Dabo Swinney turned 45 on Thursday. And while he has had obvious success during his run at Clemson, his early body of work might surprise you, especially when compared to other big-name coaches.
The (Charleston) Post and Courier's Aaron Brenner broke down the numbers Thursday, illustrating just how well Swinney has fared before his 45th birthday.
Swinney has a career record of 58-26 during his tenure with the Tigers.
How did Nick Saban fare by the time he turned 45? 20-10-1.
Steve Spurrier? 20-13-1.
Frank Beamer? 19-30-1.
Jimbo Fisher? 5-1.
On and on it goes, a who's who of coaching legends current and past that Swinney is currently out-pacing. It really puts into perspective what he has accomplished since taking over in 2008.
Of course, he still has a ways to go when looking at a pair of his predecessors in Death Valley: Danny Ford had 96 wins before leaving Clemson at the age of 42, while Frank Howard had 72 wins by 45.
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