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The Clemson Tigers are taking on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this weekend in a matchup between two-time national champion head coach Dabo Swinney and second-year head coach Marcus Freeman. And even though Freeman is relatively new on the scene, it sounds like Swinney still thinks quite highly of him.

During his press conference this week, Dabo Swinney had a pretty clear message for Marcus Freeman about just how much he respects him.

“He’s been very successful, I mean you can tell just looking at his career path,” Swinney said according to On3. “Everything he’s done he’s been successful at it and he’s got a great reputation. Obviously, I’ve got some pretty good intel on who he is with Chansi [Stuckey] being there and just a really good football coach, and just a great leader.”

Freeman does not have a lot of experience on the job – he’s had just 23 games has a head coach in his career – but Swinney is still impressed with his ability to lead a program, especially one that’s as prestigious as Notre Dame.

“He’s an excellent leader and to lead a program like that, to be hired for a job like that, you know that’s not a decision that they make on a whim,” Swinney explained. “Great defense coordinator prior to coming there and good players as well so he’s done a heck of a job. Really really good job.”

We’ll have to see which head coach comes out on top on Saturday.