There will always be some love for Dabo Swinney in his home state of Alabama and at his alma mater. However, Swinney says things are a little different now that he's beaten the Crimson Tide a couple of times.
He said this in the oddest way possible during a recent conversation on SiriusXM. In it, Swinney jokingly referred to himself as "Osama bin Dabo."
According to AL.com, the quote is from Swinney's appearance on “Basketball & Beyond with Coach K.” in February. Krzyzewski asked if Alabama was going to put up a wall to Swinney out given his recent success.
David Hood of TigerNet.com unearthed the comment while listening to the interview and wrote about it this week.
Swinney was asked recently on Sirius XM if the state of Alabama was going to put up a wall to keep him out.
“I think it was all fun and games early on. It was, 'Aww, isn’t that sweet’ and all that stuff. I don’t know about walls, but I am kinda like Osama bin Dabo,” Swinney said, with a laugh. “I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels too make my way through Alabama these days. They aren’t happy to see me, but it’s all good. It’s a good problem.”
Well, that's certainly an interesting way to put things.
Swinney has long been linked to the Alabama job, as some still expect he will wind up replacing Nick Saban when the legendary coach steps down. However, the more Swinney establishes himself at Clemson, the tougher it has to be for him to leave.
This offseason, he signed a new contract extension worth $92 million over 10 years.