Would Dabo Swinney one day replace Nick Saban at Alabama?
Before Dabo Swinney worked his way through the coaching ranks at Clemson, he both played and coached at Alabama - walking on as a wide receiver back in 1989 and eventually ascending to wide receivers coach from 1998-2000. So would he ever head back to the Crimson Tide to take over for Nick Saban?
Swinney was asked that question this week, and gave a candid answer. In short, he didn't rule it out.
Here's what Swinney told ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit - via AL.com:
"First of all, anybody that would even say that or suggest that, I'm humbled by that and certainly appreciate that anybody would even think that way, that they would want me to be a candidate for a job like Alabama. But that's just kind of the fandom. People just naturally make connections and things like that and they never really consider all factors. I've always said 'you never say never,' because you have no idea what the dynamics are going to be. Ten years from now, Alabama may call me and want me to come to Alabama, and the Clemson people may hate me at that point. I don't know. I may have a terrible president or a terrible AD. There's dynamics that can change. I'm always just focused on being great where I'm at and blooming where I'm planted.
Swinney later added that there's "nothing" he can't accomplished at Clemson.
Swinney and Saban have had college football's best rivalry the past two years - with each coach winning a national title over the other in exciting fashion. It would be both logical and ironic if Swinney were to take over for Saban down the road.