Dabo Swinney could reportedly have some major holes to fill on his Clemson staff
Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers had a strong 2021 season, but it ended without an appearance in the ACC Championship Game, so it wasn’t up to the lofty standards of recent years.
Now, as the Tigers await their bowl destination, it seems Swinney could have to rebuild his coaching staff in a major way.
Longtime DC Brent Venables is reportedly the top choice to replace Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma. Meanwhile, longtime OC Tony Elliott is in the mix for both the Virginia and Duke head coaching vacancies, per ESPN’s Chris Low:
Dabo Swinney could be looking for two coordinators at @ClemsonFB. In addition to defensive coordinator Brent Venables at Oklahoma, offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is in play at @DukeFOOTBALL and @UVAFootball. Elliott turned down the @Vol_Football head job last year.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 5, 2021
Adding to the potential upheaval at Clemson is the fact that AD Dan Radakovich could soon be leaving for the same job at Miami:
#Clemson's stability in past decade has been remarkable and helped fuel its dynasty in football. Could be ending soon with DC Brent Venables (Oklahoma), AD Dan Radakovich (Miami) and OC Tony Elliott (Duke/UVA but likely Duke) all in play for other jobs. What a run it has been.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 5, 2021
The Tigers are still a force to be reckoned with in college football, but these changes are all huge. Can Swinney and the Tigers regroup and make a Playoff push in 2022?