Less than 48 hours after clinching a second national championship in three years, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took home some more hardware.
Swinney was named the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year on Wednesday night following the Tigers’ historic 15-0 season that was capped Monday by a dominating 44-16 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
It is the third time Swinney has earned the honor; all three awards have come in the past four years. He’ll have to make more room in his office for yet another bust of one of his childhood idols.
“I’ve got plenty of room, so I’ll stick this one right there by it,” Swinney said. “To have your name associated with this trophy and Coach Bryant is an honor.”
“It’s kinda like winning a national championship. … Coach Bryant, the legacy that he left and example that he set for all of us coaches and for me, personally … this is one of my heroes.”
Swinney won from among an impressive group of finalists that included Alabama’s Nick Saban, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, UCF’s Josh Heupel, UAB’s Bill Clark, Army’s Jeff Monken and Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford.
Swinney has led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff in each of the past four seasons and a 55-4 record during that span. This season’s Tigers are the first team since the 1800s to finish 15-0.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Sam Khan Jr.