It's not out of the norm for an historically tier-2 program.
by RallyingSon (2019-01-08 13:50:44)
Edited on 2019-01-08 22:07:21

In reply to: How many fan bases could be this patient? (link)  posted by ironcityirish

Which, despite Danny Ford's national championship in the early 1980s, is what Clemson was when Dabo took over. Not that I disagree with your point that fans everywhere can be impatient.

At tier-1 schools you can win a national championship in year two or three (Tressel, Stoops, Carroll, Saban at Alabama, Meyer at both Florida and OSU, all the great ND coaches).

It takes longer at a mid-level program. I've posted about this before. When a coach takes over a languishing or struggling program and eventually goes on to long-term success, the improvement is usually evident by year 3 and almost always by year 4.* I think Dabo's turn-around fits in that time frame, especially considering his first "season" was him being thrown into the fire as an interim coach after six games.

In his third full season he got Clemson to a major bowl game for the first time in two decades (they were crushed). In his fourth full season he went 11-2 and won the Peach Bowl against a top-10 LSU team. That was about as good a bowl win as you could have at that time without it technically being a "major" bowl.

*Notable exceptions include McCartney at Colorado and Beamer at Virginia Tech. And (arguably) Mack Brown in his first stint at North Carolina.