Dabo Swinney: Coach Of The Year

GO SOYBEAN WIND! He’s been mocked … embroiled in controversy.  There’s even been a Twitter hashtag devoted to his various #DaboSwinneyProblems. Well guess what: He’s now the national Coach of the Year. Clemson University’s Dabo Swinney – in his sixth full season in Tigertown – has won the 2015 Home…


He’s been mocked … embroiled in controversy.  There’s even been a Twitter hashtag devoted to his various #DaboSwinneyProblems.

Well guess what: He’s now the national Coach of the Year.

Clemson University’s Dabo Swinney – in his sixth full season in Tigertown – has won the 2015 Home Depot Coach of the Year Award.  He’ll pick up his hardware during a nationally televised awards ceremony on Thursday evening.

Wanna watch?  Tune into ESPN at 7:00 p.m. EST on Thursday night.

Swinney’s Tigers (13-0, 8-0 ACC) defeated three Top 25 teams in the Associated Press poll this year (No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 17 Florida State and No. 8 North Carolina) and earned six consecutive No. 1 rankings from the College Football Playoff.  As of this writing his squad has won sixteen straight games – the longest active streak in college football – en route to capturing its first ACC championship in five years.

More important to Clemson fans, Swinney’s team beat arch-rival South Carolina for the second year in a row (following a five-game losing skid).

Since taking over for Tommy Bowden in the middle of the 2008 season, Swinney has posted a 72-26 record as Clemson’s head coach – including five consecutive seasons with at least ten victories.

The Tigers will put their winning streak and undefeated record on the line New Year’s Eve in the Orange Bowl against No. 4 Oklahoma – a team they shredded 40-6 in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.  The winner of that game will play the winner of the Cotton Bowl – which pits No. 2 Alabama versus No. 3 Michigan State – for the 2015 national championship.


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The Colonel (R) December 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

Well Yaba Dabo Do (do)!

TaterHater December 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

I am a Gamecock fan and hate that hillbilly, Dabo, but at this point it looks like he deserves it. I do think that the honor and the Heisman should not be decided until after the National Championship game, when the full body of a coach’s or player’s accomplishments can be weighed for the season, but if the decision is made today I’m afraid it has to be Dat’ Boy and it would be a toss-up on Heisman for Watson.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

Congratulations, now Clemson needs for the Heisman winner to be Watson and win the four team playoff for the National Championship.
Good luck.
I have no close association with either Clemson or USC and always root for both to do well.

Tazmaniac December 9, 2015 at 11:53 am

In Lancaster, you can tell which team is having the best season by whether the town is Orange or Garnet. I swear I think everyone keeps a stock of 2 sets of fan gear in their closets.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

In my town, there are people that root for both teams, very few die-hard partisans, only the people who attended or have kids in one of the schools or graduated.

Mike at the Beach December 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Although I graduated from USC (and dig football), I can get only so fired up when the Gamecocks win, and only so disappointed when they suck. There are exceptions (naturally), but in my experience most of the clowns who get genuinely frothed up over the USC-Clemson thing never sat in a classroom at either school. They also tend to handle fast food as a profession.

erneba December 10, 2015 at 6:37 am

Yeah, I like football, but I don’t live or die over the results of game.

Victorious Secret December 10, 2015 at 8:40 am

A few years ago, good friend of mine shared the “80/20” rule with me. Not the normal “80/20” rule; rather, the rule that I will never let 80 20-year olds ruin my weekend.

fred farkel December 9, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Perhaps it’s because you never went past third grade!

erneba December 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Fred, so nice to see you again.
Sit, Fred, Sit !!!
And no licking your balls.

fred farkel December 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm

It’s rumored that you have penchant for licking balls. What’s this weird thing that you have about dogs? My goodness certainly you can come up with something better or than “sit Fred sit”! It’s boring!

Tazmaniac December 9, 2015 at 11:47 am

Congrats to Clemson, but as always GO GATORS and whoever is playing against THE Ohio State Losers.

idcydm December 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Sorry my friend, who ever is playing Notre Dame is one of my favorite teams that day other than that I agree.

