Clemson's Swinney named Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, who took the Tigers to 10 wins, including a win over Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, has been named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

Dodd was announced as the unanimous winner of the award, which recognizes “the highest ideals on and off the field,” at halftime of Saturday night’s Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The winner of award is picked each year by votes from a panel which includes previous winners.

Led by Swinney, Clemson (10-3) will play West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Wednesday. The award will be presented to Swinney on the Clemson campus in March.

Boise State’s Chris Petersen won the 2010 award.

WASHINGTON: Nick Holt arrived at Washington with the fanfare – and salary – usually reserved for head coaches.

It set a level of expectations Holt never matched, and on Saturday he was fired after three years as the Huskies’ defensive coordinator.

The dismissal came two days after Washington gave up 777 total yards and 67 points against Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. It was the most yards allowed in school history and second-most points surrendered. What’s more, the embarrassment came on a national stage, the defensive shortcomings exposed for all to see.

After the loss, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said all aspects of his team would be evaluated. It didn’t take long to determine an overhaul on defense was needed.

Along with Holt, the Huskies fired linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills.

“They were instrumental in the leadership and development of countless young men, and they have left our program in a better place,” Sarkisian said in a statement announcing the firings. “I am grateful for their service to our program and to the University of Washington and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

The school said Sarkisian would make no other comments about the decision.


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