Defensive Coordinator Targets
David Blackwell - Blackwell is considered one of the up-and-coming assistant coaches in the ACC at Clemson. Has done an outstanding job as Clemson's recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach and could easily be promoted to defensive coordinator due to his success and ringing endorsements from Tommy Bowden. Under this scenario, the Tigers would likely transition Blackwell's recruiting coordinator duties to someone else on the staff- current wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney.
Ron Zook - Maybe not a long shot and would certainly add spice to the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry considering the Gamecocks recent hire of Steve Spurrier. Has spent an extensive time in the National Football League, serving as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-2001), defensive backs coach with Kansas City (1999), and special teams coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98).
John Thompson - Thompson is the former head coach at East Carolina. He resigned just less than two years after taking over the job from Steve Logan. Thompson went to ECU from the University of Florida, where he served the 2002 season as the Gators' defensive coodinator and led his unit to a top-25 national ranking in total defense. Thompson's 25-year collegiate coaching career includes 19 seasons as a defensive coordinator with stops at four schools in the Southeastern Conference--Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU. He has also held assistant coaching positions at Conference USA members Memphis and Southern Miss, along with appointments at Louisiana Tech and Northwestern (La.) State.
Charlie Strong - A long shot at best, but still a target that could warrant consideration. Former defensive coordinator at South Carolina and has served in the same capacity at Florida since the 2003 season.
Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Targets
Larry Fedora - Fedora has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, and led the Gators to the top ranked scoring offense in the SEC this past year at over 33 points per game. Over the course of the last season, he has served as both the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. He joined the Gator staff on in January 2002, after spending the previous three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee. He has also coached at Air Force and Baylor.
Fodora is also a hot commodity, with rumors of up to five offers already on the table. He has been asked by University of Florida officials to not make a final decision on his status with the Gators, until next week. That would potentially be after a new coach is named.
Chris Peterson - Peterson is currently finishing up his fourth season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boise State. Last year marked the second straight year the Bronco offense led the country in scoring under Petersen. Boise State averaged 43.00 points per game, while also ranking in the top seven in three other categories. The Broncos were third in passing efficiency at 159.76, fifth in passing offense with 336.29 yards per game, and seventh in total offense averaging 486.36 yards per game.
Boise State finished the 2004 season at 11-0 and will play Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. The Broncos finished second in the nation in total offense (511 yards/game) and second in scoring offense (49.7 points/game).
Ed Zaunbrecher - Recently, Zaunbrecher has been responsible for the continued development of Chris Leak at Florida as the quarterbacks coach. He has 29 years experience as a collegiate coach (Florida, Marshall, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, LSU, Wake Forest, Purdue and Arizona), including five seasons as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
Ricky Bustle - Bustle is a former Clemson player and native of Summerville, SC. He has been the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette during the last four seasons after serving as the offensive coordinator at Virginia Tech. The 1999 Hokies averaged a national-best 41.4 points per game, as Virginia Tech advanced to the national championship game. He has also had coaching stints with East Carolina as a wide receivers and secondary coach (1980-82) and the USFL's Arizona Wranglers as a running backs coach (1983). He broke into the full-time coaching ranks as the defensive coordinator at Gardner-Webb in 1979. Bustle is a 1976 graduate of Clemson University, where he received a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation administration.
Kevin Rogers - Rogers is the current quarterbacks coach at Virginia Tech and has served as an assistant coach for over 27 years. He served as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at both Syracuse and Notre Dame before joining the Hokies' staff in January 2001. Rogers was the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse when Donovan McNabb was there. McNabb was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year three straight seasons (he shared the award in '96). His final two years at Syracuse, Rogers was the offensive coordinator, as well as the quarterbacks coach.
Potential New Coordinator Candidates
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