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NCAAF - US Sports: Swinney supports transfer window plan

12 May 2022 03:00:52 EST
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has joined calls for changes to be made

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is among a growing number of high-profile college football figures advocating the inception of a player transfer window.

The Tigers, 13.00 to win the NCAAF Championship, lost a handful of transfers during and shortly after last season but Swinney recently told ESPN that he only plans to use the college transfer portal to recruit as a last resort.

Swinney not a fan of player portal

Swinney is one of the least enthusiastic FBS coaches around when it comes to the portal, which has seen a huge increase in use from players this off-season.

USC have used it to add 15 new players already since the end of last season and have eight open scholarship spots that could well also be filled via the portal to boost first-year head coach Lincoln Riley's program.

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SEC behemoths Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss have also been very active in bolstering their ranks while Clemson's ACC rival Miami have completed 11 transfers this spring.

Swinney looking for fresh guidelines

Swinney, who has not had a player enter the portal since reserve defensive tackle Darnell Jeffries did so in early January, favours the introduction of stricter guidelines - as he does with the regulation of Name, Image and Likeness opportunities.

"We've discussed that," Swinney told The Clemson Insider on Tuesday. "Just like the NIL, I think there needs to be some type of guidelines and some type of order so you can have some semblance of roster management."

Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, has spoken of setting up two transfer windows for players to enter their names in the portal.

One from the final Sunday in November until the early signing date in mid-December, and another from 15th April to 1st May.

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