Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney voiced his displeasure on Saturday with the location the College Football Playoff championship game.
Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney is truly one of a kind.
Swinney is always looking for a way to give his players an edge — which means he’s always trying to paint Clemson as a team that always has their back against the wall.
Mind you, by the way, that Clemson has won 29 games in a row. They blew out Alabama in the national championship game last year. But Swinney is still trying to act like the world is against Clemson.
On Saturday, during Swinney’s media session with reporters, the former Alabama wide receiver was quick to point out LSU’s home field advantage in the championship game.
Dabo Swinney: “We could have just played in Baton Rouge but the weather was going to be bad. “ talking about the pseudo home field advantage LSU has in NOLA.
— Matt Trent (@MCTrent23) January 11, 2020
I get it. The game is in New Orleans. There will likely be more LSU fans in attendance than Clemson fans.
But there will still be plenty of fans from Clemson’s fan base in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night. I honestly don’t think a 60-40, or even 70-30, tilt in the fan base is going to change the outcome of the game. This isn’t an LSU home game where Clemson gets a tiny ticket allotment. This is the national championship game where ticket sales are equally available to everyone.
Of course, this is what Swinney does. And he didn’t stop with the “home field advantage” take, either. Swinney also compared his team to Rocky fighting Ivan Drago.
Ed Orgeron didn’t get the reference and didn’t really see the humor.
Dabo Swinney: Playing LSU in Louisiana is like Rocky fighting Ivan Drago in Russia. ⁰⁰
Coach O: I couldn’t even tell you who those two guys are pic.twitter.com/fU3nQs5Spb
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 11, 2020
I bet Swinney wasn’t saying these same things when his powerhouse Clemson squad had a home field advantage against Virginia in the ACC championship game (which was in Charlotte).
Dabo should focus on what matters, which is how his team plays in New Orleans. Not that his team is playing in New Orleans.