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Clemson promotes interim coach Swinney to permanent job with 5-year deal

Updated: December 1, 2008, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Never bet against Dabo.

"I've never failed at anything in my life," Dabo Swinney, Clemson's new football coach, said Monday.

It's not arrogance, said Swinney, "I'm confident in my abilities."

How else to explain why Swinney was able to get that pretty girl in his Valley Elementary third grade class in Pelham, Ala., -- now wife Kathleen -- to check the yes box on his note asking her to go with him after a few hard-to-get nos.

Or why the walk-on sat in the ...

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