Dabo Swinney

William Christopher "Dabo" Swinney (born November 20, 1969) is an American college football coach. He is the head football coach at Clemson University. Swinney took over as head coach for the Clemson Tigers midway through the 2008 season, following the resignation of Tommy Bowden. Swinney has led the Tigers to two national championships in 2016 and 2018. He has the second-most wins of head coach in Clemson history behind Frank Howard.

Dabo Swinney
Coach Dabo Swinney
Swinney coaching the Clemson Tigers in 2015
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamClemson
ConferenceACC
Record116–30
Annual salary$6.54 million[1]
Biographical details
BornNovember 20, 1969 (age 49)
Birmingham, Alabama
Playing career
1990–1992Alabama
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1995Alabama (GA)
1996Alabama (WR/TE)
1997Alabama (TE)
1998–2000Alabama (WR)
2003–2006Clemson (WR)
2007–2008Clemson (AHC/WR)
2008Clemson (interim HC/OC)
2009–presentClemson
Head coaching record
Overall116–30
Bowls8–5
Tournaments5–2 (CFP)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards

Playing career

Swinney was raised in Pelham, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama, where he joined the Crimson Tide football program as a walk-on wide receiver in 1989. He earned a scholarship and lettered on three teams (1990–1992), including the Crimson Tide's 1992 National Championship team. During his time as an undergraduate at Alabama, Swinney was twice named an Academic All-SEC and SEC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member.[2] In three seasons at Alabama, he caught 7 passes for 81 yards.[3] He received his degree in commerce and business administration in 1993 as well as a master's degree in business administration from Alabama in 1995.

His rival team

Alabama

While completing work on his MBA, Swinney became a graduate assistant at Alabama under Gene Stallings.

In December 1995, Swinney received his MBA from Alabama and became a full-time assistant coach for the Crimson Tide in charge of wide receivers and tight ends.[4] He retained these posts under Stallings' successor, Mike DuBose. He was fired with all of DuBose's staff in early 2001.[5]

Swinney sat out the 2001 season while receiving his contractual payments from Alabama. His former strength coach at Alabama, Rich Wingo, had become president of Birmingham-based AIG Baker Real Estate and offered him a job. From April 2001 through February 2003, he did not coach and instead worked for AIG Baker Real Estate on development projects in Alabama.[5]

Clemson

In 2002, his former position coach at Alabama, Tommy Bowden, made Swinney an offer to become wide receivers coach at Clemson, and Swinney joined in 2003. He also took over as Recruiting Coordinator from popular longtime coordinator Rick Stockstill. Swinney proved to be both an excellent wide receivers coach as well as recruiting coordinator, coaching ACC-leading receivers and being named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters in 2007 by Rivals.com.[5]

Head football coach

2008

Swinney was named the interim head football coach on October 13, 2008, after previous head coach Tommy Bowden resigned six games into the 2008 season.[6] The Tigers had started the year ranked #9 in the preseason polls, but then went 3–3 (1–2 ACC) in their first six games.[7] At the time he was informed of his promotion, he was working with the wide receivers on their upcoming game.[8]

With a reputation as a top-notch recruiter, Swinney was chosen over Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning (former head coach of Wyoming), and associate head coach Brad Scott (former head coach of South Carolina).[9] Swinney's first actions as interim head coach were to fire offensive coordinator Rob Spence and introduce a new tradition, the "Tiger Walk", where all players and coaches walk through the parking lot outside Memorial Stadium about two hours before a game as they head inside for final game preparations.[10] On November 1, 2008, Swinney claimed his first victory as the Tigers' head coach by defeating Boston College, breaking Clemson's six-game losing streak against the Eagles. On November 29, 2008, Swinney coached Clemson to a 31–14 win over South Carolina in the annual rivalry game, after which Clemson became bowl eligible. After a vote of confidence from athletic director Terry Don Phillips, Swinney was formally named as Clemson's 27th head coach on December 1, 2008. In his first game as the full-time head coach, he lost the 2009 Gator Bowl to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 26-21.

