New York Magazine published today a piece on Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney ahead of the upcoming 2019 college football season.
The piece’s title: “College Football’s Real Evil Villain.”
Clemson fans, avert your eyes.
The author of the post, Will Leitch, starts the piece by talking about Swinney’s refusal to give former quarterback Kelly Bryant a national title ring for the 2018 season. Swinney was criticized for that decision, with many calling it petty, though he responded by simply saying that Bryant (who transferred out after Trevor Lawrence was named the starter) wasn’t on the team. Bryant also didn’t seem to have a problem with it.
“If Bryant wanted to showcase his skills for the NFL, he had to leave Clemson. More to the point: If he ever wanted to make any money for the thing he has dedicated his entire life to, he had no choice but to leave. For this, Swinney has banished him. Maybe if he’d hung around and cleaned the jocks …” Leitch writes.
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) August 14, 2019
Leitch also brings up Swinney’s stance on college football players being paid:
To be an FBS college football coach is to reap the harvest of an unjust system, but Swinney has gone beyond merely being complicit in this system. Instead, he has chosen to forcefully advocate for it. He has said he will quit college football entirely if players get paid, saying that, “as far as paying players, professionalizing college athletics, that’s where you lose me. I’ll go do something else, because there’s enough entitlement in this world as it is.”
Most of the piece centers on Swinney’s power and how he yields it. If you’re a Clemson fan, you’re probably not going to enjoy reading it.
Those rooting against Swinney and Clemson heading into the 2019 season can read the piece in full here.