New Coaching Candidate Revealed first reports of contact between Tommy Bowden and a coaching candidate on the defensive side of the ball. <br>

Dexter Davis, a stellar defensive back for the Tigers who turned pro after his junior year in 1990 and has coached at two colleges, spoke with Bowden last week about returning to Clemson as an assistant coach, sources told

Davis would coach the secondary or rovers and whips. More discussions between the two are scheduled for this week, sources said.

When contacted at his home in Goose Creek, Davis, 34, said he had no comment.

Sources also said that Bowden is putting his efforts toward finding an offensive coordinator first and possibly a quarterbacks coach as well, before turning his sights toward the defensive side of the ball.

And while David Blackwell is expected to be named defensive coordinator, sources said there's no guarantee that he will move to the secondary. Blackwell could stay as linebackers coach, or coach one of the two vacant positions.

It really all depends on who are hired as the new coaches, the sources said.

Davis, who played seven years in the NFL as a cornerback, has plenty of coaching experience.

He served as defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Morgan State under former NFL star kickoff returner Stump Mitchell. Prior to this season, Davis served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Charleston Southern. He also spent time there coaching the rovers and whips.

While a player at Clemson, Davis was an All-ACC selection in 1990.

Davis told during an interview in September that his dream is to return to Clemson as a coach and help restore the Tigers to national prominence.

"There are three reasons why I want to end up back in Clemson," he said in September. "One: To be able to work with and for Tommy Bowden, who is someone that I have a great amount of respect for.

"Two: Going back to a place where I played as a player. And three: Coming back to a place that I want to live. It's not a short-term thing for me. Clemson is where I want to work and live." Top Stories