Clemson coach Dabo Swinney grew up in Alabama. But nowadays he said Crimson Tide fans fans aren't very happy to see him.
With the Tigers winning two of the last three national titles — beating Alabama in those title games — the Crimson Tide faithful have treated the 49-year-old much differently than when he first started to garner success with the Tigers, the coach revealed.
"I think it was all fun and games early on. It was, 'awe, isn't that sweet?' and that stuff," Swinney said in a recent Sirius XM Radio interview. "They aren't as happy to see me. But it's all good. It's a good problem."
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Swinney, a Pelham, Ala., native and Alabama graduate, was jokingly asked if there are walls up when he enters his former state.
He quipped: "I don't know about walls, but I am kinda like Osama Bin Dabo. I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels to make my way through Alabama these days."
Swinney said in the interview that while he still feels like a part of the Alabama family, he has been cast out to a degree.
"I think they've made me a stepbrother now," Swinney said.
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