Is Brent Venables on his way to Clemson?
Sources told CUTigers early Wednesday Venables' contract had been "worked on all afternoon long" and was being prepared to be sent to Clemson's Board of Trustees for approval - a clear indication Venables was Dabo Swinney's top choice to become Clemson's new defensive coordinator.
However, Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins said the Board had not yet received the contract shortly after 6 PM in a conversation with Travis Sawchik of the Charleston Post and Courier.
Venables was on Clemson's campus last weekend and is the only known candidate to have interviewed for the position vacated by former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
The 13-year Oklahoma assistant was recently named the Sooners' "co-coordinator" after head coach Bob Stoops hired his brother, Mike, to share the role with Venables.
That move has increased speculation in recent weeks Venables would be open to taking another defensive coordinator job elsewhere.
He already removed his name from the same opening at West Virginia.
Venables makes $440,000/year in his current role in Norman, but it is believed he will receive a raise if he stays and would also gain a substantial bump in salary if he comes to Clemson.
Sources told CUTigers Sunday afternoon Venables weekend in Clemson went "very well" in the eyes of Dabo Swinney, but that he would also talk to his top three other candidates before making a decision.
Venables also met two Clemson commitments during his weekend trip to Tigertown - DE Shaq Lawson and DB Ronald Geohaghan.
"He seemed like a real down-to-earth guy," Geohaghan told CUTigers
on Sunday afternoon. "He seemed like a guy that could come in and just
fit-in with the program."
In addition, because this defensive coordinator search is occurring during the heart of recruiting, sources have maintained to CUTigers Dabo Swinney would likely have to conduct other interviews this week on the phone.
Swinney was in Buffalo, NY Monday visiting with prized quarterback commitment Chad Kelly, and in various places across South Carolina the last two days.
Clemson's defensive coordinator position came open last week when Swinney and Kevin Steele announced a "mutual parting of ways."
Venables sent a single text message to multiple Oklahoma news outlets Wednesday evening, writing, "working through some details. Nothing final yet."
Contract headed to Clemson B.O.T.
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