Swinney's recruiting reputation became evident when he produced five top-20 ESPN recruiting classes in a row, including top 10 classes in 2011 and 2012.[11] As a result, Clemson was one of only 10 schools to be ranked in the top 20 of recruiting five years in a row (along with LSU, Alabama, Texas, USC, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma), and as of 2014 Swinney was one of only four active head coaches at the time accomplish the feat (along with Nick Saban, Les Miles, and Bob Stoops).[11]

Despite his recruiting reputation, Swinney was an unpopular hire among some Clemson fans. Some fans and pundits noted that he had never been more than a position coach. Others were skeptical that Clemson had opted to retain one of Bowden's assistants.[12][13]

2009

During the 2009 season, Swinney's first full season at the helm, Clemson was able to achieve several accomplishments. The 2009 team finished the season with a record of 9–5 (6–2 in ACC) to win the Atlantic Division title of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 2009 season included three marquee wins: a win over #8 Miami (FL) in overtime on the road, a 16-point win over Florida State at home, and a win over Kentucky 21–13 in the 2009 Music City Bowl. Swinney coached the Clemson Tigers to a #24 AP Top 25 final season ranking for the 2009 football season.[14]

2010

In 2010, Swinney led Clemson to a 6–6 (4–4 in ACC) regular season. Of the 6 losses in the 2010 season, 5 were by less than 10 points and 4 were by 6 points or less. The season included close losses to Cam Newton and the eventual national champion Auburn Tigers (27–24 on the road in OT), and the eventual division champion Florida State Seminoles (16–13 on a 55-yard, time-expiring field goal on the road). After the conclusion of the regular season, many fans called for the firing of both Swinney and athletic director Terry Don Phillips.[12] Swinney would say years later he expected to be fired after the regular season ended with a loss to South Carolina.[15] Don Phillips instead gave Swiney a vote of confidence and allowed him to return for the 2011 season.[16] Discontent with Swinney grew even more after a bowl loss to South Florida made Clemson's final record 6-7, Clemson's first losing season since 1998. Swinney, who was 19-15, entered the 2011 season widely considered to be a coach on the hot seat.[17] Despite a disappointing 6–7 record, the 2010 team featured one of the nation's top defenses and the Bronko Nagurski and Ted Hendricks award winner, Da'Quan Bowers.

2011

In 2011, Swinney led the Tigers to a 10–3 record that included an ACC Championship, the Tigers' first since 1991. They earned a trip to the Orange Bowl, their first major-bowl appearance since the 1981 national championship season. During a pre-game ESPN interview prior to the 2012 Orange Bowl, Swinney said, "Hopefully when this thing is over, people are going to be talking about the Clemson defense."[18] The comment proved to be prescient as #15 Clemson would go on to lose to the #23 West Virginia Mountaineers, 70–33, conceding an all-time record number of points scored in a quarter (35), half (49) and game (70) in the 109-year history of bowl games.[19] Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was fired after the game.[20]

Part of Swinney's success the past three years was the 2011 offensive coordinator hire of Chad Morris, who was originally seen as a risk as most of his coaching experience had been on the high school level. Morris brought in a fast-paced, up-tempo offense that shattered many Clemson offensive records.[21] Since then, Clemson's offense has averaged over 40 points a game and over 500 yards of total offense a game.[22]

Swinney was the 2011 winner of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, which was established to honor the NCAA Division 1 football coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. The award is named for Bobby Dodd, longtime head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The award was established in 1976 to honor the values that Dodd exemplified.[23]

2012

In 2012, Swinney led Clemson to its first 11-win season since the 1981 national championship year, capping the year off with an upset victory over the #8 LSU Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.[24] The Tigers finished the year at 11-2, ranked 9th in the Coaches Poll and 11th in the AP poll. Swinney was a finalist for the third time in his career for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year.[25]

