Even when out of coaching, Dabo still coached Citadel’s Gerald Dixon

Dabo Swinney and the rest of the coaching staff at Alabama had been fired in 2001, and Swinney was about to go to work for a real estate company.That’s why Gerald Dixon, then a senior cornerback for the Crimson Tide, was surprised when Swinney showed up at Alabama’s A-Day game that spring.

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Citadel needs two scout teams to prepare for Tigers’ speed

The Citadel is trying to prepare for the speed of Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins and the rest of the Tigers before Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

When Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins gushes about Clemson’s speed, he’s not referring only to Sammy Watkins’ 40 time.

It’s not all about how fast the Tigers run, but how fast they run plays.

“It’s an up-tempo, fast, fast offense,” said Higgins, whose 5-6 Bulldogs will be heavy underdogs at No. 7 Clemson (9-1) on Saturday.

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Citadel plan for Clemson: “Treat them like any other human beings”


The Citadel and receiver Andre Roberts lost by 45-17 in their last visit to Clemson in 2008. The Bulldogs play at No. 7 Clemson on Saturday. (File photo)

Citadel coach Kevin Higgins said Monday he’s got a lot of respect for his counterpart at Clemson, Dabo Swinney. He particularly likes the way Swinney has worked out the final weeks of the Tigers’ 2013 football schedule.

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Citadel football schedule, by degree of difficulty

thWhen Citadel football practice starts on Aug. 5, the Bulldogs will have 26 days until their season opener against Charleston Southern on Aug. 31.

Wow, that happened fast.

As we contemplate the Bulldogs’ prospects in 2013 — they were picked to finish sixth in the Southern Conference at last week’s media day, which really means fourth – here’s a look at The Citadel’s schedule, in order of difficulty. I’ll include the chance of a Citadel win for each game (strictly my opinion) and we’ll see where we end up.

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