It wasn’t too long ago that we heard Dabo Swinney go off over a question about “Clemsoning” during a press conference, and now the Clemson Tigers head coach is once again using his platform to address another issue.
This time around, Swinney was commenting on the recent string of in-season firings around the nation.
During his press conference this week, Swinney took to the podium and expressed his belief that it is social media which has led to the uptick in job openings like USC, South Carolina, Miami, Maryland and more.
“It’s a sad state of affairs,” Swinney said. “It comes with the territory. It’s not like it used to be, where you evaluate the totality of a season. It just isn’t that way any more. Social media gets people hired, fired and retired quick. Just like that. It’s just an overwhelming swell of emotion, good, bad or whatever. Unless you’ve got people with thick skin in those decision-making roles, it happens all the time.”
While it could appear that Swinney is just standing up for his fellow head coaches, his comments do hold some weight.
Not only has the social media boom led to much more scrutiny from fans, but athletic directors and universities have begun feeling the pressure from the increased chatter against their head coaches.
Do you think social media has played a part in the increase of head coaching changes? Sound off in the comments section below and check out the full press conference from Swinney, via TigerNet.com.
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