Jimmy Rane Foundation
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Abbeville, AL 36310

Guest Speaker

The Jimmy Rane Foundation is pleased to announce that Dabo Swinney will serve as the guest speaker of the 17th annual Jimmy Rane Charity Golf Tournament.

In nine years (eight full seasons) as the Clemson Tigers’ head coach, Dabo Swinney has directed Clemson to a 89-28 overall record (.761) — best by a coach in school history — and a 54-15 ACC regular-season mark (.783). He has also led the Tigers to the ACC Championship game four times, won three ACC titles, won or shared five ACC Atlantic Division titles, and won seven bowl games (five against top-10 teams). His teams have compiled 20 wins over ranked teams in his head-coaching career, including 12 over top-10 teams. 

In addition, he cemented himself as a coaching legend when he led the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship, the second in school history (1981). To reach that pinnacle, Swinney’s team defeated the top two teams according to the national polls in consecutive games. Clemson shut out Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. Then, the Tigers earned a rematch with No. 1 Alabama, and for the first time in school history, took down the top-ranked team in a second epic battle with the Crimson Tide. 

Swinney won the Bear Bryant Award as the national coach of the year for the second consecutive season.

In 2015, Swinney guided Clemson to the No. 1 national ranking in every College Football Playoff poll and led the Tigers to their first National Championship Game appearance under the new format after his team defeated Oklahoma 37-17 in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31. The Tigers led Alabama in the fourth quarter of the championship game, but came up just short, 45-40, in an epic game in Glendale, Ariz.

Following the team’s 14-1 record and No. 2 final ranking, he was the recipient of 10 National and two ACC Coach-of-the-Year honors.

Swinney accepted the interim head coaching position on Oct. 13, 2008, taking over for Tommy Bowden. When Swinney played for the University of Alabama, Bowden was his first position coach. Bowden was also instrumental in bringing Swinney back into the coaching profession in 2003, following an interval in private business. 

Swinney received a commerce & business administration degree from Alabama in 1993 after lettering three times (1990-92). A walk-on who went on to earn a scholarship, Swinney was a wide receiver on Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team. After his playing career, Swinney served as a graduate assistant from 1993-95 at Alabama while he pursued a master’s degree in business administration. He became a full-time assistant coach at Alabama in February 1996 under Head Coach Gene Stallings and coached for five seasons. 

2017 Celebrity Guests

Buck Belue

University of Georgia, Football Legend

Larry Blakeney

Troy University Retired Head Football Coach

Neal Brown

Troy University Head Football Coach

Ronnie Brown

Auburn University, NFL Legend

Kevin Butler

University of Georgia, NFL Legend

Charlie Coe

Missouri Baptist Offensive Coordinator

John Cooper

Ohio State University Former Head Football Coach

Jason Campbell

Auburn University, NFL Legend

Joe Cribbs

Auburn University, NFL Legend

Brodie Croyle

University of Alabama Football Legend

John Croyle

University of Alabama Football Legend

Phil Cunningham

Troy University Men's Head Basketball Coach

Bobby Cremins

Georgia Tech Former Head Basketball Coach

Johnny Davis

University of Alabama, NFL Legend

Hanford Dixon

University of Georgia Retired Men's Head Basketball Coach

Vince Dooley

University of Georgia Retired Head Football Coach

Hugh Durham

University of Georgia Retired Men's Head Basketball Coach

Pat Dye

Auburn University Retired Head Football Coach

Cliff Ellis

Coastal Carolina Head Men's Basketball Coach

Rex Frederick

Auburn University Basketball Legend

Kerry Goode

University of Alabama Football Legend

Jacob Green

Texas A & M, NFL Legend

Chris Hatcher

Samford University Head Football Coach

Bobby Humphrey

University of Alabama, NFL Legend

Bo Jackson

Auburn University, NFL/MLB Legend 

Keven Jackson

University of Alabama Football Legend

Bobby Johnson

Vanderbilt Former Head Football Coach

Ed Jones

Tennessee State University, NFL Legend

Barry Krauss

University of Alabama, NFL legend

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Antonio Langham

University of Alabama Football Legend

Ben Leard

Auburn University Football Legend

Murray Legg

University of Alabama Football Legend

Gus Malzahn

Auburn University Head Football Coach

Mickey Matthews

James Madison University Former Head Football Coach

Woody McCorvey

Clemson University Associate Athletic Director

Mike Gottfried

Former ESPN Analyst Retired Head Football Coach

Bruce Pearl

Auburn University Men's Head Basketball Coach

Buzz Phillips

Huntingdon College Head Women's Basketball Coach

Bobby Pruett

Marshall University Retired Head Football Coach

Wimp Sanderson

University of Alabama Former Men's Head Football Coach

George Rogers

University of South Carolina, NFL Legend

DJ Shockley

University of Georgia Football Legend

RC Slocum

Texas & M Retired Head Football Coach

Scott Sanderson

Lipscomb University Former Men's Head Basketball Coach

Gene Stallings

University of Alabama Retired Head Football Coach

Rick Stockstill

Middle Tennessee State University Head Football Coach

Sonny Smith

Virginia Commonwealth University Retired Men's Head Basketball Coach

Dabo Swinney

Clemson University Head Football Coach

Mike Turk

Huntingdon College Head Football Coach

Takeo Spikes

Auburn University, NFL Legend

Tyler Watts

University of Alabama Football Legend

Carnell Williams

Auburn University, NFL Legend

Antonio Langham

University of Alabama Football Legend

Bert Williams

Georgia Military College Head Football Coach

Johnny Majors

University of Pittsburgh Retired Head Football Coach

Andrew Zow

University of Alabama Football Legend

Carlos Rogers

Auburn University, NFL Legend

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