Clemson coach Dabo Swinney kisses the championship trophy after the Tigers beat Alabama 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is the newest member of one of college football's rarest clubs.
With the Tigers' 35-31 victory against Alabama on Monday night, Swinney became just the second to win a national title as a player and coach in the poll era. He joined Bud Wilkinson in the exclusive club.
Swinney was a receiver on Alabama's 1992 title team. Wilkinson played on Minnesota's title team in the 1930s and later coached Oklahoma to three national titles in the 1950s.
Other coaches have won national championships as players and coaches -- Bear Bryant, Jimmy Johnson and Frank Leahy among them -- but their titles came before the AP Top 25 poll or weren't recognized by the AP.