Oh, Dabo. The self-righteous, pseudo preacher has done it again.
Two years ago, Dabo Swinney said he wouldn't work in college football if it became "professionalized."
ESPN — "Who knows what's going to happen down the road? I have no idea," Swinney said. "I just try to be great where my feet are. That's my focus every day. Who knows? They may do away with college football in three years. There may be no college football. They may want to professionalize college athletics. Well, then, maybe I'll go to the pros. If I'm going to coach pro football, I might as well do that.
Ah, yes. The man who signed a 10-year, $93 million contract to coach kids who, until today, were not allowed to make a dime off their own labor would really hate to see money start coming into college football. That's definitely the day he's out.
Well, that day has come, my friend. As of today, college athletes in states which have passed Name, Image and Likeness bills can make money from sponsorships, merch and all sorts of other avenues. We're not even 12 hours in and dozens of athletes already have deals lined up, some of which seem like they may be fairly lucrative.
So is this really the end? Is this the apocalypse Swinney envisioned when he said he'd get out? After all, it is a shame that we're allowing these kids to use real-life marketing skills to make money off their own names like literally anyone else in America can. Maybe Swinney just really hates capitalism.
But something tells me he's not quite ready to part with the $76 million remaining on his current contract just yet. So this just makes yet another empty promise from college football's greatest moral fraud. I'm sure his players are used to it by now, though.