Wow. Dabo Swinney was just named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year. Heather Dinich has a good piece up at ESPN bringing to light some of Swinney’s accomplishments this year. When you look at these together, it helps explain why he was the unanimous winner of the natty in coaching.
- Clemson’s first 10 win season in 21 years (1988 under Danny Ford, who is the last Clemson coach to win the Bobby Dodd in 1981 when Clemson went 12 – 0 and won the mythical natty.
- First ACC title in 20 years (1991 under Ken Hatfield)
Clemson, which has been basically all hype, no substance the past two decades is due for a comeupance. If they can beat west Virginia in the Orange Bowl they should practically feel the boost in recruiting. Clemson becoming a force again would be perfect timing for the ACC, and great for college football in general. Congrats to Coach Swinney, now go get a W in your meaningless football game, the ACC needs some wins.