CLEMSON COACH “PLEASANT AS AN EDAMAME FART”
That’s a shame, because as the guys over at SportsTalk Radio Network have uncovered, the program made a hilarious reference to Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney. Apparently Swinney doesn’t believe college football players should get paid … which is pretty funny considering he makes more than $3 million a year off of their efforts.
“As far as paying players, professionalizing college athletics, that’s where you lose me,” Swinney said. “I’ll go do something else because there’s enough entitlement in this world as it is.”
We’ve addressed such hypocrisy at the broader NCAA level in this piece – which advocates for paying players within the context of a completely restructured (and non-government subsidized) U.S. higher education system.
But Oliver’s assault on the system – which you can watch in its entirety here – singles Swinney out in particular.
“America has a long, proud history of paying aging white men unconscionable amounts of money for screaming at people … so there’s precedent there,” he says, mockingly. “But all this makes it even harder to swallow when some coaches – like Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, a man who makes more than $3 million a year – insists that his players not get paid.”
After Oliver’s studio audience boos Swinney’s “entitlement” comment, the host chimes in again …
“Dabo Swinney is an anagram for ‘Soybean Wind,'” he says. “Which I think is fitting because he seems as pleasant as an edamame fart.”
For those of you educated at a South Carolina government-run school, “edamame” refers to immature green soybeans still in the pod.
Anyway … here’s Oliver’s hilarious segment, with the Swinney fun beginning at the 14:00 mark …
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And yes, Oliver’s segment prompted Swinney and #SoybeanWind to start trending on Twitter.
Props to Oliver for drawing attention to this issue, for giving us a good laugh … and most importantly for making Swinney look like a complete moron on the national stage (not that the latter task was especially difficult).