You can't say Clemson isn't hedging their bets in their coaching search, or at the very least, sticking to their word. Looks like Dabo Swinney isn't long for this gig, because not only is Phillip Fulmer's interest being reciprocated, but like most teams in this market, Clemson is after Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Makes sense: Venables shares the youth and tenacity of Swinney, but with a far more impressive resume (save for that Texas game).
Or at least a higher Q rating- while Oklahoma's D has slipped considerably over the past couple of years, Venables is still seen as one of the brightest young minds in the college game. It would likely be a real coup for Clemson, even if Venables' Big XII pedigree (played LB at Kansas State) might not immediately translate to southern recruiting. Plus, does he bring QB coach Josh Heupel along with him?
Of course, this begs the question as to whether Clemson happens to be the #1 job on the market- it's been said that it's an SEC job (in re: salary, facilities, fanbase) with ACC competitiveness, but then again, look where that's got them for the time being.
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