Head Coach: Dabo Swinney
Former Coach: Tommy Bowden
Last Seen: Coaching Clemson on an interim basis
Reason to like the hire: In his half-year audition as the interim coach, Swinney reached the Tiger players with an infectious energy after Tommy Bowden had already lost many of them. He won four of his seven games, beating rival South Carolina and guiding Clemson to an improbable Gator Bowl. He’s also widely considered to be an ace recruiter, which will be instrumental in the program’s quest to finally win another ACC championship.