On Saturday, the Crimson Tide will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 National Championship team and their memorable beatdown of the Miami Hurricanes.
Over 100 players and coaches are believed to be participating. Now if you think Gene Stallings was a tough dude for traveling down the road to College Station last week, know that he is in Tuscaloosa for this weekend’s celebration as well.
Among the alumni of the 1992 team is one Dabo Swinney, head coach of the Clemson Tigers. Because his Tigers play on Friday, he is able to make it to Tuscaloosa.
He was raised in Pelham, Alabama, and walked on at Alabama as a wide receiver. He earned a scholarship and lettered on three teams (1990–1992). During his time as an undergraduate at Alabama, Swinney was twice named an Academic All-SEC and SEC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member. In three seasons at Alabama, he caught 7 passes for 81 yards.
After his playing days, he became a grad assistant for three seasons (1993-1995) under Stallings. He became a full assistant in Stallings final season and was retained by he-whose-name-we-do-not-speak. He coached wide receivers and tight ends at the Capstone from 1996 until 2000. After three years in the private sector, he returned to coaching at Clemson under Tommy Bowden - who he eventually succeeded.
As you all know, Alabama and Clemson have met in the last two National Championships with each school walking away with a trophy. Many experts think these two teams are on a collision course for the rubber game (regardless of what the Tigers do Friday night).
It is easy to forget that Dabo was among the Crimson and White that we revered and cheered for. Some observers, mostly outsiders, think that Swinney might take over in Tuscaloosa once Saban retires (at age 108). However, he is not the most popular choice among some in the Tide fan base.
Which leads to the poll:
What do you think about Dabo Swinney coming to Tuscaloosa for the 1992 Reunion?
This poll is closed
I love it. He proudly wore the Crimson and White and deserves to be there.
It’s like a fox in the hen house. I appreciate that he was a Bama player but now he is the enemy.
I can see both side. I dunno.