Hines coached defensive backs, linebackers and tight ends over his seven seasons, six of which ended in bowl bids for the Tiger program.
"I have reached a period in my career where I have decided to
pursue other employment opportunities," said Hines. "The program has
made significant strides over the last seven years and I am proud to
have made a positive contribution to the Clemson program. But, it is
the right time for me to make a professional change.
"I appreciate the opportunity Coach (Tommy) Bowden and Clemson
University gave to me over the last seven years. I have one son who
is a Clemson graduate and a daughter who is currently in her
sophomore year. Clemson will always be a special place for our
Clemson won 52 games in the seven years Hines was on the
staff, including six bowl appearances. The Tigers finished in the
final top 25 of both major polls three of the seven years, including
two of the last three seasons.
In his first year (1999) he coached the Clemson secondary and the
unit ranked 17th in the nation and second in the ACC in pass defense.
Led by All-American Robert Carswell, the Tigers ranked eighth in the
nation in total interceptions. In 2000, Hines secondary was a big
reason Clemson ranked in the top 25 in scoring defense and pass
defense, helping the team to a number-14 final national ranking and
a 9-3 record.
Hines coached the linebackers in 2002 and two of his players, John
Leake and Rodney Thomas, ranked among the top 10 tacklers in the
nation. Jamaal Fudge and Travis Pugh, two of his players in 2003
when he coached the rovers and whips positions on defense, each
exceeded the 100-tackle mark in helping Clemson to a nine-win season,
including victories over third-ranked Florida State and sixth-ranked
Tennessee within the final four games of the season.
He coached the tight ends the last two seasons, helping Clemson to
eight wins in 2005. The 2005 Clemson offense was the only offense in
the ACC to rank in the top four in the league in both rushing and
passing. His tight ends caught 28 passes in 2005, most by the
position at Clemson since 1984.
"I want to thank Jack Hines for his contributions to our program the
last seven years," said Bowden. "His many hours of hard work and
dedication to our program have had a lot to do with our six bowl
appearances and final top 25 national rankings. He represented our
program in a positive manner in every aspect of the job."
Hines Resigns Position
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