Dabo Swinney has lost the support of a large percent of the Clemson fan base after a wild quote following the Tigers’ upset loss to Duke on Monday.
Swinney, 53, is the most success coach in Clemson history by a wide margin.
He revived a struggling Tigers program and turned it into a powerhouse.
Since taking the reigns full-time in 2009, Swinney has led the Tigers to two national championship, eight ACC championships, 10 ACC Atlantic Division titles.
But things aren’t exactly trending in the right direction.
Yes, the Tigers went 11-3 in 2022 and finished undefeated in conference play. But they largely limped to that record and an impotent offense reared its head time and again, including in a 31-14 loss to Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.
Swinney attempted to resolve those problems in the offseason when he hired then-TCU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley to run the show.
But that attempt looks unsuccessful in the early going.
The Clemson offered sputtered in Week 1 against the Duke Blue Devils, leading to a brutal 28-7 upset loss. Quarterback Cade Klubnik threw for just 209 yards on 43 attempts and the Tigers turned the ball over three times in the contest.
That alone was enough to have Clemson fans fired up with their legendary head coach.
But Swinney’s comments on Wednesday may have sent them over the edge.
“I’m proud of what I saw on tape,” Swinney said at a Wednesday news conference. “We’ve won a lot of games around here where when I watch the tape, I’m not real happy.”
Now, to be fair, Clemson did out-gain the the Blue Devils 422-374 in the contest. But that doesn’t make up for the turnovers or the 28-7 score.
And now Tigers fans have heard enough.
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Over 41 percent of fans on the team’s 247Sports site said they’re ready to move on from Swinney.
That’s not a small number!
And after watching Monday’s game and hearing Swinney’s comments, it’s hard to blame them.