Following Clemson’s 28-7 loss to Duke on Monday night, there was little guessing as to how ESPN and SEC Network host Paul Finebaum felt about Dabo Swinney’s program.
“Dabo’s dynasty is done,” Finebaum said on ‘Get Up’ on Tuesday morning. “What else can anyone say, Greeny? It’s really been teetering for a couple years. But what happened last night is simply unexplainable.”
Finebaum said that nothing Clemson attempted to do this offseason helped to the field on Monday.
“They brought in Garrett Riley, that was supposed to be the savior,” Finebaum said. “They had the quarterback that was going to be Trevor Lawrence’s wunderkind. And frankly, nothing happened.
“They didn’t lose to a Florida State or an Alabama or a Notre Dame or a Georgia. They lost to Duke, which has a very good quarterback and a nice program. ‘Nice’ being the operative word. They have nowhere to go. And Dabo’s nonsense after the game isn’t going to impress anyone. This program is flatlining right now.”
Clemson has lost three of its last four games going back to the 2022 season and there’s a growing sentiment by some that their time atop the college football heap is over. However, there were some strong reactions about Finebaum’s comments as well.
He says the same thing about Saban every year. Why do people watch/listen to him? https://t.co/jgdsimQAQ7
— Shaler Grigsby (@Shaler_19) September 5, 2023
What dynasty? https://t.co/VDQoD2EcAx
— Rhett Miller (@Zodspeed) September 5, 2023
His refusal to adapt is what's killing him. Nick Saban doesn't like the way CFB is changing either but you gotta respect that man for being willing to change his tactics and adapt to the current landscape. https://t.co/Vv0QSXDMJp
— I mixed up burner accounts (@Zakk2737) September 5, 2023
I said this after the LSU vs Clemson championship game. Lawrence and Higgins couldn’t save this scrub any longer https://t.co/lCGOqBqWBI
— Mr. MORALES & the Night Crawlers (@SupaSaiyan24) September 5, 2023