A much different test for Clemson’s Swinney

By Robert Rousseau  |   Wednesday, December 31, 2008  |  Comments( 2 )

Clemson Tigers
When Dabo Swinney took over for Tommy Bowden as the Clemson Tigers' interim head coach only six games into the 2008 season, he had everything to gain. After all, it was a surprise that the Tigers chose him to take the helm in the first place after Bowden’s resignation. Even he was a little bit surprised. Of course, there was a level of pressure...
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NB
03:23 PM
12/31/2008
This particular game won't really mean much, as most of the lower-tier bowl games this season. The TRUE test will come for Swinney at the beginning of the 2009 season. He will have to do a better job than than Tommy Bowden did for 10 years, and not the same results. The reality of having to win an ACC title and getting to the Orange Bowl will haunt him just the same, as the expectations will be required of him. Whether Clemson or Nebraska wins, carries little relevance because this is NOT a Nat'l title, or a BCS game. Therefore, the new season of 2009 will be the true judge of whether Dabo has the "necessities" to carry Clemson to the elite level of college football. In my opinoin: he doesn't.
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