Former Tiger Closer to Clemson

Former Clemson defensive standout Dexter Davis has accepted the job in the upstate.

Former Clemson defensive standout Dexter Davis has accepted the job as the new football coach and assistant athletic director at Southside Christian in Greenville.

The acceptance of the job moves him from the Charleston area to Greenville, which is much closer to Clemson, where he hopes to work as an assistant coach or as a graduate assistant within the next few years.

It also gives him some more coaching experience, even though the school isn't a member of the public school league or private school league and will play both types of teams next season. However, in the following year, Southside Christian will join one of the two associations.

"I'm really happy about this," he said. "It gives me a chance to work at the same school where my four kids will be and where my wife will be working. Of course, being closer to Clemson doesn't hurt either."

Had a defensive graduate assistant job been open with the Tigers, Davis, 34, would have been one of the leading candidates to get the job. Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden has said he would like to have Davis as a graduate assistant.

Davis was a stellar defensive back for the Tigers who turned pro after his junior year in 1990 and has coached at two colleges.

Davis played seven years in the NFL as a cornerback, before serving as defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Morgan State under former NFL star kickoff returner Stump Mitchell. Prior to last 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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