2013

In 2013, Swinney guided the Tigers to their third 10-win season in a row, the first time since 1989.[26] The highlight regular-season win came against #5 Georgia in the season opener. The Tigers won 38–35. Clemson's two regular season losses were to top 10 opponents, national champion Florida State and South Carolina. The 31–17 loss to the rival Gamecocks was a record fifth straight for the Tigers, the longest winning streak for South Carolina in the series.[27] The completion of the season marked 32 wins over three years for Swinney, the most ever in such a span in Clemson football history.[28] The Tigers received their second BCS bowl bid under Swinney with an invitation to play seventh-ranked Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl.[29] The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 40–35 to give the Tigers' their third Orange Bowl win in their history and their first BCS bowl victory. The 2013 season marked the first time Clemson had back-to-back 11-win seasons. After the game, Swinney recalled the Tigers' lopsided loss two years before in the Orange Bowl and the team's journey since then. "Hey, listen: Two years ago we got our butts kicked on this field. And it has been a journey to get back. We're 22–4 since that night. And we are the first team from the state of South Carolina to ever win a BCS game," Swinney said.[30] The win was Swinney's fourth victory over a top ten opponent as a head coach. The Tigers finished the season ranked in the top 10 in both polls (#8 in AP, #7 in Coaches), the first such achievement for Swinney as head coach.

Following the season, Swinney agreed to eight-year, $27.15 million contract and guaranteed if Swinney was fired in the next three years.[31][32]

2014

Under Swinney, Clemson had their fourth 10-win season in a row, making them one of only four schools to achieve the feat in the last four seasons.[33] The Tigers started the season ranked #16 but suffered early setbacks with losses to #13 Georgia and #1 Florida State.[34] However, with the emergence of freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Tigers only lost one more game to ACC Coastal Division Champion Georgia Tech. The regular season was highlighted with the finale against South Carolina in which Clemson broke a 5-game losing streak to the Gamecocks to win 35–17 in Death Valley.[35] Clemson received an invitation to play Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 29, 2014. Led by Clemson's #1 ranked defense in the nation,[36] the Tigers routed the Sooners 40–6, holding Oklahoma to 275 total yards and forcing five turnovers.[37] Ironically, defensive coordinator Brent Venables had held the same position with the Sooners until coming to Clemson in 2012. The Tigers finished 10–3 for the season and ranked 15th in both the AP and the Coaches Poll.[38]

Swinney's last three bowl wins have been over college programs that have all won national titles since 2000.[33]

2015

Swinney completed his best season as Clemson's head coach in 2015, leading the Tigers to a 14-1 record with an ACC championship and an appearance in the national championship game. Clemson fell short to Alabama in the title game 45-40 after Nick Saban, the head coach of Alabama, surprised Clemson with a successful onside kick.[39] The season marked Clemson's best run since the 1981 national championship season. The Tigers defeated #8 North Carolina 45-37 to win their 15th ACC championship. Clemson also defeated #4 Oklahoma 37-17 in the Orange Bowl for its first college playoff appearance.[40] Swinney was named Associated Press Coach of Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year, Home Depot Coach of the Year, and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award.[41] The 2015 Tigers set a record for single-season wins under Swinney with 14. Clemson ended the season ranked #2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls.[38]

2016

On April 12, 2016, Swinney signed a six-year contract extension with the Tigers.[42] Swinney once again recorded a banner season as Clemson's coach, leading the Tigers to a 12-1 regular season record and another ACC Championship, the third in Swinney's career.[43] Clemson posted big wins during the 2016 season over #3 Louisville at home and #12 Florida State on the road. Swinney punctuated the regular season with a 56-7 home victory over arch-rival South Carolina, the largest margin of victory over the Gamecocks in Swinney's career and the largest in over 100 years in the history of the storied rivalry.[44] Following Clemson's ACC title win over #19 Virginia Tech, the Tigers secured the #2 seed in the College Football Playoff. On Dec 31, Swinney and the Tigers defeated #3 Ohio State 31-0 in Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's first career shut-out to set up a rematch of the 2015 National Championship against #1 Alabama.[45] On January 9, 2017 Swinney led the Tigers to a 35–31 comeback win over Alabama in the National Championship.[46]

