Dabo Does It

CLEMSON - An annoucement is expected to come quickly, but sources tell CUTigers.com Dabo Swinney will be named the permanent head coach for the Clemson football program within the next 48 hours.

After meeting with Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips Sunday, Dabo Swinney will indeed be named Clemson's permanent head coach, sources tell CUTigers.com.

Swinney has been the interim head coach since Tommy Bowden resigned on Oct. 13 and has coached the Tigers to bowl eligibility and a 4-2 record since that time.

The 40-year old will now focus his attention on building his coaching staff, which will likely be significantly different than the staff he has worked with in six games this season, and also on recruiting.

Monday is the first day coaches are allowed to begin visiting with prospective recruits off-campus.

Swinney came to Clemson in 2003 as a wide receivers coach and is widely considered to be one of the top recruiters in the nation.

He played his college football as a walk-on wide receiver at Alabama, eventually earning a scholarship and playing on Alabama's 1992 national title team. He was also named Academic All-SEC along with being an SEC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member in 1990 and 1992.

After his playing career with the Crimson Tide, Swinney served as a graduate assistant from 1993-95 at Alabama, where he coached in the 1994 Gator Bowl and 1995 Citrus Bowl.

He became a full-time assistant at Alabama in February 1996 and coached a total of five seasons there on a full-time basis. He was assigned to coach the Crimson Tide's wide outs and tight ends in 1996, a season that saw Alabama win the SEC Western Division title and make an Outback Bowl appearance.

The following year, he solely coached the tight ends under Head Coach Mike DuBose.

Phillips also interviewed a handful of other coaches for the position in the last four weeks, including Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables and others.

Details on Swinney's contract are not yet known.

Sources tell CUTigers.com Clemson officials would like to wait to make any sort of announcement naming Swinney the head coach until Tuesday, due to the focus on the South Carolina high school state championship game press conferences on Monday.

Swinney is expected to meet with the team for the first time as Clemson's permanent head coach on Monday at 3 PM.

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