Barry Alvarez

Clemson's Swinney wins second straight Bear Bryant award

Dabo Swinney won his second straight Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award Wednesday night, two days after leading Clemson to its first national championship in 35 years.

Swinney is only the second coach to win the award twice, joining Chris Petersen — the winner in 2006 and 2009 at Boise State — and the first to win it in back-to-back seasons.

"Both just incredibly special," Swinney said. "Fresh off a national championship win against Alabama and to be chosen and honored this way again is just something I never ever would have dreamed of ever."

Swinney led Clemson to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game,...