Brave Sir Dabo

Dabo Swinney, unafraid.

When you next see him and his $7 million paycheck standing nobly on the sideline, unconcerned about the risk of possible injury, remember to commend him for his courage.

I’m kind of impressed with the way he sells this bullshit, almost like he actually believes it.

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41 responses to “Brave Sir Dabo

  1. Derek

    He should sit down with Marcus Lattimore.

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  2. outlaw67

    Wow, way to go out of your way to bash Dabo for speaking some common sense. You are obsessed with money and just bash Dabo because hes a Christian.

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  3. kfoge

    I know it will not happen, but I would like to see a reporter follow up with this: “so, if you were hurt on the sideline during a game, you still get your $7 million per year contract, correct?”

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  4. What he said is correct. Exactly what was it that caused Sony Michael to miss some playing time early in 2016? Yes there is a risk of injury but most all players come out of the bowl games effectively unscathed.

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    • Sucks to be one of those who aren’t in the most all category. Not that you care particularly.

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    • By the way, if you believe Dabo’s right about living life without fear of the consequences, does that mean you don’t carry any insurance?

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    • Macallanlover

      Yes, Dabo is so dead on. It is odd to see the foolish attacks on him by those who deny something that obvious. The only part about their comments that has an element of truth is religion doesn’t have to be their reason to attack, all adults should be smart enough to educate young people on common sense. The only reason for anyone to assume that attack is based on religion is there is a pack of anti-Christian bigots who seem obsessed with denigrating them because they are of a different belief. Kind of goes with their feelings about any belief/speech which dares differ from their own, see it daily. Hate speech only goes one way, you know?

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      • Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith suffered a significant knee injury in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl that cost him an estimated $20 million in first-round money. Smith was eventually drafted in the second but put on injured reserve by the Dallas Cowboys his rookie season. He later collected $700,000 cashing in on a loss of draft value insurance policy — significantly short of that $20 million.

        At least he could take comfort in having been educated based on common sense, Mac.

        Oh, and thanks for the “anti-Christian bigots”, just sayin’ touch there. Classy.

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        • Macallanlover

          Bigots come in all persuasions Senator, surely we all know that. Some just enjoy the advantage of being the flavor of the day. In our society today, we need consistency in the application but many seem to prefer being multi-faced about it. Goose/gander, and all that.

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          • Just because you or the original commenter disagrees with my take on Dabo’s comment doesn’t make me a bigot, boss.

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            • Macallanlover

              I actually don’t think you are a bigot, you would have the same position on any coach who said the exact same thing. My comment about religious bigots was intended for some who continually attack Dabo, Mark Richt, etc. vehemently when ever the chance presents itself. Only time I have seen you do something similar is when they hide behind their religion, which is wrong. Almost every religion provides a pretty good set of values to live by, we are better for having them until they become extreme, imo.

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              • Macallanlover

                Just realized, my wording was confusing “anti-Christian bigots” should have been “bigots who are anti-Christian”. That is why you felt that was a slap at you, wasn’t intended for you at all. If anyone should understand the problems associated with religious intolerance it should be people of the Jewish faith.

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      • mp

        Players don’t “play their senior year at all” all the time. They go pro. His comment is stupid. That’s every bit the business decision that the players who skip a bowl game make. Use your common sense.

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  5. Chopdawg

    Dabo did play college football himself, right? Three seasons at Alabama, right?

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  6. He didn’t say live your life without the fear of consequences. He said in so many words not to let unfounded fears control your life. Living without consequences would be playing the game without pads and a helmet. Fear of playing the game at all is not rational if you’ve been blessed with the talent and have the desire to play.

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    • It’s not fear of playing the game at all. These kids are prepared to play at the next level.

      It’s being prudent about not screwing up your financial future by playing in an exhibition game.

      Otherwise, nice straw man on your part.

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  7. There is no straw man. What makes this “exhibition” game more risky than any other game?

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    • The simple math of one game vs. a professional contract.

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      • Macallanlover

        Every game, and full contact practice, all year long brings similar levels of risks. You are right, it could happen to anyone, any day. It doesn’t even have to be a contact situation (Zeus running down the field in August, Malcomb Mitchell celebrating a Gurly TD, etc. Life is full of risks, they can sit their last season if they choose, and a one game insurance policy wouldn’t be price prohibitive with all the big money floating around. We all have our positions on this, and exactly no one wants to see a young man get a serious injury.