2017

Coming off of the national championship season from the year before, Clemson and Swinney looked to fill big shoes with the loss of many offensive starters, including standout quarterback Deshaun Watson who entered the NFL draft. However, the Tigers once again rose to national prominence with a 12-1 regular season record and their third straight ACC championship in a row. Clemson dominated #7 Miami 38-3 in the ACC championship game and secured the #1 seed in the College Football Playoffs.[47] The Tigers also posted big wins in the season with a 14-6 win over #13 Auburn,[48] a 47-21 victory over #14 Louisville,[49] and a 31-17 win over #12 Virginia Tech.[50] The win over Virginia Tech was Swinney's 101st as Clemson head coach, vaulting him past Danny Ford to become the second-winningest coach in school history.

Swinney capped off the regular season with another convincing win over rival South Carolina, 34-10, marking his fourth win in a row over the Gamecocks.[51] The Tigers faced #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for the first round of the playoffs. Alabama defeated Clemson 24-6.[52] Clemson finished #4 overall in the final standings and were ranked in the top 10 throughout the entire 2017 season.

2018

President Trump Welcomes the Clemson Tigers to the White House (39791534643)
Swinney at the White House in 2019 after winning the 2019 CFP National Championship

Clemson finished the 2018 season undefeated and won the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, defeating Alabama 44-16. Clemson was the first team to go 15-0 in modern history.

Personal life

Swinney's nickname "Dabo" was given to him as an infant by his parents when his then-18-month-old brother would try to enunciate "that boy" when referring to Swinney.[53]

He married the former Kathleen Bassett in 1994 and has three sons, two of whom are wide receivers for Clemson.

Swinney is a Christian. Swinney spoke of his conversion to Christianity when he was sixteen years old by saying, "And that was a game-changer for me. That’s really become the foundation of my life."[54] Swinney has also said, "Coaching makes some of the things I’ve experienced in my life make sense to me. It allows me to use my life experiences to impact young people and to serve God through what I do. I’m very passionate about seeing young people graduate, mature and develop."[55]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Clemson 4–3[A 1] 3–2 T–3rd (Atlantic) L Gator
2009 Clemson 9–5 6–2 1st (Atlantic) W Music City 24
2010 Clemson 6–7 4–4 T–4th (Atlantic) L Meineke Car Care
2011 Clemson 10–4 6–2 1st (Atlantic) L Orange 22 22
2012 Clemson 11–2 7–1 T–1st (Atlantic) W Chick-fil-A 9 11
2013 Clemson 11–2 7–1 2nd (Atlantic) W Orange 7 8
2014 Clemson 10–3 6–2 2nd (Atlantic) W Russell Athletic 15 15
2015 Clemson 14–1 8–0 1st (Atlantic) W Orange, L CFP NCG 2 2
2016 Clemson 14–1 7–1 T–1st (Atlantic) W Fiesta, W CFP NCG 1 1
2017 Clemson 12–2 7–1 1st (Atlantic) L Sugar 4 4
2018 Clemson 15–0 8–0 1st (Atlantic) W Cotton, W CFP NCG 1 1
Clemson: 116–30 69–16
Total: 116–30
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  1. ^ Took over midseason from Tommy Bowden, who resigned on October 13, 2008

Coaching tree

Head coaches under whom Swinney served:

Assistants under Swinney who have become head coaches:

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External links

2009 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2009 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney, who was in his first full season as head coach. The Tigers played their home games in Memorial Stadium. The Tigers won the ACC Atlantic Division, but after securing the title lost to in–state rival South Carolina in the Palmetto Bowl 34–17, before losing for the second time in the season to Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. Clemson closed the season with a win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

2010 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2010 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his second full year and third year overall after taking over the job midway through the 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium and were members of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Atlantic Division. They finished the season 6–7, 4–4 in ACC play and were invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl where they were defeated by South Florida, 31–26.

