Ron Zook Contacts West

Members of the Clemson football coaching staff appear to be a wanted bunch as one more major program has contacted yet another Tigers assistant about a job. <BR>

After getting permission from Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, Illinois head coach Ron Zook contacted Clemson outside linebackers coach Ron West, who spent the 2004 season as the defensive line coach after spending the previous five seasons as the offensive line coach, to see if he was interested in being the offensive line coach for the Illini.

"Coach Zook contacted Coach Bowden and then I had talks with Coach Zook," West told "I was scheduled to go up there, but after having discussions with Coach Zook, we decided it wasn't the best thing. I really just wasn't thinking Illinois was the best thing. Staying at Clemson right now is the best thing for my family."

West didn't want to discuss whether he was offered more money and/or a two-year contract to stay at Clemson like running backs coach Burton Burns and offensive line coach Brad Scott.

This makes the third Clemson assistant coach since the beginning of the month to draw interest from a major Division I-A school.

Two other coaches were contacted earlier this month about other positions.

"To have coaches that are sought after is nothing but a compliment," Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning said. "And to have programs seek and want your coaches speaks very well of Coach Bowden and the type of staff he's accumulated." Top Stories