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  8. NCDawgMan

    I think we would all be obsessed with 7 million, don’t LIE ! As for Christian virtues I have been able to attend many major football practices as a 30 year tenured high school coach. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, USCe, UGA, North Ave. Trade School,Tennessee, FSU, North Carolina to name a few and maybe mentioning UNC I inserted a fib about major.
    Honestly I would never want my team to hear the language or actions out of these coaches at my practices.
    Degrading, humbling to say disgraced, you wanna say a harmful work place enviorment. Coaches of color or pretty much any staff member would get thrown out of the University as Sasser did for their practice language. ( insert lawyer for Fields disortation about harmful work enviorment, check out Fields video leaving the game after USCe, although I think that has been deleted in the past 2 days.)
    Rating scale from violent to alarming to demeaning
    1) Auburn
    2) Clemson
    3) FSU
    4) UGA
    5) UTk
    6) Fech
    7)UNC
    It’s a brutal sport, calmed down some from the Bear, Pat Dye stages which were actually more racially sensitive compared to today’s themes. Read the kids tweets on Twitter I guess you have to coach em up in the language they understand.
    Do not get me wrong in painting with a wide brush. There are many, many coaches of character and just as many players. Just don’t tell me about someone’s personality from sideline mannerisms, a $75 alumni dinner or a TV show interview and their religious beliefs. If the 7 million was not there they would not be either. There is as many Jim and Tammy Bakers out there as there are Billy Graham’s. (RIP)

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  9. NCDawgMan

    Sorry Senator some people are just to naive or guilable to see behind the scenes, might even go as far as diminishing as in reality’s perception.

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  10. Dawg0572

    “When you next see him and his $7 million paycheck standing nobly on the sideline, unconcerned about the risk of possible injury, remember to commend him for his courage.” So you know that he’s unconcerned about the risk and possible injury of a player? Wow….the other Fabris Pool guys might as well drop out next year…..

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  11. Trbodawg

    Dabo’s argument, taken to the extreme, is the end of tackle football. What young person in his/her right mind subjects their body to such risk? The point at which risks outweigh benefits should be an individual choice. Dabo’s risk/benefit calculation just might be a little skewed by his bank account.

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  12. DawgByte

    I see Blutarsky is on his Social Justice Warrior rant once again. Oh clueless one, Dabo’s salary has ZERO bearing on the conversation!

    I agree 100% with Dabo and I suspect if you polled all Div. 1 coaches privately the vast majority of them would agree with CDS.

    Where does this protective bubble end… with 80% of college players opting out of their senior seasons? This sport is slowly being destroyed by people like Blutarsky and the “Me-Me” generation.

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    • I agree 100% with Dabo and I suspect if you polled all Div. 1 coaches privately the vast majority of them would agree with CDS.

      Totally agree.

      I suspect if you polled all D-1 coaches about coaches leaving their teams before a bowl game if they were hired by another school, the vast majority of them would have no problem with that, either.

      As far as destroying the sport goes, I never knew I had that kind of influence. Wish that would get me better tickets, LOL.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      I think the next move will be compensating players, which will probably result in fewer of them turning pro. It will probably also result in fewer of them skipping bowl games. Skip the last game of the year, miss your last check of the year. Sounds reasonable.

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  13. Derek

    The sanctimonious paternalism from Dabo and the comments above are sickening.

    The coaches recruit players on the basis that their choice should be tied to maximizing their financial value and then we bitch when they listen. Seriously?

    If you want a program where professional earnings are irrelevant, the correct answer is to do what I’ve proposed over and over around here.

    Play football with students who get in just like everyone else.

    You want nfl-lite when it suits you and not when it doesn’t.

    I keep waiting for an enterprising young man to sit out his entire third year once he’s maximized his value.

    Under the current circumstances I’d have no problem with it. Gurley should have skipped that acl tear after he was suspended for selling his own autograph imho. Once you’re locked in as a top pick, get an agent and prepare for the draft. Why not?

    In a world where you can get shown the door if you get hurt and don’t perform, somehow the really good players have an obligation to the program? Where’s the obligation to the guys who get “processed?”

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