LSU Targets Clemson Assistant

Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden exclusively confirmed to Friday morning that LSU wants to hire one of his assistant coaches. Bowden also said he met with the coach Thursday to try and convince him to stay.

Bowden also said that he believes his sales pitch worked and that defensive line coach Marion Hobby will remain at Clemson.

However, nothing is 100 percent certain as of yet.

LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar resigned two weeks ago from his position to take a similar job with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

Hobby is an attractive candidate for several reasons. Obviously, he is very familiar with the SEC. He just completed his first year with the Tigers after having spent the previous six as an assistant coach at Mississippi.

Hobby also 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. Top Stories