Clemson’s $10 million football coach Dabo Swinney tears up about 4-4 season on radio show: “You’re part of the problem…You can apply for the job and good luck to you!”

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Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney lashed out Monday at a fan who questioned his $10 million salary as the team struggles this season.

After the Tigers’ 24-17 loss to NC State on Saturday, they are 4-4 and will miss the College Football Playoff for the third straight year.

And when a fan identified as “Tyler in Spartanburg” asked the coach on his radio show why he earned his huge salary despite the team’s poor performance, Swinney angered the caller.

“You’re part of the problem,” Swinney said. “The appreciation, the expectation is greater than the appreciation.” That’s the problem.

“We have had 12 winning seasons in a row with more than 10 wins.” That has happened three times in 150 years. Clemson hasn’t had a chance at a national championship in 35 years – we’ve won two in seven years. And only two other teams can say that: Georgia and Alabama.

Dabo Swinney went on a radio call Monday and told him he was

Dabo Swinney went on a radio call Monday and told him he was “part of the problem.”

Swinney reacted courtside to his team's loss to NC State over the weekend

Swinney reacted courtside to his team’s loss to NC State over the weekend

“Is this a bad year? “Yes, and it’s my responsibility,” Swinney continued. “Take 100 percent responsibility for it.” But all this nonsense you think, all these stories you read. Listen man, you can have your opinion as many times as you want and you can apply for the job. And good luck to you.’

Swinney, who was hired as Clemson’s head coach in 2009, made $816,000 in his first season but was rewarded with a 10-year, $115 million contract after leading the school to two national championships.

“I started out as the lowest paid trainer in the business [and] “I worked my ass off,” he told the caller.

“I’m not going to let this smart guy get on the phone and tell me how to do my job.”

Clemson has a tough test this weekend against No. 12 Notre Dame.

Maureen Mackey

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