Swinney asked if he could make tough decisions with 'Clemson men' on staff

Swinney asked if he could make tough decisions with 'Clemson men' on staff


Swinney asked if he could make tough decisions with 'Clemson men' on staff


During his radio call-in show Monday night, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about his trend of having a bunch of “Clemson men” on his staff, such as some of his former players like C.J. Spiller, Tajh Boyd and Tyler Grisham, as well as former Clemson players pre-Swinney like Tony Elliott and Brandon Streeter.

A caller asked Swinney what his mindset is with bringing a lot of Clemson people onto his staff, and when having to evaluate whether to retain or replace a coach, if he could make tough decisions with people he is close and loyal to if they weren’t adequately getting the job done.

“Well, I can tell you, I didn’t get where I am by not being able to make tough decisions,” Swinney said. “And hopefully I didn’t get here by making a bunch of bad decisions. So, I’ve always had Clemson men, always — from day one, I’ve always had great Clemson people and outside people. It’s always been a combination and mixture, and I always hire who I think’s the best for me and best for this program and best for these kids. But time to time, there’s always tough decisions, and certainly I’ve had a bunch of them over 13 years. Hopefully we’ve made a lot more good ones than bad ones, that’s for sure.”

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