2012 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2012 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his fourth full year and fifth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley". They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. On November 10, Clemson set a school record with their 12th straight home win at Death Valley. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in ACC play to be Atlantic Division co–champions with Florida State. Due to their loss to Florida State, they did not represent the division the ACC Championship Game. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they defeated LSU. The Tigers had their first 11-win season since 1981.

2013 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2013 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his fifth full year and sixth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley". They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in ACC play to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Orange Bowl where they defeated Ohio State.

2014 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2014 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his sixth full year and seventh overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley." They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in ACC play to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they defeated Oklahoma.

2015 Clemson Tigers football team

The 2015 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his seventh full year and eighth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley." Clemson competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. On December 5, 2015, the Tigers won the 2015 ACC Championship Game by defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45–37, capping their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981. Ranked No. 1 throughout the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings, Clemson defeated the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners, 37–17, in the 2015 Orange Bowl to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship. On January 11, 2016, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (13–1) defeated the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (14–0) in the 2016 national championship, 45–40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1.

2016 College Football Playoff National Championship

The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship was a bowl game that determined a national champion of NCAA Division I FBS college football for the 2015 season. It was played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 11, 2016, and was the culminating game of the 2015–16 bowl season.

The game was played between the winners of two pre-designated semifinal bowls played on December 31, 2015: the No. 1 Clemson Tigers, who beat the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners 37–17 at the Orange Bowl, coached by Dabo Swinney in his 8th season, and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, who shut out the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans 38–0 at the Cotton Bowl Classic, coached by Nick Saban.

The 13–1 Alabama Crimson Tide won the game, holding off the undefeated Clemson Tigers 45–40 in the fourth quarter. Accompanied by a talented receiving corps, Clemson's Heisman Finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson had a historic performance, setting the record for most total yards in national championship game history, with 478 yards (405 passing / 73 rushing) against the nation's third-ranked defense in Alabama, breaking the record previously set by Vince Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Following the game, the AP Poll also named Alabama as its top team of the season, giving Alabama their fourth title in seven seasons. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1.

2016 Fiesta Bowl (December)

The 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (December) was a college football bowl game that was played on December 31, 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This 46th Fiesta Bowl Game was a College Football Playoff semifinal with the winner of the game competing against the winner of the 2016 Peach Bowl in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship which took place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. It was one of the 2016–17 bowl games that concluded the 2016 FBS football season.

It was the second game to be called "the 2016 Fiesta Bowl", as the previous season's game was played on January 1, 2016. The previous two Fiesta Bowls were also played in the same calendar year as each other. The game's title sponsor was Sony Interactive Entertainment via its PlayStation brand as part of a multi-year deal with broadcasting and marketing rightsholder ESPN, which includes branded content and making PlayStation the official video gaming and virtual reality sponsor of the College Football Playoff. The winning team will receive the Molina Fiesta Bowl Trophy.

Clemson became just the second team in college football history to shut out Ohio State (11-2) in a bowl game, joining U.C. Berkeley in the 1921 Rose Bowl. The game also marked the first time that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer was shut out in his career, in about 193 games, and his second major loss to Dabo Swinney in the past four seasons. The game also marked the second consecutive advance to the CFP National Championship game by the Clemson football program.

Alabama–Clemson football rivalry

The Alabama–Clemson football rivalry is a college football rivalry game between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Tigers of Clemson University.

