Dabo Swinney named AP Coach of the Year

Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney has been named the AP Coach of the Year, according to an announcement from the AP itself.

Swinney, 46, led Clemson to a 13-0 record this year to go with an ACC Championship and also the top spot in the final rankings. Clemson is in the College Football Playoff and will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Swinney addressed the honor in a statement to the AP.

“I am very honored to receive the AP National Coach of the Year award,” Swinney said in a statement to the AP on Monday. “Football is a great team sport and any individual honor is a result of having a great group of players and staff. 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 is the fourth ACC coach to win the award since it was established in 1998 and has gone 74-26 (48-14 ACC) since taking over for Tommy Bowden midway through 2008. Needless to say, he has undoubtedly earned this award.

Kickoff between Clemson and the Sooners is slated for 4 p.m. on ESPN on New Year’s Eve.

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