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Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:46 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Finally it seems that one of the strangest coaching searches I've ever seen involving an assistant coach has come to an end. After a night of speculation that saw people reporting that Brent Venables was doing everything but running for President, it's now being reported that Venables has indeed accepted the defensive coordinator position at Clemson.

And I think it's serious this time.

The Oklahoman's Travis Haney tweeted, along with others, that Venables had confirmed to him that he's leaving Oklahoma for Clemson. 

Which should be good news for a Clemson defense that can use a tune-up. The Tigers allowed 70 points to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl and gave up 29.3 points per game during the 2011 season. Since joining Bob Stoops' staff at Oklahoma in 1999 as a co-defensive coordinator, Venables' defenses in Norman have routinely been some of the best in the country, churning out NFL players and keeping the Sooners in title contention year after year.

If he can bring that same kind of success to Clemson and the Tigers combine it with their potent offense, the school could become quite a force in the ACC.

As for why Venables would suddenly leave Oklahoma after spending the last 12 years there, it all started when Mike Stoops was brought back to the Sooners from Arizona. Rather than share defensive coordinator duties with Stoops, Venables decided he'd rather start somewhere new. He'd also been mentioned as a candidate at West Virginia since the announcement of Stoops' return.

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Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:57 am

Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

Give me a break!!!  Their is a reason why Venables has been one of thre most sought after defensive coaches in college football. 

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:53 am

Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

HALLELUJAH!!!  Glad he's leaving.  He's been one of the most overrated coaches in OU's history.  I just hope the contract at Clemson got signed before everyone sobers up.  BOOMER SOONER!!!  Venables, Don't let the door hit you on the way out.  I've been waiting for 8 years for this.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:21 am

Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

Wish Brent much success and have very mixed feelings about his departure. Hope all works out for the best for everyone.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:00 am

Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

I have to believe that this is a great hire for Clemson... congrats Tigers!  Regardless of these way too early 2012 rankings being released, I still feel that Clemson will be the team to beat in the ACC this fall and not FSU.  Unfortunately, us Mountaineer fans are still holding our breath to see what happens with our open DC position.  I know that Joe DeForrest from Oklahoma State has come on board and that Smith apparently is joining us from the NY Jets but not sure if either will actually be named the DC.

At least Clemson knows what conference they will be playing in this fall.  Smile

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:41 am

Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

Sounds like Dabo just hired his replacement next year.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:08 am

Report: Brent Venables is going to Clemson

This is a huge get for the Tigers ! Me Likey !  If our defense can go from 81st this year to just top 50 , we probably only lose a couple instead of 4 really embarrasing losses. anyway , welcome to the TigerNation coach Venables !

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