Dabo Swinney Named Interim Head Coach of Clemson

Matt ElmoreContributor IOctober 13, 2008

While the era of Tommy Bowden is over, the time for Dabo Swinney has just begun.

Swinney was named Clemson's interim head coach on Monday. He will take the helm for the Tigers in the upcoming weeks.

However, many don’t know what to think about this decision by the athletic department.

Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips stated that everyone in the program has tremendous respect for Swinney, and feels he is the best man for the job.

Swinney, a 1993 graduate of Alabama University, served as an assistant coach from 1993-2000. He was also a part of the 1992 National Championship team at Alabama.

Swinney was named the fifth best recruiter by Rivals.com, and has made a tremendous impact while at Clemson. He is responsible for signing 38 student-athletes in his five years at Clemson, and was a major contributor to Clemson's nationally ranked class in 2008, signing 11 student-athletes.

While at Clemson, he has served as the assistant head coach and the wide receivers coach. He has had a major effect on the Clemson passing attack, and has helped develop at least one All-ACC receiver in each of the last four years.

Additionally, his coaching has helped keep at least one Clemson player leading the ACC in receptions and yards in each of the last three seasons.

During his time as a coach and player, he has been a part of six teams with 10-win seasons, five top-10 teams, one national championship, three SEC titles, and five SEC Western Divisional Titles (of course none of these being at Clemson under Tommy Bowden).

So to those who don’t think he is qualified, take a look at his track record and what he has done with Clemson receivers. I, for one, can't wait to see what he'll do at the helm of the entire team.