Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

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.


About Sean Keeley

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