College Football: Clemson's Dabo Swinney and 5 Coach of the Year Candidates

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College Football: Clemson's Dabo Swinney and 5 Coach of the Year Candidates
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Going into the second half of the 2011 college football season, several candidates for the Home Depot Award for Coach of the Year have emerged. Some of the coaches have completely turned their programs around, while others have continued to coach their team to dominance over opponents week in and week out. 

The Coach of the Year award isn't necessarily awarded to the Coach whose team is most successful (BCS Title winning coach), but rather to the Coach most essential to his team. For example, if the school was without their current coach, they would not be in the position they are in today. On talented teams, often times the role and significance of the head coach is forgotten, but we will take time to recognize the 2011 Coach of the Year candidates so far this season.

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