After leading Clemson to a national championship victory over Alabama last season, Dabo Swinney probably isn’t the most popular UA alum, but that won’t stop him from making a trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
Clemson plays Syracuse Friday night, so Swinney will fly to his old stomping grounds on Saturday to be present when Alabama honors the 1992 national championship team at halftime of the Tide’s game against Arkansas. Swinney was a wide receiver on the ‘92 team, which upset top-ranked Miami in the Sugar Bowl to finish 13-0.
Per Tommy Deas of the Tuscaloosa News, Swinney will be joined by several Clemson staff members, all of whom have ties to Alabama.
Joining Dabo Swinney on Clemson plane to Tuscaloosa for ‘92 reunion will be Woody McCorvey, Danny Pearman, Thad Turnipseed, Lemanski Hall
— Tommy Deas (@tommydeas) October 12, 2017
After his playing career came to an end, Swinney, a native of Pelham, Alabama, joined the Alabama coaching staff as a graduate assistant. By 1996, Swinney earned a full-time coaching role as a wide receiver and tight ends coach. Swinney was let go along with the rest of Mike DuBose’s staff after the 2000 season and spent a few years out of coaching working in real estate.
Swinney returned to coaching in 2003 when Tommy Bowden hired him as receivers coach at Clemson. He was an assistant for the Tigers until Bowden resigned in 2008. At that point, Swinney was named interim head coach and later full-time head coach. From there, Swinney has led the Tigers to three ACC titles, a national runner-up finish in 2015 (a 45-40 loss to Alabama) and a national title in 2016 (a last-second 35-31 win over the Tide).
In 2017, Clemson is off to a 6-0 start under Swinney. Clemson is ranked No. 2 behind — who else? — No. 1 Alabama, which is also off to a 6-0 start.
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