TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 before the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)We’ve seen college football stars start to take some pragmatic approaches to their college careers with millions of dollars of NFL Draft value on the line. Since leading Clemson to the national title as a freshman, a number of people have argued that Trevor Lawrence should considering leaving college, either to wait until he is draft eligible in 2021, or to play and get paid in one of the start-up football leagues.That is, of course, a huge leap forward from the moves we’ve seen. Nick Bosa, who had a chance to return from injury for a post-season run for Ohio State this year, shutting things down after his injury was maybe the furthest extent we’ve seen so far. It appears to have worked out, as Bosa is a likely top five pick, and could still be in the mix for No. 1 overall if the Cardinals-Kyler Murray rumors don’t materialize.Numerous other players have sat out bowl games to get ahead of Draft prep, and not risk injuries in exhibition games. Back when guys like Jadeveon Clowney were a year away from draft eligibility, there was plenty of speculation about them sitting out a season.The Lawrence argument takes things to a new level, given his stature as a freshman and his transcendent, NFL-ready talent. It is likely a non-starter though.Trevor Lawrence has shot down any notion of him leaving Clemson before he is draft eligible, and now Dabo Swinney has rejected the idea for his star.After Monday’s practice, the quarterback said none of the speculation was coming from him, and he said he doesn’t think about it.Swinney was asked about the idea in a recent interview with The Rich Eisen Show.Via TigerNet:“I don’t think of it because it is just such a waste of my time,” he said. “That’s the world we live in. My thing is why play at all? It’s great we have basically have a minor league now. I think that’s great. I think that gives people opportunity if you don’t really value the college experience or value the education and all it comes with it. You have another opportunity now. I think that is great. You can go ahead and go to work just like people do in other sports whether it be basketball, or minor league baseball, or whatever. I’ve never worried about stuff that I have zero control over.”It is interesting that Swinney isn’t totally throwing cold water on guys skipping college to play in an AAF or XFL-type league. He doesn’t seem awfully worried about the guys on his roster now though.
Dabo Swinney: Idea Of Trevor Lawrence Leaving Clemson A ‘Waste Of My Time’