on December 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Clemson has its man

CLEMSON — The interim head coach label will soon be removed in front of Dabo Swinney’s name and the title of just head coach will be added.

According to multiple sources Swinney will be named as Clemson University’s 25th head coach sometime in the next two days, more likely on Tuesday.

Fresh off a 31-14 victory over South Carolina on Saturday, Swinney met with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips Sunday afternoon where they discussed the position at length.

When Swinney initially replaced former head coach Tommy Bowden on Oct. 13 as interim coach, Phillips said Swinney would be considered for the job based on how he performed during his seven-week trial as interim coach. After posting a 4-2 record, including three straight wins to close the regular season, which qualified the Tigers for a fourth straight bowl appearance, it was obvious Swinney had made an impression.

The 39-year old from Birmingham, Ala, has been at Clemson the last six years, the first five and half of those years as the Tigers wide receivers coach. Last season he was promoted to assistant head coach and when Bowden was forced out following a 12-7 loss to Wake Forest this year, Swinney stepped in and turned around a team that appeared headed south after not reaching preseason expectations.

Swinney and Clemson have supposedly agreed to a four-year deal, but the terms of the contract have not been finalized.