Dabo Swinney is a coach that just gets it.
After winning his second national championship with the Tigers, it would be understandable if the Clemson coach got a bit big-headed. After all, he and his staff just outcoached the greatest head coach in modern college football history in the biggest game of the season.
Instead, during a ceremony that honored Swinney as the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year, Swinney deflected the credit and took the opportunity to praise his mentor and friend, Woody McCorvey. If you were unaware, McCorvey, a former Alabama assistant coach, helped Dabo get a start in coaching following the end of Swinney’s playing days in Tuscaloosa.
When Swinney landed the head coaching job at Clemson, one of the first calls he made was to McCorvey. Soon after that call, McCorvey joined Swinney’s staff. McCorvey now serves as Clemson’s Associate Athletic Director of Football Administration.
If you missed it, check out the touching tribute Swinney paid to McCorvey after winning the latest Bear Bryant Award:
“If you don’t think football matters – are you kidding me?”@ClemsonFB’s Dabo Swinney gives an amazing tribute to his mentor, Woody McCorvey, after winning Coach of the Year. #BryantAwards pic.twitter.com/Kw6w44aC7Q
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