Originally created 03/18/03

Clemson names new wide receivers coach

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has hired a former Alabama walk-on receiver who eventually became an assistant for the Crimson Tide to be the Tigers' new wide receivers coach.

Dabo Swinney replaces Rick Stockstill, who took a job as offensive coordinator at East Carolina.

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said he had known Swinney ever since he came to Tuscaloosa in 1990.

"He came in as a walk-on and earned a scholarship," Bowden said. "I have firsthand knowledge of his work ethic."

Swinney then became a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide. He would get a full-time job in 1996, working with the wide receivers and tight ends until the 2000 season.

Swinney, 33, has spent the past three years in private business in Alabama.