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Grayson's Conn discusses Clemson job rumors

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Grayson head coach Mickey Conn gets his team fired up prior to the start of Saturday's Class AAAAA state championship game against Walton. Conn earned his 100th victory as the Rams' won the Class AAAAA state championship. 

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Grayson head coach Mickey Conn gets his team fired up prior to the start of Saturday's Class AAAAA state championship game against Walton. Conn earned his 100th victory as the Rams' won the Class AAAAA state championship. 

Mickey Conn has heard the rumors. The Grayson head football coach gets asked about it every other day.

Are you leaving Grayson? Are you going to Clemson?

Less than three weeks before defending state champion Grayson kicks off the season against McEachern in the Corky Kell Classic, Conn put those rumors to rest on Tuesday.

"A lot of people have talked about that and (Clemson coach) Dabo (Swinney) is a good friend. I'm really proud of him, but Dabo has not offered me anything," Conn said. "I'm right here at Grayson High School. This is where I'm at. I'm dug in. This is where I want to be. I want to win. I'm going to try to win championships here at Grayson."

The Conn to Clemson rumor began to swirl this summer when three of his players, including the nation's No. 1 college prospect Robert Nkemdiche, committed to Clemson. Conn and Swinney were also roommates with Alabama's football team in the early 1990s, which helped fueled speculation.

"People ask me about. There's nothing to it," Conn said. "I think it's normal for the fact that I have three guys committed there and Nick (Schuessler) just went there, so people just get to talking. But no, I have not been offered anything."

Nkemdiche, Wayne Gallman and David Kamara committed to the ACC champions this summer. Schuessler, the quarterback on last year's state title team, transferred to Clemson after signing with Mississippi State.

Conn is the only head football coach at Grayson, which is entering its 13th season. The state championship victory was the 100th win of the South Gwinnett grad's career.

"We've laid that foundation. I've always believed that consistency is the key," Conn said. "I just don't think you can jump around from school to school and be successful, but there may come a day when they don't want me here and I've got to go somewhere else. As far as I'm concerned, I like the consistency, I like building the community and the youth program. For me to stay here would be great."

Conn is the second Gwinnett coach to be connected to a Clemson coaching rumor this year. In January, Buford head coach Jess Simpson was the hot topic of taking a job a Clemson, which turned out to be false.

Conn, who has two children -- Brodey and Spencer -- with his wife Hallie, said taking a college job would be tough.

"I would if the right thing came around. I would consider it, but I don't know if that's the right thing for me," Conn said. "Right now coaching high school football, I love the purity of the sport. I love the fact that I can coach kids that are average high school kids and turn them into winners. For me that's great. To me, that's what it's all about."