has one of the most rabid fan bases in the country at his back. The Tigers just spent more than $50 million on facilities that will make them one of the elite recruiting powers in America. Oh, and he plays in the ACC freaking Atlantic Division. Sure, he’s got to worry about Florida State and Louisville…but that’s just about it.
Texas A&M is a phenomenal job, and will attract a top-flight coach. It just won’t be Dabo. If I’m ranking the best jobs in college football right now, it’d be:
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
Texas A&M has lots…I mean LOTS of money. Last season they led the NCAA in total revenue at just north of $194 million. Right now Kevin Sumlin makes $5 million annually at Texas A&M. Dabo Swinney comes in just behind him at $4.55 million, not including incentives that I’d bet pushes him ahead of Sumlin after winning the national title last season. There is obviously a boatload of money in the Aggies’ coffers, and any offer they make will force Clemson to pony up to keep Swinney around. Make no mistake about it, they’ll do it. Swinney has taken Clemson from a sleeping giant to well, just a giant. I think he’s poised to turn them into the next Alabama.
On that note, Clemson is the only school in America that can honestly say it wants Nick Saban to stay at Alabama for as long as possible. I firmly believe the only job Swinney would consider taking at this point is the Crimson Tide. He played there in the mid-90’s, and given the undying passion he has for Clemson, I can’t see him bringing himself to leave for any other job. Not Ohio State, not Texas, not any other blueblood job besides Alabama.
Dabo Swinney is locked into Clemson for as long as he wants to be there. There’s nothing wrong with Texas A&M giving him a call. It just won’t be a very long one.