Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is connected to Houston Texans more than anyone else not in the organization, but he appears content with his current situation.
Swinney has the benefit of being one of the most attractive destinations for college football recruits, being able to compete with the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma. But he also appears to be drawing some attention from NFL teams, with a number of vacancies already appearing to be opening up in the future.
The first team to fire its head coach (and general manager) was the Texans, who parted ways with Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start. It’s fair to point out that the Texans have had the most difficult schedule by far, but O’Brien has also saddled the team with some bad contracts, and a dearth of first-round draft picks.
Enter Swinney, who coached Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in college. Not only that, he also has a relationship with Executive Vice President of Football Operations Jack Easterby, who is currently running the team after O’Brien’s exit. It’s rumored that Easterby will have a lot of power in picking the team’s next head coach, which is why Swinney is drawing a lot of attention there.
But Clemson’s football coach is doing all he can to suppress the rumors, insisting he’s focused on his team going forward.
“I have not heard from Deshaun and that is not even anything that I want to even have to think about,” Swinney said, via the Houston Chronicle. “You would be the one to ask that question out of all the questions. You don’t want to ask anything about Miami? Next question.”
He didn’t necessarily rule anything out, though. We’ll see what Swinney is saying once the college football season comes to a close.