An eye on Urban

CLEMSON - Dabo Swinney has kept a close watch on Urban Meyer since the start of the new millennium.

From 1996-2000, Meyer served as an assistant at Notre Dame under Bob Davie. In 2001, Meyer was named the head coach at Bowling Green.

"I tried to get his job," Swinney said. "[Meyer] was a receivers coach his whole life, then he got the Bowling Green job. I was just leaving Alabama and tried to get his receivers job at Notre Dame. Didn't get it, glad I didn't get it, because they were fired the next year. I would have been one and done."

Meyer's next stop after Bowling Green was Utah. And for about three days one summer during his stint there, Swinney and other Clemson assistants visited Salt Lake City.

"That was the first time I had met him," Swinney said. "Then, both being receiver guys, seen his video stuff over the years.

"Then, when he came down to Florida, it became more adversary at that point, recruiting against him, didn't have a lot of interaction with him."

That changed when Meyer stepped down from Florida and spent the 2011 season working as an analyst for ESPN. Citing health reasons, Meyer took a one-year hiatus from the coaching business before accepting the Ohio State job in 2012.

"He's very candid with it," Swinney said. "That's one of the things I try to be mindful of, and I'm as guilty as anybody, I try to keep a balance and not let the job consume you as a human being, because that's what happens sometimes."

According to Swinney, Meyer said: "I was crazy."

"He said it about killed him," Swinney said, referring to the end of Meyer's career at Florida.

Swinney has seen a significant change in Meyer since he stepped down at Florida.

"I think just perspective, balance, priorities, keeping things in the proper perspective," Swinney said. "He's had some good advice to me as I'm trying to keep my career going, and to maybe avoid some of the pitfalls."

While in the state of Florida earlier this week for the college football awards show, the two coaches had dinner together on Wednesday night.

"Had good conversation, so that's good," Swinney said. "It's always good when the guy on the other side that you're playing, you've got a decent relationship with him and it's not awkward or uncomfortable."

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