Remember when Clemson invited coach Tommy Bowden to step down in the middle of last season and made then-39-year-old assistant Dabo Swinney the Tigers’ interim head coach?
I’m sure school officials agonized over whether or not they should remove that interim and give a young guy with no head coaching experience the job.
After all, arch-rival South Carolina was led by Steve Spurrier, one of the great names in college coaching history.
Then Swinney whipped the Gamecocks 31-14, and was given a five-year contract on Dec. 1.
It was the right move. Swinney showed he can coach, but maybe even more importantly, he’s looking like a recruiting closer, one of those guys kids instinctively like who can seal the deal.
He landed three more quality players (two seniors and a junior) over the weekend, and his class of 2010 is climbing into the top 20 on recruiting service rankings.
That’s tough to do at Clemson, which competes with SEC programs for many prospects.
Swinney, though, is rolling.
Which means the Tigers are as well.