Winds of Change

CLEMSON – Even though it's technically the offseason for football, there's still plenty of movement going on with staff and roster. When Clemson takes to the field on March 10th for spring practice, there will be some small and dramatic changes both on the coaching staff and on the team.

Head coach Tommy Bowden is scheduled to meet with his assistants Monday morning, upon which he is anticipated to inform them of the new changes with the staff.

The biggest change that could take place is that at recruiting coordinator. If a change is made as has been speculated for several weeks, tight ends coach Billy Napier is expected to be David Blackwell's replacement.

Napier, 27, is considered to be one of the best, young recruiters in the nation, even though he's just completed his first year as a Division I coach.

During his short time with the Tigers, he has made an immediate impact. Bowden even cited the excellent job Napier has done in North Carolina, which is a state that has more or less been ignored by Bowden during his tenure at Clemson.

Just this recruiting season, Napier was responsible for signing three of the top players in the Tar Heel state in defensive Kourtnei Brown, defensive back Marcus Gilchrist and offensive tackle Landon Walker. He also had gotten a commitment from receiver Dwight Jones before all the academic issues arose at Clemson.

Napier also showed his knack for being a top recruiter when he was a graduate assistant with the Tigers in 2005, when he was called upon to pick up the slack following the dismissal of three coaches and the sickness of another.

Dabo gets title
Even though Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips said a month ago that no one on the football staff was going to get a raise that is no longer the case.

Receivers coach Dabo Swinney has been given a hefty raise and a new title. Though the exact amount of the raise isn't known, it is a fairly big jump from his $135,000 that he made this past season.

Swinney is also expected to be given the title of associate head.

Diomande expected to leave
Wide receiver Andrew Diomande, a rising redshirt junior, is expected to leave the team and school after the spring semester. He played in four games in 2006 and had just three receptions for 55 yards. In 2005, Diomande had one catch for 15 yards.

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