Hobby returning to Clemson

CLEMSON - Dabo Swinney has found a new defensive coach to join his staff.

Marion Hobby is returning to Clemson University.

The current Duke defensive coordinator and defensive line coach has accepted a position to join Clemson's defensive staff according to multiple sources.

He is expected to be in Clemson Monday.

Hobby was Clemson's defensive line coach in 2005 before moving on to the New Orleans Saints as a defensive line coach in 2006-07.

Hobby replaces Chris Rumph, who left to take the defensive line coaching job at Alabama earlier this week.

What title Hobby has at Clemson remains unclear considering his background resides specifically on the defensive line and Dan Brooks is currently the defensive tackles coach.

CUTigers has been told he is coming on as a defensive assistant.

Marion Hobby joined the Blue Devil coaching staff in January 2008 and served as Duke's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator while also mentoring the defensive line.

In 2005, Hobby served on the staff at Clemson, helping the Tigers to an 8-4 mark. That year, Clemson won six of its final seven contests, defeated Colorado by a 19-10 count in the Champs Sports Bowl and was ranked 21st in the final AP poll.

Prior to his stint with Clemson, Hobby worked six years (1999-04) alongside current Duke coach David Cutcliffe at Ole Miss. During that stretch, the Rebels went 43-29 (.603) with five winning seasons, four bowl game appearances and a share of the SEC Western Division championship in 2003.

A four-year letterman and three-year starter on defense at Tennessee from 1986-89, Hobby served as team captain as a senior as the Vols went 11-1, captured the SEC championship and finished the year ranked fifth in the final AP poll.

A first team All-SEC choice in 1989, Hobby was a third round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990 NFL Draft and played three seasons with the New England Patriots (1990-92).

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