On Monday night, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic wrote that Swinney is a “huge swing that [LSU AD Scott] Woodward could take and may take.” Of course, there’s a difference between trying to hire someone and actually getting the job done.
On Wednesday, Swinney was asked about the LSU rumors and quipped that Clemson’s home stadium is “the only Death Valley I’m worried about.” Death Valley, of course, is also the nickname of LSU’s home building.
Dabo on LSU coaching rumors: “This is the only Death Valley I’m worried about."
— 💫🅰️♈️🆔 (@ADavidHaleJoint) October 19, 2021
Without question, LSU is one of the premier jobs in college football. There’s a case to be made it is the best job, considering the resources, fertile recruiting area and lack of in-state competition.
However, Swinney really has things humming at Clemson, even with his program experiencing a rare “down” year by its lofty standards. Then, there is also the matter of Alabama.
Would Swinney want to go head-to-head with the Crimson Tide on the field on a yearly basis? It is one thing to basically do that in the College Football Playoff, but coaching at LSU would require doing it in the regular season.
In short, Scott Woodward should approach Dabo and make him say no. He wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t.
That doesn’t mean Swinney is likely to take the job, though.