AP HONORS CLEMSON HEAD COACH …
Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney was honored by the Associated Press this week as its 2015 Coach of the Year – the first Clemson head coach to receive the honor and the first ACC coach to win the award since 2006.
Previously, Swinney took home 2015 Coach of the Year honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Home Depot (ESPN).
“Football is a great team sport and any individual honor is a result of having a great group of players and staff,” Swinney said in a statement. “I am blessed to have student-athletes and coaches that believe in what we do. This award is a reflection of their hard work and commitment.”
Swinney’s Tigers (13-0, 8-0 ACC) play No. 4 Oklahoma on New Year’s Eve in the Orange Bowl – one of two national semifinal games in the second annual College Football Playoff. Clemson dispatched the Sooners 40-6 in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl.
Clemson has 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).
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 sixteen victories in a row (the nation’s longest active winning streak) and five consecutive seasons with at least ten wins.