Sources: After serving as interim, Swinney to be named Clemson coach

Updated: December 1, 2008, 1:08 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Clemson removed the interim designation from coach Dabo Swinney in a meeting on Sunday, multiple souces told ESPN on Sunday.

Athletic director Terry Don Phillips offered the job to Swinney in a meeting on campus Sunday afternoon. After Swinney accepted, contract discussions began and are expected to continue Monday morning.

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Clemson has called a 5 p.m. ET news conference.

Phillips informed university officials of his intentions Saturday following the Tigers' 31-14 defeat of archrival South Carolina, and received approval, the source said. Sports information director Tim Bourret said Sunday that he has been told not to attend Clemson's basketball game at Illinois on Tuesday in order to be "on call" should a press conference be needed.

Swinney took over as interim coach after Tommy Bowden resigned on Oct. 13. Clemson, 3-3 at that point, finished 7-5. The Tigers ended the season with decisive victories over Duke (31-7), Virginia (13-3) and, on Saturday, archrival South Carolina (31-14). The players carried Swinney off field on their shoulders after the victory over the Gamecocks.

Swinney, who turned 40 earlier this month, has been at Clemson for six seasons. A former walk-on at Alabama, Swinney earned a scholarship and lettered three years (1990-92). He spent the next eight years as a graduate assistant and full-time assistant at his alma mater.

When Alabama fired coach Mike DuBose and his staff in 2000, Swinney stayed out of football for three years.

Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad contributed to this report.

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