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After Clemson lost to Wake Forest on a Thursday night in 2008, I wrote a blog that was entitled, "Give Dabo A Chance." In it I said
Tommy BowdenTommy Bowden
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The thought was Swinney would have a chance to win the job. History tells us he did more than that.
But I was also very intrigued by Will Muschamp as a candidate at the time. Texas wrapped up Muschamp with the "Coach in Waiting" title in him being a successor to Mack Brown later that year. However, I still thought Muschamp would have been a great hire. As it turned out Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley thought so as well.
But let's look at Muschamp in his four years at Florida and compare it to Dabo's last four years at Clemson. Muschamp went 27-20 at Florida before getting the boot. Swinney is 39-11 at Clemson during that time. Muschamp took Florida to only one bowl game and went 0-1 in losing to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl after the 2012 season. Swinney will take Clemson to its fourth bowl game and is 2-1 in those games. Muschamp went to one BCS bowl while Swinney has been to two. Muschamp never won the conference or division. Swinney won the conference once and has played in the ACC title game twice.
What we heard about Dabo Swinney was that he had never even been a coordinator and he was not prepared for the job. What we heard about Muschamp was he had been a coordinator at LSU, Auburn and Texas. We heard he had NFL experience and he came from the Nick Saban tree.
Muschamp looked like the perfect candidate than had been groomed to be a star. To many, Swinney looked like a reach and a shot in the dark.
Now Swinney is being mentioned by some as Muschamp's replacement (that won't happen). Who would have thought that Swinney would be the one that would have more success? In this business it goes to show that you never can tell.
I know soccer is not one of the "Big Three" sports at Clemson but congrats to coach Mike Noonan and his squad for their dramatic run and their ACC title. I always say it's all about championships and the Tigers pulled off an impressive title last week.
Clemson is seeded seventh and has a chance to make some noise in the NCAA tournament. I want to encourage anyone who will be in the area to support the team this Sunday at Historic Riggs Field in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Clemson will celebrate Military Appreciation Day Saturday. John Seketa started this event several years ago and no one does it as well as we do. I love this each year and can't wait to say thanks to our brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. I would encourage you to go to clemsontigers.com for a list of all of the activities planned for Saturday. It should be another special day in Clemson.
Saturday the staff will entertain a large group of official visitors made up of mostly prospects that will enroll early in January. This group will be heavily involved in rebuilding several positions including the offensive line. I am asked about early contributors for next season and the offensive line is usually a tough place for a true freshman to crack the two-deep. However, this is a talented group and its not like they will have to come in and beat out Art Shell and Gene Upshaw. Therefore, I can see two or more true freshmen on the offensive line avoiding a redshirt next season.
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