Dabo Swinney is steadfast in his stance: his program will not be built on transfers.
In a recent interview, the Clemson head coach was asked if his stance on the transfer portal has changed at all. And in no uncertain terms, Swinney let it be known it hasn't.
My transfer portal is right there in that locker room, because if I'm constantly going out every year and adding guys from the transfer portal, I'm telling all those guys in that locker room that I don't believe in them, Dabo explained. ... We're also not doing our jobs as coaches and recruiters if we're bringing in a bunch of transfers.
Dabo Swinney's comments got a good amount of reaction from college football fans this weekend.
"Dabo is dead set on not adapting and publicly [expletive] on these things," one user said. "Also Dabo, y’all clearly haven’t been doing your job as recruiters the last couple years. We see it every Saturday."
"Saban is a masterful coach because he constantly changes," another pointed out. "Dabo seems reluctant to adapt to the current reality."
"Clemson is trying to compete with Alabama/Georgia/Ohio State. They all use the portal to upgrade their rosters," Stewart Mandel followed-up. "Either Dabo is the greatest evaluator and retainer of HS talent in human history or he’s going to ride his stubbornness to more Camping World bowls."
"Clemson's locker room is apparently the only one in the country that's full of players who need the reassurance that they won't be asked to compete for playing time with guys who initially played at a different school," tweeted another CFB fan.
For better or worse, the transfer portal is part of the college sports landscape. And it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.