Spurrier Goes After A Clemson Coach

When Steve Spurrier took over as South Carolina's coach in December of 2004, one of the first things he did was offer Clemson offensive coaches Brad Scott and Burton Burns jobs to be a part of his new staff. Both declined, but that hasn't stopped Spurrier from coming after another Tigers coach.

Clemson defensive line coach and South Carolina graduate Chris Rumph has been offered a job by Spurrier, CUTigers.com has learned from multiple sources.

However, just as Burns and Scott did, Rumph has turned Spurrier's offer down.

Rumph, who just completed his first year with the Tigers, would have filled the void left by recently fired outside linebackers coach Dave Wommack, although it's not clear what position Rumph would have coached.

If Rumph had decided to leave, it would have been difficult to blame him. After all, he did play defensive end for the Gamecocks for four years. Ironically enough, he did so when Scott was the head coach there.

However, there is no question that Rumph is fully committed to coaching at Clemson.

When the Tigers and South Carolina were set to play each other on the football field, Rumph left no doubt to where his loyalties stand.

"There's nothing bittersweet about it," he said in November. "I've got a house payment to pay. I want to win, that's the bottom line."

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