Kirby Smart will remain as defensive backfield coach at LSU and not be a member of the 2005 Clemson coaching staff, CUTigers.com has learned.
Smart was contacted in December by Clemson coach Tommy Bowden about holding the same position with the Tigers. However, Smart has agreed to stay with the new coaching staff at LSU, sources said.
That leaves former Clemson great Dexter Davis as the leading candidate to join the spot vacated by Thielen Smith, sources said.
As first reported by CUTigers.com nearly a month ago, Davis, 34, met with Bowden for the first time in early December about becoming the member of the coaching staff. Since that initial contact, Davis has met with Bowden and has spoken to him nearly twice a week, sources said.
In fact, the two spoke Wednesday night, sources said.
If Davis were to join the staff, Davis would likely coach rovers and whips.
When contacted at his home in Goose Creek, Davis said he had no comment.
Whether or not Davis gets the job likely hinges on whether or not the new defensive coordinator approves of him or wants to bring in somebody else, sources said.
Davis, who played seven years in the NFL as a cornerback, has 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 CUTigers.com 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."
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