No one likes a sore winner. Especially Paul Finebaum.
Following Dabo Swinney’s viral postgame rant on Saturday, the ESPN college football analyst had a message for the Clemson football coach on Tuesday morning.
“I think Dabo Swinney is the most annoying winner in all of sports,” Finebaum said. “The guy just can’t keep his trap shut. Somebody just give the man a pacifier, send him to timeout and we’ll check in with him on Dec. 28 when he finally plays a legitimate team during this entire college football season.”
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Later on Tuesday, Swinney addressed Finebaum’s critical comments.
“Finebaum is great at what he does,” said Swinney per GreenvilleOnline. “He creates great conversation and great drama. We’re the Red Sox; he’s the Yankees. You’re not going to have a Yankees guy stand up and talk great things about the Red Sox; that’s not what he’s paid to do. One of the best lessons I’ve learned is that you don’t worry about criticism from people you wouldn’t seek advice from.”
No. 3 Clemson (12-0) defeated in-state rival South Carolina, 38-3, on Saturday. After the game, Swinney was asked how much the win over the Gamecocks actually mattered to the team’s quest for another national title.
The coach said the win was extremely important because the College Football Playoff voters hold the Tigers to a different standard.
“It’s huge from a national standpoint, because obviously if we lose this game, they are going to kick us out,” Swinney said of the College Football Playoff. “They don’t want us in there anyway. We’d drop to 20, you know? Georgia loses to this very same team, and the very next day it’s, ‘How do we keep Georgia in it?’ We win to the team [North Carolina] that beat South Carolina and it’s, ‘How do we get Clemson out?’
“It’s the dadgumest thing. So it’s big. You know, they can’t vote us out. We gotta go 30-0. We ain’t got no choice.”
Clemson faces Virginia on Saturday in the ACC championship. It marks the Tigers’ fifth straight appearance in the conference title game.
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