Tazmaniac December 9, 2015 at 3:47 pm

No love for Notre Dame here either. It is like a our Presidential Elections, you wish they both could lose. I think OSU, ND, and Southern Cal are put at the top of the polls every year before the first down is ever played. Then they work their way down from there. I think they should call it the Overrated Bowl instead of the Fiesta this year.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Neither could I ever root for Norte Dame.
The Clemson victory was sweet.

idcydm December 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Look, we both have the same personal one trick pony.

fred farkel December 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Hey boy that because it’s a Catholic university, and you are bigot from Chesterfield County. Doesn’t surprise us one bit

idcydm December 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

I pulled for Boston College.

Jump pony jump.

fred farkel December 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm

My aplogies that comment was directed to Numero One Bigot,erneba. Let’s hope for your sake that you are not from Chesterfield County like him.

idcydm December 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

You really need to get your shit together.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 7:15 pm

I don’t respond to Fred, I just continuously make fun of the pitiful creature. He keeps trying to goad me into a dialogue with him. I ain’t biting on that one.
He comes and goes, trying to insult me into responding to him.

idcydm December 9, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Gotta love Fred, he reminds me of my little brother when we were young, I’m 9 yrs older. I loved my little brother but damn he could be a pest. Maybe one of these day Fred will grow up like my little brother did.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Yeah, I am not going to get mad at Fred, if I did , it would make his day. I am on this blog to have a good time, voice my opinion, and read what other people have to say.
I will not baby sit and trade insults with Fred, not my style.
Sorry, that he was pestering you, I apologize.

idcydm December 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm

He was pestering me last week so there is no need to apologize.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Yeah, I remember, Have good one, time to check out and get some things ready for tomorrow.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Fred is not real smart. He is my pet troll and he follows me around like I have a pork chop for him in my pocket.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Your Gators should do OK against Michigan. They looked good with the effort they put up against Alabama. ESPN has Michigan up by four, I don’t think so.

Tazmaniac December 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

We are less than one deep in the offensive line, one only in about the rest of the offense and no one that can punt, PAT, or Field Goal. We have managed only because we have one of the best defenses in the country. We were at the bottom of the East in the pre-season press, predicted for sub .5oo season. I think we did well to keep within two scores. Muschamp left a pretty good Defense but the team discipline was crap. I have a ton of respect for McElwain suspending players no matter how desperately we needed them. That hurt now, but will payoff starting next year.

erneba December 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Florida should be OK for the future, and they really surprised everyone this year.

jimlewisowb December 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

Up until the last game Swinney never pushed my buttons pro or con

When the kicker failed in kicking the ball in the North Carolina game and Swinney came unglued on the sideline I was still in the neutral zone

Then the coach followed the kid to the bench and chewed on the kid’s balls some more. At that point I wanted several things to happen a) bolt of lightening to hit Swinney in his fucking head b) kid’s dad/relative come out of the stands and beat the fucking shit out of Swinney c) kid take his helmet and smack the fuck out of Swinney

Fuck Swinney and Fuck the Horse he rides !!

Jimmy Swinneygart December 9, 2015 at 11:53 am

God told Swinney that he needed to humiliate that kid on national television.

jimlewisowb December 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Wonder if it was the same God who told Woody Hayes, Coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, to punch Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman

history lesson 4 free December 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Woody hated racists and Clemson is an historically racist university.

Woody whipped his ass as a lesson to Clemson to recruit black players.

It worked.You need to thank Woody.

Squishy123 December 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

I thought you didn’t follow football? Yet you rattle off names of a coach and a player from a single play that happened 30 years ago.

CNSYD December 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

Please detail the sideline demeanor of the new head ball coach at USCe as demonstrated at AU and UF so we can compare.

jimlewisowb December 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

What the fuck are you talking about

Who in the hell are AU and UF, code names for your balls

As for “new head ball coach at USCe” (don’t understand the ‘e’) , I have never seen him on TV as a coach or non-coach since I watch very little of the noise-box

However based on what I have read, I have in the past and will continue in the future to refer to him as mUSCchimps, if that is what you are looking for

put him in a straightjacket December 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Herbstreit mentioned that “a player or an assistant had better go over there and tell him ‘It’s done; shake it off.'”

mamatiger92 December 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

How do you know that they didn’t?

