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Clemson Football Decade-by-Decade

Ranking Clemson's winning % by the decades since 1940:


1. 1980s - 77 winning%, 10.0 wins/13 game season, 1981 National Champions, 5 ACC titles, 7 Top 25 AP poll seasons, 3 Top 10 AP poll seasons

2. 2010s - 65%, 8.4 wins/13 games (only 3 years), 1 ACC title, 2 Top 25s

3. 1950s - 65%, 8.4 wins/13, 3 ACC titles, 5 Top 25s, 1 Top 10

4. 2000s - 63%, 8.2 wins, 5 Top 25s

5. 1990s - 59%, 7.7, 1 ACC title, 3 Top 25s, 1 Top 10

6. 1940s - 56%, 7.3, 3 SoCon titles, 1 Top 25

7. 1960s - 51%, 6.6, 3 ACC titles

8. 1970s - 50%, 6.5, 1 ACC title, 2 Top 25s, 1 Top 10

Totals since 1940 - 73 seasons, 60 winning%, 7.8 wins/13 games season, 1981 National Championship, 17 conference titles, 25 Top 25 AP poll seasons, 6 Top 10 AP poll seasons

So Clemson is a top 25 team once every 3 years. A top 10 team once every 12 years. Wins a conference title once every 4 years and wins a national championship once in a lifetime.

Ranking Clemson's coaches winning % since 1940:

1. 81%, 10.6 wins/13 game season, Charlie Pell, 77-78, 2 seasons, 1 ACC title, 2 Top 25s, 1 Top 10

2. 76%, 9.8 wins/13 games, Danny Ford, 79-89, 11 seasons, 5 ACC titles, 7 Top 25s, 3 Top 10s

3. 71%, 9.2 wins/13, Ken Hatfield, 90-93, 4 seasons, 1 ACC title, 3 Top 25s, 1 Top 10

4. 66%, 8.6 wins, Dabo Swinney, 09-12, 4 seasons, 1 ACC title, 3 Top 25s

5. 61%, 8.0, Tommy Bowden, 99-08, 10 seasons, 4 Top 25s

6. 57%, 7.4 - Frank Howard, 40-69, 30 seasons, 6 ACC titles/3 SoCon titles, 6 Top 25s, 1 Top 10

7. 51%, 6.7, Tommy West, 94-98, 5 seasons, didn't win nothing

8. 41%, 5.3. Red Parker, 73-76, 4 seasons, didn't win nothing

9. 36%, 4.7, Hootie Ingram, 70-72, 3 seasons, didn't win nothing

I counted Dabo's 7 interim games in '08 under Bowden.

Last, ranking Clemson's coaches by most games as head ball coach:

1. Frank Howard was 165 - 118, 283 games, coached 36% of Clemson's 787 games since 1940

2. Danny Ford, 95 - 29, 124 games, 16%

2. Tommy Bowden, 76 - 48, 124 games, 16%

4. Tommy West, 30 - 28, 58 games, 7%

5. Dabo Swinney, 35 - 19, 54 games, 7%

6. Ken Hatfield, 33 - 13, 46 games, 6%

7. Red Parker, 17 - 25, 42 games, 5%

8. Hootie Ingram, 12 - 21, 33 games, 4%

9. Charlie Pell, 19 - 4, 23 games, 3%

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