Swinney a finalist for Coach of the Year

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award. The honor is presented each year by the Football Writers Association of American. The other finalists are Les Miles of LSU, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, Brady Hoke of Michigan and Bill Snyder of Kansas State.

That's pretty good company, and some tough competition. The ACC championship game is evidence of why the Coach of the Year race shouldn't be decided until after that game has been played.

Swinney led Clemson to its first ACC Championship this past Saturday with a 38-10 victory against No. 5 Virginia Tech. It was Clemson’s first ACC Championship since 1991. Clemson was unranked in the preseason and finished 15th in the final BCS standings, tied for Clemson’s highest finish in the BCS.

In his third season, Swinney has taken the Tigers to a 10-3 record overall, including four wins against top 25 teams, tied for the second most in the nation and the most in one season in school history. The Tigers own two wins against a Virginia Tech team that was ranked in the top 10 in the nation. That tied for the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in its history.