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Clemson's Swinney reaches out to Ford

10/29/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Clemson interim head coach Dabo Swinney said he has reached out to former coach Danny Ford recently for a little advice.

"I've got a lot of respect for him," Swinney said. "We come from the same background, know a lot of the same people. You've got a guy like that that's been in the situation I'm in, understands the Clemson people very well and the dynamics here. He lives right down the road. It was pretty much a no-brainer for me to have an opportunity to speak with him and just kind of get his input, kick things around, talk to him about different things. It was a very, very good meeting for me. I got a lot out of it."

Ford coached at Clemson from 1978-89. He finished with a 96-29-4 record at Clemson and remains one of only two coaches in ACC history with a winning percentage better than 75 percent over at least four years. He won five ACC titles, and at 33 became the youngest coach to win the national title when Clemson won in 1981. Ford is now retired and lives in Pendleton, S.C.