Paul Finebaum buries Dabo Swinney after Miami loss, questions whether Clemson can be 'elite' again
Paul Finebaum didn’t hold back when discussing Clemson’s double overtime loss to Miami on Saturday night.
Finebaum made the comments on his weekly appearance alongside Matt Barrie on “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” He said that not only is Swinney’s dynasty over — an assertion he made after Clemson’s loss to Duke in Week 1 — but he questioned whether or not Clemson will ever be “elite” again with Swinney in charge.
“His dynasty is over,” Finebaum said. “It has been over for a while. The concern now is, can he ever get it back to an elite level? I think there has to be some doubts. There are a lot of reasons for it. And most of them are when Dabo Swinney looks in the mirror at night.”
Clemson has been ravaged by bad turnover luck this season, but the Tigers’ issues date back further than just the 2023 campaign. Clemson is now 7-6 in its last 13 contests under Swinney. Clemson has not reached the College Football Playoff since the 2020 season when Trevor Lawrence was its quarterback.
Given Swinney’s aversion to the transfer portal, Clemson has started to lag behind other top programs in the ACC such as Florida State and North Carolina who are making full use of their roster-building avenues.
With the loss, Clemson has dropped to 4-3 on the season and is 3-3 in ACC play.
The Tigers will face NC State on the road this weekend.