Virginia coaching search: Cavaliers reportedly have new top target in mind
Virginia is still looking for a coach to replace Bronco Mendenhall, who parted ways with the program recently. But the Cavaliers appear to have their sights set on a high-profile ACC coordinator.
“Virginia has returned its focus to Tony Elliott and the Clemson assistant would prefer that to interest from Duke. Nothing done, but this could accelerate today,” Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde reported on Wednesday.
Elliott may have his choice between the Virginia vacancy and the opening at Duke to replace David Cutcliffe. Elliott has been in the middle of Clemson’s offensive success in recent years, and became the offensive coordinator 2 years ago after he split the role earlier.
It’s shaping up to be a staff overhaul in the Upstate after Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was named the coach at Oklahoma on Monday.
Venables and Elliott were back-to-back winners in 2016 and 2017 of the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in college football.
Elliott is a former Clemson wide receiver who began his coaching career at South Carolina State (2006-07) and Furman (2018-10) before he became Clemson’s running backs coach in 2011. He was co-offensive coordinator for the Tigers from 2015-2019 until Jeff Scott left to become coach at South Florida.