Clemson, Tennessee Hire Coaches

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun had been mentioned as a candidate for the head jobs at Clemson and Tennessee.
Now it appears both programs have found their coaches and Calhoun is still at Air Force.

A Clemson University official close to the school's football program says interim coach Dabo Swinney will become the Tigers' permanent coach.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Monday morning because an official announcement has yet to be made.

Athletic director Terry Don Phillips was expected to introduce Swinney as head coach later Monday.

Swinney took over as interim coach Oct. 13 when Tommy Bowden resigned.

The Tigers won four of their final five games under Swinney to become bowl eligible. The clincher came Saturday when Clemson defeated rival South Carolina 31-14.

Lane Kiffin, the former coach of the NFL Oakland Raiders, is the new coach of Tennessee.

Kiffin becomes the school's 21st coach, but only the third in the last 32 years. His selection comes after "the first national search for a football coach in University of Tennessee history," athletic director Mike Hamilton said.

He takes over the Volunteers two days after Phillip Fulmer's 17-season tenure ended with a win over Kentucky. Kiffin will start at $2 million annually, plus bonuses, under a six-year contract.

Kiffin was the youngest coach in the NFL's modern history when hired to lead the Oakland Raiders in January 2007 at age 31 after spending two seasons as Southern California's recruiting and offensive coordinator.


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