Best Coaches Tournament: Bob Stoops vs. Dabo Swinney
To no surprise, Miles won by a landslide.
We now head into Game 4: Bob Stoops vs. Dabo Swinney, your No. 4 and 13 seeds. Since 2008, there have been eight 13-seeds to knock off a 4-seed in the NCAA Men’s Tournament—but it would be pretty un-Dabo-like to pull off this feat.
It was a weird season for Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners, as they lost to Texas by 16 in the Red River Rivalry just a few weeks before getting blown out by Baylor on Thursday night national television. But instead of falling apart, Boomer Sooner somehow beat Oklahoma State in the season finale to become BCS bound, and then put together the upset of the year by burying Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl. Things could get even weirder in 2014 as Oklahoma should be a preseason Top-5 team.
While Oklahoma exceeded expectations, the Clemson Tigers couldn’t meet theirs. Swinney and Co. were on a major high after taking down Georgia in what was an exciting season opener, but Florida State made sure to let America know that it meant absolutely nothing by shattering Death Valley records in a 51-14 jaw-dropper. Swinney was unable to beat rival South Carolina for the fifth year in a row, but made up for it (sort of) by downing Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
Here are their résumés:
No. 4 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: Stoops took Oklahoma to nine BCS bowls from 1999 to 2013, compiling a 4-5 record and making two national championship appearances (won the 2000 title). Since losing three straight from 2006-08 (including his infamous loss to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl), the Sooners have won four of five bowl games and two BCS bowl games in a row. Oklahoma has finished inside the final AP Top 10 polls in nine of his 15 years at Norman, posting a 160-39 (99-24 Big 12) overall record in that time.
No. 13 – Dabo Swinney, Clemson: Since taking over the football program for Tommy Bowden midseason in 2008, Clemson has been a major threat in the ACC. But outside of a conference title in 2011, that’s about all the Tigers have been—just a threat. Swinney’s crews have been notorious for “Clemsoning”, which even has a definition in the Urban Dictionary. To sum it up in short, Clemson hasn’t come up in big games (other than this Chick-fil-A Bowl win) and hasn’t gotten over the hump as a premier program. However, Swinney knows how to reel in talent and develop NFL-caliber wide receivers, so he’ll always have one of the best offenses in the country.
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