Dabo Swinney is not shy about daring declarations. His newest, whereas seemingly a joke, can be one in all his greatest.
“I might in all probability run for governor in Michigan and have an opportunity,” Swinney mentioned on a conference call Monday morning.
Why does Swinney assume he’d have an opportunity? As a result of he retains offending the Ohio State fan base and he figures Michigan followers should be pleased about that. Swinney lately ranked Ohio State No. 11 in his vote of the USA At this time Coaches’ Ballot. Earlier than speculating a couple of gubernatorial race, Swinney defined that, too.
“To begin with, my vote don’t imply something,” Swinney told Tom Rinaldi on College Football Scoreboard. “Nevertheless it means one thing to me, you understand? It’s my ballot. I do it. It creates a stir as a result of we simply so occur to be taking part in Ohio State. It has nothing to do with Ohio State — completely zero. You may change the title to Michigan or Georgia or Florida or Tennessee or Nebraska. Any time you will have a top-10 (rating), it ought to be that particular. This 12 months it’s like actually, actually, actually particular and I wished it to be that manner. And so, I wished to acknowledge the groups that performed 9 video games or extra. And so, when you didn’t play 9 video games, I simply didn’t think about you from the highest 10. That’s why they have been 11.”
Swinney’s been on a roll talking about Ohio State’s worthiness forward of his Clemson crew’s matchup with the Buckeyes on Friday within the Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal spherical. The Tigers have performed 11 video games this season, going 10-1, whereas OSU is 6-0.
However Swinney went on to say that he felt sure groups have been “punished” by taking part in extra video games, together with particular mentions of Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati and Oklahoma.
“Clearly, (Ohio State is) an important crew,” Swinney said. “They’re a lot adequate and proficient sufficient to beat us and adequate to win the nationwide championship. However for my part, I don’t assume that it’s proper that three groups should play 13 video games to win all of it and one crew has to play eight. What universe am I dwelling in? And it has nothing to do with them. It was about qualifying. And I didn’t assume they have been certified, based mostly on the variety of video games, versus all these different groups.”
Swinney holds a 3-0 file as Clemson’s head coach towards Ohio State. That features two victories in CFP semifinals, each in 2019 and 2016, together with a win within the 2014 Orange Bowl. The newest installment within the collection is already full of verbal fireworks.