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Tigers keep Swinney

Interim coach gets 5-year deal

Associated Press / December 2, 2008
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Clemson is sticking with Dabo Swinney, giving the Tigers' interim coach a five-year contract yesterday to replace former boss Tommy Bowden.

Swinney's salary and possible incentives in the deal won't be released until the contract is approved by the university's Board of Trustees Compensation Committee.

Athletic director Terry Don Phillips said Swinney was one of college football's bright young coaches and he was proud to lock him up long-term.

"He took over a very difficult situation for the last six games and showed me what type of coach and leader he is," Phillips said in a statement.

Swinney, 39, took over as interim coach Oct. 13 when Bowden resigned, and the Tigers won four of their final five games to become bowl-eligible. The clincher came Saturday when Clemson defeated rival South Carolina, 31-14.

QB handiwork: 17 pins

Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell was recovering from surgery Sunday to repair nine breaks in two fingers of his non-throwing hand, but he won't miss any playing time. Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook didn't have specifics on whether Harrell's fingers got caught in a facemask or slammed against a helmet in Saturday's 35-28 win over Baylor. Surgeons inserted 17 pins and two plates into the pinkie and ring finger of Harrell's left hand. Harrell will play when the No. 8 Red Raiders (11-1) appear in their ninth straight bowl, likely the Cotton Bowl . . . Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford tore ligaments in his non-throwing (left) hand during the Sooners' win against Oklahoma State, a game in which he threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns, and is expected to have surgery following Saturday's Big 12 championship game against Missouri . . . Dave Christensen, the architect of the offense that vaulted Missouri back to national prominence, is the new head coach at Wyoming . . . Although Tampa Bay expects to have Monte Kiffin drawing up defensive game plans for the rest of the season, his future with the Buccaneers remains unclear. Neither Kiffin nor the Bucs have done anything to end speculation that the 68-year-old defensive coordinator has decided to leave the NFL - and his $2 million salary - to work for his son, Lane, the new coach at the University of Tennessee.

HC QB honored

Holy Cross senior quarterback Dominic Randolph, who completed 340 of 520 passes for 3,838 yards and 34 touchdowns, captured the 2008 Gold Helmet award as the championship subdivision player of the year in New England . . . New Hampshire's FCS quarterfinal game at Northern Iowa Saturday at 7 p.m. will be televised by CSN . . . Georgia Tech placed four players on the All-ACC first team announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Four Atlantic Division schools - Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, and Wake Forest - had three players selected by the 67 voting members of ACSMA. North Carolina State's Russell Wilson became the first freshman quarterback picked to the first team . . . Florida's Percy Harvin limped around campus in a protective boot and showed improvement, but coach Urban Meyer said his star receiver remained questionable for Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 1 Alabama . . . James Sheep, the Penn State senior who plays the Nittany Lion mascot, was arrested on a DUI charge and his status for the Rose Bowl is in doubt, State College, Pa., police and school officials said . . . Leonard Taylor Jr., 32, a former Wisconsin football player, has been charged with threatening the lives of former Badgers coach Barry Alvarez, tennis star Maria Sharapova, and their families.

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