Koenning Talking to Two Teams

The interest in Clemson football assistant coaches continues, even after national signing day has passed. Another Tigers coach is having serious discussions with a school from the Big 12 about being that team's new defensive coordinator and has had talks with a team from the NFL about joining the staff.

Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is in the middle of talking to Oklahoma State about being the new defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, CUTigers.com has learned.

No offer has been made to Koenning from Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. However, reports out of Oklahoma said Gundy will start interviewing candidates this weekend. There are as many as 10 candidates for the job those same eports said.

It is very possible Koenning will interview for the job. He is from that part of the country, having grown up in Texas. He also played for the Oklahoma Outlaws of the now-defunct USFL.

Some 14 months ago, another school in the Big 12 came after Koenning when Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione offered him the defensive coordinator job and a massive raise.

Even though Franchione was an assistant at Kansas State when Koenning was a player there, Koenning felt it wouldn't be right to leave Clemson after just one year as defensive coordinator.

Koenning has also had several informal discussions with the Pittsburgh Steelers over the last 48 hours about joining their defensive staff.

New Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin served as a graduate assistant at Memphis in 1996, while Koenning was a defensive backs coach there.

However, Koenning has informed the Steelers that he's not interested at this time.

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