Despite appearing business-like Wednesday in Houston for the Bear Bryant Awards gala, Swinney's upbeat attitude two days after his team dominated former champion Alabama stuck out, especially with him appearing without other awards contenders, Nick Saban and Brian Kelly.
Swinney, who earned his second national title in three seasons at Clemson, addressed media before the gala at the Post Oak Hotel, remarking on former alumni who are making it big for the Houston Texans.
On Wednesday, Swinney garnered the 2018 coach of the year award to go with his existing two honors.
Other nominees include Bill Clark of Alabama-Birmingham; Josh Heupel of Central Florida; Jeff Monken of Army; and Jeff Tedford of Fresno State.
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