Billy Tohill

Billy Tohill (April 5, 1939 – April 11, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He served as head coach at Texas Christian University (TCU) from 1971 to 1973.A native of Batesville, Mississippi, Tohill played at Mississippi State University from 1958 to 1960, where he was awarded letters in 1959 and 1960. He served as an assistant at TCU before taking over as head coach for Jim Pittman, who died midway through the 1971 season. Seventeen months after replacing Pittman, Tohill had a serious automobile accident that nearly killed him and left him with a prosthetic foot. Tohill compiled an 11–15 record overall at TCU. He was fired after the 1973 season. In 1974, Tohill became part of the recruiting team and the coach of the defensive backs for the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League (WFL). One of his final coaching jobs was at Pelham High School in Alabama, where in 1986 he coached the Panthers in their first winning season ever. In 1988, Tohill lead Pelham to a 7-3 season, which was, at the time, the best season the program had ever experienced. In early 1990, Tohill would resign as football coach and athletic director of Pelham High School. Although the reasons were never made clear, it was stated that this move was due to clashes with the school administration. He would go on to be an assistant coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1991, which was UAB's inaugural football season. Tohill would retire from coaching altogether after the 1991 season at UAB. Tohill lived in Hoover, Alabama until his passing in 2000. Current Clemson University head football coach, Dabo Swinney, played high school football for Tohill at Pelham High School. Swinney went on to play for the 1992 national championship team at the University of Alabama under coach Gene Stallings and later coached as an assistant at Alabama. In 2016 and 2018, Swinney lead Clemson to the College Football Playoff National Championship, making Swinney the first former player of Tohill's to win a national title as a head coach.

Clemson Tigers football

The Clemson Tigers, known traditionally as the "Clemson University Fighting Tigers", represent Clemson University in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Consistently ranked among the most elite college football programs in the United States, the team is known for its storied history, distinctive helmet, fight song and colors as well as the many traditions associated with the school.Formed in 1896, the program has over 700 wins and has achieved three consensus Division I Football National Championships in the modern era, and were College Football Playoff National Championship Finalists in 2015, 2016, and 2018, winning the championship game over the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2016 and 2018 seasons. Clemson has had 6 undefeated seasons, 4 consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, 24 conference championships, 7 divisional titles, and has produced over 100 All-Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans and over 200 NFL players. Clemson has had seven members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame including former players Banks McFadden, Terry Kinard, Jeff Davis, and former coaches John Heisman, Jess Neely, Frank Howard, and Danny Ford.

Clemson's streak of eight consecutive 10 win seasons ranks second in active streaks behind the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers have had fifteen seasons with 10 wins or more, nine of them with 11 to 12 wins or more by the end of the post season.

With 24 total conference titles, Clemson is one of the founding members of the ACC, and holds 18 ACC titles, the most of any member, and holds the most combined conference football titles of any Atlantic Coast Conference school. The Tigers' most recent ACC championships were won "four in a row" from 2015 to 2018, the latter with a 12–0 regular season and a 42–10 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Among its seven undefeated regular seasons, Clemson was crowned poll-era National Champions and finished with its third perfect season with a win over Nebraska in the 48th Orange Bowl, and was the National Championship Finalist Runner-up with a 14–1 record in 2015. The following season, Clemson won the National Title over #1 Alabama in college football's first National Championship rematch in 2016, and again in 2018. The Tigers have 44 bowl appearances, 19 of which are among the New Year's Six Bowls, including 9 during the "Big Four" era. Clemson has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 33 times in the modern era, and finished in either the AP or Coaches Polls a combined 57 times since 1939.

The Tigers play their home games in Memorial Stadium on the university's Clemson, South Carolina campus. The stadium is also known as "Death Valley" after a Presbyterian College head coach gave it the moniker in 1948 due to the many defeats his teams suffered there. Currently, it is the 16th largest stadium in college football.

Clemson–Florida State football rivalry

The Clemson–Florida State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Clemson Tigers football team of Clemson University and Florida State Seminoles football team of Florida State University. The schools have played each other annually since 1992. Both universities are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and since the ACC initiated divisional play in 2005, both teams have competed in the ACC's Atlantic Division. For several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the matchup was known alternatively as the Bowden Bowl for the father, former head coach Bobby Bowden of the Seminoles, and the son, Tommy Bowden, formerly head coach of the Tigers.

