Dabo Swinney on Nick Saban's comments: I think that's not reality

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday October 11, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on October 11, 2012

Since Nick Saban made comments last week against the increased pace of the game, reporters across the country have been quick to ask other coaches for their thoughts.

Maybe no coach had a response as strong as Dabo Swinney, who expressed a powerful disagreement while on the ACC coaches teleconference.

"No, I don't agree with that at all. I think that's not reality," he said.  "It's one guy's opinion, and everybody has their opinion. To me if you look around, what makes college football fun is you have a lot of variety. There's a lot of variety in college football. You see different things from week to week, whether it's the spread or the "I" or the triple option or whatever, and I think that's one of the things that makes it an incredibly popular game is you just really never know from week to week.  If you really want the same old thing and everybody to be conformed then you've got that in the NFL. That's what Sundays are for, in my opinion.

"But I don't agree with that at all. I think that we have a play clock, and if you look at us, we substitute all the time. We're constantly changing personnel. We play fast, but we're constantly changing personnel, constantly multiple formations and shifts and personnel groupings. Now, when you do that, the defense has to be allowed to change personnel, and that's the refs' job, to manage that part. But we don't just put the same 11 guys out there and play them for 80 plays. I don't know if there's a lot of teams that do that.

"But I just think that we've got a great game, and the variety makes it even better. Some people like vanilla ice cream, some people like chocolate, some people like strawberry. It's kind of to each his own. But we're happy with what we do right now. But everybody, again, has to have their own philosophy and be committed to it. But I don't agree with that assessment or comments."

Swinney has never been one to hold back his opinion. The Tigers are off this week.

You can listen to the teleconference by clicking here. Below are Swinney's comments following last week's win over Georgia Tech.


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