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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks conference realignment, future of ACC

Matt Connolly07/19/22
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Dabo Swinney
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney previewed the start of fall camp on Tuesday. (Joseph Hastings/Clemson Sports)

As college football continues to change quickly, there are plenty of question marks about Clemson’s future in the ACC.

There has been speculation over the past few weeks that Clemson could explore its options and be a target of the Big Ten or SEC.

Dabo Swinney said at Clemson Media Day Tuesday afternoon that he is not concerned about the league Clemson is currently in, but he does wonder where the Tigers will end up down the road.

“It’s kind of like everybody else, ‘Well, where are we going to be in two years or five years?’” Swinney said.

Swinney has said for some time that he eventually believes there will be super conferences or just one super conference where all of the Power 5 contenders will compete.

But exactly how that will look he isn’t sure.

“I think most people know where college football’s heading. It’s just a matter of when. Is it next week? Is it five years from now? Is it three years from now? I don’t really know,” Swinney said.

“Where we are right now, it’s kind of like rounding second base. It’s a line drive and everybody’s kind of holding halfway to see if it got through. We either get on home or go back to second and go from there.”

No matter what happens, Swinney believes that Clemson will be just fine. The Tigers have won at least 10 games for 11 consecutive years and have established themselves as one of the premier programs in college football.

Whether Clemson is in the SEC, Big Ten, ACC or a mega conference, Swinney expects the Tigers to continue to compete for championships.

“People have never come to Clemson because of the league, honestly. People come to Clemson because we’re Clemson,” Swinney said. “Regardless of what happens in college football, we’re Clemson.”

Swinney added that he is confident that school president Jim Clements and Athletics Director Graham Neff will do what is best for Clemson football.

“I do know this – I’m glad we’ve got a guy like Jim Clements and Graham,” Swinney said. “These are two very, very good leaders and good people that are very plugged in to all things college football.”