Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney was pulled over for speeding on the way to his radio show this week – an incident that has college football fans in the Palmetto State buzzing.

According to Clemson officials, Swinney was pulled over in Pickens County, S.C. after his vehicle was clocked traveling 55 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.  That’s awfully close to a six-point reckless driving charge … meaning Swinney is lucky he wasn’t hauled off to jail.

Initial reports indicated that Swinney was traveling at more than 25 miles per hour above the posted speed limit when he was pulled, although those reports have not been confirmed.

Swinney was also cited for speeding in June 2010 in Anderson County, S.C., although in that incident he was accused of traveling less than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.

The dashcam video from Swinney’s latest stop hasn’t been made available yet, but that’s not stopping fans on college football message boards from speculating about the incident.  Stay tuned … obviously a traffic ticket is no big deal in and of itself, but there’s an unusually high level of chatter associated with this stop.

Swinney’s Tigers opened their 2012 season with an impressive 26-19 win over then-No. 25 Auburn in Atlanta, Georgia and are currently ranked twelfth in the nation in both major polls.  They play Ball State this Saturday in their home opener at Death Valley, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 EDT.

Pic: Travis Bell, Sideline Carolina