Dabo Swinney could’ve returned to Alabama

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney joind ESPN’s Paul Finebaum on Tuesday for a spot on his show to talk about the upcoming College Football Playoff. During his appearance, he brought up a fact that could lead to a bit more intrigue should Clemson face Alabama in the National Championship Game.

Swinney is an alumnus of Alabama, and was also a member of the team’s staff from 1993-2000. After a few years away from the program, Swinney explained that there were three different times he was offered a position to return to the university. Each time, he said, just didn’t work out.

You can see all three times in the following Tweets from Finebaum.

In January of 2003 Alabama Coach Mike Price offered Coach Swinney a job coaching TE's but withdrew his offer 3 weeks later

— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 15, 2015

Dabo also said he was going to coach on Rich Rodriguez' staff when he accepted then backed out of the Alabama job in December 2006.

— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 15, 2015

Finally, when Saban accepted the Bama job he called Swinney to offer him a spot on his staff but Dabo said it was too close to signing day

— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 15, 2015

You have to wonder just how different the college landscape would be if Swinney would’ve went back any of those three times. That being said, it’s clear that things have worked out pretty nicely for the 46-year old head coach. The Tigers battle the Oklahoma Sooners on New Year’s Eve for a spot in the 2016 National Championship.

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