Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dabo Swinney Fast Approaching Tommy Bowden Level of Sucess At Clemson

In two plus seasons as the head coach at Clemson, Swinney has a 13-9 record in ACC games hurt by a 4-4 record in 2010.  That winning percentage is only slightly better than Tommy Bowden's.

Swinney has already completed part one of the typical job removal by hiring a new offensive coordinator.  Most coaches only get one opportunity to do that before they are next on the chopping block.

Swinney does have one thing on his resume that Bowden doesn't. An ACC Championship Game appearance. 

But is that enough to save him if he goes 7-5 and/or loses to South Carolina again next season, Clemson fans?

On a slightly related note, people close to Rich Rodriguez say he is likely to take a year off and look for a head job after next season with the South being a likely destination.  Rodriguez cut his teeth in FBS as Bowden's offensive coordinator at Tulane and Clemson, where he coached Woody Dantzler, before taking the West Virginia job.

Best and worst ACC conference records in BCS era
coach W L %
coach W L %
Frank Beamer 49 11 81.67
Ted Roof 03 33 08.33
Bobby Bowden 71 26 73.20
Carl Franks 03 25 11.11
George O’Leary 22 10 68.75
Mike London 01 07 12.50
Paul Johnson 17 08 68.00
Tommy West 01 07 12.50
George Welsh 16 08 66.67
Fred Goldsmith 02 14 12.50
Jimbo Fisher 06 03 66.67
David Cutcliffe 05 19 20.83
Jeff Jagodzinski 11 07 61.11
Jim Caldwell 09 23 28.13
Dabo Swinney 13 09 59.09
John Bunting 13 27 32.50
Larry Coker 14 10 58.33
Ron Vanderlinden 13 19 40.63
Tommy Bowden 43 32 57.33
Jim Grobe 30 43 41.10

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