Dabo Swinney: Ongoing tampering in college football is ‘sad’


Change is inevitable and the sport of college football has seen its fair share in recent years.

With the advent of the transfer portal, new rules surrounding free one-time transfer, as well as the implementation of NIL, college football players are more empowered than they have ever been.

However, there were also what Dabo Swinney described as unintended consequences and, in a recent interview with 247 Sports Carl Reedthe Clemson head coach said one of the biggest problems lately has been tampering.

“The tampering we have in college football, it’s sad,” Swinney said. “And you know, this is where we are, this is the world we live in.”

Swinney has never been shy about sharing his opinions on the current landscape surrounding the sport, but at the same time, some of those opinions have been misinterpreted or twisted.

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The head coach believes the sport is currently facing an environment bordering on toxicity.

“It’s not healthy for young people, first of all. It’s not healthy for the whole situation that’s going on, because there’s a lot of manipulation. And that’s because there’s no no consequences. Right now, we have created an environment where there are no barriers. There is no reason to stop. And when there are no consequences, there are no has no conscience.

Swinney maintains that he is absolutely in favor of players being able to be transferred in order to improve their situation. However, he also thinks that many players make rash decisions and enter the portal too quickly. Worse still, he thinks a lot of these players are making these decisions for all the wrong reasons.

“You have a lot of young people making decisions for the wrong reasons,” Swinney said. “And young people by nature are not fully developed people from a maturity point of view, from an emotional point of view, from the bigger picture, whatever. And so, I think it’s good that kids have the freedom to go I just think there should be parameters and to create a pause and more importantly stop the tampering that is going on because there are a lot of adults manipulating kids .”

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