CNSYD December 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Try playing dumb but you well know which schools are AU and UF. As to the “e” after USC, unless this is your first visit to this web site, you damn well know what the “e” stands for.

jimlewisowb December 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Jesus Christ why are you such an asshole

I don’t follow ‘foot’ ball and not inclined to google such shit

Odds are I have been on this site longer than most current commentators and shoot me with shit and bury me for stinking but No, I don’t know what the symbolism, irony, meaning or double entendre of your fucking little e

Fuck you, Fuck your horse, Fuck your neighbors and Fuck everyone who lives within a goddamn five mile radius of your shitty septic tank residence

Fuckin’ Cockroach Son of a Bitch Bastard

Mmeelllloooooowwwwww December 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Calm down… The cocks new coach is know for his red-faced, f-bomb dropping, screaming rants on the sidelines. What he does every game is over and above anything Dabo has ever done, including screaming at the punter this week. Oh, yeah. The cocks basketball coach is the same way…has had to apologize multiple times publicly. HTH

Squishy123 December 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

Ignore him, he’s just upset because a coach yelled at a player. And in his sheltered world that is unacceptable.

Squishy123 December 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

So then why are you arguing football, if you don’t don’t follow football?

Squishy123 December 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

Seriously, you don’t know what the letters AU and UF stand for in college football?

Here’s a little help for the resident retard:

AU – AUburn
UF – University of Florida
USCe – USCeast

You’re arguing about what happened in a football game, yet you state that you don’t watch much college football? Maybe you should stick to scrapbooking and quliting discussions.

Dabo the madman December 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

The kid made a mistake, it was dumb as hell and if I was a Clemson fan I would’ve been mad at him too. But I felt Dabo went way overboard. It actually shocked me no Clemson players went over to him and said “shake it off” like you see other teams do after a kid makes a mistake. But maybe that’s part of the culture Dabo has instilled at Clemson.

Squishy123 December 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

You’re going to love Will Muschamp.

Squishy123 December 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm

“kid’s dad/relative come out of the stands”

You’re one of “those” parents aren’t you… I bet your kids live at home until their 40 years old.

jimlewisowb December 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Nope – never did go onto the field – their game, their battle

What I care to see someone do and what I care to do personally are not necessarily mutually inclusive

Oldest moved out at 18 to never return

Youngest moved out at 18 and returned after college for a few weeks the following summer until he a got a full time job

Now that you have lost your bet you can stop by BOB’s off Highway 6 on any Friday around 5 PM and pick up the tab for a round

Squishy123 December 9, 2015 at 8:12 pm

“What I care to see someone do and what I care to do personally are not necessarily mutually inclusive”

So you’re just all talk

BOB’s… is that some redneck hangout for local drunks?

jimlewisowb December 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Really, that is the best you can do

Bless your heart

Squishy123 December 10, 2015 at 10:04 am

Go pout about the fact that you witnessed one man yelling at another man for doing something incredibly stupid. Poor little snowflake… someone get him a juicebox.

9" December 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I love Home Depot,but not as much as Lowe’s.To quote Bob Dylan,’It’s all good’.

Elfego December 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Great Job Dabo! You have grown a lot in the last 5 years! Keep up the good work,proud of you and your staff and team!

Soy_Bean_Wind December 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Dat Boy will be taking off to back Alabama as soon as Nick Satan..Er Saban retires.

mamatiger92 December 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Why would Bama want such a shitty coach?
You guys can’t have it both ways.

History Lessons December 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Sol Blatt, Sr. warned us of the dangers of encouraging “The Clemson People” and we failed to listen.

CluxxieFems December 9, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Good job dat boy.. Correction Will…i do believe he is 74-26 as that is why he was wearing that silly #100 jersey.

Superfly December 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Interesting observations on Coach of the Year:

mamatiger92 December 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

I would invite that reporter to sit behind the Duke bench at a basketball game and get back to me.

