Blackwell Is Wanted by USC

There is a job at one of the premier collegiate football programs in the country waiting for Clemson recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach David Blackwell if he wants it, a source within the Southern Cal athletic department told Tuesday afternoon. <br>

Another source said there is no question that Blackwell was at the top of the list to replace the position vacated by Ed Orgeron, who left to take the head job a Mississippi, as the Trojans recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach.

Blackwell now must decide whether or not to stay at Clemson and be close to his family or leave for the bright lights of Los Angeles and be with one of the top five programs in the country.

The answer to that will likely hinge on whether or not Blackwell is offered the job as the new defensive coordinator at Clemson. If he is, then he's most likely to stay. If the job goes to somebody else, say someone like Troy's Vic Koening, who interviewed with Tigers coach Tommy Bowden Tuesday, then Blackwell will probably leave, sources said.

The Trojans play for the national championship Tuesday night against Oklahoma in Miami. Blackwell was in Miami on a recruiting trip Tuesday, but it's unknown whether he met or spoke with Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll about the job.

There are some serious ties between the Blackwell and Carroll. The two have remained close ever since Blackwell coached Carroll's son, Brennan Carroll, while serving as an assistant at Pittsburgh.

Brennan Carroll is now the tight ends coach at Southern Cal.

This isn't the first time Blackwell has been offered a job. He was offered three jobs last year, including two that involved more money, but he turned them down to stay at Clemson. Top Stories