Dabo Swinney is being rewarded for his team's undefeated regular season.
The Clemson coach was announced as the winner of the Home Depot Coach of the Year award on Wednesday.
The Tigers are the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff and capped a 13-0 season with a win over North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game. The Tigers play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, a semifinal of the College Football Playoff. If Clemson wins, it will play the winner of Michigan State-Alabama for the national title.
Swinney is 74-26 in seven-plus years as Clemson's coach. He took over for Terry Bowden in the middle of the 2008 season and has been with the team ever since. The Tigers have had five-straight double-digit win seasons. Sophomore Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, presented on Saturday.
Swinney will be honored with the award on Thursday during ESPN's college football awards show. The network also announced that Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry had won the Mackey Award, which is given to the best tight end in the country.
Henry had 46 catches for 647 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. Nine player awards will be given out during the two-hour special Thursday. The show begins at 7 p.m. ET.
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