Two LSU Coaches Contacted

Two weeks ago, everything was in place for David Blackwell to be promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator of the Clemson football team. But due to a twist of circumstances that involves a storied NFL team and one of the top college programs in the country, there is now more than one candidate to be the new leader of the Tigers defense. <br>

Every piece of information coming out of Clemson was that it was so likely that Blackwell would be the new coordinator that two radio stations, three newspapers and web sites each reported it was expected to happen. But in a blink of an eye, the situation quickly turned.

The Miami Dolphins contacted and interviewed LSU coach Nick Saban to be their new coach, which sent aftershocks that were felt all the way to Clemson. And now that there is an official offer by the Dolphins to Saban Wednesday, has confirmed that LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has been contacted by Clemson coach Tommy Bowden and is a serious candidate to replace John Lovett as the team's defensive coordinator.

"Tommy is interested in and spoken to Muschamp," NFL scout Chris Landry said. "Will's a bright, young coach and it only makes sense that Tommy would be interested in talking to him. Alabama was interested in him last year."

Also, has learned LSU defensive back coach Kirby Smart has been contacted by Clemson coach Tommy Bowden about being the secondary coach, which is the position that Lovett coached.

"I think Kirby would really have an interest," Landry said. "They have spoken, too."

Because Saban has yet to accept or decline the Miami offer, the future of the LSU assistants is totally up in the air.

Two independent sources told that if Saban takes the Miami job, Muschamp would most likely be offered a job as a position coach with the Dolphins, but not defensive coordinator. That would likely be offered to Jim Bates, the sources said.

However, it's unclear what Muschamp, who makes a base salary of $170,000 a year and is paid approximately an extra $50,000 annually from the booster club, will do if Saban left Baton Rouge. He could go with Saban, take the job at Clemson or even stay at LSU and work for the new coach.

Landry also said that Muschamp is expected to interview for the head coaching job at Miami of Ohio.

"I don't know where he wants to go now," Landry said. "It really is 50-50 on what he's going to do. He could have a tough decision to make."

If Muschamp comes to Clemson, it could mean the departure of Blackwell, who is reportedly a possible candidate for the defensive coordinator job for the Pittsburgh Panthers, depending on who gets the head job there.

Smart, who earns $97,000, just completed his first season at LSU after serving as a graduate assistant working mostly on defense for two years at Florida State. He's a 1998 graduate of Georgia.

Landry also confirmed that Tyrone Nix spoke to Bowden about the defensive coordinator job before he accepted the co-defensive coordinator position at South Carolina. Top Stories