Swinney offers different viewpoint

PINEHURST, N.C. - Reform in college football has been one of the hot topics discussed over the last two days at the ACC Football Kickoff.

On Monday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney shared the avenues that he believed the NCAA should approach, and adamantly named those that must be avoided.

Piggybacking on what SEC commissioner Mike Slive suggested a week ago, ACC commissioner John Swofford said on Sunday that multi-year scholarships should be among the considered changes.

Swinney thought otherwise.

"I would be 100 percent against multi-year scholarships," he said. "That makes zero sense to me, whatsoever.

"I've never been a guy that's running people off. That's not my style. My philosophy is, and I tell the staff this all the time. If we sign a guy, he's ours. [Until] graduation do we part, he's ours. And you better love him.

"If I've got a guy who's doing everything we've asked of him -- he's going to class, he's a good citizen, he's giving me a great effort, he's trying to be a good player -- he's just not quite as good as we want him to be. That's our fault. I'm not going to penalize a guy because he's not maybe what we thought he was. That's bad business, in my opinion."

But, according to Swinney, "it's a two-way street."

"We have an obligation to the student athlete, to provide him with all the things he needs: academically, socially, spiritually, athletically -- everything, to become a great young man and develop," he said. "But he's got a responsibility, too. All of a sudden, you give out these multi-year things, you don't have anything out there.

"A guy doesn't want to go to class. A guy's a discipline problem, embarrassing your program, doing all these things, yet he's got a scholarship for two years…I think that's the wrong route to take."

Swofford suggested that the NCAA should consider providing full-cost of attendance in the scholarships.

"I would be 100 percent against multi-year scholarships," Dabo Swinney said in regards to John Swofford's comments. "That makes zero sense to me, whatsoever." (Getty Images)
Swinney took a different stance.

"You're getting into some recruiting problems, right there. We've got enough recruiting problems," he said. "Now, all of a sudden, you're going to have a guy that's going to go to Stanford, instead of Clemson, because he can get more money."

Some sort financial assistance would be a better route, though Swinney is against paying players in a fashion that could potentially lead to advantages in recruiting.

"If you're going to do something for the players, I'm all for that. There should be an across the board kind of stipend," Swinney said. "Whether it's $300 or $400...it's got to be equitable. It's got to be, across the board, this is part of your scholarship. I don't have any problems with that.

"I'm totally against paying players, in terms of giving them some type of salary."

He also took a stance against higher academic standards mentioned by Slive.

"I think that's crazy," Swinney said. "There's enough on these guys. There are 16-core classes for them to graduate and qualify for college. I think there are some things you can look at, as far as minimizing online classes and things like that."

While taking into consideration what he saw as a player at Alabama, Swinney said there's been plenty of positive progress made by the NCAA, in terms of higher academic standards.

"When I was in school, you could fog a mirror and getting into college," he said. "I saw guys in school for four years. When they left, they weren't any closer to a degree than when they got there. It was just get hours."

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