As we draw tantalizingly close to Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson, the true contrast between the legacy of each team’s head coach has remained in focus.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, noting unprompted that this is his first time “sniffing” a chance at the national championship, heaped the praise on adversary and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban during Sunday morning’s media press conference. The fast-rising Swinney is aiming to help secure Clemson’s first title since 1981, whereas Saban (three championships at Alabama and one at LSU) is more well-acquainted with that territory than any other current college coach.
“He’s one of the greatest coaches in the game, regardless of what happens Monday night. … It’s incredible,” Swinney said, according to Alex Byington of Decatur Daily.
Both teams will square off in Glendale, Ariz., at 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
“That’s what we want to become as a program,” Swinney said, per 247sports’ Charlie Potter.
Saban, however, was apparently not super fond of mounting the compliments from Swinney.
Nick Saban is so uncomfortable listening to Dabo Swinney heap praise upon him.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) January 10, 2016