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.
Contrary to popular opinion, the two-time national title-winning head coach is actually not against the portal, Swinney would simply prefer to see more guidelines and oversight in place to ward off some of the negative effects seen with the many rule changes.
“First of all, I think the portal is good,” Swinney said. “I think from the perspective of kids being able to go somewhere else, you know, I think that’s fine. I just think there should be certain parameters. Because there’s a lot of things that the combination of the portal, from NIL, from tampering, you know, we created this environment in college football, it’s not healthy. And any adult who’s really involved in it knows that.”
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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