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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Named AP National Coach of the Year

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With a 13-0 (8-0 ACC) regular season record, a conference championship win, and the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year.

“I am very honored to receive the AP National Coach of the Year award,” Swinney said in a statement. “Football is a great team sport and any individual honor is a result of having a great group of players and staff. I am blessed to have student-athletes and coaches that believe in what we do. This award is a reflection of their hard work and commitment.”

Swinney, who has compiled a 74-26 (48-14) record since taking over in 2008, has led Clemson to a school record 16 consecutive wins over the last two years, the longest active winning streak in the nation by six games. Four of Clemson’s wins in 2015 have come against opponents with at least 10 wins entering the bowl season, which is most in the nation.

The Tigers are also the only team in the nation with three wins over teams that finished in the top 10 of the College Football Playoff poll (Notre Dame, Florida State, and North Carolina).

Swinney is the first Clemson coach to win the National Coach of the Year Award by the Associated Press, which has been handing out the award since 1998.

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