Superfly December 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Wasn’t a reporter, he was offering an opinion. That is why it is called a “column”, not a “news article” citing facts. That dabo is a faux-Christian, and merely uses that shtick in his sales pitch, is a known fact, however.

Squishy123 December 9, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Superfly, the posterboy for Everyone Gets a Trophy.

Superfly December 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

He can set his coach of the year trophy next to his-feax Christian Award.

Squishy123 December 9, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Still better than the Quitter of the Year award Spurrier will be getting.

Bible Thumper December 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm

I’m not going to defend Swinney, but I do think that it was prabably inconsequential. Don’t you suspect any bias that the criticism comes from a UNC professor?

When someone is disappointed or upset with someone who he really has no legitimate reason to complain, he will find something else and blow it out of proportion. It’s human nature. You can’t criticize Swinney for just beating your team, so find something you can. be critical about.

Superfly, do search the Internet to find things that you can criticize Clemson or Swinney for? Does it make you feel better about your own team’s disappointments?

Superfly December 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

No I don’t search the internet looking for negative opinions regarding CU. On Facebook, I follow a number of regional newspapers across the SE US. So I see what articles are posted by newspapers in numerous states, and this one came across my screen and I thought it was interesting, and stood in stark contrast to the pious image Dabo works so hard to project. If yiou guys think going back, and going back, and going back, to scream Bible verses at the punter is a good look, go for it.

I wasn’t thrilled with how my team’s success this year, no. No, seeing Dabo demonstrate what kind of asshole he really is on national television make me feel better about my team’s performance? No, not really. I did think it was hilarious and something that is well known in the Upstate about Dabo; he ain’t no Mr. Nice Guy, Bible Thumping, I minister to my players kind of guy, except to the extent it helps him sell his program. Just like the incident when he left the Esso Club (I know the owner personally, do some business together) drunk as a skunk and acted like an ass when he was caught speeding, and went after the police offer. In these 2 instances, you know the real Dabo.

There’s much we can be critical of regarding Spurrier, Swinnery, Muschamp, Meyer, you name the coach. I think the larger point the Tarhole Professor makes is what I’m interested in, that college football is out of control, and not very representative of the University mission is, or was, and should be. The reason why we tolerate all of these assholes, is money and the businesses that they’ve become, which is not what “student-athletes” should be engaged in. It is a professional sport now, and how does that relate to earning a college degree? I’d rather go back to having Freshman being ineligible, have try-out’s announced on the notice posted at the gym bulletin board advising everyone to bring their own cleats. The NFL should be forced to run their own minor league programs, and give our colleges and universities back to us. It works for Major League Baseball. We should stop pretending that these football players are real students, and the coaches are educators, they are neither; they are professionals. So in that context, Dabo did exactly what he should have done as had that punter’s mistake lost the game, he would have lost out on a boatload of money, and that i$ exactly what motivated hi$ respon$e.

Not Dabo December 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

It’s more important to Clemson fans to beat the cocks than win the ACC? Overinflated view of your worth…whatever you want to think, cock-boy.

Rocky Verdad December 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

And then, one day, they met Michigan State, and it was over. Watching the games this weekend, I’m not sure even the Pats could beat Michigan State.

Squishy123 December 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Tell us the story about how that old drunk coach quit in the middle of the season.

Will Dirtpecker fans be watching the bowl games in the bar or from their couch? We damn sure know it won’t be from the stands.

Scooter December 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

so when Clemson loses they will have the same amount of national team awards this year as USC. But be happy about the participation award, you know the same one you make fun of. In other words for you to celebrate it will make you a hypocrite.

Crooner December 9, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Yeah, he needs to give that trophy to Watson.

Bill Smith December 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

I am a fan of the”Clemson can do anything with a football but sign it” mindset, but Dabo Swinney is a good guy,a gentleman and one hell of a coach all rolled into one. Congratulations on your season coach, and perhaps even snagging the elusive Heisman on the way through. You have set the bar!

Scooter December 9, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Dabo’s a winner anyway you look at it.


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