Bobby Bentley Extended an Offer

Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden has offered an assistant coaching position and is now waiting for an answer. <BR>

Byrnes High School football coach Bobby Bentley, who has guided the Rebels to three straight Class AAAA state championships, has been offered the job of quarterbacks coach for the Tigers, sources close to the situation told CUTigers.com Tuesday night.

Even though the offer to Bentley is firmly on the table, terms of the contract have yet to be finalized. When all the language of the contract is laid out, that's when Bentley will give Bowden his answer, sources said.

When reached Tuesday night at his home, Bentley said he had no comment. He had just returned after spending the entire day watching Shrine Bowl practice.

By offering Bentley the quarterbacks coaching position, it means the Tigers could have an extra coach on offense next season. Bowden has yet to hire an offensive coordinator, but sources close to the situation said the man Bowden wants for the position is Toledo offensive coordinator Rob Spence.

During this past season, Mike O'Cain handled the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coaching duties. In 2003, current offensive line coach Brad Scott served as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach.

Bentley interviewed for the Clemson wide receivers coach two years ago, but he withdrew his name from consideration well before the job had been offered to anyone. Dabo Swinney eventually got the job and has since been one of the best recruiters on the coaching staff.

Bentley, who was one of the first high school coaches in South Carolina to run a spread offense, just completed his 10th season as Byrnes' head coach.

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