The announcement was made tonight at halftime on ESPN at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl game between Auburn and Virginia.
Swinney is the first Clemson football coach to win a National Coach of the Year
honor since 1981 when Danny Ford was named National Coach of the Year by the
American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association.
Ford coached Clemson to the National Championship during that 1981
season with a 12-0 record, including a 22-15 win over Nebraska in the
Orange Bowl. Now Swinney will coach the Tigers in the Discover Orange
Bowl on Wednesday night. It is Clemson's first visit to the Orange Bowl
since that game at the conclusion of the 1981 season.
"This is a great honor," said Swinney. "I accept this award on behalf
of our players, coaches and everyone affiliated with our program at
Clemson. I am proud of what we have accomplished this year and we hope
to add to that this week.
"It is an honor to win an award named after the legendary Bobby Dodd,
who did so much for college football. I am humbled to be the recipient
of this award."
Swinney is the first Clemson coach in any sport to win a national coach
of the Year honor since Larry Penley was the unanimous National Coach of
the Year of college golf in 2003 when the Tigers golfers won the
This season Swinney has coached Clemson to its first ACC Championship in
20 years, its first 10-win season in 21 years, and its first bid to the
Orange Bowl since 1981. The Tigers have a 10-3 record entering
Wednesday's Discover Orange Bowl game against West Virginia.
The Tigers have four wins over top 25 teams this year, a school record
for one season and tied for second most in the nation this year. The
Tigers could gain a fifth with a victory over the Mountaineers.
Included in the list of wins over ranked teams are a pair of wins over
Virginia Tech, a 23-3 victory in the regular season over a 10th ranked
Virginia Tech team in Blacksburg, and a 38-10 win over the third ranked
Hokies in the ACC Championship game on December 3. That victory tied
for the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in its history.
Clemson is ranked 14th in AP and 14th in USA Today entering the bowl
season and had a #15 ranking in the final BCS poll, tying Clemson's best
final ranking in the BCS.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is annually presented to the
Football Subdivision head coach whose team excels on the field, in the
classroom and in the community. The award is named for Bobby Dodd, the
longtime head coach at Georgia Tech. It was established in 1976 to
honor the values that Dodd exemplified. The Dodd selection committee is
composed of college football media experts, and previous winners.
Swinney Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year
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