Hobby Hired at Clemson

Ole Miss defensive ends coach Marion Hobby has told CUTigers.com in an exclusive interview that he has accepted a job to be the newest member of the Clemson coaching staff. <br><br>

Hobby will take the position vacated by former rovers and whips coach Theilen Smith.

"I had an interest in the job and (Bowden) called me," Hobby said. "I will be on campus at the first of next week. ... I'm just really excited about coming to Clemson."

Hobby just finished his sixth full season at Ole Miss after being hired in December of 1998.

Hobby said he expects to remain a defenisve line coach, which could mean a move for Ron West, who coached the defensive line in 2004.

Another scenario is that West could remain as a defensive line coach, but concentrate only on the tackles, with Hobby handling the defensive ends.

"That could be a possibility," Clemson's new defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said Friday. "That's what we did at Troy."

Koenning also said Thursday night that he anticipates being the defensive backfield coach, which includes cornerbacks, rovers and whips.

Koenning added that he spoke with Ron West and that he wants to wait to speak with the rest of the staff before he and Bowden decide what position each coach would be best suited.

"I really want to sit down and talk wtih the guys and get their thoughts and concerns," Koenning said Friday afternoon. "There's a lot of different ways that we can go about this."

Koenning also said that he hopes he can keep West on defense and that the first staff meeting with all the coaches will take place Tuesday.

The hiring of Hobby means that if former Clemson star cornerback Dexter Davis is to be a member of the Tigers staff it will have to be as a graduate assistant.

Davis told CUTigers.com during an interview in September that his dream is to return to Clemson as a coach in any capacity 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."

Hobby played defensive end at Tennessee from 1985-89 and earned first team All-SEC honors from The Associated Press, SEC Coaches, and United Press International in 1989 when he was selected as team captain.

After his playing days in Knoxville, Hobby spent four years in the National Football League, playing for the New England Patriots from 1990-93, after New England acquired him from the Minnesota Vikings.

Following his professional career, Hobby entered the coaching ranks, coaching defensive tackles at Tennessee-Martin in 1995. He then moved on to Louisiana-Lafayette, where he served as the head strength and conditioning coach and defensive tackles coach from 1996-97.

He returned to Tennessee in 1998 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, a position he served until going to Ole Miss.

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