Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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Clemson’s Swinney on Texans’ job: ‘Next question’

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney dismissed the notion that he is headed to the NFL to rejoin former Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson with the Houston Texans.

During a conference call with reporters prior to No. 1 Clemson’s encounter with No. 7 Miami, Swinney was asked if he had heard from Watson following the firing of Bill O’Brien as the Texans’ head coach and general manager.

“I have not heard from Deshaun and that is not even anything that I want to even have to think about,” Swinney said on Tuesday. “… You don’t want to ask anything about Miami? Next question.”

Watson, 25, played at Clemson and led the team to a College Football Playoff championship game in 2015 and a national title win the following year. He was selected by the Texans with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Watson and the winless Texans (0-4) find themselves without a head coach after O’Brien was dismissed on Monday.

Romeo Crennel, 73, will serve as Houston’s interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Clemson gave Swinney a 10-year contract worth $93 million, the richest contract ever for a college football coach, in April 2019.

Swinney, 50, is in his 13th season as the Tigers coach and has a 133-31 record and two national championships.

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