Clemson Reaches Agreement with Swinney


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CLEMSON -- Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips met with interim head coach Dabo Swinney on Sunday afternoon, and the two sides agreed in principle for Swinney to remove the interim tag and take over as permanent head coach immediately.

An official announcement will be made sometime in the next few days, possibly after Swinney meets with the team tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Swinney said on Saturday that the original plan was to meet with the team on Monday to give them "some direction", but now it appears he will have good news for them. The Charleston Post and Courier reports the agreement is a four-year deal worth $1 million a season.

Phillips began a national search after Tommy Bowden's resignation on Oct. 13, but seemingly was pulling for Swinney to do enough to be considered for the full-time job.

Swinney won four of six games as head man, including four of the last five and Saturday's win over rival South Carolina, but more importantly, he brought a team that might have split together. He encouraged players and fans alike to "go all in", invited students to practice, bought pizzas for students camping out for pizza, instituted Tiger Walk, and even took the players to a children's hospital, taking a day away from practice to show them there is more to life than football.

The team also played better under Swinney's tutelage than it did Bowden's, with a harder edge, and was the more physical of the two teams on Saturday, and it was apparent from talking to the players that they had already made their choice.

"He is a a guy I really love so much," senior running back James Davis said of Swinney. "This week (before the South Carolina game), he called every player in one-by-one, and got a chance to sit and ask each one how they would contribute to the game, and everyone game him a response. To take his time out of a busy week, that's the kind of guy you have to love. I think he has done enough (to get the head job)."

Co-offensive coordinator Billy Napier, who took over calling plays when Swinney took over, was also in his boss' corner on Saturday.

"I think he has done an outstanding job," Napier said. "I think he is a born leader, and I think he has all of the intangibles that it takes to be a head coach at this level. I think, given the opportunity, that he would do an outstanding job."

Senior safety Michael Hamlin, commenting on when the fans starting chanting Dabo's name on Saturday, said Swinney would also be his choice, especially after the way he helped turn the Tiger season around

"When the fans starting chanting, most of the players started doing the same thing," Hamlin said. "Everything he did for us was with a purpose and for a reason. The things he did in a short period of time shows he is the best man for the job. There is no other man I would put there beside him."

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B-Meist®
spacer ok, now i'll believe it!***
acevans®
spacer It was all about the money..
Prime T. Tiger
spacer All about the money? No way!
cutgrfan®
spacer We'll see,we'll see.
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Kinda ironic David Hood wrote this article.***
KNIGHTIGER
spacer David Hood YOU NEED TO GET ON BOARD!!!!***
tjh188
spacer Re: Kinda ironic David Hood wrote this article.***
tigergirl
spacer God forbid we have people who dont agree with TNet around
ClemsonOG
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dril
spacer I've been checking all day...great news for Tiger Football!!***
tiger5by5®
spacer Re: Congrats to Coach Swinney
TigerIllini
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75CU
spacer "bought pizzas for students camping out for pizza"
owensb01®
spacer Mmmmm Good Pizza !!***
cu85tiger®
spacer Dabo gave em what they wanted--PIZZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***
Watcher®
spacer Mixed emotions. Lovable guy. Great spirit. No resume.
Razzmatazz
spacer I find myself in almost total agreement with ya here, Razz.***
cdr4tigers
spacer Razz, you must not be old enough to remember when
captron
spacer Who do you think was helping call the plays?***
grouchingtiger®
spacer Bottom line is Dabo is the right risk at the right time***
PokerTiger®
spacer Re: Bottom line is Dabo is the right risk at the right time*
deleted
spacer I said the same things when they gave the job to Ford.***
RU4GOD2®
spacer Wrong!
CUtigerFan6
spacer Re: Wrong!
JVTiger
spacer Razz read this article and see if it soothes you
colatiger1972
spacer Great point of view. Thannks.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Mixed emotions. Lovable guy. Great spirit. No resume.
kiggity
spacer Re: Mixed emotions. Lovable guy. Great spirit. No resume.
Razzmatazz
spacer Excuses? If he hasn't made any excuses so far...
tigersuper
spacer Dabo produces.
chasn79
spacer I understand your opinion and feelings
Watcher®
spacer Re: Mixed emotions. Lovable guy. Great spirit. No resume.
48GatorBowlSon
spacer Re: Mixed emotions. Lovable guy. Great spirit. No resume.
rfitts
spacer I'm excited about this...I think it was a good choice!***
jp_tiger
spacer How's your foot taste, David Hood?***
natedawgSWU
spacer If I ever camp out for pizza, someone please just shoot me
attheesso®
spacer Camping out for Pizza......yea man! Congrats CDS***
MackDaddy®
spacer So..........Spiller. Are you staying????????????
dyeguy13
spacer Did CJ say he'd come back if, or he wouldn't come back if?***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Did CJ say he'd come back if, or he wouldn't come back i
dyeguy13
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dyeguy13
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