If Dabo Swinney became Alabama’s coach one day, how much of a change would he be from Nick Saban?
It’s an interesting topic to consider, and many assume the current Clemson coach would at least be asked about succeeding Saban when that time comes.
Swinney makes sense in so many ways. Of course, he was born in Alabama, he played at Alabama and he’s close with Saban.
On Thursday, ESPN’s David Hale joined the Paul Finebaum Show and spoke about Swinney as Saban’s possible successor. Hale shared an interesting perspective about how Swinney would be a major change, personality-wise, after Saban.
“Whoever takes that job after Saban, it’s going to be a tough transition,” Hale said on the show.
“I would be interesting to see that transition. Personality-wise, and the way that they want to create the atmosphere around the program, Dabo and Saban are not very similar in that respect. Dabo probably says more in the opening statement of a press conference than Saban says in an entire year in press conferences. It would be a big change in personality, I think, at the top. But I think in the way that they want to approach the actual football side of things, I think it would probably be an easy transition.”
Hale went on to say that Swinney would “probably think long and hard” about going to Alabama one day, if asked.
It will be fun to see Saban and Swinney match wits again next Monday during the national championship game. Here’s guessing the differences in personality between Saban and Swinney wouldn’t matter much as long as Swinney produced wins in short order, if he ends up in Tuscaloosa one day.
It’s possible that Alabama fans could receive a glimpse at their future next week with Swinney walking the sideline.
"The short list of guys who would even come close is a very short list & Dabo Swinney would be at the top" @DavidHaleESPN
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 5, 2017