Dabo Swinney offered his first 'state of the union' address for the 2011 season today during ACC Media Days in Pinehurst, NC.
Yes, the season has yet to being, but some jackleg had the nerve to ask him about his job security.
We like to stay away from topics like that, but Dabo did have some other interesting things to talk about.
Swinney said, “We’ve had two years of laying a foundation. I can’t be held accountable for 20 years. I need to be held accountable for the opportunities we had here.”
“We’re proud of (the division title) and felt like we did take a good step there, took a step back last year. We’re recruiting at a high level and that’s where it starts. I’ve put together an incredible staff, and we’ve got great chemistry. They’ve committed resources, facilities, we’ve got great support from the administration and president. All those things are what it takes. I don’t think it’s always been that way at Clemson.”
Tommy West and Tommy Bowden are somewhere saying, “A little late for me.”
Swinney added, “The way we are right now, we just need to stay the course. Back away from the ledge. Let the coaches do their job. I think we’re on the verge of greatness at Clemson, in the near future.”
In the off-season, Chad Morris joined the staff as offensive coordinator, Robbie Caldwell took over the offensive line, and Marion Hobby returned to Clemson to make sure the Tigers continue to produce passing rushing studs like Gaines Adams, Ricky Sapp, and Da’quan Bowers.
“I feel like we addressed our issues. I was able to make a transition with my staff for the first time since I had the job. I’ve hired everyone on the staff,” said Swinney.
“It’s exciting for me. I was dealt an unusual hand as I got this job. I’ve been blending it for a couple years, so it was good; we had some adversity but good things come from that.”
Clemson opens with four straight home games against Troy, Wofford, Auburn, and Florida State.
Here’s more from Dabo: