According to several reliable sources, there could be several major coaching responsibility changes in store for the Clemson coaching staff before the start of spring practice.
One of those changes involves current quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain being named as offensive coordinator. Current offensive coordinator Brad Scott would then move to coach the offensive line and drop his current responsibility of coaching the tight ends, and current offensive line coach Ron West would move to coach the defensive line.
It is not known whether or not Scott will retain his title of Assistant Head Coach. Keep in mind that Scott was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach during his last four seasons at FSU.
Assistant coach Thielen Smith would move from the defensive line to coach the safeties and former whip/rover coach Jack Hines would coach tight ends.
Although the moves have not yet been confirmed by Clemson officials, CUTigers.com has been told that most of the above mentioned changes appear to be imminent.
Current wide receivers' coach Dabo Swinney, defensive coordinator John Lovett, running backs' coach Burton Burns, and linebackers' coach/recruiting coordinator David Blackwell will retain their current roles with the team.
The move would obviously come at an interesting time, considering the season ending 4-game winning streak, including 2 wins over teams ranked within the top 6 teams in the country.
As the offensive coordinator at Clemson, Brad Scott has helped lead the Tigers' offense to numerous school records. However last season, it was head coach Tommy Bowden who was usually the one in charge of calling the plays.
Never the less, CUTigers.com was informed earlier in January that several coaching staff changes could be in order, mostly dealing with the changing of responsibilities, but nothing of this magnitude was expected.
A formal announcement is expected to be released this week.
In addition, there could be several potential position changes announced before the start of spring practice. Two potential changes reportedly could involve either ROV Gerald McCloud and/or RB Brandon Nolen.
Second team quarterback Chansi Stuckey has already made the switch to wide receiver, and is expected to see significant playing time there in 2004.
Changes Likely Coming?
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