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Is Dabo saying Clemson may win the national championship?

Early in the 2010 season, Dabo Swinney witnessed first-hand the problems of defending Gus Malzahn’s offensive scheme.

After finishing the season with a 6-7 record, Swinney went out and hired perhaps the offensive coordinator who most closely resembles Malzahn’s scheme.

With the hire of Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Swinney is hoping his Tigers can replicate the recent success of Auburn.

Dabo explained, “I’ve talked to Gus several times at length about Chad. I think it’s important to note Auburn won seven regular season games last year. We won six. They were 3-5 in conference play last year, we were 4-4. This year, they won a national championship for the first time since 1957.”

Morris told The Post and Courrier, "Gus and I go way back. I'm very honored that he lent a helping hand when I was kind of down. Coaches borrow. My philosophy is a lot of what Gus has believed in."

Clemson hosts Troy and Auburn to start of the 2011 season. The Tigers will host Florida State and UNC, but do travel to Virginia Tech.