Tigers Hire Powell

As expected, former North Carolina assistant coach Andre Powell has been added as Clemson's running backs coach.

It appears the Tigers' two-week search for a running backs coach has come to an end.

Andre Powell has been hired to replace Burton Burns, who left Clemson to take a similar position at Alabama more than two weeks ago.

A source close to the situation confirmed the news to CUTigers.com earlier Tuesday.

Powell was first reported by CUTigers.com to be a leading candidate for the position, and the first to interview on January 23.

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.

During his time in the ACC, Powell has coached running backs like Virginia's Tiki Barber and North Carolina's Willie Parker- both of which have gone on to successful careers in the National Football League.

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