Similar to a period in the late 1980s, the now annual football game has recently seen a resurgence with national implications as both programs have returned to the national spotlight. Since Clemson’s current head coach Dabo Swinney arrived on campus in 2003 as an assistant, the Tigers have won 10 of the last 16 games in this series. In 2016, CBS Sports named the Clemson–Florida State matchup as "the best annual game in college football", stating "Clemson–Florida State has supplanted Alabama–LSU as the one annual game you can bank on needing to watch to figure out the postseason." Both programs have accounted for over 30 ACC titles, and have represented the conference consistently in the post season since 2011.

Danny Pearman

Danny Pearman (born February 7, 1965 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American college football assistant coach at Clemson University, serving as the Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach under head coach Dabo Swinney.

Justin Fuente

Justin James Fuente (born July 30, 1976) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Virginia Tech. He was named the 2016 ACC Coach of the Year over the eventual national champion Dabo Swinney. Fuente was the head football coach at the University of Memphis from 2012 to 2015. He was an assistant at Texas Christian University (TCU) from 2007 to 2011 and at Illinois State University from 2001 to 2006. Fuente attended the University of Oklahoma before transferring to Murray State University after his redshirt sophomore season. He played quarterback for both schools. Fuente played a single season with the Oklahoma Wranglers of the Arena Football League before embarking on his coaching career.

Fuente's quarterback tree includes three time Pro Bowler Andy Dalton, first round draft pick Paxton Lynch and Jerod Evans, the current Virginia Tech record holder in total offense in a season, most passes completed, most touchdowns thrown, most touchdowns thrown in a game, most passing yards, and highest completion percentage.

Kelly Bryant (American football)

Kelly Bryant (born September 25, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Missouri Tigers. Bryant previously played for the Clemson Tigers.

List of Clemson Tigers bowl games

The Clemson Tigers college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing Clemson University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Since the establishment of the team in 1896, Clemson has appeared in 44 bowl games. Included in these games are 9 combined appearances in the traditional "Big Four" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Cotton, and Orange). Clemson's 24 bowl victories currently ranks as 12th all-time among college football programs for most bowl wins. The Tigers also rank 14th in most bowl appearances.

List of Clemson Tigers head football coaches

The Clemson Tigers football program is a U.S. college football team that represents Clemson University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Tigers compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The team has had 25 head coaches since it began play in the 1896 season. Since October 2008, Dabo Swinney has served as Clemson's head coach.The team has played in 1,050 games over 116 seasons. In that time, eight coaches have led Clemson to postseason bowl games: Jess Neely, Frank Howard, Charley Pell, Danny Ford, Ken Hatfield, Tommy West, Tommy Bowden, and Swinney. Five coaches have won conference championships with the Tigers: John Heisman won two as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Howard won two as a member of the Southern Conference; and Howard, Pell, Ford, Hatfield, and Swinney won a combined 14 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1981, Ford led the Tigers to the national championship. Swinney has guided the Tigers to three ACC championships and two national title appearances, winning the 2016 championship.

Howard is the all-time leader in games coached (295), seasons coached (30), and total wins (165). Heisman has the highest winning percentage, with .833 in his four years at Clemson. Of coaches with more than one season, Hootie Ingram has the lowest winning percentage (.364 in 3 seasons). Of the 25 head coaches who have led the Tigers, Heisman, Jess Neely, Ford, and Howard have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as coaches; Josh Cody was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player.

Michael Reed (American football)

Michael Jerome Reed (born August 16, 1972 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a retired American professional football player and current college football assistant coach at Clemson University, serving as the defensive backs coach under head coach Dabo Swinney.

Tony Elliott (American football coach)

Tony Elliott (born November 26, 1979) is an American college football assistant coach at Clemson University, serving as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach under head coach Dabo Swinney.

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