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Clemson Tiger Football: I'm Officially On The Dabo Bandwagon

TAMPA - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers directs his team against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Chad HensleyCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2009

Yes, my Clemson Tigers lost the ACC Championship game to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.  Congrats to the Jackets and their fans.

But it has taken me all year to officially be "all in" with Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney.

It isn't the fact that the Tigers made the ACC Championship game for the first time since the ACC established such a game. It wasn't the fact that the Tigers almost squeezed one out at the end to become ACC champions.

It was the call with 1:20 or so to go, with Tech driving for the winning field goal, that has this Tiger fan looking forward to next year.

Instead of allowing the Jackets to run the clock out and kick the winning field goal, Dabo did exactly what I was screaming at the TV—"LET THEM SCORE!"

It was the only way the Tigers had a chance, and if you look at how DaQuan Bowers lined up—two-point stance—and how he and the secondary reacted, you know Dabo had told them to give the Jackets the touchdown.

That gave the Tigers their only chance to win, and unfortunately they came up short.

But that was the best coaching call of Dabo's short career.  I look forward to many more.

Go Tigers!

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