STALLINGS: Dabo is Ready

CLEMSON — Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings, who led the Tide to a national championship in 1992, gave his former player and assistant a glowing endorsement to be the Tigers' permenent head coach.

Stallings was at practice Tuesday night addressing the team.

"You know, the worst thing that can happen to a young coach is he gets a job before he's ready to have it. There's been some jobs in the past that I've advised him not to get because he wasn't ready," Stallings said. "But I do think he's ready now. I don't think there is any question about that."

Stallings said Swinney had a great work eithic when he played and coached for him from 1990-1996.

As for Swinney maybe being too young or inexperienced to be a head coach, Stallings says that can't be further from the truth.

"I was a head coach when I was 29. He's had a lot more experience than I had," the retired coach said. "I think he'd do an excellent job. He's well-schooled, he's knowledgeable, he's likable, he's a good recruiter, he's a loyal individual – I think he is ready."

KOENNING ON DABO: Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning would not say if interim coach Dabo Swinney has done a enough to replace Tommy Bowden Tuesday, in fact, he said it isn't fair for him to be asked to judge him.

"I'm busy working on myself," Koenning said. "What I can say is that he has done a fantatsic job of keeping the players, not just motivated, but holding them accountable and at the same respect letting them have some fun.

"I think that is a fine line to walk with that and he has really done a remarkable job with all that. He is the head coach and we are going to do things with the respect of the head coaching position and take his lead. I think the coaches on this staff have not put themselves first and have been servers to the players and to Dabo." Top Stories