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    Friday, November 07, 2008

    Just Call Him "Dabo"

    "Dabo" Swinney is the interim head coach of the Clemson Tigers who took over after Tommy Bowden left in October. He was previously the assistant head Coach and wide receivers coach.

    Swinney was named the interim head football coach on October 13, 2008, after Bowden resigned six games into the 2008 season.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. Swinney has a reputation as a top-notch recruiter with a good relationship with the boosters and the media.

    One of Swinney's first actions as head coach was introducing 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. Last Saturday, Swinney claimed his first victory as the Tiger's head coach by defeating Boston College, breaking Clemson's 50 year win less streak against the Eagles.

    As for the nickname,it was given to him as an infant by his parents when his then-15-month-old brother would try to enunciate "that boy" when referring to Swinney.

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