Andre' Powell, the former running backs coach and special teams coordinator at North Carolina, has emerged as one of top candidates for the running backs coaching position at Clemson University, CUTigers.com has learned.
The position became available when former running backs coach Burton Burns left Clemson to become an assistant coach at Alabama earlier this month.
Powell was not retained by North Carolina head coach Butch Davis, after Davis replaced former coach John Bunting.
Powell is an attractive candidate for numerous reasons, but making him an ideal possibility is the fact that he served as the special teams coordinator at North Carolina for the past three seasons.
Clemson has struggled in several areas of its special teams in each of the last three years, including punt protection, kickoff coverage and field goal/PATs.
Sources close to the situation have indicated the Powell will be the first candidate to interview for the position.
Sources also say that interview has not yet taken place.
Powell began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Indiana and was a coach on the 1988 Liberty Bowl squad that defeated South Carolina. After two years at Indiana, he was a graduate assistant at South Carolina in 1990.
After a stint at Army coaching inside linebackers and running backs, Powell moved on to Virginia in 1996, then tutored the wide receivers for three years before returning to teach the running backs in 2000.
Powell earned his bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation in 1989 from Indiana, where he was a two-year letterwinner at running back.
A native of Lockhart, S.C., Powell attended Lees McRae Junior College in Banner Elk, N.C., for two years (1984-85) before transferring to Indiana.
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