Friday, December 16, 2011

Swinney Finalist For Bear Bryant Award

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Based on his name alone, Dabo Swinney seems a logical finalist for the Bear Bryant Award.  Add to that his pre-Dr. Pepper Bowl tirade about in-state rival South Carolina, and one would have to like his chances.

Except for all those other really good coaches...Seriously, the field is loaded.

Swinney is in a tough race for the year-end award against Bret Bielema of Wisconsin, Art Briles of Baylor, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, Brady Hoke of Michigan, Les Miles of LSU, Nick Saban of Alabama, David Shaw of Stanford, Bill Snyder of Kansas State, and Kevin Sumlin of Houston (now at Texas A&M). 

Swinney has also been named a regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association. This is the third award for which Swinney has been listed as a finalist. He is also one of five finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award and one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. 

The 10-3 Tigers have gained the most wins in a season in 21 years, and a win over West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl would give Clemson 11 wins for the first time in 30 years.

Party at the Esso!

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