Note: The following appears in the August 2019 issue of Orange: The Experience.
Dabo Swinney will begin his second decade of full seasons as Clemson head football coach on Thursday, Aug. 29, when the Tigers play Georgia Tech in the season opener in Death Valley, the first game broadcast on the new ACC Network.
That day, we will celebrate the second National Championship under his tenure. Raise your hand if you saw that coming the day he was named interim head coach (Oct. 13, 2008). He had never been a head coach at any level and never even been a coordinator, a fact that the national media repeated over and over during his 49 days as an interim.
Dabo always says that “the best is yet to come,” but let’s take a look at what the program has accomplished under his direction in those first 10 years.
That is quite a list for the first 10 years of a college football coaching resume. If the “best is yet to come,” I can’t wait to experience it.