Levon Kirkland Coming to Clemson?

The Clemson football team may be turning to the past to help guide its future. <BR>

Former Tiger great and NFL All-Pro linebacker Levon Kirkland has had discussions with the Clemson coaching staff about becoming the Tigers new linebackers coach, sources involved in the talks told CUTigers.com Wednesday afternoon.

When reached by phone, Kirkland said he didn't want to discuss the situation and that he had no comment.

Kirkland, 35 and a native of Lamar, lives in Charlotte, N.C., but regularly makes visits to Clemson. He completed his degree from the university during the summer and once visited a football practice and spoke to the team along with former Tigers star and NFL player Michael Dean Perry.

Kirkland's final year at Clemson was in 1991, where he finished with 19 sacks to rank at the time fourth in school history. He was a finalist for both the Lombardi and Butkus Awards as a senior after making 5.5 sacks and 67 tackles, which earned him first-team All-America and All-ACC honors.

During his 11 years in the NFL, he played for Pittsburgh, Seattle and Philadelphia, where he finished with 1,026 tackles, 737 of which were solo, 19.5 sacks, 18 forced fumbles and 11 interceptions.

He also played in all 176 possible games during his 11 seasons and started a 156 of them. Kirkland was also selected twice to the Pro Bowl.

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