If Nick Saban were to ever leave Alabama, many might peg Dabo Swinney as the top candidate to replace him.
On Tuesday, the Clemson coach said he has already been presented with several opportunities to return to his alma mater. Yet he remains in Clemson.
“Three different times I was going back to Alabama,” Swinney said to ESPN’s Paul Finebaum,” and all three times it didn’t work out.”
"Three different times I was going back to Alabama & all three times it didn't work out." – Clemson HC Dabo Swinney
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) December 15, 2015
More specifically, Alabama has come to Swinney three times since 2003.
In January 2003, then-Tide coach Mike Price offered Swinney a position coaching tight ends. However, Price withdrew the offer three weeks later.
When Rich Rodriguez nearly became Alabama’s coach in December 2006, Swinney was close to accepting a position on the staff. Of course, Rodriguez backed out of the opportunity, which nixed Swinney’s potential homecoming.
Lastly, when Nick Saban was named Alabama’s coach in 2007, he reached out to Swinney to offer him a position on his staff. However, it was just about a month away from National Signing Day, which led Swinney to decline the offer and remain at Clemson.
Swinney played wide receiver at Alabama from 1990-92 and stayed on as an assistant from 1993-2000, coaching wide receivers and tight ends. In 2003, Swinney moved over to Clemson before being promoted to interim coach in 2008.
That’s where Swinney has been since, but it’s highly unlikely this is the last time Swinney is linked to Tuscaloosa, Ala.